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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (115)fit for foodies (107)special occasion (97)hot spot (68)neighborhood gem (67)romantic (54)great for brunch (52)great for lunch (47)good for groups (36)vibrant bar scene (28)notable wine list (28)scenic view (17)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (11)Show More
  • Best part was the company!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sabkind
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We finally got a chance to try Perla's and we're not dissapointed! Had the poco perlas appetizer AMAZING! And their fish selection was phenomenal. Let's just say my next birthday restaurant is going to be Perla's ...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    LOve the food - wonderful presentation and superb flavors. Very expensive for entrees tho..
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining at Perla's
    mfavfoods
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I and many of our friends love the food, service and dining at Perla's. I recommend Perla's to everyone, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    MJLFROGVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Tomato gazpacho with crab was very tasty - they even divided it for two for $1 up charge. Mussels were outstanding and plentiful. Had the Hendricks special martini with sage, lemon, and lime - in fact the husband had two. That constituted an ample lunch, and we didn't need to order more. When we come to Austin, we always have to eat at Perla's. Parking in the garage behind is convenient and ticket is validated. I don't think you'll be disappointed - we never are!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great lunch
    murphmeister
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I love perla's, but really enjoy lunch and brunch more so than dinner. It's bright and cheerful atmosphere during the day makes me feel like i am in California. The shrimp Cobb Dallas is always excellent as well as the fish and chips or drum sandwich. Great fries too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business lunch
    doghouse
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a business lunch and the food was fabulous followed by great desserts. Clients can't wait to go back. Fried oysters were to die for when paired with a side of grits.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MongKong was awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Erin our waiter recommended the MongKong to my wife.....her comments "Just Awesome"
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Perla's
    Cheryl
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We really enjoyed our brunch and the service was great. it's always nice to have excellent food and adult beverages at brunch, and Perla's delivers!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a safe bet in neighborhood
    HalibutCheeks
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I have a little doggie so she comes everywhere with us so I value beautiful patio dining. The staff serves her water with the rest of us and the service was impeccable for the rest of the night. The fish is always fresh as can be and always try for the specials bc those are here for a limited time and season! The halibut cheeks was seriously one of the best fish dishes I've ever had in my life. Top notch. Oh and get the flour less chocolate torte. I don't even like chocolate. I bring all my guests here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    MAVT
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and ambiance in the charming South Congress district of Austin. I would frequent if I lived there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome seafood
    Robina
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Really enjoyed the dining experience. The redfish and barrel fish we ordered were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the hype
    mattjeast
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife got a $150 gift card as a present from her company. We got a babysitter and headed out. Drinks: caesar and a sea turtle. Drinks: both quite good - caesar: strong and spicy; sea turtle: very refreshing... tipsy strawberry lemonade. Starters: house-made pop tarts (not upscale, didn't fit the menu, sprinkles tasted cheap) and a shrimp/white fish ceviche (light, zesty, very fresh). Main: crab florentine (amazing crab, english muffin was buttery/crisp, perfect poached egg) and lobster omelette (light, though eggs overcooked, lobster was very good). Overall: sadly underwhelming. Seafood was incredible, but each dish left something to be desired. $110 overall, left huge tip because no return expected.
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