Clark's Oyster Bar
Clark's Oyster Bar

Clark's Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://clarksoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 5122972525x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Daily Menu
    Monday - Friday: 11am to 10:30pm

    Brunch Menu
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am to 3pm

    Weekend Dinner Menu: 3:30pm to 10:30pm

    Happy Hour: 7 Days from 3pm to 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanco
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Clark's Oyster Bar
Clark's features classic American seafood with an emphasis on freshness, local products, simple preparation, attention to detail, and clean presentation.

Classic coastal cooking from the Texas Gulf to the Northeastern Seaboard will influence Clark's menu. A large portion of the concept is devoted to the Oyster, Cold Bar, Seafood, & Caviar. We procure the freshest oysters from small harvesters around North America and serve cold seafood platters featuring super fresh daily specials.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Clark's Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (37)great for outdoor dining (32)great for lunch (29)romantic (23)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (4)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Does not live up to the hype.
    Betty
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Clark's Oyster Bar is a a cute, tiny restaurant. The food was fine - not nearly good enough to make up for the restaurant's shortcomings. We sat inside, but were still bothered by flies and gnats throughout dinner. A little better air flow would have been welcome as well. Once you sit down, be prepared to stay as there is only one very narrow outlet for staff and patrons to get in and out of the seating area. On a positive note, all of the staff that we encountered were very good.. We may visit this restaurant again, but try the outdoor seating in the Fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date night
    Boppy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been wanting an authentic crab Louie. Clark's was good, but I am going to have to go to San Francisco to get what I want. The ceviche was awesome. My husband had east coast oysters which he said were very good as well as the chowder. The stone fruit tart- do NOT pass up. My only complaint is that it is very intimate seating inside and Chatty Cathy and her 3 friends were at the next table. She had Brussels sprouts - which I hate- and the strong smell was almost more than I could stand. Next time, we will get a table outside. The wait staff was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good for Birthdays
    MichelleBelle
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    So disappointed after they dropped the ball on my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    rleachVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had Sunday morning brunch and we could have not asked for a better dining experience. The menu was creative and the food was outstanding. The inside of the restaurant is small but very bright and airy. They have a great outdoor dining area as well. This is one of those places that I will definitely recommend to friends who may be dining in Austin. An overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining...
    Estercita
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The ambience, food & service was great! Will definitely keep going back & will continue recommending to friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my favorites
    chuckw
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I've been to Clark's quite a few time and have never been disappointed. You simply KNOW that the food will be amazing - regardless of what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2brunchVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It was amazing. The service was incredible, she knew the menu and her favorites, and was very helpful in helping friends from out of town order the best thing on the menu. She was quick but did not rush us. It was a great pre-birthday brunch. I adore their uniforms.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clark's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've never had anything bad here. The Cippolino soup was the best thing ever. Good for gluten free me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paddycakes
    Jack
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Exquisite food and beautifully presented. We were treated to outstanding service. This is a first class venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great ...
    Billy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Still great! No one is knocking Gulf oysters; they have their application. But expect the very best of the NW and NE here, miyagis, kumamotos, shiny seas. The prices are about 25 cents higher per oyster here than in downtown Seattle, which, considering the additional distance traveled, doesn't seem bad. The various roasted fishes are outstanding. It's a very small restaurant and they pipe in loud music, both inside and outside. Great fish- and shellfish-appropriate wine list. Hit or miss service -- but that seems endemic to hip restaurants in Austin. Nice interior design!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner for girlfriend
    Birthday
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Found this on yelp and took a shot. Everything was perfect. Until.. The table next to us started conversation about everything we ordered throughout our meal. We loved the food and service.. Hated not having some space. The people next to us were nice but we were on a romantic date and had to constantly conversate with them about our oysters, our appetizers, our meal, and.. Our desert as if they were part of our 2 person party. Next time I'd ask for a more private table. I'd reconnect this place to friends but only on a social basis. Don't get me wrong, everything was great, we just wished we had more privacy or space between tables. People next to us constantly asking how much we are spending on things was annoying..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Being from New England my expectations for the Lobster Roll were high. Clark's did not disappoint they exceed expectations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always a strong performer. I have eaten here a dozen times over the past year - dinner and lunch. Food is always very well prepared and creative. Very fresh fish (better be). Servers know the menu and are experienced and attentive. Great atmosphere inside and out the outside deck (those mist coolers really work on a hot afternoon). Hard to go wrong with Clark's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    JWH48VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food and service are always outstanding. Hard to get into, but well worth it. Mussels and clams were great as are any specials they have. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite Austin restuarant
    Howdyyinz
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great vibe and fabulous food!! We felt like we were in Cape Cod!! The blue point oysters were amazing! I recommend trying the New England clam chowder, grilled Brussels sprouts and Clarks Cioppino! They are to all fabulous! I cannot wait to return to Clark's Oyster Bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around good
    MJLFROGVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Crab cake great, gazpacho very good, oysters tasty, heirloom tomatoes with burrata delicious, cocktail of the day outstanding (I had 2), and the Pinot Gris good. Cute place, small, and parking a challenge, but we really enjoyed it for a Sunday lunch and will return again when next in Austin.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JSB
    JBBBVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to Clarks twice in the past two weeks. Each time the food was outstanding and the service excellent. I really appreciate that they take reservations as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great lunch, brunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it every time
    jwalkersVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The people are very nice and the food is great, the space is small but not in a bad way
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellant!
    BritTex
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We celebrated a friend's 80th birthday here. The food is outstanding - quality/taste, creativity and presentation and perfect portions. The wait staff were very pleasant, unobtrusive but attentive. Absolutely, THE best place for seafood in my book.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Clarks!
    RideorDine
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a 9pm reservation on a Wed. with 2 other adults and a 2yr old. As soon as we walked in the staff was great and very accommodating. This was my 4th time at Clarks and if you haven't been here it is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. Atmosphere and ambience is great and changes well over lunch to dinner. It wasn't a busy night but far from empty. We ordered oysters, and shooters to start. Even though they were out of a few oysters they still had both East/West coast, which were great. For our main course we order the Lobster Roll, Crab Cake, Crispy Gulf Snapper, fries, and a grilled cheese. Everything was perfect and had no complaints. The people I was with were from out of town and they were already planning to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I didn't realize how casual it was. The bill was pretty hefty though. Loved the oysters and all the food was excellent.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    jwalkersVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    You can't get any better oysters or fresher seafood
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small but significant
    ClareVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Clark's is simply wonderful. It is also incredibly expensive, but somehow it is worth it. The decor, service, ambiance and quality of food come together in such a way that one never leaves dissatisfied. I keep it in my mind as a treat, somewhere to go to celebrate or be with a special friend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Clark's
    Kristen
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Cute place, very bright with an old charm. Sea food tower is amazing, as well as all their main dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always!
    FluffyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Awesome food AND service! Never disappoints. LOVE the "on the half shell prep" for fish! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood
    Florence
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Excellent oysters if a bit expensive. The ceviche was one of the best I've ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Clark's is our go-to place in our neighborhood and they've never disappointed us. Fantastic service, great food. The waitstaff knows their oysters and has never steered us wrong. Fantastic seafood! Make sure you order the fries. You will think you won't eat all of them but you will.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We made a reservation and they actually called us to confirm. The table was ready (unlike Tacos and Tequila who told us we had to wait another 30 min) when we got there. The service was excellent and our courses arrived on time, so they didn't pile up on the table. And, all the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another delightful meal
    zella
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food gets better and better, and this remains one of my favorite spots in Austin. Always a delightful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    Lkdfoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We love it at clarks, just hard to get a table because it's so small. The menu is great. Only reason for 4 stars on food, my husbands fries came out cold with his lobster roll. Other than that it was wonderful. I had the coppino and always it's my go to favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Oysters!
    jmaireVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    If you love raw oysters, this is the best place in town where you're gonna find a wide variety of options. There are so many to choose from on the menu, and the staff is very helpful when making selections. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, but you have to make reservations at least a week in advance, so planning is required. Parking can be tough, so be prepared to drive around the block a few times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but worth every penny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Dinner for 2 approx 60 pp 2 drinks onwith app and 2 entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 111 reviews are from the Clark's Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • Superb Evening
    Nico
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Love this restaurant. Waitress was friendly and well informed about the oysters and wine. They were out of the first two gins my companion ordered but the bartender came over to the table and found him one that they thought he would like and he did. Only reservation was that I had had one glass of wine and couldn't drive with two glasses. We asked the waitress to see if I could order a half glass. They refused. For me this is a safety concern. it felt inflexible when we had spent $125 without tip. Most restaurants would accommodate this request when I had already had wine. Other then that, the staff was responsive but not overbearing. I will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • janed
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was amazing. The wait staff attentive and knowledgeable. Great Happy Hour prices on bottles of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    HayJay73
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here, and the food was absolutely fantastic! We shared a few dishes for dinner, including a dozen oysters on the half shell (we preferred the east coast varieties to the west coast ones), the Oven Roasted Gulf Oysters, Clark's Cioppino, and the fabulous Crab Cake. We weren't disappointed with any of it! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clarks--Yum!
    Pleased
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is delicious. I picked it for my Mother's Day evening meal with just my husband and me. We had gone to another restaurant for brunch and it was delicious, but Clarks was perfect for a little more adult exprience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was outstanding. We were with some people who had recently been to Maryland and they said the Clark's crab cake was better, hands down. Also tried mussels and a red fish. All great. Will definitely be back. It is a little on the pricey side but we found it to be worth it. It is noisy but I don't think there is much that could be done about that. Our service was a little slow (especially given that it was nearly 10pm) and the management may want to do a little work in that area. Her attitude was great. Given how long it took for food, would have liked to have her check back and assure us she was on top of things though. Highly recommend sitting outside if a table is available and it isn't too hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best crab cakes!
    BarbieShannon
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I'm now going to Clark's at least once a week for the crab cakes, and taking a different friend with me each time, so I've also sampled the Shrimp Toast and Shrimp salad, which were also delicious! The wait staff is courteous and efficient, especially Nathan. I LOVE that Clark's takes reservations. I won't go anywhere that doesn't anymore. The prices are a bit high for lunch, so maybe smaller portions could allow for more under-$20 entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    One of the best meals of my life. Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    cwrtexas
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food and service - we sat down and the service was very attentive and apps and club sandwich was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.