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 validated parking in the garage located behind Perla's.

Executive Chef:
Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, 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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (53)
Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (41)
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Fit for Foodies (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Groups (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Casual (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Romantic (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
People Watching (16)
Fun (15)
Healthy (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Authentic (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Scenic View (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Organic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent and service wonderful. The snapper was the best I’ve ever had. Also really love their Old Fashioned.

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·Dined 3 days ago

They tried to seat us at the worst tables when there were a lot of better tables free. We had to move ourselves. Otherwise, good service.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

We dined at Perla's the evening of my husband's birthday. Our server was less than attentive (if not downright rude). Our appetizer of tuna tartare was good, but our entrees were only average. Overall, would not recommend due to the service and atmosphere.

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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

I had been to Perla's before and wanted to go back since I thought it was so good. Well, it exceeded my expectations. The bouillabaise was the best I have ever had. The broth had so much flavor. The hush puppies were also very good.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great service and wonderful food and atmosphere. Highly recommended

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Best Sunday brunch in a long time. I haven’t been here in awhile, and it’s my loss.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Always pleased with the food and cocktails at Perla's. Although it is a special occasion restaurant due to the price, it's definitely generous in portions and leaves you wanting to come back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Bday for daughter was delightful!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Ambiance great! Perfect for an Austin business meeting.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

I was extremely excited to come here for my birthday dinner but was overall kinda disappointed.

Highlights: grilled octopus & papas bravas--amazing and cooked to perfection and seared Maine scallops a la plancha--3 huge scallops lightly seared

We also got the calamari, little gem salad, oak grilled brussels, chocolate bar, a couple drinks and hanger steak (I should have listened to other reviewers and passed on it even though I normally love hanger steaks. Server suggested medium rare which is the temp we always order our steaks...steak came out looking very thin and burnt. After cutting into it we realized it was basically well done. We sent it back and got another one which was cooked better but overall not a good steak.) These were decent but not great.

Service was overall pretty slow and inattentive. My boyfriend was upset that our server asked for my ID when I ordered my drink and failed to even recognize that it was my birthday, just a lack of observation and attentiveness. It was very slow the night we went (Sunday and raining on and off), yet we weren't paid attention to. He took a long time to greet and even check on us. Finally when the check arrived I noticed a $3 entree split charge. When I ordered the salad, I asked how big it was and said okay perfect and continued ordering the rest of our meal. The salad came out split (I thought "nice gesture"), even though I had never mentioned that I was going to be sharing it or that I wanted it split. I just thought it was a little ridiculous that we were charged for something we didn't want, or wasn't even aware of.

Pretty expensive meal for the 2 of us (over $200 with tip) that wasn't exactly worth it in my opinion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Christmas Brunch with daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters: perfect seating, menu choices galore for everyone, excellent service, some of the best food in Austin, well exceeded my expectations for this event (which were very high indeed). Perla’s continues to be one of my favorites in Austin.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love the patio on a nice night. However, you might want to choose a table that doesn't have those sling chairs. Very uncomfortable. Seafood was very tasty. I would come back again - but find a better place to sit.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of our favorites!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic, just as every other time I've been.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First visit and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Got to sit outside in late November - love that Texas weather! French toast to die for...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was average at best, the service was less than mediocre, and the prices don’t match up. I live in Austin and love South Congress, but will not return. Too many better options.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Enjoyable with good variety. Tasty seafood and healthy foods as well

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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