Scottsdale, AZ

Freshest Seafood Restaurant in Town Opens

Greyson F
A new seafood restaurant and market is now open.Mike Bergmann/Unsplash

For those who can’t get enough seafood around greater Phoenix, there’s good news, because a local seafood brand has opened its third location in the heart of metro Phoenix. With plenty of fresh seafood to choose from as well as a fish market for guests who would rather take their seafood home, this opening should make it that much easier to grab seafood while in the Valley.

Chula Seafood is about as ocean-to-table direct service as anyone will find anywhere in the state of Arizona, let alone metro Phoenix. Jim Heflin started the restaurant and currently lives in San Diego, where he runs the California division. Part of the division includes the utilization of a 68 Hoquiam harpoon boat, which is used to collect the seafood directly from the ocean. This ensures the seafood is then sent directly to Jon Heflin, the son of Jim, and the Chula Seafood locations. Because the fish and crustaceans are sent directly from San Diego right from the docks, not only is it as fresh as anyone will find in Arizona, but it is fresher than most California restaurants as well.

The new Chula Seafood restaurant and market is located at 20581 North Hayden road in Scottsdale. It officially opened on Tuesday and is open seven days a week. Guests can stop by Sunday through Thursday, from 10 AM until 8 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 9 PM. The two other locations include 8015 East Roosevelt Street in Scottsdale, as well as 100 East Camelback Road in Phoenix.

The seafood selection at the Chula Seafood restaurant and market will vary throughout the year depending on what is available. There are some seasonal fish, although it can change based on water temperature for the given month. Currently, guests can find several fresh fish available for purchase and take-home via the market. The fish include Ora King Salmon, Faroe Island Salmon, Alaskan Halibut, grouper, yellowfin tuna, and bluefin tuna. There are umishi oysters collected off the coast of Baja Mexico also available. For those looking for smoked and pre-prepared options, they will find lox, smoked salmon, shrimp ceviche, whitefish ceviche, and smoked fish dip.

The different restaurants and markets do have slightly different options. The uptown Phoenix location has swordfish, Torro, Corvina, scallops, clams, and Rocky Point shrimp for sale currently, and the south Scottsdale location features Tasmanian salmon, New Bedford scallops, and smoked pastrami salmon.

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