About Alcomar

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.

1816 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Latin American, Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Mary St W

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 401-3161

Website:
http://www.alcomaratx.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Alma Alcocer-Thomas & Jeff Martinez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Alcomar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Casual (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was my second time dining at Alcomar. Both times I loved the atmosphere and thought the food was delicious. It is a refreshing fusion of traditional Mexican dishes and seafood — something truly unique. The atmosphere is intimate enough for a romantic date or lively enough for dinner with friends. The interior is decorated with lightly stained wooden features and white accents. My only complaint is that I wish our waiter were more welcoming. I would sometimes feel as though we were hurried to order our drinks and food. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and would certainly recommend it for the unique atmosphere and menu.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was just ok. Service was friendly, but food and drink execution wasn’t that impressive.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The service was outstanding and the food was even better. The dishes were innovative, the ingredients were fresh and authentic, and the vibe was unpretentious.

Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This place might be my new favorite brunch spot! The watermelon mimosas were delish, along with the chilaquiles with the crab. The only thing that would have made it better would be the potatoes and green salsa that came with the pork dish... mmmm oh my gosh. I'm not even that into beans but theirs were soo good. The 'te amo' drink was the bomb. The only thing that wasn't perfect was that we were placed at a table right by the kitchen.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent Mexican seafood!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a great time and wonderful food. Lobster enchiladas and Shrimp Adobo were unique and delicious. Our waiter, Phillip, was quiet but attentive and very kind. We will return.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A perfect early dinner on New Year Eve. Great food, service, ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very nice red snapper dish was excellent

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service wonderful as usual.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was really good. Really cool little place with great ambiance. We'll be back for sure!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great place for holiday work lunch.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2017

food was amazing and our server Jason was great. Our first time there and we will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good to excellent all around meal and service. Would definitely go again! Service was exceptional and not stuffy. Meals were delicious. Pricing could be better but getting used to Austin prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Last minute reservation at 8:00 on a Friday night. I was surprised the place was only half full. We loved the decor and atmosphere, our server was great!, and our meal was outstanding. I had a trio of tacos, our server chose the combination for me and all three (steak, grilled fish, shrimp) were delicious. The beauty of those tacos was that each one has its own toppings, it wasn’t just the protein that was exchanged. And they were bigger than I thought they would be, two would have been plenty if you had a starter. My husband ordered the lobster enchiladas and ate every bite on his plate, he said they were delicious. We shared a chocolate tart with pink salt and Mexican ice cream, it too was delicious. We will go back. I wish the place would have been packed for them for a Friday night. They get five stars in every area for a dining experience.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Drinks were good, food was fair - BUT it was not worth the price.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food and drinks are really good. Service is always friendly and prompt.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Honestly pretty overpriced for what it was. The food was good, just not worth the cash.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Alcomar is the best date night, special occasion, or even just happy hour spot - definitely try the lobster tacos!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service. Our waiter was friendly and timed every part of the meal perfectly. The host at the front wins the award for the night for telling the large party behind us to be aware that there were other guests in the restaurant. This was my second time there, and I will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Consistently high quality ingredients, very fresh seafood, careful preparation and friendly service.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Alcomar did not disappoint. From our appetizers to each entree, the food was outstanding. The service, including the complimentary valet staff, was incredibly friendly and very attentive. We have already recommended to other friends and Alcomar will definitely be on our list of faves. I gave it 4 stars for value only because the drinks were a bit on the higher end so enjoying more than one a piece when there are 4-6 in your party can get pricey.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had dinner with family, one pescatarian with us. Great choices for all. Crab and guac outstanding along with cocktails.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always have a fantastic meal...the location probably prevents Alcomar from being a hot spot, but the food quality is excellent..!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sooooo tasty!! What a great and unique mix of seasonings and textures. Always love Alcomar.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My daughter's birthday

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I had the lunch fish tacos. The food was nicely presented, but low on flavor. The fish was a bit overcooked. I might try some of their dinner items, as those seem to be specialties, but this first round was not encouraging.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service and food! My salad was outstanding, and I will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Michael's team @ Alcomar is focused on a creative and positive customer experience from the fantastic food to the wait staff! Alcomar's food is flavorful and delicious!

*Bravo!*

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was excellent. The butternut squash soup was amazing. Underwhelming cocktails.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The best and most original Mexican food that we have tasted. Truly innovative in their combinations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary. The staff was very attentive and engaging. We decided to switch seats once we ordered and the staff was really flexible. The food was delicious. I had the steak salad and my wife had the scallops. The dessert of sopapilla cheesecake was the perfect way to end the meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great spot that I was able to at the last minute get a table for my date and I. Fast friendly service and always with a smile. The marga were bold great flavor and can bite you hard. Amazing Paloma's as well!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The folks at Alcomar are awesome!! The food is excellent and the drinks are great! We are definitely going to make this one of our regular restaurants! Also, it's far enough south to avoid all the drama of downtown without sacrificing quality and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I went to Alcomar first for a margarita break during a shopping trip on South Congress, then 2nd to come back for brunch because the menu looked so delicious! I ordered the chilaquiles with crab and it was everything I could have wanted. Also ordered the civiche - amazing!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Heard about Alcomar on TV and gave it a try for lunch. The food was excellent. Service was awesome. The young man gave great suggestions for our vegetarian and everyone else. Each person ate something different and each of us enjoyed our meal. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazingly balanced food. Rate to find a place where everything tasted amazing.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious and unique seafood dishes - with a Baja California- Mexican feel. Creative cocktails. Parking is a little tricky but don't be intimidated.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

There are not enough great words for delectable for me to rain upon Alcomar. I LOVE this restaurant! The menu is chock full of unique, FRESH offerings. I am always challenged, because I want to go back to the great taste I enjoyed the last time, but then I miss out on all the things I haven't tried. BEST option...come with friends who like to share, and order up! Do NOT skip the roasted butternut squash in mojo butter. To Die For. Every wood-grilled seafood option is worth a mention. And the Ceviche Verde is a part of EVERY meal I've had there. Another one I just can't do without.
THANK YOU ALCOMAR for keeping this Austinite VERY happy!

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were there for late lunch. Dinner may be different

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice, high quality, authentic Mexican seafood restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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