Clark's Oyster Bar

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Clark's features classic American seafood with an emphasis on freshness, local products, simple preparation, attention to detail, and clean presentation.

Classic coastal cooking from the Texas Gulf to the Northeastern Seaboard will influence Clark's menu. A large portion of the concept is devoted to the Oyster, Cold Bar, Seafood, & Caviar. We procure the freshest oysters from small harvesters around North America and serve cold seafood platters featuring super fresh daily specials.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were absolutely great! Matchstick fries. and oysters were delicious. I would have given a higher rating, but there was an obnoxiously loud table near us that almost completely distracted us (and those around us) during our meal. I wish management had asked them to stop talking/yelling so loudly so the rest of us could enjoy our excellent food and wine.

c
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I brought my son and his girlfriend here for his birthday. The food was outstanding but a bit on the pricey side. We will return!

t
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service every time we have eaten there
Nothing negative to say at all!!

AR
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas brunch

KS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit. We went early and found one of the few front parking spots. The inside is small and more like a bar area with a few tables. More tables were outside.
The happy hour alcohol prices were better priced than their wine (way too high). We both ate the clam chowder soup for a starter - excellent and hot, but too much pepper for our taste. I ate the mussels and clams for my main. Plenty of shellfish, but the tasty sauce did not cover the shellfish which caused the taste to diminish. Again, too much pepper. Service was excellent and my Austin beer was enjoyable. We will be back during happy hour due to value during the earlier dinner hours.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was wonderful, but service was rushed...food was cleared and bill was put on the table before the meal was complete, or given the option for dessert or coffee.

AR
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Clark’s. The meal and cocktails are somehow always even better than the delicious memories that inspire us to make a new reservation. Service is always wonderful. We were so grateful to the hostess for accommodating us when we were running late due to family having some car troubles. Highly recommend for anyone looking to plan a special evening.

P
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Prompt and friendly greeting, immediately seated for our reservation. Server was knowledgeable about menu items, but seemed to lack awareness of the occasion why we were there. Caviar service was impeccable - the accompaniments were gorgeously presented. It wasn't until after we were finished with the caviar did our server ask if we "wanted to order more food" which seemed to be a really odd question / interaction for us. We ordered salad, entrees and sides, and a bottle of wine, which was mistaken for a glass, and then promptly replaced with a whole bottle.
The celery and endive salad was really crisp and varied with sweetness of pear. The whole branzino was exceptionally prepared with delicious sauces, and we enjoyed the fries and cauliflower side dishes.
For dessert, we definitely enjoyed their dessert cocktails - desserts were generous and a great finish to the meal. In all, the only detraction was the service; it would have been nice to have someone a bit more attentive or engaging.

A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! The octopus is one of the best I’ve ever had. One of my top three meals EVER!!!!!

m
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of East and West Coast oysters. Clam Chowder always great!!

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip to Austin

N
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome little spot; incredible food and impeccable service! Get the lobster roll- it beats all of Boston's!!!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Casual dining environment with fabulous food. Will definitely return!

D
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint, small dining room. Excellent food and service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server Ashley was super sweet and helped answer all of our questions. My family loved the catch of the day. Oysters were outstanding. Mussels/Clam dish could have used some more seasoning to make the broth more enjoyable, but overall fresh and yummy.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, especially the shrimp toast.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was great as normal, except the crab was not precut and no extraction utensils were given. But the service was awful. Things like water glasses staying empty during the meal, no one checking on how the food was, when the food was set on the table they didn’t ask if everything looks good/alright or need anything else. It’s a very small place and we are spending good money so we would expect better attention to be paid to our table.

NA
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was especially fabulous—thanks to Joe. Hope I have his name right!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Waitress was brutal.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday. We go to Clark’s for every special occasion because it never disappoints!

RV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was as good or better than ever. Enjoyed some excellent oysters from Prince Edwards Island and Massachusetts. The grilled octopus was slightly overcooked but the taste was still very good. The service was under par for this type of restaurant. Very arrogant staff. They need a reality check.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal a little expensive but well worth it.

DO
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Wonderful outdoor seating and fantastic food! The service was not great on this day but normally good

MB
Austin
79 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the freshest, best seafood in the city. Exemplary service.

LA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Excellent food--fresh and healthy options--and great wine. If I lived in Austin I would come here all the time.

RT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have the bronzino fish a perfectly cooked fish with all the bones in it. The was challenging to eat and enjoy as good as the fished was I had to stop have way thru the dinner because of the shear number of bones. Please debone this fish for you clientele.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great time.

RY
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. We sat next to the fish tank. One of the snails was a sneaky mover, covering large areas of the tank. A bit of a tight squeeze at times because of the layout of the restaurant. Noise was actually a little lower than moderate, so it was a good place to have a conversation. We had oysters (fresh, with good sauces), the grouper, the lobster roll, and the red snapper ceviche. The cocktails were nice, as well.

G
Houston
160 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of Austin’s best
Great seafood
Small facility
Outdoor seating
Good wines
Great location on 6th St

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous, especially the service. The only down side was I had to go with my third choice for fish as they were out of the first two. Enjoyed our dining experience.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. As usual

M
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love everything about Clark’s Oyster Bar. The oysters are always perfect, the cioppino is hard to not order every single time. The lobster roll is terrific, cucumber gazpacho with clams, a delight. The desserts are all great. My friend loved the Basque Almond cake with cherries. Good wine list. And don’t even get me started on That Bread. Served with excellent butter, salt for sprinkling as well as breakfast radishes. I’ve been sent to Clark’s to beg for a loaf to take home. I succeeded only once.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Thank you!

ST
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When you spend $100+ at happy hour you'd expect there not to be flies all around your face and food, it takes away from enjoying the company you're with. That being said, the food and drinks are amazing. Lobster roll, burger, oysters are great and the martinis are perfect for an afternoon libation. Just wish we didn't have to "shoo fly, don't bother me" the whole time!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My bestie and I ate there and had a good time. I do think it’s overpriced, but it IS good. The toasted bread with the cioppino was very delicious. We had a marvelous waiter named ...maybe Jordan. Really smart and knowledgeable. I’ll go back, but truth be told it’s rather crowded and noisy.

j
Austin
58 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ALWAYS, wonderful service, the best cioppino in the universe, in the cutest place in town.
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JW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! It's amazing what they do in such a small place. Kudos to the amazing bartender from Long Island who graciously hosted us for game 6 of the American League Championship Series. We were the loud Astros fans. She was not only nice to put up with us but offered us a free drink on the house while we watched the very last inning of the game!

WB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was definitely an interesting place to eat. The food was good although the noise level was higher than expected. But that is realistically because of the size of the venue.

WG
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Clark's and go whenever we get a chance. The food is delicious and the waitstaff is very professional. The restaurant has a quaint neighborhood feel and local vibe. Always high on our list!!!