Get the bib out, the juice is flowing! The lemon and lime juice that is. Chefs and gourmands of local raw oyster bars have the timing perfected. Oyster bars are not just about the Bloody Mary’s any longer. Delighting the public with creative menu options, these seafood bars and taverns of Boston are simply Ceviche-ified!
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
271 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
When deciding upon a restaurant to patron if a list of great options is a high priority, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar offers three sushi grade ceviches. As a matter of fact, this new to the Boston scene bar has quickly made its mark, and the ratings are outstanding! Feast on a delicate tuna, cucumber, watermelon, achiote and orange ceviche, or try the combination shrimp and scallop if your day needs a little zip. Of all the raw bars in the area, Lolita Cocina is the only one of it’s kind, cherishing the traditional dayboat whitefish in lime and avacado. See what we mean? Opening in the evenings, the full menu is available for the late night crowd until 11 p.m. daily. Private dining is also available.
383 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
If you could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal, would you? The professionals at Row 34 claim they could, and are certainly willing to try! In the meantime, Row 34 chefs offer two very diverse ceviches. One is based upon the snapper basted in coconut milk, red curry and lime, while the scallap ceviche pairs citrus and cilantro with bell peppers. Take in a classic atmosphere while enjoying the raw bar daily until 4:30 p.m. This professionals bar may stop serving a bit early, but the bar stays open until “whenever.”
1704 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
The Toro dream team Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette just don’t play fair with their menu’s description of each signature ceviche dish. It gives you hints until temptation takes over — there is no other way to explain it, simply Crudo! For a quick glimpse of what is yet to come, consider the mercados between Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastian, the places of the world each owner has come to admire. It’s a menu to take your time with, enjoying each tantalizing experience! Open daily, brunch is only a short afternoon affair on Sunday.
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Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Avocado,cucumber, curry and lemon surround a succulent striped bass in the Island Creek Oyster Bar’s Ceviche, offered during the evening meal at the raw bar. For the brunch fare, the flavors change with a bell pepper, basil, corn and lemon mix. Try both to find what may best suit your mood. Ceviche is available here all week long ’til 1 a.m. opening early on Sunday mornings. The Island’s menu is exquisitely designed and, with specialties changing depending on time of day, it may be just the place to frequent!
63 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
Tomatillo, kimchi and cilantro are the extra special ingredients in Neptune’s Hamachi Ceviche. Chef Daniel King and Chef John Ross stand at the ready for this cook-to-order and served raw fare. In layman’s terms, you’d be tantalized by the flavors of sweet and sour vegetables in a tart tomato base topped in a scallion Japanese Amberjack. Of course it’s drizzled with lemon and lime, how else would you palate be allowed to savor the intensity? Neptune offers a varied menu daily, closing the kitchen by 9:30 p.m.
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