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El Marinero

Photograph by John Davidson

This sparkling new Mexican seafood establishment brightens up a section of McCullough not renowned for evening fare. On our first few visits we were impressed with everything except the fried items (shrimp and oysters ended up sadly overcooked and tough). Other offerings, however, were quite promising, from the oysters on the half shell (unusually inexpensive) to the elaborate seafood combinations. The Sinaloa plate includes both a fish filet and shrimp (plus promised but not delivered octopus) in a fragrant cream sauce, while the saladlike MarisCoco combines assorted chopped seafood, chilled tomato sauce, avocado, and even a bit of coconut. Two or three table salsas will probably appear, and note that one is likely to be searingly hot. Some knowledge of Spanish would help with the menu, but the items are numbered, all the way up to 64, so expect plenty of choices.

City: San Antonio

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 1819 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX, 78212

Hours: L & D 7 days.

Phone: 210-465-9178

Last updated: December 6, 2016