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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (10)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Tapas (6)
Bar Seating (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (4)
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Spicy (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

It was our first visit to Alcomar although friends had been raving about it for awhile. I loved the decor and cozied up next to my husband on a wall bench to be able to people watch. An eclectic mix of folks from dolled up cuties to laid back outdoor types. The service was great and attentive but the food was the real stand out. We had lobster tacos and the best crispy shrimp ever. Don't forget the sides - cauliflower flan is delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Healthy, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Mom in town and loved the lobster enchiladas

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and atmosphere! Pleasantly surprised. Plenty of choices for all food preferences.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service was very slow. Brought us the wrong type of drink, charged us for an extra drink, took forever to get things we asked for, everything took too long. Food was good though.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Seated for our reservation right away, but it was odd that no one came to introduce themselves as our server for a good 5 minutes... however after that initial awkward interval, once our server showed up it was great. Service was then timely, pleasant, attentive and the food was fantastic. A twist on high end dining with seafood/Mexican flair. Ambiance was perfect for Valentine’s Day and surprisingly not too loud given the space and crowd size. It was also not cramped which was nice. A great experience after that initial hiccup. A+

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2018

My fiance and I really enjoyed our experience at Alcomar. What really impressed us was the food. It was great! We were surprised with how quickly our appetizers, drinks and food came out. Definitely would want to come back here again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The food and ambience here were exceptional: a great intimate dining experience. We had the best waitress, Andrea, who was attentive and lovely. We felt very taken care of and left full and happy!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for lunch to celebrate our anniversary. Not busy at all and they had a great selection-mostly seafood-which was all great.

The place is super clean and super reasonable prices. Food was fantastic too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This restaurant is the worst we visited in a while. The food is tasteless, overpriced and has no flavor. We order some scallops and they were horrible. We had to send them back. Not at all an experience.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great, high quality Mexican seafood

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent fish dishes from Mexico, very authentic. Service friendly and quick. Noisy at night but not at lunch. Cocktails are excellent with many twists on staples like margaritas. You can sit outside but right next to busy street and so not much fun. Overall, great place for lunch at reasonable prices and unique fare.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Gabe was outstanding!! Amazing oysters and the butternut squash soup was incredible.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

was good but disappointed that the dish both me and my friend wanted was "not available".

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was good. Service was slow and the staff seemed overwhelmed but they were trying hard.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went made a reservation for latish brunch on a Saturday but were surprised that it was not busy. The food is great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The noise level has so high ( it was super loud and we couldn’t hear our own conversation) we had to ask to be moved to a corner table by the bathrooms.
The host did not even look at us, let alone mention one word, he just set our menus in a table.
I was not impressed with the food, the sea bass was amazing but everything else sub par (pozole, octopus tostada and chicken mole taco).

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We enjoyed trying some of the new menu options and everything was tasty and cooked right but I thought the batter for the anaheim relleno could have been more flavorful. We noticed the servers did not pick up our appetizer plates as quickly as they should have and our silverware was not replaced. Overall it was an enjoyable dinner experience.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The server was definitely new to his position, but very endearing and clearly making a good effort. Didn’t mess anything up at all, though he did have to confirm things a couple of times, which is way better than guessing (hey, everyone has to start somewhere and he has the right attitude for serving!). The food was phenomenal, though the indoors space was a little too loud - I’ll likely request the patio next time as it’s a little more calm and relaxing. We’ll absolutely be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food!! Creative, fresh and layers of flavor. Outstanding!!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The lobster enchiladas were delicious! Fun atmosphere and good service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The restaurant was not too noisy so it was easy to visit. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went for a large group birthday dinner, and the restaurant was very accommodating! Listen to the waiter’s favorites because all of their suggestions were incredible.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tapas
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

At least our 6th visit to Alcomar. It was a hectic night and service was a bit slow but as always the Mexican style seafood was just right! Stays on our list of regulars.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic find. Fresh ingredients, great waitstaff, cocktails were perfect. And the cauliflower flan was to-die-for.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great Mexican seafood, creative cocktails, excellent service. Very loud and hard to hear conversation at times at a peak weekend time. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I really enjoy the food and low-key ambiance of Alcomar. The mole chicken is divine as our many of the appetizers--the corvina ceviche and mushroom gorditas, especially. This is a great find--always busy but not the annoying 2 hour waits of so many other restaurants. And well-priced for what it is.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

When we visit Austin, there are so many great places to dine and one has so many choices.
Alcomar is always on our list. It is just a solid spot to dine. You really can't go wrong and the staff is great to work with.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 4, 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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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent Mexican seafood!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

Very nice red snapper dish was excellent

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 30, 2017

Food and service wonderful as usual.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (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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