Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.8
2677 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Perla’s is the best upscale seafood experience you can have in Austin.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a phenomenal time with my family! This is an amazing SOCO staple! Love the old school flat bed out front and the magnificent live oak in the middle of the patio! Our Server Rachel was so prompt on the refill or if we needed anything else.

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh food and great service! Fun atmosphere; the hostess was very flexible in giving me a non-Smokey table towards the windows. Waitress recommended great bottle of wine, priced reasonable and a wonderful entree of red snapper!

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MO
Amarillo
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to go, raw oysters are awesome. Everything here is perfect, we always come when we go to Austin. Drinks are excellent, food, and the atmosphere is perfect. The staff is always friendly and very helpful.

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LA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Expensive for the food.lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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F
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back to this restaurant and never have been a disappointment! Great food and service. Keep up the good work!

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IR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING!!! BEST ANNIVERSARY DINNER! If you love seafood you got it, if you love mix drinks you got it, if you love awesome service its all here! Our waiter helped us through the menu and gave us the best options in our course of dinner.

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LK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant on the planet!

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A
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great as always- although fresh fish portions small. Waitress started rushing us out at 1 hour and 15 min mark. Brought the check before offering the dessert menu. Service not in line with other high quality restaurants.

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RN
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the Kumamoto oysters, very delicious as an app. The Nova Scotia Lobster Bucatini was out of this world amazing, best dish on the menu.

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CF
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with great service. I always look forward to having dinner here when I visit Austin.

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L
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server was terrible. It took her forever to greet us. Then she forgot one of our appetizers. She clearly pushed back our entrees so it took over 45 minutes to get our main course. Even paying the bill took forever. Very disappointing

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AL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Music too loud.
Food qmazing!!!
Will definitely return

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TX
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh seafood and outstanding service (thanks Billie!). We celebrated our anniversary at Perla's and had a very nice experience.

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AL
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Drinks and dinner were excellent, as usual. My son had the snapper collar and said it was the best fish he had ever eaten. Fried okra was an amazing appetizer. My redfish on half shell was superb. And, our every-visit dessert, the salted caramel pot de cremé, was amazing.

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o
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose a good night to go to Perla's as we made reservations for an early dinner and it was not overly crowded or noisy. We split a fried oyster/slaw plate for an appetizer and it was great and the oysters were cooked perfectly and were creamy inside. We both ordered the potato crusted sea bass and it was cooked to perfection and was wonderful. Finally, the potato cakes were out of this world fantastic. After all that we were replete and did not want dessert. We had not been to Perla's in quite a while because many times we went it was so noisy we could not talk to one another.

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LL
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Drinks are great! Took 45 min to get one dozen oysters. Tried to deliver entree before oysters arrived oddly, then tried to deliver same plates before appetizers got there. When it was finally entree time, the food they delivered was obviously the same ones that they tried to deliver 1 hr earlier ...... cold ...... not just room temp but cold and dry. Unacceptable for any restaurant but especially for a $275 meal for 2. Disappointed

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g
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is very good, service excellent, and the vibe is casual elegance. The only slight down side from a 5-star was that my crusted sea bass was a thin filet with more potato crusting than the fish needed.

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DK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Service was wonderful. Food was perfect!

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OT
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Waitress was outstanding. Pricy but delish for sure!!!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. One of the best restaurants in Austin by far.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Would definitely return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing! Have to order the grilled octopus appetizer.

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NY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food! We had an phenomenal table outside and service was great!

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GC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I ordered the lobster bucatini and so did my date. The lobster did not at all taste fresh and was quite hard to eat. Neither of us finished our plate as we were both very dissatisfied with the food. This was our first time coming to this restaurant and unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the food. I do not plan on coming back to this restaurant.

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WF
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and service. Don't miss out on the grilled oysters. You are paying extra for the new hip Congres Blvd.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious as usual; however, this was the second time we got placed at a table right next to the hostess desk and told no other table was available. So while the food never disappoints, the traffic around our table, the noise, and being bumped quite a few times diminished the overall experience. Will try to sit outside when weather is better.

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RS
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Appetizers didn’t come out. Expect better service at high end dining

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AG
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Molly, super attentive and knowledgeable about the oyster varieties and wine list. Super fresh crab and lobster! Great experience!

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A
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit for lunch. Fabulous as before! The gazpacho was a lovely choice for lunch on a hot day!

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JS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The ambiance, food, and waitstaff. We will definitely be back!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not be happier with the experience I had bringing my family out to Perla's for our Father's Day get together. The oysters were superb. The drinks were delightful. Every course was exquisite. We even got my brother to try new seafood that he'd long thought he didn't like. Turns out he just hadn't had the good stuff, I guess. The ambiance, even in the back booth by the kitchen, was lovely. We were positively dazzled and will remember that meal and all its fine facets for years to come. I'm sure we'll be back to make more memories there, too. Cannot recommend more highly.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always.

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BE
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we can't wait to return, everyone loved the bbq shrimp appetizer along with all of our entrees, The server was wonderful and very helpful with recommendations for dinner. I did have to bring home an order of grilled focaccia with the homemade tomatillo sauce. YUM

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Everything was good and above great except the service. This was not our server fault. We waited over and hour to get our entree. The server kept apologizing. Not sure what their problem was. We were there over 2 1/2 hours. Our parking was not compensate because we stayed too long and had to use our credit card to get out of the garage. Was very disappointed as we were celebrating a birthday of a 96 year old Lady.

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TJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had to send the steak back twice due to not being cooked as requested.

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EV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went there for Boulebais. You took it off the menu. big. Disappointment

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DJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding oysters and fish Good service and nice casual atmosphere.

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DB
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service, as always, was excellent. The server was on top of everything. Due to the location of our table and the staff loudly stacking plates, it was very loud and that was the only problem.

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Good food, seated immediately despite reservation not being for another 1/2hour

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CM
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oysters were fresh, okra perfectly crispy, ambiance very coastal, waiter was helpful and professional. I’m ready to go again, thank you Austin for sharing such culinary talent. It was a refreshing experience.

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