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
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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clark’s has never been anything but stellar! Time and time again it’s still Austin’s Best!

DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clark's is my favorite place and every time I eat there, it is a joy. Plan ahead, or try to walk up and sit in the public table.

OT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. Loved the oysters, lobster roll, Brussels and more!

BT
Austin
46 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Clark’s. Consistently great food and service. Oysters are shockingly good for Texas.

CK
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Clark's. Consistent, elegant, delish! Must try the lobster Mac N Cheese!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a good experience, the music level is inappropriate for conversation. We had the crabcakes, scallops, Oban 14, grits and brussel sprouts along with a dozen osyters. All were fine, there was a small snafu with my chowder, however it was handled tastefully and quickly resolved! My on real complaint, aside from the too loud music is the cold bread! When a meal for 2 can get to within a hair of $200, cold bread is out of place, this should be reconsidered. Definitely recommend.

l
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! So was the service. Very enjoyable!

G
Houston
163 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent mostly seafood oriented
Well prepared
Very good quality
Always a joy and a foodie haven

S
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, I'm not an oyster fan but I definitely am now after my first experience here! My fiance loves oysters and said these were some of the best he's had. The red fish ceviche was fresh and very flavorful. The brussel sprouts were extremely tasty and the sauce on them complemented all our other dishes. Definitely give Clark's a try if you are looking to expand your palette. However, be prepared to pay a little more but the experience is worth it if you are a foodie!

N
Austin
74 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clark’s is a small, intimate Resturant on West 6 th Street. It has a small set of tables and a separate section for eating at the bar. It has a wide selection of raw seafood, roasted oysters, salads and cooked seafood. I had the grilled Bronzino and my wife the pan seared scallops. Bothe were cooked to perfection. We shared a bowl of perfectly cooked grits. With a nice bottle of Sancerre and tip the tote cost was $170.

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw oysters were so fresh and delicious. I had the halibut and it was the best I have ever eaten!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Thanks again!

RR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clark’s is a gem! The menu is a plethora of deliciousness! The service makes you feel like you’re in a cozy setting being served by friends.

JB
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as was the service.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The highly overrated in my opinion. Expensive, and food not that great. My NE clam chowder was all potatos with practically no clam meat. They served smoke salmon (lox) FRIED!!! and the toast almost burned and greasy!! Never again.

m
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
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
10 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
25 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
28 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
82 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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