Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
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
Perla’s is the best upscale seafood experience you can have in Austin.
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.
Great, as always.
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
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.
Had to send the steak back twice due to not being cooked as requested.
Went there for Boulebais. You took it off the menu. big. Disappointment
Outstanding oysters and fish Good service and nice casual atmosphere.
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.
Good food, seated immediately despite reservation not being for another 1/2hour
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.
Excellent food, ambiance and service, which is all I need! Highly recommend!
Food was fantastic. Great service. Upbeat and fun vibe with huge windows looking out over the South Congress scene.
Food was excellent, wood grilled oysters, octopus and brussel sprouts, ahi tuna, grouper all great
Oysters were delicious and fresh. The caramel de creme for dessert was outstanding. Scallops with the risotto were good as well. The scallops were perfectly cooked.
We were celebrating a birthday so it as a special evening made better by the wonderful food and service!
This was my first visit to Austin and while I enjoyed the the TEXMEX we had and some other fusion type meals, Perla's was hands down the best! We had a super great waitress, Rachel, but everyone who came to our table was super nice. We are from NY to trust us we know. All our food was just great!
The apps, salad and the fish was to die for. I would go back there in NY min!. Thanks for making our last meal in Austin so wonderful.
The server we had had a very bad attitude. Food was amazing. This was our second time coming.
I took my parents here for Sunday lunch. We were able to get a last minute reservation on OpenTable which was surprising since evening reservations for the weekend were gone a week in advance. The meals were good and the ambiance was lovely. The patio is a great place to day drink and watch tourists but they don’t take reservations. We had swordfish, crab egg Benedict and the steak ranchero. The flavors were delicious and I think we finished each plate. Definitely not a cheap date if getting drinks & appetizers.
Our server seemed oblivious about the wine menu and disappeared for half our meal
We were there on a weekday, 2pm lunch. Fish was delicious. However, salads, scallops and hush puppies were so salty that 3 hours later, we were still tasting the salt. The wait staff was mediocre in their service. Although the restaurant was half empty, getting their attention was difficult. We ate inside, although the street side terrace area looked lovely. The dessert (Pavlova) was divine. Will we go again? Likely not.
Everything was very enjoyable. My dad, my sister, and I were able to have a long meal indoors that allowed us to really enjoy all the oysters we ordered and our time we had carved out to be with one another. The three of us appreciate Perla's and our server's hospitality and attentiveness. We came last year for my birthday and we came again this year for my birthday. Great oysters are a rare treat in these parts. Good for those special, once a year occasions for sure, or for those more regular oyster-laden outings if that suits your fancy.
Patio is wonderful, food was great!
Perla’s is the best! My favorite place in Austin no matter the occasion.
Food was great!! Two separate times the staff tried taking away our plates while they still had food on them..it was a little awkward.
Not the friendliest
Foods and deck are great could use a better choice of music.
We have a love/hate relationship with this restaurant:
Love: Fresh oysters, Grilled Redfish on the halfshell is amazing, lobster fried rice is so good.
HATE: We consistently receive HORRIBLE SERVICE. As in really really bad. Our last 3 visits over the past 18 months have been marred by 3 different horrendous servers. Inexplicable long waits for drinks. Disappearing for very long times during the meal. Never checking up after delivery (finally) of food. Overall lack of attentiveness considering the price point of this restaurant. Austin has waaaay too many other excellent choices for an expensive meal to have to deal with terrible terrible service. And this seems to be par for the course at Perla's. Sad to say we will not likely be returning. We will be watching reviews going forward to see if the horrible service is something that management will be able to correct.
I love going to Perla's. I recently had some friends visit from the U.K. We hadn't seen each other in ages and they needed a gluten free menu. They also wanted seafood. I immediately thought of Perla's. We had such a lovely time catching up. The food was outstanding. I just love their simply grilled redfish. We couldn't have asked for a better evening.
The food, drinks, and service are always excellent. It’s our traditional place to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Great meal, oysters were fantastic. Services was great and everyone loved it!
Great service good food. Enjoyed outside setting.
Wonderful as usual. Made a nice mother’s da
Our server was good, and the first course was decent. However, when our main course came out all four people in our party were disappointed. We had 4 different meals and no one liked their food. The restaurant did not live up to its reputation and was overpriced for what was served.
LOVE this place! Best oysters, shrimp cocktail, & grilled octopus. Salads are great too! Table & bar are impeccable & timely. Great for any occasion.
Great energy and delicious food. I was visiting from New York, Perla’s came highly recommended and did not disappoint.
From service to the actual food, everything was fantastic. Wonderful for groups, family and even kids are welcome. The fries are addictive and the lobster beny is so good.
Best mussels I’ve ever had!
Fab. Loved it.
Getting together with olde college friends.
Our server was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the courses. Amazing food. Great vibes. Slightly pricey.