Mariscos El Veneno

This week the hubs and I hit up a Nayarit-style mexican seafood joint called Mariscos El Veneno – which, as near as I can tell, means “poison seafood” or maybe “wrathful seafood.” Glad I looked up the translation after we got home, or I may have had more reservations.

Mariscos el Veneno

Just outside the front door of Marisceria El Veneno

Interior of Mariscos el Veneno

The very cheerful and highly decorated inside of Mariscos el Veneno.

Our table decor and sauces

Our table decor and line of sauces.

If “Nayarit” sounds familiar, it’s because we have already sampled Nayarit-style cuisine at one Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit, yearly one year past. Mariscos El Veneno certainly reminded us of MLRN, from the catering van out back, to the live band inside; from the pictorial menu to the gigantic portions.

The inside of MLRN is more conventionally nice (read: clean, modern and appropriate to the price range) than here, but it was cheery, bright, well-kept and clearly decorated with care.

Fish ceviche tostada at Mariscos el veneno

My fish ceviche tostada.

We even got the same free app – fish ceviche tostadas, with lime and some BRUTAL hot sauce (for those wondering, I did not tear up like I did at MLRN). The tostadas were tasty, and went well with the horchata ($1.99) I ordered. I have in mind to do a huge BuHi horchata blind taste test showdown some day, but until then I have to say that despite the fact that memories dim over time and recency skews opinions, this may be the best horchata I have ever had. Whew… so good.

For dinner, we ordered filete relleno ($16.99, and seems to be the same as filete del rey at MLRN) and the pulpo especial ($26.00). As you can see, this is a pricey joint. But seafood is expensive; it’s not like we live on the coast.

Our waitress very sweetly warned us that many people don’t finish the pulpo especial (special octopus), but we didn’t really get a clear idea of why, and we’re stubborn, so we forged ahead.

Pulpo especial - Mariscos el Veneno

Pulpo especial

And we have no regrets. We clearly got an entire octopus’ worth of tentacles, lightly battered and fried before becoming one with a delectable tomato sauce with red and yellow onions, red bell peppers, and who know what all else. Delicious things. The octopus was tough to bite off the fork, but not unpleasant to chew. We both really enjoyed it.

Filete Relleno - Mariscos el Veneno

Filete Relleno

The filete relleno was also very good. I remember enjoying the one at MLRN more than here, but Adam feels quite the opposite. Either way, it was quite tasty.

We didn’t finish either plate completely – splitting one plate probably would have sufficed – but the leftovers were swiftly and efficiently boxed up for us. We got a whole second meal out of it.

I feel compelled to let everyone know that we did find a hair in our filete relleno. Accidents happen, so I am willing to assume this was a one in a million kind of thing (there was steady stream of customers the whole time we were there), but there it was none the less.

Mariscos el Veneno van

Mariscos la Riviera Nayarit has a van just like this one.

Also, the food made me fairly indigested (wrathful seafood, perhaps?), but the same thing happened when we ate at MLRN, so I am also willing to cut Mariscos El Veneno some slack and assume that there is something about Nayarit style that I am sensitive to. Too bad for my stomach, though, ‘cuz I am going back for more.

Mariscos El Veneno is expensive enough that there likely needs to be a special occasion to visit, but if you’re going to drop dough on Buford Highway, this is a great place to do it. The prices are high, but the portions are huge. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and Adam is particularly over the moon about it. We’ll definitely be back. 4 stars.

Mariscos El Veneno
5082 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

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5 thoughts on “Mariscos El Veneno

  1. Hi, as always enjoy your adventures. But isn’t this on Clairmont at Dresden
    and not on BUHI?

    • Hi, glad to hear you enjoy following along! This restaurant is on BuHi, just north of Shallowford, right next door to Taco Veloz and across the street from the Northwoods Plaza. In fact, you can get into the rear parking lot from Shallowford, if you prefer.

  2. OK, Bei Jing Kabobs was closed, so I just pulled in here to decide between Tacos Veloz and “the poison”. Mariscos El Veneno won. I’ve driven by the place hundreds of times and it doesn’t look like much on the outside, but is very nice on the inside. A trumpeter was warming up as I ate and a violin was lying a few tables in front of me. I’m sure if I had brought the wife, we would have been serenaded.
    I knew it would be expensive so I tried to keep it cheap by ordering water. That didn’t work. They brought me bottled water. I also was brought the fish ceviche tostadas, but my hot sauce was a light salsa verde. But it was just as wicked! That didn’t stop me from drizzling it on the tostadas or main dish.
    I’m not much of a fish lover, but there were several temptations including seafood kabobs (I had kabobs on the brain) and grilled salmon. The menu is illustrated with photos, so you know what to expect even if you don’t speak Spanish. The waitress confirmed that the pulpo especiale was for two or three people but I know my wife will be more delighted with these leftovers when she gets home than anything I throw together in the kitchen.
    The sautéed onions underneath were great in themselves. I spread them on the tostadas, and topped it with the pulpo cut into bite-size pieces. No, it was not as fresh as you find it on the coast, and I’ve had it fresh at the beach, watching them bring it in the previous night. But it wasn’t tough or rubbery. Overall it was quite delicious! I hope my wife doesn’t eat it all, because I hope to have some for lunch tomorrow.

    • That is hilarious – our waitress did not warn us that the pulpo especial was for multiple people – that may explain its gargantuan portion size, haha! My husband and I really went over the moon for it, and when I go back to El Veneno I’ll have a hard time choosing between having it again and trying one of the many other amazing-looking dishes!

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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