Top picks for the best fish tacos in Tucson. P.S. If a place has a great fish taco, it's safe to assume their shrimp taco is great too.
While carne asada is king in the Sonoran desert, don’t dismiss the fish.
Fish tacos don’t need to be complicated. The fish should be juicy and taste fresh. If they’re fried, they need to be crunchy. Everything else is a bonus.
Here are our picks for the best fish tacos in Tucson. (P.S. If a place has a great fish taco, it’s safe to assume their shrimp taco is great too.)
BOCA Tacos y Tequila
533 N. Fourth Ave.
Whether you want grilled or fried, BOCA has you covered. The Salmon is marinated with citrus and grilled, while the Pescado features beer-battered whitefish. The tacos are dressed simply with chopped cabbage for crunch, while the daily changing salsas make it so you won’t get the same flavor experience twice regardless of how often you visit.
For more information, visit bocatacos.com.
Cocteleria La Palma
1143 S. Sixth Ave.
A food truck in the middle of the desert might not sound like the best place for seafood but trust us here. The seafood at La Palma is exceptional, and the fish tacos are no exception. Get some of their fantastic seafood tostadas while you’re there.
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2960 N. First Ave.
El Berraco utilizes dressed-up components for their fish tacos. Their classic Fishi taco features battered fish, cabbage salad, guaca-cilantro, creamy chipotle dressing, pickled onions, and cilantro. El Tombito features grilled swordfish, cheese, and La Verde and ahogo de chipotle salsas on a flour tortilla.
For more information, visit el-berraco.com.
4841 S. 12th Ave.
For a mishmash of seafood, order the Taco Gordo at Taco Fish. The goliath of a taco is topped with fried fish, fried shrimp, and a pepper stuffed with meaty shredded marlin.
For more information, visit tacofishtucson.com.
Taqueria Pico de Gallo
2618 S. Sixth Ave.
The soft, thick corn tortilla is actually the star at Taqueria Pico de Gallo. Get at least three of these babies in your order.
For more information, call (520) 623-8775.
Honorable Mention: Seis Kitchen
130 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 100 • 1765 E. River Rd.
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Happy ? day! Our fish program here at Seis supports sustainability by offering environmentally responsible & sustainably-sourced seafood, flown in fresh, whole and filleted in-house. We work with @santamonicaseafood who partners with the Monterrey Bay Aquarium & their seafood watch program and are acting members of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Ocean Trust. And oh how delicious is that?! #sustainablesourcing #seafoodwatchpartner #loveouroceans? #loveourearth? #fishtacos? #support!
While fish tacos aren’t always on the menu at Seis, you better catch them when you see them on special.
For more information, visit seiskitchen.com.