Permanently Closed - Alcomar

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568 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. For years, El Chile Group owner Carlos Rivero has dreamed of opening a Mexican Seafood concept, unique to Austin. After a recent excursion to South America to join his sister on a culinary tour of several countries, Rivero had a revelation – timing was perfect to make his seafood dream a reality. Already positioned on South Austin’s burgeoning restaurant row, Rivero decided the building at 1816 South 1st St (formerly El Chile #2) was the ideal space to house his upcoming project.

Alcomar features cuisine from co-executive chefs Alma Alcocer (of El Alma) and Jeff Martinez (of El Chile). “Alcomar” is a conflation of the two chefs’ last names, but also speaks to the coastal aspect of the menu with “mar,” the Spanish word for “sea.” Together, Alcocer and Martinez have devised a menu sampling regional flavors, ingredients, and dishes from each of Mexico’s coastlines.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Latin American, Mexican
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Hours of operation
SUN: 10AM - 10PM
MON - THURS: 11AM - 10PM
FRI: 11AM - 11PM
SAT: 10AM - 11PM

Happy Hour: Every Day 3PM - 6PM

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11AM - 3PM

Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 3PM

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Phone number
(512) 401-3161
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alma Alcocer-Thomas & Jeff Martinez
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Catering
We provide catering to any scale event you mat be planning, for example, holiday parties, wedding receptions, family celebrations, or corporate events. Catering includes pick-up, delivery and full service on site. Let our friendly and experienced staff create an exceptionally memorable occasion for you and your guests.

catering@alcomaratx.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mary St W
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Parking details
Parking on the street or our lot surrounding the building at the corner of Mary and S 1st Street. We have valet parking Thursday nights, Friday nights, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. There is more parking available in the neighborhoods on either side of S 1st Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and such great customer service. Everytime, I have been there it amazes me more and more!

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k
Houston
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left for the evening, we were impressed with the staff, wonderful food and great atmosphere. It is a definite thing that we will go back.

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B
Austin
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great intimate Mexican restaurant. The food is well-prepared and the service is excellent.

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SB
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite places in Austin! Arrived thirty minutes before my reservation and they were still able to seat me quickly! They've never disappointed. If you like seafood, you'll LOVE Alcomar.

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F
Montreal
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great authentic food

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JD
Austin
4.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second trip to Alcomar and, while it was still great, not quite as good as the first. My wife was greatly looking forward to the lobster enchiladas, which I had on our last visit and she loved, but she was served the lobster tacos. These proved to be a bit of a disappointment but she didn't want to wait for another entree, which the waitress offered. They ended up comping the tacos but it kind of ruined the dinner for her. I had the adobo shrimp, which was unbelievably good. They also had an all-night happy hour since it was Monday so we had some good house margaritas for a bargain $5 each. We sat outside since it was kind of cold inside but it turned out to be a little loud from the car noise so close to the street. We'll probably go back since we love the one-off neighborhood sort of atmosphere but next time we'll sit inside and make sure our order is correct. Still a way better experience than so many of the corporate or chain restaurants!

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T
Dallas
4.0Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant of you like interior mexican seafood. Yummy guacamole with crab meat. Great "real" margaritas with real lime juice.

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AM
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we found Alcomar I was a little intimidated by the reservation option. To my surprise they had openings! It was my mother’s birthday and we decided to try a new restaurant. (She is also a pescatarian) Our server Nessa (I hope I spelled his name right) was amazing! They also accommodated my nephew who is a picky eater as well!(a preteen) We ordered him the enchiladas, and they cut it up for him like they were mini quesadillas! He thoroughly enjoyed them. Nessa checked on us often and answered any question we had about the menu. Thank you for making my moms birthday memorable! We will definitely come back again!

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OT
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Friendly staff! Would go back ✨

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JC
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the service was the best! Will be a frequent customer from now on.

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m
Austin
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food always and so consistent. Wait staff is extremely knowledgeable about menu.

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so fantastic. Shrimp and Salmon dishes were delicious. This is a must return place!!

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L
Austin
4.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I've been here twice and both times they were out of raw oysters, which was the main reason we came here. Lame.

The pickled veggies and spicy dip they give you with chips for free is amazingly delicious, but you don't get nearly enough chips and it makes you feel like you're being bothersome asking for more.

Both times, my drink order was wrong, but I just went with it. This most recent time, it took our server almost 25 minutes to come take our drink order to begin with. All the food I've had here is delicious, albeit pricey, but worth it.

I would make sure you have enough oysters for the weekend when you're getting the bulk of your business. I'll have to go elsewhere to get my raw oyster fix fulfilled.

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DY
Austin
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been wanting to try this place. I love the decor.
We sat out on the patio and so did everyone else. Our server was kind and responsive and full if information but things were a little slow at times, probably he was the only one on the full patio.
We had the gulf oysters which were fresh, meaty. My partner also had the octopus - had a small piece, pretty tasty, not too chewy.
Both if us had fish dishes. I had the snapper verde mole and he had the red fish. Both were properly cooked and very flavorful. The snapper was the most expensive dish at $33. Not sure why though...seemed a little out of range.
Our bill was $100 and we both only got agua frescas to drink.
I'm glad we tried this place but I think we'll only be back for HH at those prices.

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A
Austin
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love coming here, but on this night the service was not up to normal standards. The hostess was quite unfriendly, and the waiters and bussers were not very attentive and made several errors. We love the food and it’s a great neighborhood place so we will definitely come back, but hope the service is stepped up next time.

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AK
3.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our first visit to Alcomar after years of wondering about it. We were early for a 7pm reservation and were seated promptly. Service was fine, although the waitress seemed inexperienced. She did not ask us anything or offer any thoughts on the menu. The food was good. Just not special. The food came very quickly, would have preferred to spread things out more. For the price point, there are more interesting places to eat. Both margaritas I had were quite good.

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EM
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waiter was great! He knew what we wanted before we did and did a great job at recommending us options when we couldn't decide what to get. Great for special occasions when you don't mind splurging a bit on really good food!

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OT
Austin
2.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

N/A stop making me type

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J
Las Vegas
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food; Interior Mexican as opposed to Tex-Mex

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Austin
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, the food is amazing and the service is wonderful. I have an amazing experience and I can't wait to go again.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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A
Austin
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

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OT
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Easter Lunch

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M
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch

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OT
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great dining experience with my family here. Nice aesthetic and ambiance. Service was good - wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. The food came out at a nice pace - enough time to enjoy the appetizer without too long of a lag time before the main course. I had the Lobster Enchiladas with a side of rice and spinach salad. What a colorful plate! And it tasted as amazing as it looked. Perfect portions.

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Houston
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my nephew and niece for a quick get together while in Austin on business.

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ZK
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

More options for people having an allergy to garlic!

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New England
3.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Have to say I was very disappointed about the Ahi tuna tacos. Everything from taste to presentation was sub par. The fish was so over cooked I wouldn’t have known it was tuna if I hadn’t ordered it myself. The waitress didn’t check in often. They were also out of two menu items that we specifically came in for, but the waitress didn’t tell us until after our other items came out.

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Austin
2.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went there for the HH to get $1 oysters and they were out of oysters. Very sad.

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JG
4.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Best oysters I've had in Austin! Albeit, I'm not out every evening trying oysters but these were fresh and delicious and you can't beat their $1 happy hour special! Happy hour margs were great and their sangria was the legit not overly sweet kind. Ceviche was amazing, and the queso flameado was buttery and delicious. My only complaint was the fact that food and drinks took a while to come out, even for me who tends to be super forgiving regarding stuff like that having worked in the industry myself. They very well just could have been understaffed for the night and it wouldnt keep me from going again for now.

Overall if you're thinking of going, go! You and your palate will not regret it.

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Charlotte
2.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I've been to Alcomar twice, the first time was consistently great-- would have left a four or five star review. This time was a different story-- my margarita was strong to the point of not having good flavor-- had to ask for something to dilute it. While the appetizers were really solid (crab guacamole is a standout), our entrees were pretty hit or miss. Lobster tacos were very good as was my husband's chicken taco. My ahi tuna taco was overcooked to the point of being chewy (I thought it was actually chicken when it arrived) and the pineapple/onion blend was odd flavor/texture-wise. The lobster enchiladas were very light on lobster and VERY heavy on onions-- it was extreme. I'm not the type to send food back, but really considered it for the "miss" dishes. Definitely left a bit on the plate.

It's a pretty space and certain dishes are good, but with so many great spots in Austin, not sure if we'll be back.

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Cleveland
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling to Austin for the first time. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a great dinner of Oysters, Redfish, and Lobster burrito. We had the margaritas which were awesome. The service was exceptional as he explained the options and was there just as we needed him. Absolutely try out this place out as it is a short Uber ride from downtown across the Lady Bird Lake in South Austin.

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New Orleans
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great seafood food with Latin flare! Loved the Tulum Margarita.

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SD
Houston
3.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

They service was sub par. We had to ask our waiter Kiko or Koki to smile. He was not kind at all, even after we told him we were visiting from Houston. The hostess was nice though.

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Austin
3.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Gulf oysters reasonable price but didn't taste the freshest.

Green ceviche --wonderful twist on a classic

Queso Flameado--not actually flaming , although I have seen this presentation at other restaurants, maybe something for them to consider.

Taco's over priced and undersized --steak taco wonderful but super spicy heat, Tuna taco--left more to be desired, a so-so taco.

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Dallas
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Service was great. What I didn’t understand was an added alcohol tax but when we questioned it they were gracious about it , did not charge the coffee but told us they cannot remove the tax. I did not see that the last time I was there. I love eating there every time I visit Austin and it’s close to my son’s apartment near St Edwards U.

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GG
Austin
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alcomar has amazing mariscos! We always have great service and love one of the waitresses...though I forget her name, she always remembers that I love the lobster tacos and the michelada toreada. Thanks again for an amazing meal Alcomar!

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Austin
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always although service was slow

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good cheese, great cheese

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Tampa
5.0Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not to miss spot on south first! Spanish influenced seafood that is fresh and so delicious. Try the lobster tacos! Best thing on the menu is the cauliflower flan, you’re welcome.

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