Many observant San Antonio Catholics abstain from meat during Lent, which is why we're offering up this array of local seafood restaurants where folks can indulge while waiting out the weeks before Easter arrives.
While most of these places offer the quintessential fried fish option, they also serve up a multitude of other delights that you can enjoy without a side of guilt.
Southerleigh Haute South 5822 Worth Pkwy Unit 112, (210) 236-8556, southerleighhautesouth.com
This new concept from the folks that brought you the aforementioned snapper throats, Southerleigh Haute South’s Southern-style menu includes a seafood and a full oyster bar.
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Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
The freshest sashimi for your Lenten needs. Plus, you can grab a variety of seafood to cook at home — and fun Japanese snacks! — at the adjacent grocery store Tokyo Mart.
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Costa Pacifica 434 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 491-4497, costapacificausa.com
Known for margaritas and seafood, this morth SA joint has a huge menu of bites from the sea for your Lenten dining needs.
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Little Em’s Oyster Bar 1001 S Alamo St, (210) 257-0100, littleemsoysterbar.com
This quaint 50-seat eatery offers six types of fresh oysters sourced from both coasts, as well as shrimp, ceviche, crab and lobster rolls.
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SA Seafood 5222 De Zavala Rd #330, (210) 236-7777, saseafoodtx.com
The newly-opened seafood spot serves up an extensive menu of crawfish, lobster, shrimp and other dishes exclusively in to-go containers, making it easy to take your Lenten eats on-the-go.
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Mariscos El Marinero
1819 McCullough Ave., (210) 465-9178, facebook.com/1819MariscosElMarinero
There's something particularly awe-inspiring about this tower of seafood from El Marinero. With its blend of ceviches, this Sinaloa-style dish keeps us going back.
Photo via Instagram / yspfitness
Señor Fish Seafood Bar 1915 Broadway Suite # 111, (210) 375-3730, facebook.com/senorfishseafoodbar
Señor Fish specializes in Mexican twists on fresh seafood and boasts a casual dining environment with an intimate bar area.
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Fish City Grill Multiple Locations, N/A, fishcitygrill.com
This West SA seafood-focused eatery boasts an impressive menu that includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, fish tacos and a variety of sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / fishcitygrill
303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684, botikapearl.com
With sushi boats and two options of cebiche — a Peruvian spin on the dish featuring raw fish marinated in citrus juice — there are plenty of options for folks abstaining from red meat.
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