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Inside Maradentro, Studio City's Newest Mexican Seafood Haven

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Jesse Gomez does his take on Mexican shellfish and seafood.

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Here's Maradentro, which opened late last week in burgeoning Studio City in Jeffrey Saad's former La Ventura. On the menu, find things like tacos de langosta, hamachi three ways, and a surf-n-turf taco that has both lobster and filet mignon. Prices range $11 to 24, making this a slightly pricier affair than Jesse Gomez's Mercado concepts, which have been pretty much home runs in every location they've opened in.

Drinks might be a white sand sangria, made with El Tesoro reposado and white white, or a smooth Michelada topped with shrimp. The environs, put together by Ana Henton, boast clean lines, brown panels, and brown leather banquettes, making for a similarly clean, but more coastal look than the Mercados. Chef Jose Acevedo, who oversees the culinary operations for Mercado, helms the kitchen at Maradentro.

11929 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91603

Maradentro Menu