'Tis the season all year long for wahoo, corvina and red snapper on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, and you’ll find the freshest supply for your plate or kitchen at Mopri Marisquería and Pescadería, ideally located across from the water’s edge in Puerto Viejo de Limon.
It’s easy to stroll past Mopri Marisquería and Pescadería without noticing it, because one’s eyes are always trained on the glistening sea just across the road. But once you’ve taken a seat and tucked into a small plate of ceviche, you’ll start to realize that this is a place you may likely remember forever. You'll probably return again and again whenever the urge for fresh fish hits.
Ceviche with Soda crackers — Photo courtesy of Joi Ito
While Mopri’s modest presentation may make it harder to spot, its this straightforward simplicity in the kitchen that wins over those who taste its specialties, which include corvina in coconut sauce, red snapper with patacones (fried plantains) and shrimp ceviche.
Watching the sunset over the Caribbean from a table at Mopri’s is undoubtedly one of the most memorable experiences one could hope for, especially when paired with plates of fresh mussels and a couple of cold Imperial beers.
Ricardo Corrales, the bespectacled proprietor, partners with local fishermen who bring him their freshest catches from Limon each day. Many local restaurants come to Mopri Pescadería for their fish, and it’s not unusual to find white-jacketed chefs stocking up before dinnertime.
What started as a simple fish stand a few hundred meters further south down the road on the edge of De Paso restaurant has expanded into a double lot operation at the very center of Puerto Viejo, directly across from the beach and the Lazy Mon at Stanford’s.
One side is the pescaderia, offering fish by the kilo to take home, while the other is the restaurant, with a handful of plastic tables and chairs set up in the gravel.
Find Mopri Marisquería and Pescadería along the main road in Puerto Viejo de Limon, four hours south of the capital city of San Jose. Midway between Cahuita National Park and Gandoca Manzanillo National, Mopri Marisquería and Pescadería is ideally located for an easy lunch break.
And when the sun sets over the Caribbean, its a great place to enjoy dinner, for solo travelers, small groups and families.
Mopri Marisquería and Pescaderíis is open Monday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. They're closed on Wednesdays.