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

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About Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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.

1400 S Congress
Suite B100
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Menu
Monday – Friday, 11:30am to 3 pm

Dinner Menu
7 Days a Week, 5:30pm to Close

Brunch Menu
Saturday – Sunday, 10:30am to 2:30 pm

Bar Menu
7 Days a Week, 3pm to 5:30

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday, 3pm to 6 pm

Cross Street:
Gibson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 291-7300

Website:
http://www.perlasaustin.com/

Parking Details:
There is parking garage located behind Perla's.

Executive Chef:
Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
contact Fallon Gaskamp at 512-791-5745

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Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar can accommodate all your special event needs.

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (54)
Special Occasion (41)
Good for a Date (37)
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Fit for Foodies (35)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Fun (19)
Healthy (19)
People Watching (18)
Romantic (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Business Meals (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Cozy (9)
Scenic View (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Organic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Tapas (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

One of our favorites in Austin! Best outdoor dining under romantically lit live oak. Best for fresh oysters and seafood with fresh sides and sauces.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent. Server treated us with nothing but professionalism and respect. Would recommend anyone to go there. Favorite place in town.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

We have enjoyed Sunday morning brunch at Perla’s several times. The food has always been delicious and the service wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Highly recommend the oysters. Was not too impressed with the lobster roll, i actually ate a better one off Rainey St. at a food truck, no offense. Great food, great service, highly recommend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We were in Austin from out of town and someone had recommended this restaurant. We whole hardheartedly agree with this recommendation and we will recommend if we hear of anyone heading to Austin.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was the worst experience I've had at Perla's. It was my girlfriends bday dinner and we had to move tables due to very slow service on the patio. Once we were inside her fish came to the table raw in the middle and that waiter was also very slow and seemed as if he didn't really care. I don't think we'll be back. I understand restaurants having bad days, however I listed it as a special occasion on the reservation and would've expected them to try at least a little to accommodate that - they didn't even notice. Such a shame.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The original entree of fish I ordered was no longer available and it was only 6:00 p.m. so I didn't give the place a ten. Other than that everything was delicious.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! We will be sure to come back next time we are in Austin!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Austin! I always get the Halibut when it's on the menu! Divine every time! The ambiance is also lovely, The patio is great for those cool spring and fall evenings!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I met my friend for a lunch date. Her first time and she loved it. She raved about the Cobb Salad and I had a fantastic Shrimp Cesar salad. Out drinks we're a bit pricey.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful waitress and exceptional good tastes quality and textures! Such fresh fish is rare.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Perlas is one of our favorite places. We eat there a lot but the service this time was horrible and many of the entrees were sold out as well. Don’t mind paying the money to eat there and have a great meal but when it’s lackluster it can be really disappointing.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was really heavy, but lovely. It was really noisy, but the service was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I like well prepared Texas seafood. I hate when Gulf of Mexico catches are abused by the chef. Perla's shows the food lots of love. My favorite is the Texas Gulf Barrelfish. Perla's prepares with the some butter, garlic and other nice spices so its fabulous. The local greens are fabulous with a clean dressing that has a touch of citrus. The carmalized tomato matches nicely.

Perla's makes an awesome Dirty rice. I'm 90% positive it has charizo in it, which offers a nice Texas flavor, especially given that the charizo Perla's uses is very clean.

The asparagus is veggie crack. It's really well prepared, including the simple char they do.

The cocktails are well prepared but understand I'm a bourbon and water person. My BFF doesn't dig foo-foo chick drinks but she loves the wine selections.

Have fun. Oh, the ceviche is fabulous.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Austin. The food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great restaurant, kitchen a little off, group of 6 and 1 entry came out 5 min after other entrees.
Disappointing for a great restaurant

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our service was not good at all - we had to go to the bar to order our second drink. Our waiter seemed to ignore us even though he knew we were celebrating a 21st B-Day.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 24, 2017

What a great place. The Tito's oyster shooter was fab. The lobster mac and Cher superb. Reminded me lots of the Northern Cali style seafood restaurant. A must go and go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good local vibes, great location & good food, what keeps me going back is the service, simply excellent!

thank you

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is great. The service is awesome! The ambience is perfect!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Dinner with great friends.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was perfect. We were a group if 4. Had dinner outside. The oak trees are magnificent. I have eaten there 3 times. The service is great. The swordfish was recommended and was fantastic sweet and moist. I was nit a swordfish fan prior. We all had something different and the dishes were all delectable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The lobster frittata is excellent. I love this place

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The grande platter is our go-to. The seafood is always fresh and cold! The king crab grits had plenty of crab. We don’t even normally like grits, but these are cheesy and smooth!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 20, 2017

George Cain is the manager of this remarkable restaurant - the food & service were phenomenal! Love the vibe. Beat seafood in Austin.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great selection of cocktails and a menu that is different from most. The only drawback is that it is very loud - although after 7:30 it did quiet down a bit. A really good place to drink with friends before or after dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best restaurant in Austin. Cassidy is a boss server who knows his stuff.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was terrible , very expensive , very unfriendly hosting and pushed 4 table on a very small table ( on a take it or leave it concept) ....... BAD experience

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service and delicious food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food and Service are outstanding. Top pick in the area for our family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

great outdoor spot, excellent drinks, food and service. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Perlas is always an amazing option Forbes phenomenal food, atmosphere, and people watching!

Tags: Tapas, Great Beer, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Incredible service, delicious food and wonderful drinks! We had so much fun celebrating my boyfriend's new promotion and look forward to many more date nights here.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent food and service - celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the splurge! The grilled octopus was phenomenal, as were the simple scallops and escarole. The butterscotch custard dessert was also outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

My self proclaimed "Goldie" coworker and I went here with expectations that were far exceeded. We shared several of the apps and split the lobster bucatini which was fantastic!! Our server was great with recommendations and understanding our requests for splitting the bill! I would highly reckmmend

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was good, great ambience, but server was a bit scattered.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food, good wine list, and excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2017

So delicious, as always! Incredible seafood, and we also got a delicious dessert given to us because we were celebrating our anniversary.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Why did I wait so long to try this place? It's excellent - great selection, great quality. So many oysters to choose from, we had to keep sampling to give them all a shot! Service that complements that atmosphere - just friendly enough without being intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our waiter had too much cocaine and couldn't keep it together. Continuously forgot things we asked. Food was sooooooo good though. Also they turned the music up way loud so my mom couldn't hear anything anymore and when we asked them to turn it down we pretty much got ignored the rest of the night.

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