Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.7
3142 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Perla's offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the gulf 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.

Learn more about McGuire Moorman Hospitality and their family of restaurants at www.mcguiremoorman.com.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KristinaR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was spectacular! I highly recommend trying the tuna tartare and the classic oyster shooter. Get one of the platters so you get a little taste of everything.

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AVTY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was delicious food!

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thatgirltjatcaneat1205
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood, great service and perfect ambiance - will be back for special occasions!

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! Always great food and ambience, it is good to note that reservations only allow you to sit inside which is interesting but not bad!

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Regcastcos
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, we had a great time in family and friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

None of us had visited Perla’s before. We went on recommendation from a relative. Everything we ordered was above our expectations: the Frozen Scorpion Slush and the off-the-menu Negroni were excellent. The Wood-grilled Creole oysters were by far the best, memorable! Smoky, spicy, limey, delicious. The fish and chips were also a great choice. The servers were all knowledgeable, attentive and efficient. Keep it up!!!

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vipChaz
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Classic Perla’s lunch.

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vipSven
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

One word: Overpriced. $38 for scallops; a total of 3. And they were not the best scallops I’ve ever had. Not sure how they justify the price in relation to the quality of the food, service, and ambiance. Probably just because they can and for some reason people hype it up. I’d say it’s a decent casual spot at best with slightly above average food that charges Michelin recommended/Michelin star prices; lacking the creativity, finesse, and attention to detail and the associated dining experience you would expect. Service was average at best. Borderline American steakhouse style which I find a bit cringe. Will not be going there again. Save your money!

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vipJonathan
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service; good location for a business lunch meeting.

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DebbieV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!!!! Casual, trendy, outside seating and a great part of town!!!!
Recommended by a friend who was raised here in Austin.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience, Rachel our server was excellent and the food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rachel -waitress. She is the reason we spend so much time and money with y’all.

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Seasoned
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perla’s is an Austin staple. The food is delicious with friendly service and it’s surrounded by rustic local beauty. It’s a special place.. ❤️

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vipmaryt
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent friendly service

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Excellent
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our son’s graduation.

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dantef
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back the food and service was amazing.

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SaraP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food. Would love to go back!

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vipSarahH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a special occasion in Austin!

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SamanthaG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Mark was our server and he didn’t skip a beat with food recommendations and timely service. Easily the best salmon I’ve ever had and the scallops were equally delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything was wonderful but they set us in the section to the left of the fish tank as you enter. The tables were super close and the chairs were uncomfortable. I had made the reso two weeks early and felt we were seated in the worst spot.

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vipLawinnie
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Birthday. Our server save the day. Front desk attitude was terrible. I will not go back to visit for a very long time.

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terzlover
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of best seafood restaurants in Austin. The signature red snapper is highly recommended, as is the halibut. The food is always fresh and flavorful. The night's chocolate dessert with a kick of chili and lime capped the meal off perfectly.

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DorisP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great fresh oysters & cocktails. Very helpful & cordial staff

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pretty good! The wait staff was great, food was great. It just would’ve been nice if I made reservations one month ago to be given the option for outside seating. Just know if your looking for this better to just show up early and put your name on the list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

When making a reservation, there’s no indication that the patio could not be reserved, which really doesn’t make sense - the value of eating at Perla’s is the patio ambience, and there’s no reason to reserve an indoor table, because all of the indoor tables are empty.

We were informed upon arrival that the patio couldn’t be reserved. Then, our server had to be asked to leave work, after appearing to be under the influence.

Perla’s prices are acceptable with the great outdoor ambience, but not so much when you’re one of 2 tables sat indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service. We were celebrating our friends 50th and it

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StephanieM
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best oysters & seafood in Austin! Amazing!!!!

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SteveC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy Perla's fresh seafood and attentive service. It is one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Austin. We will be back.

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vipJimK
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great weekday lunch while on vacation!

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BrentH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, high quality and unique craft cocktails with really good food.

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optab12
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I've been to Perla's before and previously had good experiences so I wanted to take my mom for her birthday. I made a reservation thinking that was best given the times but it guaranteed us nothing but a bad table in a small corner next to the register stand. The service was so-so, our waitress was very kind but didn't come around much and glasses certainly went unfilled. It seemed like walk-ins had better seating and service. The food was great but for a $200+ meal it was a lackluster experience.

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vipGregoryA
Memphis/West TN
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service. Excellent Food.
Had the broiled oysters, grilled octopus, cerviche and lobster roll.
All was done to perfection

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Weird times right now during this covid thing, but your restaurant did your best to make it feel a little closer to normal. Thank you.

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vipMaxwell
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Perla's is a staple for us. Friday night was such an awful experience, it will be a long time before we return. We had reservations, requested the outside. The hostess said they would not seat us outside, BTW, tons of outdoor tables open. Our waitress was annoyed from the second we sat down, had such a difficult personality it truly ruined our evening. Terrible terrible service. Have way too many choices to return to a restaurant that did not want us there. So bummed.

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MichaelR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good sea food and choice of fish.
Highly recommend the ceviche!

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vipSavageOne
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard Perlas was the place to go in Austin, and it did not disappoint! Every single thing we ate was delicious! Oyster appetizer, rockfish, scallops with pea purée was my favorite meal of our entire trip. Would highly highly recommend, and will return on our next trip to Austin!

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vipCaroleeJ
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Usually we are very happy with Perlas but this time we tried some new dishes and were disappointed. I chose the rockfish in broth with clams. Extremely small clams and the broth was so spicy (fresno chiles I think) that I was unable to taste the seafood broth. The fish was awesome with a crispy coating. I was wanting their incredible bouilabaisse but it was off the menu for the season. My partner had the lobster in the shell in pasta. The problem was the pasta was in a somewhat greasy sauce of bacon lardons which made removing the lobster from the shell a slippery mess and the sauce again overpowered the lobster taste. My baby romaine salad was so good as always (my favorite salad in town) but his iceberg wedge had too much thousand island dressing so that the crab was drowned out. We were seated by the door with constant traffic, not so great. (with reservations) The wine was perfect, love their wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We normally love Perlas but the overall experience just wasn’t great this time. Part of order never made it to the table (charge was removed). Some things just seemed under done. Hopefully this was a one off as it’s one of our favorite places.

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vipDanny
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters, fried okra, hush puppies, great bottle of Chardonnay. We have been loyal to Perla’s since they opened. Never disappointed.

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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 3142 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.