Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.8
3112 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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JuliaK
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were delicious and I really recommend the brussel sprouts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love dining at Perlas

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for anniversary and had a delicious meal. Service was great and I will recommend for sure and will definitely return.

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PilarC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We expected better food quality……
The inside part of the restaurant is not very nice….

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PeterAustin
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Value continues to slide at this otherwise very good restaurant. Wife had scallops. If that dish was on the cooking channel, they'd say it wasn't a complete entree and the contestant would lose. Scallops on the plate, with nothing else, all by their lonesome... for near $40.

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RMM1
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was an anniversary outing that my husband I were looking forward to after over a year of not eating at an upscale restaurant. The server was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. He had good suggestions aside from the drink choice. The snapper collar was delicious, but definitely needed a side. We ordered Brussels sprouts which were tasty, but a little more drenched in a buttery sauce then we’d liked. We also shared the gem salad. It was delicious as an appetizer. My husband’s salmon entree was very small compared to my snapper. The time for the dishes to be prepared was at least 30 minutes AFTER we had finished eating our salad. Even with the salad prior to the main meal, the wait time between it and our entries was entirely too long particularly since we had placed the main meals when we ordered the salad. I asked about maybe getting some bread brought to the table, but the server made sure I knew that would be an additional charge. I guess having to ask about the drink order after about 20 minutes from we first arrived and it was taken, having to wait an additional 30 minutes for the food to arrive, and then another 15 minutes to get the check paid was customary here. Well, I guess not paying for parking helped. I understand that there are shortages with staff, but I didn’t see that here. It just seemed like a lack of attentive service and just so-so food preparation. I had shared on the online reservation site that it was our anniversary. Interestingly, this wasn’t noted by any of the staff. It was sadly an underwhelming experience.

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vipBecky
Austin
48 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Fish on 1/2 shell and boulabaise cooked to perfection..Service real good along with cocktails.. Only disappointment was that the 2 wines I selected on wine list (Sancerre and suave blanc) were not available.. Since we are ABC (anything but Chard) people, only wine available was French blend.. Excellent wine but $40 more than either of our first selections.. Perla and the Moorman group should be able to stock the wines on their list... Regardless -- We shall return....

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An iversary.

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vipLynneSargent
Austin
111 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setting with great service and a menu that offers a variety of seafood options. I would recommend especially on a beautiful day! Great location to walk South Congress shops after your meal!

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Spucil86
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was just ok and a little disappointing for the price point but the cocktails were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! 50th birthday trip!!!

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MartinB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We love Perla’s and were thrilled to find a Saturday lunch reservation. The food was wonderful, as always. Our server was very inattentive and he did not put off a nice vibe. I also wonder with the prices there not inexpensive by any measure why the silverware is so cheap. It just does not seem to fit. We still love Perla’s and are already making future reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and incredible service. Donavan took time to answer questions and his recommendations were spot on. Knowledge of the oyster origins also let us know we were in good hands. Definitely will be returning and encouraging others to try it.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Honestly, I can’t tell you too much. They offered almost no food during this period of time. The service was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lobster pasta

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vipDYLANP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always! This is our favorite meal every year in Austin when we come for the Grand Prix. Our reservations were at 630 and traffic at the track was horrible- we called and Perlas was so accommodating!! They pushed back our dinner to 8 and we had an amazing meal after a long day! Drink are great! Service is top shelf!!! And food is perfect!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perlas is our go to place! Great vibes on the outside deck and inside for a more formal meal. Awesome oysters and top notch service. It will continue to be our favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Throughout our entire dinner. there were four children running around our table playing tag while their parents sat on the opposite side of the patio. When asked to have them stop, the staff did not do anything. We really should not have even had to ask.

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Responded on October 20, 2021

Good afternoon- Thank you for joining us at Perla's on Monday evening. I hope that you enjoyed the food, beverage, and service. I want to apologize for the lack of response from our staff in regards to the kids around your table. This has been addressed to prevent further instances. I do hope you join us again in the future so we can show you our true Texas hospitality. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly should you join again in the future. Kind regards, Erin Maley General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I get all the positive reviews, this place is really great!

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Laguera
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A bit overpriced for portion size. Especially dessert. Food wasn’t all that great. I’d return for drinks but not for dining. Also, menu variation from lunch to “in “ to dinner is a bit of a joke. Silly, really. If it’s on the lunch menu it’s not available at “in between” hours. Same for dinner. You can’t have a dessert from the “in between” menu during dinner hours. Wha?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is world class for Sea Food!
It’s my first time dining here.
Everything from the moment you step on the stairs climbing up to the front terrace and into the restaurant, The ambience is incredible!

Food is fresh, exquisite taste & diverse menu.

The one complaint and a surprise is the chairs are very uncomfortable and for $100 plate this should be resolved and quickly.

The place is on the expensive side I would say that the value is good however I think the correct pricing should’ve been $80 a plate versus 100.

Overall exquisite and fantastic restaurant I would definitely be back and certainly recommend it.

Food 9/10
Atmosphere 9/10
Value 8/10
Service 9/10

All in all 9/10 👏

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! service and food are impeccable

We don’t live in Austin but Perla’s is always one of favorites
to dine at when visiting.

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vipWendyM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The tuna tartar was fresh. We also had the steak and eggs benedict. I think the plates were licked clean. Our favorite, though, was the Yacht Rock drink.

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SherrillJ
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding menu to select from. The oysters were some of the very best we’ve had. Like Clark’s. We had fish and shrimp ceviche, halibut and branzino entrees. Also, some grits with king crab and fried okra. Everything was delicious.

We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My bestie and I had a lovely leisurely lunch at Perlas. We enjoyed it very much. The food was pricey but fresh and delicious. Natalie did an outstanding job as our server.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I want to Sunday Brunch and the food was delicious. I love the place, it’s nice and refreshing as well as the whole stadd.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

It's pretty high end, so it's gonna be pretty expensive either way, but I really liked it! I got the biggest and one of the highest quality beers I've ever had. My girlfriend got an ahi tuna that was incredibly juicy and perfectly cooked, and I got a Texas Redfish that was pretty good, too! The redfish is supposed to come with tartar, but they also gave me salsa verde, which was not bad! The only thing I would knock is that the seat selection wasn't the best - I made a reservation beforehand, and they put us next to the server bar when there was a table available right next to the window. Other than that, I'd definitely recommend them! I'll be going back there again (maybe even for Valentine's Day).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always and the service was great. We love sitting on the patio on. Ice evenings.

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vipKrfdf
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood in a great setting with fantastic service! We will definitely be back!

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sdvp
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, good food, nice atmosphere

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NolaMilne
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaime provided excellent service. Gave terrific suggestions & was patient without our questions. Our first experience at Perla & it won’t be our last. We look forward to dining again & we hope Jaime will be our server!

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Lexi
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh oysters, refreshing cocktails, absolutely recommend sitting on the gorgeous patio!

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RaulE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Best oysters in Town ! We were there for the snack bar menu ,so did not have the chance to try full menu , but the appetizers selection and variety was exceptional

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Happy
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, wonderful atmosphere. Always a joy.

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Lynnn
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was the perfect server
Sat outside with my dog
Comfortable setting
Great food
Nice staff and service

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vipILoveSteak
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This might be my favorite restaurant. The food is great and the outdoor patio is an awesome setting, right off of S. Congress. It's not cheap but it's well worth the price, especially for a special occasion. I highly recommend to anyone in Austin if you are looking for seafood or just a great experience.

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RC123
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere . We will be back soon.

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vipkjinvegas
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good ceviche with shrimp, fish, avocado, and peppers. Fried shrimp was excellent with five jumbo shrimp in a light breading, so not too greasy. Unfortunately, had the worst table in the place near the kitchen and restrooms, so service was very slow and inattentive. Would likely be better in the main dining area.

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HappyMom
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I was disappointed in the quality of the seafood at Perla’s. I dined there recently and the baked oyster appetizer was outstanding. My main dish was a great disappointment. I ordered the crispy grouper and it was terrible. It was tough and not cooked all the way in the inside. I guess I’m used to seafood on the Florida coast. I would never order this dish again. My guest ordered the tilefish and her dish was adequate but nothing outstanding.

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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3112 OpenTable diners.

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