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12 Favorite Places for Seafood During Lent in Metro Phoenix

Cajun Shrimp
Cajun Shrimp
Laura Hahnefeld

It's the Lenten season, which for many means skipping burgers, steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, and, well, all other forms of meat on Fridays. Luckily, that doesn't cover fish -- so to make the sacrifice of all things rich and meaty a little bit easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite places in town for a seafood-centric meal.

See also: Ten Favorite Spots for Seafood in Greater Phoenix

Classic

Little Cleo's Seafood Legend

Inside Sam Fox's Central Phoenix hangout, The Yard, you'll find Little Cleo's Seafood Legend, a trendy spot for a casual dinner. The seafood restaurant serves all manner of ocean fare, from Thai-style frog legs, Cajun shrimp, and house-smoked sturgeon with crème fraiche to traditional fish and chips, king crab legs, and a selection of oysters.

Salt Cellar

The Salt Cellar Restaurant, on Hayden Road in Scottsdale, has been a Valley staple since 1971. From the outside it looks impossibly tiny -- but that's because you'll find the dining room down three flights of wooden stairs. Known for its selection of fresh fish and Maine lobster, The Salt Cellar might not be the newest or hottest spot in town, but has been a favorite for seafood for more than a decade.

Wildfish Seafood Grille

Though Wildfish was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2011 -- that's the same company that owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster -- the restaurant, located on the Scottsdale Waterfront is still a destination for upscale seafood. You can have your choice of dishes like yellowtail sashimi, crispy salt and pepper shrimp, or batter-fried oysters. Or go big with options like jumbo Georges Bank scallops and cold water Maine lobster tails.

 

Ankimo Slider at Hana
Ankimo Slider at Hana
Nikki Buchanan

Asian

Hana Japanese Eatery

At Hana in Central Phoenix, chef and co-owner Lori Hashimoto serves fresh sushi including sake, hamachi, masago, and more. The family-run restaurant also has a selection of rolls but you won't want to miss the specials board, which features unique offerings like abalone, ankimo (monkfish liver), and aji (Spanish mackerel). There's also the popular Hana Lobster, a nine-ounce Brazilian lobster with garlic and asparagus.

Roka Akor

This Scottsdale restaurant specializes in Japanese steaks and seafood with a distinctive modern twist. There are cold plates like the delicious butterfish tataki with white asparagus and yuzu, as well as hot entrees such as crispy fried squid with chili and lime. And at Roka Akor, you can order sashimi platters (that come artfully arranged on a decorative rock), nigiri sushi, rolls, and fish entrees.

Pallets

Pallets Food and Bar Co. in downtown Phoenix offers a menu of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Sushi items. Which means you'll have options as diverse as pad thai with shrimp, vegetarian rice paper rolls, and tofu pho. Of course, there's also a nice selection of sushi and rolls, which get a nice discount during happy hour.

 

Camaron y filete a la Diabla
Camaron y filete a la Diabla
Evelyn Ngugi

Latin/Mexican

Mariscos Playa Hermosa

Sixteenth Street's Mariscos Playa Hermosa proves you don't have to break the bank in order to get your seafood grub on. The family-owned restaurant has a lineup of tasty seafood cocktails like the the campechana grande, a cooked, mixed seafood cocktail that features shrimp, abalone, squid, and octopus. It gets served in a goblet with cucumber, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and avocado.

Tumi

Tumi, a Peruvian restaurant located in Chandler, will give you plenty of seafood options under their menu's From the Sea section. Some of our favorites from the menu include the tangy, citrus-y ceviche de pescado with raw tilapia marinated in lime juice and Peruvian spices and the arroz con mariscos, a Peruvian version of Spanish paella.

Mariscos Altata

Located on the west side of town, Mariscos Altata offers Sinaloan-style seafood in a bright -- though, sometimes loud -- atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in shrimp, so you'll find several satisfying options including a ceviche of citrus-marinated prawns mixed with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and spices, as well as a very popular shrimp cocktail you get to customize yourself with hot sauce and limes.

 

Spaghetti with crab and sea urchin from Cuttlefish
Spaghetti with crab and sea urchin from Cuttlefish
Lauren Saria

Italian

Cuttlefish

Joey Maggiore's spot for coastal Italian fare quickly has become one of our favorite spots for seafood. You can belly up to the oyster bar to start your meal at Cuttlefish and then dig into dishes like their spaghetti with crab, sea urchin, and prawns dressed in sauce made from local tomatoes and basil. Nearly all of the menu features something from the sea, so you'll have little restriction when making your selections.

Crudo

"Crudo" means raw in Italian and you can be sure that doesn't refer to red meat. Raw seafood dishes are chef Cullen Campbell's specialty, so at Crudo you can look forward to dishes like albacore with apple, black garlic, and truffle or ahi served with grilled lemon, pickled green garlic, parsley, and black pepper. There are hot options as well, including squid ink risotto with chilies, tuna, and tomato.

Romeo's Euro Cafe

This decades-old restaurant in Gilbert has an extensive menu, but some of our favorites have to be the seafood entrees. We like many of the dishes at Romeo's Euro Cafe, but some of the highlights include salmon la scala, shellfish tortellini, and the shrimp Corfu -- all of which come in generous portions, yet another plus.

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The Salt Cellar Restaurant

550 N. Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

480-947-1963

www.saltcellarrestaurant.com

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Little Cleo's Seafood Legend

5632 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014

602-680-4044

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Wildfish Seafood Grille

7135 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-994-4040

www.eddiev.com

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Hana Japanese Eatery
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Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

480-306-8800

www.rokaakor.com

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Pallets Food and Bar - Closed
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Romeo's Euro Cafe

207 N. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

480-962-4224

www.eurocafe.com

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Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-358-8666

www.crudoaz.com

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Cuttlefish

8777 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

573-202-3044

www.cuttlefishscottsdale.com

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Mariscos Playa Hermosa

1605 E. Garfield St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-462-1563

www.mariscosplayahermosa.com

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Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

961 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85225

480-821-1717

www.tumi-restaurant.com

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Mariscos Altata

5828 W. Indian School Road
Glendale, AZ 85301

623-247-0731


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