Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.7
2421 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Continental
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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
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Phone number
(512) 291-7300
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Fallon Gaskamp: (855) 482-0732
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gibson
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Parking details
There is validated parking in the garage located behind Perla's.
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Special events & promotions
contact Fallon Gaskamp at 512-791-5745
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

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.
What 2421 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mother in law’s birthday and we let them know but they didn’t do anything for her, kind of expected a dessert with the $300 bill, but other than that it was fantastic.

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s
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant! Only criticisms:

Hostess wanted to seat us next to waiters’ station even though most of the other tables were open. We asked for another table- she was somewhat perturbed and rolled her eyes at waiter.

Server remove dishes quickly before all sides were eaten. He didn’t ask us if we were finished. Examples- took hush puppies and asparagus and we would have finished both. Just ask!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick K was our server. His knowledge of the menu and his meal suggestions were excellent.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Thank you

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SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but portions were very small. Great atmosphere

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perlas was some of the best seafood we have ever had. The oysters were amazing. The lobster mac and cheese wa so so good. The drinks were mixed perfectly. The staff was very attentive and very quick to get you whatever you needed. We LOVED it and can’t wait to go back

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RL
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Perla’s many times and have never been disappointed in the food or service. The piped in music outside is exceptionally loud and annoying if you intend to have a quiet conversation. Knowing this, you will not be disappointed. One of the best in Austin!

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A
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed delicious food, wine and a very nice ambience

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Perla's and we went for Sunday Brunch. The food is creative and delicious! The mimosas were the perfect mix of OJ and Prosecco - not overpowered by OJ. My husband and daughter loved the oysters so much they ordered more. The service was impeccable - everyone who works there is very friendly and knowledgeable. A great experience - we will go back for dinner soon!

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WI
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Oysters on half shell and dinner salad were very good. Scallops were very, very salty and did not finish the dish. Ribeye steak ($55) was possibly the worst steak I have ever had in a restaurant. Less than one inch thick and more gristle/ fat than meat. Side of grits very tasty. Fried okra too fried - dry. We will not go back.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Austin. The oysters are always so good and the seafood so fresh. We got amazing recommendations and always make a point to visit while we are in town.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This has been my third time to Perla's, and for a third visit, they impressed me more than the last two!

Our wait staff was on point.

Between my parents and girlfriend, we're all big foodies- and often times ask far too many questions about on & off menu choices for food! Our waiter was not only very informative but gave great notes on his personal favorites & guests favorites that are ordered most often.

It goes without saying that Perla's has a great oyster selection with incredible organic horseradish. The real winner in their starters is their Spanish Octopus that's garnished with red chilis, garlic, green olives and a bay leaf aioli that's oh so subtle.

If you're feeling adventurous, I'd suggest the Novascotian Halibut Fish Collar. Besides being Oak Grilled to a T...it's a 2lb. ordeal on a plate, and perfect for a family style experience on the table for all to pick off of.

For sides, if you don't get the lobster mac n' cheese, you're a criminal.

Sincerely,
A neighborhood resident of South Congress

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a
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy I was able to make a reservation at Perlas. Was one of the better meals I’ve had in quite some time. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and everything he recommended was AMAZING! Already waiting to go back!

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Please bring back the filet mignon. Worth the $$. Other beef options on new menu are not. Music inside too loud to talk with dinner companions. Will never sit inside again due to this problem. Outside seating great if you can get it.

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CH
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! This was our choice for a business meal after work and we were pleasantly astonished at how delicious everything was. Scallops melted in my mouth like cotton candy. The salad was great (who would have thought that mint would be delicious on a salad?)! The dessert was a flourless chocolate torte that I devoured and refused to share. The wine was yummy too. I’ll definitely go back next time I’m in Austin.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dinner, waitress was more than welcoming , and she entertained the birthday old man

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b
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perlas is really, really good. But easily excessively expensive.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Too many fried foods. Not enough vegetables. Lots of grease.

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AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This place is overpriced. The fish that I had was overcooked. The shellfish plate was well served but their sauces and garnished leave a lot to be desired. Their cocktail sauce is good but it gets old after a bit.. The service was good and the ambiance is very good but at that price point there are A LOT of better places.

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NC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant surpassed our expectations. The greeter at the hostess stand. The service we received at our table. The Bussers. Everyone was super friendly super attentive gave great service. The food was out of this world. We had fresh oysters then triedd the Crab Louie, that was delicious. We shared the grouper and king crab leg grits, Yukon Gold hash brown potatoes, crab cakes and we topped it off with dessert. We all shared The Salted Caramel mousse. The dessert the food everything was melt-in-your-mouth. High quality food and high-quality service. We will definitely be back next time we are in town. and don't forget the drinks the cocktails were well priced and very good as well. Thanks for adding to our quick today Austin Magnolia trip.

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RC
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first night in Austin and we were glad we found it! Such a gem- make sure to save room for dessert - the caramel pudding type dessert was unforgettable! Ooh and the calamari!

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T
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Dinner was unremarkable for the price. Service was marginal at best. We ate out on patio which was very nice. Our waiter disappeared. Came to dessert and they had run out of ice cream unless you love birthday cake ice cream. Disappointing Since we had much higher expectations.

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CG
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla's is my brother's and my favorite restaurant in Austin. We come here whenever we can, to enjoy the food and our time together. we always get several appetizers, and that proves to be a satisfying meal. Lisa, our waitress was a consummate professional. we can wait to come back!

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s
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My mom and had dinner there mid-week. We sat on the patio. The waiter was very nice and recommended a nice bottle of wine that was priced decently. The calamari was amazing. Highly recommend! Both our entrees were very good. They did bring out the wrong order for my mom, but quickly corrected it. The patio is a great place for dinner or just a cocktail. Great people watching on south congress. I would definitely go back.

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OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at Perla's with fantastic service. The server recommended oysters were excellent along with the crispy snapper and ahi tuna.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic very good

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LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters on the half shell were delicious and also the grilled scallops. The ambience was lively, a little bit noisy for the "old folks" but that paled in comparison to our excellent dinners.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Raw oysters were very good. Grilled oysters were not good at all. They really should learn to do the grilled oysters better or remove them from the menu. The Bouillabaisse was outstanding. Service was definitely subpar for the type restaurant and the prices. Will visit again.

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SY
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! We all had a couple of cocktails and wine, and the service was amazing. It was pricey, but worth every penny!

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GC
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Austin many times, and Perla’s is a must every time we go. The seafood is fresh and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet causal, and the patio is amazing. Great food and people watching.

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CC
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla's has been a long time favorite for brunch, and every time it is pleasant and service is top of the line. Food I great!

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j
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Lobster Bucatini is to die for. Always a great meal and lovely service. Great oyster selection and wide range of liquor.

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ZD
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Excellent cocktails and dessert. Outstanding oysters. Service was fairly prompt, but not friendly at all. We felt like we were inconveniencing our server. Not a big deal, but it’s always more enjoyable when the service is friendly.

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect brunch spot for my best friend's bachelorette brunch!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank y’all for making the Bride To Be feel so special!

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QB
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If only this spectacular spot had a quieter atmosphere. Alas...the noise level is a detriment to an otherwise fabulous dining experience. Tried it twice now.

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MF
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fish was very well prepared. All enjoyed enrreee. Felt menu a bit limited. Could have more salads on menu
Watch out for horseradish/ super hot. Very good shrimp cocktail

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ST
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience at Pearla for lunch. Order the lobster roll. It does not disappoint!

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JA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! I'll keep Perla's on my list for trusted restaurants with clients and family.

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SG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Food! The fried oysters and shrimp po boy are my favs!

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