As the McAllen food scene continues to thrive, a new restaurant is making waves. Tacocean is the latest venture of owner Frank Gutierrez in the local restaurant scene. Specializing in seafood tacos, the menu provides a “creative and original” experience, said Gutierrez. It brings unique flavors of the sea to the region that can’t be found elsewhere.

Inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine and ambiance, Tacocean seeks to capture the vitality of Mexico’s vibrant culinary traditions and bring the essence of Mexico’s beautiful beaches to its location. The place is adorned by blue and white decor that puts you right by the bayside as savory dishes of mahi mahi, octopus, and shrimp are enjoyed. The restaurant’s aquatic theme comes to life with carefully selected blue decor, creating a serene atmosphere.

Tacocean takes great care in the food they offer. Fresh ingredients are used, including “prime rib eye, gulf shrimp, organic vegetables, and mahi mahi that is brought in every two or three days,” Gutierrez said — adding an element of quality and refinement to the restaurant. It also features “one-of-a-kind desserts and pretty good drinks,” Gutierrez said.

For Gutierrez, this is not his first restaurant venture. He has spent his whole life in and around the workings of restaurants, being “born into the restaurant business,” he said. His father, too, owned restaurants. Being a restaurant owner is more than a business for Gutierrez; it is more like a passion, being fond of “serving people and seeing people enjoy their food,” he said.

Gutierrez is an experienced restaurant entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for the food industry. Coming from a family of restaurateurs, he was born into the business and has spent his entire life around it. For Gutierrez, owning a restaurant is not just a job; it is more like a passion, being fond of “serving people and seeing people enjoy their food,” he said.

Genuine care that visibly translates to the establishment of Tacocean.

Gutierrez aims to expand Tacocean’s reach in the Valley by opening new locations. “There’s nothing else like it in the area,” he said, hence why he wants to expand it to multiple locations so that people from all over the Valley can enjoy the unique menu and experience it for themselves.

Tacocean is located at 8025 N 10th St., Suite #140, McAllen, TX 78504. To contact the restaurant, call (956) 800-5192.

Rafael Mendoza-Farias Jr.