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La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill in Guadalajara

Leading up to the World’s Best 50 Restaurants happening on June 19th, we decided to get back into our “foodie groove” and explore what’s near us in Mexico. Mexico City has a few on the list like Biko, Pujol and Quintonil, but I think we will wait until the new 2018 list comes out before we head to the “Big City” again. So we turned to the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list and found two in Guadalajara. #36 Alcalde and #43 La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill.

Seafood Tower

On our first day in Guadalajara, we headed straight to La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill, a Lousiana- style oyster bar for lunch. We ordered the Fuente Royal, a huge tower of seafood which included blood clams, chocolate clams, 30 assorted oysters an assortment of ceviche as well as crab, scallops and sashimi. The seafood was very fresh and very delicious! The crab was steamed perfectly, and the scallops were the best I’ve ever had.

Fuente Royal seafood tower top layer

Fuente Royal

Fuente Royal seafood tower bottom layer

Should La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill be on Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants List?

Having said that though, we are surprised that this restaurant made the list. La Docena is a covered, open-air restaurant. That day the temperatures soared to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. There are fans, but they didn’t do much to circulate the air.

The menu is a la carte and one section is devoted to Po’Boys.

The servers do not seem to communicate with each other or with the kitchen. We had two or three servers ask us what we would like to order (both times we went). It took over 45 minutes to bring us the seafood tower which was mostly raw food.

We felt the restaurant was really good from a food standpoint, but we’ve been to other restaurants in Mexico with better service and creative menus that deserve a coveted place on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

Tuna Tostadas

La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill is one of the few restaurants open on Sunday night past 8pm. This is why we ate here twice. Again the food was amazing. I had the Tuna Tostadas and some grilled shrimp. Tom had something with pork belly, but couldn’t stop talking about the Italian vermouth he was sipping on.


I had to try both the chocolate and caramel lava cake. My recommendation is to go with the caramel lava cake.


For dessert, if you can’t decide between the chocolate lava cake or the cajeta lava cake, go with the caramel! Made with goat milk caramel, or cajeta, it’s perfect for your sweet tooth. You can get chocolate lava cake anywhere in the world, but Mexico is where you will find the best caramel!


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