Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perla's offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and locations around the world. The bar makes delicious coastal cocktails and the wine list is stocked with fun sparkling, rosé & white wines.
Perla's has Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio and a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fishtank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere and excellent service

TP
Naples
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We used to go to Perla’s at least 2-3 times per month, but we decided this past visit was our last. It took 15 minutes before our waitress even came to greet our table, and another 15 minutes for a very uncomplicated drink order. Which, one of the four drinks we ordered, mine, never even came. When it came time to order,I asked the waitress if I could order the lobster roll, but on the base of their Cobb salad (essentially subbing the lobster for the shrimp that comes on the Cobb instead of with a bun/fries, and that I understood there may be an up charge. She came back and said they would have to charge me for the lobster roll ($36) and the Cobb ($21), albeit not having the shrimp from the Cobb salad, which is clearly the only costly component on the dish. I was willing to pay $5-10 for lettuce, half an egg and half an avocado, but certainly not $21. So, i asked the waitress if I could just have it on butter lettuce side salad, a side that comes with another dish. She said no, they would only be able to place the lobster salad inside one butter lettuce leaf. At this point, frustrated, I cancelled my order and didn’t have anything. Which, seemed to be the right choice this go around, because they totally undercooked my friends eggs and our two other guests had steak ranchero, which they both said was the worst steak ranchero they’ve ever had. Long story short—good location, awful service, and mediocre/overpriced food.

GD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent dog-friendly fine dining. Highly recommend.

Service was excellent and prompt. Getting a reservation was easy, even Saturday night of ACL. Restaurant was flexible with our lack of punctuality. Me, my husband, and our 2 dogs were seated quickly and kindly. The host gave our pups a water bowl and multiple staff members came to say hello during our meal. One even had treats!

Well-balanced, well-prepared food and cocktails. The grilled octopus was memorable, with confit potatoes, a smokey chili oil, and minced parsley, but was a bit tough and undercooked. The scallop risotto was my personal favorite (who knew jalapenos and fennel worked so well together?), and the lobster bucatini was rich and decadent.

Total was under $150 for two excellent meals. Would return.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excelent food!!

EW
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were fortunate to get a patio seat on a gorgeous day. The food is always delicious. Best items IMO, calamari to start, crabcake to share, LOBSTER ROLL is TO DIE FOR, and a nice glass of Henriot Champagne to pair.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This visit was disappointing. Service was awful. Waitress rushed us through the entire meal. Hostess should not have been at work - she clearly hated her job. And the food was sub par. Usually everything is great, so perhaps it was just an off night.

C
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing patio for people watching and delicious food. Go for the Tuna tartare tostadas and fresh oysters! Enjoy one of their delicious signature cocktails. A great experience!

RA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive, small portions

Y
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of our dishes were really tasty, but the Lobster Omelette was outstanding, loaded both with lobster chunks and flavor. Scallop pozole verde was a tasty revelation. Easily our best meal while visiting Austin.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paige, our server, was excellent and took great care of us. The food was outstanding - don’t skip the raw oysters, the octopus, or the scallops.

BW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and great food. Service was a little spotty. We ordered two side dishes and they never arrived.

l
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. We'll be back! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

GT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to go to Perla's whenever we are in Austin. All the seafood is great. Try the lobster roll if you are there for brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The $50 steak was not good quality.

AF
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only disappointment I had was requesting an outside table as we were having a celebration (came there in lieu of a bachelor & bachelorette party). Requested with my online reservation and in person. The hostess completely ignored me and walked off and would not make eye contact when we were seated. Had I not been to Perlas several times before I would have make a stink with the manager - it was unnecessary. There was no need to be rude and it was 9pm with empty tables both inside and outside - we would have even waited but were not offered the opportunity. Inside was noisy inside and our guests of honor had never been there - the patio would have been a treat.

GG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress named Rachel made it an exceptional experience!

ES
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Perla's food is good but I think overpriced - ambience is great

AR
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

So many people I know love Perlas. Our experience was just ok. The shrimp cocktail looked bad with shrimps intestinal track not deveined. Entrees were just ok. Server spoke too fast. The atmosphere is wonderful though so it was disappointing the fare did not live up to the hype or prices. My friend told me it is best to just go for appetizers and no entrees. It is too expensive for the quality in my opinion.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in a while!!! Loved the vibe too!

QB
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party enjoyed our excellent service with our fine meal. The pace was great and we come here for special occasions because we enjoy it very much. We do wish the noise level could be reduced.

s
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an Austin favorite. Had lunch there for the first time. The other previous times I've been there was for dinner. Great vibe and fun people watching. We were there on a non-TX game weekend and the crowd was a little more tame. This is a great place to stop in for a bite if you are on South Congress. I highly recommend the calamari!

KJ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around meal! Service fantastic

SR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Austin! Great meal! Great server!

AW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second timeat Perla's, and it was once again an amazing experience. Almost perfect place for a blissful anniversary celebration - the only slight down side was the noise level.

SM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Drinks were poorly made. Too many different people were attending to the same table, so it made it difficult to give or get any feedback from your server. Mexican street corn should have been on the cob. It wasn’t. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Other dishes were quite tasty. Just not worth the expense. Especially when there were people vaping and smoking in the outside dining area. Not cool.

C
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla's is a very cool restaurant with great ambiance, food, and service! We went as a group and didn't have to wait too long for anything. Not everyone in our party ate seafood, but we were still able to find super good options for everyone there! I recommend this restaurant for a date night or fun with friends. I'd make reservations to not worry about the wait! Apparently it can get pretty long. Their food was all very good quality and plated nicely. Good fresh ingredients and excellent chef! We will definitely be returning.

DD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food & service! Wish we had one in Dallas :)

h
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch with friends I have ever had. The place was packed to the rafters with rowdy LSU fans. The serving staff were confident and efficient throughout it all. The presentation was the best I have yet seen at Perlas, and the food was beyond delicious. My friends from out of town were awed.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fresh seafood at Perla’s... loved the appetizers & drinks too!! Girlfriend & I always try to get by Perla’s when we’re in town.

BC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Perla's several times. We had a reservation for 5 at 7pm. Arrived a few minutes early and opted for the patio which was pleasant even though it was another hot summer day. Food was good as usual and the wait staff was very attentive. I tried the bouillabaisse this time which was flavorful and chock-full of goodies. Highly recommend it. My only gripe was having to pay $8 for parking as the voucher provided by Perla's was only good for 2 hours.

C
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best seafood in Austin

j
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent the afternoon at Perla’s with my mom and wife. Food was excellent, 1 dozen oysters and the crab cake for starters.....our meal got better and better from there!

Crispy Snapper, Gulf Tile fish, King Crab grits, bloody Mary’s....book a table and find out for yourself.

OT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service.

JC
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I think we had a new server - she didn’t seem to know the menu

SD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday for lunch. Ordered a dozen mixed oysters. They were fresh and delicious. I can also recommend the ceviche and the ahí tuna. Make a reservation, as this place is very popular.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed very fresh seafood excellent
And so was our server Bree. She was so helpful, friendly and an overall terrific server.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and awesome atmosphere

n
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No valet parking is a disincentive to return. Valet parking should be an essential to a restaurant of this quality.

AY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and great service! We loved everything we ordered, which is rare.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating 2 birthdays. Everything was perfect. Food delish. A little pricey not not terrible. They sent over Birthday cake home made ice cream on the house. Nice way to end a great night. Waiter was attentive and informative.

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