Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.8
3006 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Perla's offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the gulf 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.

Learn more about McGuire Moorman Hospitality and their family of restaurants at www.mcguiremoorman.com.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Fish quality and variety is completely lacking compared to what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster bucatini was perfection!! Celebrated my husband’s birthday at Perla’s & it was the ideal setting! Could not recommend enough!!

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DianeA
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent quality and service. Our favorite restaurant for over 12 years. Perla’s never disappoints!!!

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Stacey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

loved sitting outside with friends on the patio and enjoying happy hour drinks and food!

MJ
vipMJLfrog
Houston
192 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are fabulous

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JoshR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Wood grilled oysters were our favorite, but the shrimp and grits were very good as well. Outdoor seating was nice. It's on a major street, but you didn't feel like it.

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JasonP
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can get a patio table, do it. 2020 is not the greatest restaurant year, but a day with a beer and some seafood sitting outside at Perla's is still a great joy!

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TimM
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters from Massachusetts were a little better than the oysters from PEI on this trip to Perla's.

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AugustS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once again a great lunch venue. My in favorite Austin!

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carbondale
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt seating by a courteous staff, then a friendly and very attentive server...then, delicious food made with high quality ingredients

We’ll definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in town!!!!

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NiteRider
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Service, atmosphere, and of ourselves, the food.

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AdrienneK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our waitress was very friendly and polite. We went on Saturday for late brunch/lunch. The food was ok. The patio area is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perla’s was an absolute hit. From the oysters to the pecan bread pudding, it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had! Don’t miss the red fish & bucatini. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service.
Delicious food.
Will be back again!

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None
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The primary issue that was found is that reservations did not permit or guarantee for outdoor seating.
One would think that in the state of the world that reservations would be better organized for outdoor and or patio seating rather than allowing walkups to simply be with what looked like, rewarding to be allowed to sit outside.

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PaulaT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband to Perla's for his birthday. Our experience was nothing less than fabulous. I defiantly would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.

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vipmimiS
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food! Great location!

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MadisonC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I think the only improvement I would really like is if the patio could accept reservations. Every time I am told it will take 30-45 min and ends up taking an hour to be seated outside even though I made reservations a week in advance. Other than that there is excellent food and I love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Lobe the chowder and drinks

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foodie4life
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters! Amazing grilled octopus. Outdoor patio is great for seating

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vipMariviO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambiance. Don’t bother making a reservation as they are only for in door dining. Outside seating is first come first serve.

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SKhart
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, lobster roll was delicious. Patio area was spread out nicely

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MollieM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal lunch in beautiful setting. Located on quirky South Congress Street.

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FoodIsLove
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Prices for lunch at Perla’s have gotten incredibly high for the caliber of food. Ambience was great, but poor value for the money. My husband and I will probably skip in the future.

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ChrisM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening at Perlas. Of course the oysters were great, but the shells and cheese cannot be ignored as the go to appetizer. We also got the lobster roll and ceviche which were fantastic as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The server was knowledgeable, kind, and very personable. The food was on point, and i will be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was as expected

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MandM2015
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up out an out of town colleague; great attention and food.

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JustOkay
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

For the price I expect more. More professional servers. Better dressed hostesses. Cleaner bathrooms. A full 5 star experience if your paying 5 star for the food. It’s too casual and too expensive and the food on all three occasions has been a solid 6-7/10. The waitress was so casual and treated us like we were at a Chili’s. Chick-fil-A is more pleasant and professional in their service. It was our anniversary, it was special, we waited until 9pm for a reservation and were disappointed. The 55$ lobster was overcooked. How do you do that? It’s not that hard, set a timer. The food in general all three times is over salted. The cold bar was the best part, but how can you mess up condiments and opening oysters?

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I want seafood and a special ambiance to celebrate, Perla’s is where I think of going. Lovely cocktails, delicious oysters albeit a little high priced by delicious, and so many dishes and side dishes, making it so difficult to choose what to have. Ask your server for recommendations - they don’t steer you wrong when you’re indecisive. Please note you cannot request outside seating and I was not aware. That’s apparently first come first serve only. Expect to wait 30-45 mins, check in, and go down the street for margaritas at Gueros until your table is ready.

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was incredible and the service was great. Highly recommend

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vipMomo
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Made a reservation requesting outside for a birthday celebration, only to arrive and be told that reservations are only available for indoors, but walk-ups can sit outside and there was a 45min extra wait. That seems backwards! Food was good but pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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vipGradyG
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, outside dining, fantastic food. Needed a change of pace and Perla's was it.

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SteveC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our two hour late lunch at Perla's was excellent. From our starter Negronis, to Iceberg Wedge salads with Lump Jumbo Crab meat, to Crispy Texas Gulf Snapper main courses (the accompanying sofrito was fresh and spicy), to my Salted Butterscotch Pot de Crème dessert, everything was fresh and delicious. The accompanying bottle of 2018 Sancerre paired with our food very well, too. Finally, Natalie, our server, did an excellent job of pacing the various courses so that we never felt hurried during the whole experience. If you want an outstanding, fresh seafood meal, Perla's should be at the top of your list.

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Britni
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We made a detour on our way to San Antonio. Perla’s was the perfect stop. The food was absolutely delicious. The perfect light lunch to start our vacation.

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IndyTx
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We came for their bouillabaisse as it's the best my husband ever had. It was not on the menu.

We ordered redfish and sea bass meals and they were nothing special. For the price, all should be exceptional!

The outside was busy and our server was slower than expected though very friendly.

The restaurant was quieter, as there were less guests inside, but normally is too loud.

The empty fish tank should have fish or be taken out. It is a topic for discussion. I guess.?.

Sorry. We won't be back unless, maybe, bouillabaisse is on your menu.

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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3006 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.