Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.perlasaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5122917300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Menu
    Monday – Friday, 11:30am to 3 pm

    Dinner Menu
    7 Days a Week, 5:30pm to Close

    Brunch Menu
    Saturday – Sunday, 11am to 2:30 pm

    Bar Menu
    7 Days a Week, 3pm to Close

    Happy Hour
    Monday – Friday, 3pm to 6 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Fallon Gaskamp 512-791-5745x
  • Special Events: contact Fallon Gaskamp at 512-791-5745

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gibson
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking garage located behind Perla's.
A word from Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Perla's offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations. The bar makes delicious coastal cocktails and the wine list is stocked with fun sparkling, rosé & white wines.
Perla's has Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio and a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fishtank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (122)fit for foodies (120)special occasion (104)neighborhood gem (73)hot spot (70)romantic (54)great for brunch (46)great for lunch (43)good for groups (37)vibrant bar scene (29)notable wine list (28)scenic view (15)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Perla's Great finded on open table
    Chango
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In Austin for wedding, it's 8:15 on a Friday night ... GF & I said let's open Table dinner, decided on Perla's Sea food Oyster Bar Flavorful food, ask for Donavan Super waiter ! Enjoy the walk after Long live Austin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    With a group of 4 women who arrived at different times, and couldn't stop talking long enough to study the menu etc. the staff was very patient, and accommodating. We had not seen each other in a very long time, so we had a lot to talk about. It was great to have the back area available to be seated so that the noise level was acceptable. Being in our 70's it is important to be able to be heard. And one of us has a back problem, so the padded banquettes are a definite plus when choosing a restaurant. Your food is always very good. And not the same old, same old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love love love
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Super fresh seafood. Amazing dishes. Service is incredible. Probably my favorite restaurant in town for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE PERLA'S
    EastVangrrl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Every bite is better than the last. I live for my yearly trip to Austin, mostly for Perla's lol! Service was good, food was superb and the atmosphere on the patio is so romantic in any situation. Merci!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine food just a bit noisy
    QB66
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you want excellent seafood you will be pleased. If you want an intimate conversation you are out of luck. Good wait staff. Probably quieter outside but it was wet and cold so that was not an option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood
    LoveFood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went there for brunch and ordered fried oysters, wood-grilled oysters, one dozen raw oysters (from Massachusetts - big, meaty, sweet, soft, and with a bite to it), branzini, and ahi tuna. Everything was delicious!! Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service and food
    Nicobell
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was top notch and the fish dishes were amazing. Highly recommend the Soco fizz drink too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went to Perla's to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and it was wonderful. Oysters were outstanding and our server, Natalie, was the best. Highly, highly recommend Perla's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quality experience
    gininVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love seafood and dining al fresco. Combine these two and I go to Perlas! Had the lobster omelette and friend had lobster frittata. Perfect wine choices to accompany them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional as always
    akwdVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service is always exceptional and the food and drinks are equally so. One of our favorites when we visit Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood restaurant
    DallasFoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic atmosphere. Awesome oysters. Great menu. Very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food, Ok Service
    GuthT
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I took my grandmother here for her 75th birthday brunch. Our reservations were accommodated even though we were running a few minutes late, and the staff was very friendly. Our server did the best she could, but it was obvious she had more tables than hands and not a single support person to help her with orders, drinks, refills, and to follow up to see how we were liking our food. When you shell out over $100 for brunch the food had better be good! We were never even asked. I finished only about 1/4 of my meal and the rest went in the trash. We didn't have silverware, and didn't have salt, pepper, or any other seasonings available to try and detract from the TERRIBLE taste! Drinks were also lackluster at best. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best part was the company!
    Simon
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The dining room was extremely stuffy and too warm to be comfortable. The food was ery good, but extremely expensive, overpriced by any standard. The service was great. Noise level pretty high.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • loved it!
    Lise
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was divine - and our waiter was superb! He understood every crevice of both the wine and food menu and was there every time we needed anything but never hovered over us. One of the best waiters I've ever had in decades of fine dining! We loved every minute of our evening! Will definitely be back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OVERPRICED!
    Crcmen
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was adequate and very over priced. I'm a New Yorker and found the portion size of a piece of fish (the size of a dollar bill folded in half) at $32.00 (with noting else on the plate) simply ridiculous. My dining companion had not finished eating when the server/busboy took her utensils. As servers wished back and forth through the dining room, not one stopped to ask if new utensils were needed. Oh, and I almost broke my tooth on a pit in the cherry pie (which they did comp). I will say they are quick to replenish an iced tea! Perla's is just not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    Westie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Perla's was spot on at our last visit. I inadvertently ordered the gazpacho which came absolutely loaded with crab (and so stated in the menu but overlooked) and I have a shellfish allergy. My server offered to replace it but I was persuaded to swap with my guest who inhaled my gazpacho while I enjoyed the beet salad he had ordered. The meal continued to be excellent with great pacing through to dessert. The drinks were refreshing and innovative. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RachaelD
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent service, atmoshpere. Loved everyone who worked there - they really made my birthday feel special
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    TimL
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed the meal, everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Freshest Seafood!
    StaLoVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We started with really fresh raw oysters from different parts of the country....briny and just the right size! For our entree, we had the oak grilled Texas Gulf Redfish on the halfshell (cooked perfectly), our sides that we shared were the lobster, cheese and green onion grits (with tender pieces of lobster in it); brussel sprouts that were crispy on the outside and lemony (delish). All of the food was served nice and hot (a definite MUST for us!) Our server, Molly, was very professional and friendly. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    MrBreans
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time at Perla's and it won't be the last time. We had a wonderful experience and the food was out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time good food
    SRSFRAME
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Thought food was good along with service just thought it was more of a date night but sat next to a group birthday with small kids hoping for a couples night out more of a upscale blue jeans place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent staff
    Tapafan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful food and super friendly, yet professional wait staff make this one of our "go to" spots!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Austin Seafood Gem
    SammyT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal at Perla's on Saturday night. The restaurant was very busy, almost to the point of being uncomfortably crowded. That would be our only complaint, as we thoroughly enjoyed our food. We ate inside, but there is also a large outdoor dining area in front of the restaurant. Even though this was a blistering August evening, the fans & misters made it reasonably comfortable outside. I had the Alaskan halibut with lump crab & risotto. My wife enjoyed perfectly prepared scallops. We each had the crab Louie with fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware: this restaurant adds tip
    zacariah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Be sure to ask for an itemized list. The restaurant adds the tip into the bill and many people, without realizing this, provide an additional tip.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh so expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food and the service were very good, and the prices are ridiculous. Granted, the oyster selection is fantastic, but $175 dollars for two-dozen oysters, two drinks, an omelette, and a lobster roll......? And this is for LUNCH! Not even close to being worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good...
    JimG
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have been here often, but this time it was not up to expectations. The oysters were good, but at $18 to $24 per SIX, it was not a good value. A small request for a modification of the preparation of the fish entrée, resulted in an over-cooked piece of fish. Finally, our server was a bit clueless. Must have been new. Acted like it was his first night. Not so good this time
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but no oyster worth that much
    oystersarentdiamonds
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I'd heard RAVES about Perla's. "The oysters are pricey, but worth every penny." So upon ordering a $22 *half* dozen oysters from around North America, I felt like the flavor, though different from Texas Gulf and other East Coast oysters I've had, wasn't really any *better*...especially for more than 100% more money. The service was superb. I love the staff at Perla's. The ambience was really not that great. It's a pretty building and the decor is nicely done. But it was as loud and echo-y as a Chuck E Cheese. With the weather being upper 90s and humid, sitting outside was not a desirable alternative. Upon graciously paying and leaving after 6 oysters and 2 drinks, we went to Quality Seafood and ate many, many oysters.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More. Please.
    JohnVidal
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Perla's never disappoints. I usually order a fresh fish dish but heard the lobster roll was the best in town so my fiance and I had to try. Perfect. Mind you I have never been to Maine so I can't compare an authentic lobster roll from the region but I don't know if it can get better. The bread was dense and sweet. The single piece of bibb lettuce was a nice compliment. The lobster had a hint of cream from the mayo but not too much that overpowered the lobster itself. It added a great tang to the meat. It was stuffed to the brim and messy. Messy in this case was just right. Thumbs up as always.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    MexAgg
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a great meal with my mom and girlfriend. The food was great. The octopus appetizer is amazing and we shared a plate of red snapper and the semolina shrimp. They were amazing. The only downside is the inside is a bit loud. Sometimes we struggled to carry conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner Dream
    vgannawa
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We enjoyed fabulous seafood (grilled octopus appetizer and halibut with lump crabmeat and avocado risotto main course). Plus the desserts were very memorable, especially the butterscotch pot o' cream! Our waiter was both helpful and personable. Merci beaucoup for a special night of dining excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Humblediner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was outstanding aside from some minor nitpicks. Service was great as well as ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lobster luscious
    Bojo
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I hope a wonderful lobster roll. It was better than ordering a whole lobster because there was no work needed to get the meat. It was perfectly done. It was more tender than broiled lobster tail. This is how I'm eating lobster from now on. The roll toasty and the lettuce fresh and there was drawn butter for dipping or to drizzle on. Yum! My husband had a banana pancake with blueberries and bacon. It was so huge he could eat only half. We'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Tetonrider
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We all enjoyed our meals and will certainly return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Oysters in Austin
    davidthygod
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Perlas is a great restaurant. It's vibrant and can be a little hectic and noisy, but the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is perfect for what they are trying to create here. Its one of my favorite restaurants.
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SAdiner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food and ambiance. Service was very good. I would recommend to my foodie friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert First
    Nelliep
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We dined here with fiends for dinner. We started with cocktails and I chose poorly. Our server was happy to reurn. Y drink and I chose better the second time. Who knew Mezcal tasted like burned rubber! Lesson learned. Brussel sprouts were a standout. Entrees were enjoyed by all. Salted butterscotch pots de creme was a HUGE hit. It was so good we all wished we had our own.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great fish, fun place, really loud.
    krd1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Husband and I met a dear friend for dinner to catch up. Good food. Great service. Lovely atmosphere. Nearly impossible to hear each other. Will try again since night we went was an unexpected rain and the lack of patio shoved everyone inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood!
    lggr
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love their dinner entrees! they prepare the fish differently every time i have been there. Everything I have ordered is superb! The desserts are also unique and a must have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no need for main courses
    smokeyb4
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excepting the short wait beyond our reservation time, our Perla's night ran pretty wonderfully. We built our meal via the appetizer and sides menus a la tapas and were rewarded for that choice. Food came out very quickly and everything ordered was tasty. Sides were griddle cakes and lobster/cheese grits. Grits win (no thanks to the chunks of lobster mixed within), but a close race overall. Ahi tuna tartar was enjoyably fresh and tasty, but paled in comparison to the oysters/bacon combo, the grilled octopus, and the steamed mussels. Egads, those three were good. For appetizers, all the portions were good sized so the two of us left full, happy, and already planning our return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    oldfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great other than the Swordfish which for to taste was overdone and dry. The very helpful and cheerful waitperson spoke with the manager and offered the three of us free desserts since we chose not to wait to have replacements cooked. We learned we should have asked for the fish to be cooked medium-rare or medium at most. We loved both the crispy, fried just-right oysters, raw oysters and fried okra and one of our party was crazy about the salted-caramel butterscotch pots de creme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.