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: (512) 291-7300
  • 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, 10:30am to 2:30 pm

    Bar Menu
    7 Days a Week, 3pm to 5:30

    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 locations around the world. 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (135)fit for foodies (130)special occasion (91)neighborhood gem (79)hot spot (79)romantic (48)good for groups (44)great for lunch (41)notable wine list (36)great for brunch (34)vibrant bar scene (27)scenic view (16)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Great Place For Business Lunches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I was introduced to Perla's by a client of mine. I introduced Perla's to two different clients and they loved it. The red snapper is outstanding as are the scollops. The cheese grits with lobster are a must have side. This is not my last trip to Perla's only my most recent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • annoyed
    Cindy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Perla's has been one of our favorite restaurants for date night. This time we were with a group, and since it was cold outside we hung out at the bar until our table was ready. Despite our efforts to stay out if the way of the 2 guy's that were working that area, it was quite apparent we were a nuisance to them We were drinking and eating appetizers, so it wasn't like we were just sitting there not spending $. It makes me frustrated, because our evening started out a little tense - we all could feel their frustration with us. Our waiter at our table was wonderful - Donovan. No complaints, in fact he more than made up for the guys at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, friendly service at Perlas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our party of four was all very happy with the food. Oak-grilled ed fish on the half shell was very good. My wife had a bouillasbiase that was tasty. Oysters were not ihexpensive, but very fresh and good quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a classic
    wagmorebarkless
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Seafood choices usually wonderful - Crab Florentine a must; dressing for crab wedge salad could be significantly better, tasted like bottled dressing. Remainder of brunch items left everyone at our table happy and definitely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to bring out of towners
    kshotloVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We come to Austin frequently, hard to reserve Perlas... However, the food is great. Service was average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Oysters were amazing! Service was great and friendly! Would come back again next time in Austin.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Austin SoCo hot spot
    ilovetapas
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had multiple recommendations that led us to this restaurant for dinner during our visit to Austin. We loved SoCo street and this restaurant is a gem. The service was incredible (our server Sharon was attentive and knowledgeable) and the food was spectacular. I had the Lobster Bucatini which was by far my favorite meal ever, and my boyfriend had the Halibut which was also excellent. We loved the outdoor patio where we could people watch and enjoy the beautiful Austin weather. We will be going back to Perla's on our next visit to Austin!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally fresh oysters!
    F1racover
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We were looking forward to the oyster bar here but I must say it exceeded our expectations. Had dozens of our favorites and thanks to Molly, the best wait person in the world, tried several others we liked even better. Food and her service were spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Denvergal
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Both food and service was outstanding. Enjoyed our dinner, very fresh fish and oysters. Fun place to meet friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Oysters
    HGWTVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The oysters on the half shell selection was excellent and the oysters were fresh and delicious. They were shucked beautifully, with their liquor still bathing the oysters. The scallop entree was nicely prepared and the grilled octopus was smoky and tender.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    LMSinLA
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The Poco Platter and the grilled octopus were to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was Spot On!
    MegR
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We went for our 14th anniversary and had a wonderful meal and fantastic service. We've been several times and will definitely be back. Cocktails are always expertly made and the raw seafood is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flawlessly Elegant
    Ivyrobinson
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything from the ambiance to the menu was perfectly rounded. Everything we chose was prepared to perfection and absolutely lovely. The atmosphere was perfect for a late dinner in October; the weather was incredible & the outdoor dining area could not have been better. This is certainly one of the best dining experiences I've had in Austin. The service was great, and the menu options are a perfect blend of European influence and Texan warmth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    doug
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had to wait 20 min despite reservation. Looks like the non reservations mess with their timing. Loud. Food was outstanding. Oysters were very good. Would love to see the menu give a description of the multiple oyster selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    Eatingoutisfun
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Seafood is very fresh. Awesome food. Arrive a bit early to find parking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perla's
    fooddealfinder
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Pricey, but worth it. Perla's has THE best seafood selection in central Texas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful setting
    diphill42
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had reserved a table inside for relatives & friends from out of town meeting for lunch. After we arrived, we decided it was such a lovely day that we switched to outside on the deck. The atmosphere & food were equally wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant & it's sister location, Clark's Seafood & Oyster Bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food. Great Service.
    foodfan
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was delicious. We found the oysters a little small (PEI) but they were tasty. The service was quick, friendly and great. The ambience was nice, a little dark my taste but people enjoy that romantic lighting. The waiter Andrew was great at answering questions, recommending food. He suggested the Butterscotch Pot de Creme and gave a complimentary birthday one. It was delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked. The portions were small for TX standards but the food was cooked wonderfully. We ate the seared scallops, halibut, PEI oysters, chowder, and sea bass and we shared wood grilled sprouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced disappointment
    Bailey0223
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dined at 6:30 PM - FRIDAY. Had 2-week advance reservations and still was given a inside table facing a wall. This is a very expensive restaurant, yet we would rate the food as 3-1/2 Stars. Has large Shrimp cocktail to start, but the crackers were stale. After I mentioned it quietly to the waitress, she came back & augured that they were not stake. NOT COOL. Would never go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FRESH Seafood at it's finest!
    Boxfinder
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fresh, fresh, fresh and from all over the world! Not only fresh but brilliantly prepared, the chefs are amazing and the wait staff wonderful! If you love seafood, you'd be making a BIG mistake to miss out on Perla's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats
    Coastie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Came here with friends for oysters. The menu list was unbelievable and the food was great. Always enjoy coming here and plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Wonderful
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This place is great. I mean, was that licorice in a salad because your making my mind explode. I know, it sounds like it should not work, but it does. Perfect place to carry clients for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the worst expirience
    MMRVVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    With my 2years old seated at the patio i have been harassed by a disturbed homeless asking and asking for money. He did not took a no for answer and would not go. I didn't had cash so I had to agree to buy him something so he stopped telling stories and playing with my child. Noone came to help. Even after going to the hosts to ask for the check to be able to leave it took you several minutes while this guy kept getting closer muttering non stop. My server was very nice at all times,the 3 hosts standing at the door when I asked for help to be able to pay and leave the place could had at least asked if I needed something besides the check to pay for our whole lunch and this guy´s! unbelievable!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    great food, done well Redfish on the half shell, a signature dish, never fails to please. I dream about the grilled brussel sprouts.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    Janet
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I took my friend here for her birthday lunch. It was wonderful, as usual. The snapper with lemon spinach was especially amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Cole
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Simply put: one of the best dining experiences in Austin, period. Food and service was elite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good seafood!
    Looking4gdfd
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Perlas is fun. The seafood is top notch. And they claim it is sustainably caught. One of our group who loves oysters had them for her appetizer and her entree and was very happy. It's in an eclectic South Austin neighborhood which added to the fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and drinks
    YummoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went to perlas based on a friend's rec and we were not disappointed. We wanted to dig outside so we waited at the bar and enjoyed some excellent cocktails recommended by the bartender. When we got seated our server was really helpful and friendly. We got the ceviche which was delicious and the sun choke & potato soup - yum! I got the halibut and my husband got the escarole - not big portions but ghe perfect amount of food. Very flavorful and fresh. Great lively scene - can't wait to come back! One of the best meals I've had in a long time!
    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.
  • A "must" for Austin
    KCTravelingFoodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place was perfect for our night out in Austin. Traffic and parking is a little inconvenient but once you walk thru the door that is all forgotten. The ambiance, food, drinks, and service were stellar. We made reservations which is probably a must if you dont want to wait an hour. They have a more formal dining room inside, seating in a cool screened in area, and then typical outdoor seating. Their menu was creative, service quick, food was flavorful and good portions. We had a great time and would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For seafood lovers everywhere
    Kmoney
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This place is great for special occasions. The shrimp po-boy was awesome. The oysters selection was great. A little pricey since I spent $42 on just me but if you are looking to splurge this is the place!!Cheers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty Pretty Good
    DougFairbanks
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is actually one of my new favorites in Austin. The food is good. The Octopus is unbelievable. Last time I was there on a Tuesday they were out of a lot of the fish but that might actually be an indicator that they are doing things properly. They order fresh and sometimes you run out. It's actually much better than serving old food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great good poor service
    Hannahrose08
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was amazing I had the halibut and risotto my date had the marlin. Everything was cooked perfectly. For dessert we had pana cotta with peaches very rich and creamy. My only complaint would be our server. She did not take my dates drink order until long after mine had arrived and then forgot it until the end of the meal. During the ordering process she was very attentive to me but completely ignored my date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food and atmosphere do not justify the high price. However, our waiter was excellent and very knowledgeable about the various seafood choices. The fish was overcooked and poorly seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was amazing and oysters were great. The halibut comes recommended but was slightly dry. Was there celebrating my birthday with my wife, brother and his sister in-law and it honestly seemed like the server could care less. She was timely, although water did need to be refilled by request, but did not seem too interested in helping us celebrate with a hospitable disposition. Would probably go back, but have definitely had more welcoming dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My daughter recommend this place the food was excellent. One of the best meals I had. If you like seafood you will love this place
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Ladieswholunch
    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
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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
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    • 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.