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Popular Mexican Seafood Pop-Up Finally Secures a Permanent Space in Silver Lake

Octavio Olivas is building a home for himself

A chef prepares fresh seafood on a platter at Ceviche Project in Los Angeles, California.
Ceviche Project
Ceviche Project
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Silver Lake is trading one raw fish restaurant for another (much more well-known) one, as chef Octavio Olivas’ long-running Ceviche Project will go permanent along Hyperion Avenue. The upscale Mexican seafood spot will take over for Pazzaz Sushi.

Ceviche Project has long been considered one of Los Angeles’s best ongoing pop-ups. As the name suggests, the five-year-old series focuses on a variety of Mexican-style raw fish preparations, using quality coastal ingredients like local Santa Barbara uni as part of multi-course dinners that are often accompanied by plenty of wine. Olivas has run his pop-up events and collaborations across the city as well as Las Vegas, Mexico City, New York City, and beyond.

The move into the Pazzaz Sushi space (which the namesake tenant is still using) will be Ceviche Project’s first brick and mortar location. Olivas says he plans to flip the tight sushi counter into a ceviche bar where he can interact with diners directly while also preparing seafood for “bespoke ceviches, tiraditos, tostadas, and raw bar specialties.” The small storefront will also serve beer and wine.

As for timing, that remains to be seen. Pazzaz is obviously aware of the switcheroo (there’s ABC paperwork up in the window) but continues to operate in the space, and Olivas declined to offer a timeline of his own. Eater reached out to the sushi restaurant, but so far has not heard back.

Ceviche Project. 2524 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA.