Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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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.
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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

So many people I know love Perlas. Our experience was just ok. The shrimp cocktail looked bad with shrimps intestinal track not deveined. Entrees were just ok. Server spoke too fast. The atmosphere is wonderful though so it was disappointing the fare did not live up to the hype or prices. My friend told me it is best to just go for appetizers and no entrees. It is too expensive for the quality in my opinion.

AM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in a while!!! Loved the vibe too!

QB
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party enjoyed our excellent service with our fine meal. The pace was great and we come here for special occasions because we enjoy it very much. We do wish the noise level could be reduced.

s
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an Austin favorite. Had lunch there for the first time. The other previous times I've been there was for dinner. Great vibe and fun people watching. We were there on a non-TX game weekend and the crowd was a little more tame. This is a great place to stop in for a bite if you are on South Congress. I highly recommend the calamari!

KJ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around meal! Service fantastic

SR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Austin! Great meal! Great server!

AW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second timeat Perla's, and it was once again an amazing experience. Almost perfect place for a blissful anniversary celebration - the only slight down side was the noise level.

SM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Drinks were poorly made. Too many different people were attending to the same table, so it made it difficult to give or get any feedback from your server. Mexican street corn should have been on the cob. It wasn’t. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Other dishes were quite tasty. Just not worth the expense. Especially when there were people vaping and smoking in the outside dining area. Not cool.

C
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla's is a very cool restaurant with great ambiance, food, and service! We went as a group and didn't have to wait too long for anything. Not everyone in our party ate seafood, but we were still able to find super good options for everyone there! I recommend this restaurant for a date night or fun with friends. I'd make reservations to not worry about the wait! Apparently it can get pretty long. Their food was all very good quality and plated nicely. Good fresh ingredients and excellent chef! We will definitely be returning.

DD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food & service! Wish we had one in Dallas :)

h
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch with friends I have ever had. The place was packed to the rafters with rowdy LSU fans. The serving staff were confident and efficient throughout it all. The presentation was the best I have yet seen at Perlas, and the food was beyond delicious. My friends from out of town were awed.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fresh seafood at Perla’s... loved the appetizers & drinks too!! Girlfriend & I always try to get by Perla’s when we’re in town.

BC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Perla's several times. We had a reservation for 5 at 7pm. Arrived a few minutes early and opted for the patio which was pleasant even though it was another hot summer day. Food was good as usual and the wait staff was very attentive. I tried the bouillabaisse this time which was flavorful and chock-full of goodies. Highly recommend it. My only gripe was having to pay $8 for parking as the voucher provided by Perla's was only good for 2 hours.

j
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent the afternoon at Perla’s with my mom and wife. Food was excellent, 1 dozen oysters and the crab cake for starters.....our meal got better and better from there!

Crispy Snapper, Gulf Tile fish, King Crab grits, bloody Mary’s....book a table and find out for yourself.

OT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service.

JC
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I think we had a new server - she didn’t seem to know the menu

SD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday for lunch. Ordered a dozen mixed oysters. They were fresh and delicious. I can also recommend the ceviche and the ahí tuna. Make a reservation, as this place is very popular.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed very fresh seafood excellent
And so was our server Bree. She was so helpful, friendly and an overall terrific server.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and awesome atmosphere

n
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No valet parking is a disincentive to return. Valet parking should be an essential to a restaurant of this quality.

AY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and great service! We loved everything we ordered, which is rare.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating 2 birthdays. Everything was perfect. Food delish. A little pricey not not terrible. They sent over Birthday cake home made ice cream on the house. Nice way to end a great night. Waiter was attentive and informative.

h
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Fabulous fish.

MR
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is good, but service is ridiculously slow. I went early for lunch, dining room was maybe 1/3 full, and had to wait 45 minutes for my main dish.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING!!!

c
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good and consistent. Enjoy coming on special occasions.

TF
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very happy with the food and service. I was able to revise reservation through Open Table.

DK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I had never had lunch on Sunday at this restaurant. I was unaware of the menu change. Many of the dishes that I drive to Perla’s to experience are not served during this time of day.

One of the dishes were Brussel Sprouts. A staple on the evening menus. After asking for two dishes prior to looking at the menu my waitress felt so bad that she was unable to provide the dishes that I had come there to experience; she suggested that she might be able to get the chef to make the brussels sprouts. I watch her as she approach the cook/chef and he refused her request even though it appeared she pleaded. She came back to the table and sadly told me of the cooks decision, I told her I appreciated her efforts. For some reason, I was embarrassed in front of my date. Probably, because I had brag so much about the restaurant.

I ordered a redfish on a half shell for a cost of $36. For that amount of money I received 3 to 4 ounces of fish and a vegetable. While it was tasty, it was not a fair portion. I don’t know how many times I have eaten at Perla‘s, it is unfortunate that they had an off day, at least in my opinion.

V
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious red fish in a shell. Baked oysters. Very nice server.

g
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our favorite seafood place (a friend with us this time said she could eat here 3 meals a day!). Not the cheapest but certainly reasonable in price, and the food is always excellent.

o
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Three weeks ago we had the wonderful oyster, slaw appetizer plates and Yukon griddle cakes and loved all of them. We ordered the same thing on Sunday and the oysters were great but the slaw was too wet and salty. The Yukon griddle cakes were very wet and falling apart, so we were disappointed. Additionally, the noise level was exceptionally loud and very annoying. We could not hear each other over the din.
I did ask our waiter if he could ask to have the volume turned down and he agreed. The next song was then slightly lower in volume but after that it right back up. Our server was Garret and our reservation time was 5:30.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla’s is my all time favorite restaurant in Austin! They have the freshest seafood, best oysters, and most flavorful dishes overall.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Far better than Cafe Blue. If you want to sit inside, get your reservation early! More seating outdoors that doesn’t require reservation but only if you want to sit under “misters” in the heat!

Great food, service and cool ambiance. Try the lobster roll. As good as you’ll get in Maine or Martha’s Vineyard!

KL
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time here, but probably the best meal we've had all around. Exceptional seafood plateau, delicious entrees, and good, well-priced Champagne selection.

AQ
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters are amazing, service was also incredible, definitely would return

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Austin from Dallas. This is my must visit place whenever I come visit.

TM
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went early. Happy Hour was in full swing. Tables outside and chairs at the bar taken. Waited a few minutes and got a seat. Drinks came quick. Bartenders really know what they are doing. Able to serve lots of people. Got seated for food. The traditional shrimp cocktail was outstanding. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and I loved the crackers they served. Other items we ordered- grilled oysters and Mac-cheese was very good. Yes, I would return. The waitstaff was right on point. One person made sure we had plenty of water. Very attentive.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Perla’s. Delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good wine list too! Excellent selection of oysters. Love PEI! And the mussels are delicious. Charming decor and staff uniforms harken back to trips to The Cape in my youth.

m
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

If you like Clark's, you'll love Perla's. The menu makes it hard to choose because it all sounds delicious. Wood grilled oysters, fish and veggies are outstanding. Our party had a variety off the menu and everyone was happy. Frozen painkiller is a must as is the butterscotch pot du creme.

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

Always a delight! The staff at the bar are so friendly and take such good care of their regulars.

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