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Simar Seafood Cocina, Austin, TX

Simar Seafood Cocina

4.5
4.5
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Simar Seafood Cocina is Austin's premier Coastal Mexican seafood restaurant. We specialize in raw seafood delicacies like fresh oysters on a half shell, shrimp aguachiles and a variety of ceviche. Our chef signature dishes also include hot items like USDA Prime cut Ribeye steak, Scallops in a ancho chile burre blanc and Red Snapper ala Veracruz. Offering a fresh and family friendly atmosphere and patio seating. We are located in the Gateway Shopping Center and offer ample parking. It is our privilege to serve you and be part of the community.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 386-1182

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Neighborhood

    Arboretum

  • Cross street

    Corner of Stonelake Blvd and Research Blvd

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Good for Groups

  • Austin

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Austin

    Seafood

  • Austin

    Good for Groups

  • Austin

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Austin

    Seafood

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  1. KS

    KathSH

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Waitress did not speak English which made communication difficult and confusing with errors. Our bill was incorrect as well which took time to straighten out. Very little seafood on the Seafood Paella, which was disappointing. Banana cheese cake was excellent! Ambiance beautiful! Have had better experience at lunch time and with lunch menu.
  2. NG

    NepGr

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. The service was attentive. Drinks were wonderful. Definitely will be a regular customer.
  3. TD

    ToriD

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fresh seafood and a lot of variety on the menu. They did a great job remodeling this previously occupied restaurant space, and my only suggestion would be to lower the lights during dinner time so it's not so bright inside. In my opinion, the brighter lighting makes it feel like your eating in a diner or cafeteria.
  4. MT

    MighTay

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Seemed pretty short-staffed and incapable of or unwilling to seat dining patrons such that they are socially distanced. Bartender had to fill in as our waiter and wasn’t what I would call a skilled server. Lots of questionable serving skills - leaving menu on the table after two subsequent visits to the table from getting our order, placing plates on top of silverware, etc.
  5. AC

    AndyC

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Ceveche was a disappointment but otherwise our entrees were very good. Frozen margs are very sweet. Ambiance needs help. Way too bright in here.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best ceviche I have ever had is the aguachiles dish here! The cocktails are small but tasty. The place is very big so comf for social distancing. The deco here is very insta worthy. They have live music on Fridays!
  7. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent variety with a unique blend of flavors. Can’t go wrong.
  8. JA

    JudithA

    Austin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food here was fresh, fishy and fabulous. The service was excellent but he was a little slow on the checks but he split it for us so understandable. Tacos were yummy and I think the garlic shrimp was the best thing we ordered.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the service was fantastic, I would highly recommend this restaurant for anybody who enjoys seafood. The flavor of everything I ate was off the charts
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Birthday The fish I ordered was baked with some tomatoes sauce over it. Not very good at all.
  11. JO

    JessicaO

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a last minute anniversary dinner. The overall experience was great! The service was prompt, food was delicious and the price was reasonable. We were full so we weren’t going to order dessert. Right as we were getting ready to get our check they rolled up a liquor cart to our table. The gentleman did some fancy fire display and provided us each with a smoke filled glass with liquor. They also gave us a free dessert that spelled out happy anniversary on the plate with candles. It made our dinner perfect. We’re planning on bringing our kids back next time because the ambience is like a tropical vacation. They also had live music.
  12. T

    Toshi

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Food was good. Workflow for the servers seemed a bit disorganized. Server was very nice though.I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the layout. I definitely would not come on date night as it is more characteristic of a fast casual restaurant where kids are running around unattended. It feels like they are still working out some kinks. I would like to see how this place grows and evolves.
  13. o

    olderguyjohn

    Houston

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, wonderful service (even had a table visit and pleasant conversation with the owner. We have a pet peave about overdone mushy fish or overcooked dry shell fish and we found none in any of our dishes. Instead the grilled fish was cooked to flaky perfection and the wonderful firm juicy shrimp made their inclusion on several dishes a bright addition. We will be back.
  14. TR

    TonyR

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Hidden gem as restaurant traffic was very light during the week. Will definitely return.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant by far exceeded our expectations. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We had a shrimp cocktail and a ceviche to start both great options. The shrimp cocktail had a wonderful orange taste and the ceviche was very fresh and very tangy. The main course was the paella and the fish both great options. The Bella was delicious and the fish was superb Best value in town.
  16. LG

    LauGonzalez

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy a lot dining here! Not only the locations was nice and clean, but the service was friendly and the food OUTSTANDING!!! Will definitely be going back soon! Also liked they have a very good kids menu option and a place for the to play

    Simar Seafood CocinaResponded on April 30, 2022Thank you for sharing about your visit, we strive everyday to make sure our guests are having a memorable dining experience. Remember kids eat free Tuesday!

  17. CD

    CamD79

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service on Easter. We look forward to returning soon.
  18. C

    Clark

    Austin

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to try Simar Seafood Cocina for dinner and we are impressed! The service was outstanding and the entire staff was smiling and enjoying themselves which made the overall experience feel like being in costal central Mexico. We were shown through their entire facility and were delighted to see an entire kids play area safely in eyeshot of an area for families with small toddlers. The food was truly amazing. I had the flounder dish and it was so good!

    Simar Seafood CocinaResponded on April 30, 2022We appreciate your business and review. Please join us Wednesdays for our live Mariachi band.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were eager to please. Ahi Tuna appetizer was delicious as well as all entrees. Brought a cake out and a card signed by the staff
  20. SM

    ShelleyM

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very interesting fusion of Mexican seafood. The food was excellent. Our waiter, David, was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable about the food and helped with recommendations. Hope the place makes it, as it's in an odd spot and the name doesn't really align with the food.

    Simar Seafood CocinaResponded on April 10, 2022Thank you for your review and support of local business. We appreciate you very much and look forward to serving you again soon.

  21. MV

    MarcusV

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were looking for a new seafood type place and stumbled across Simar. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was good but a little different from what we expected, but not in a bad way. The entire place was very clean and the atmosphere was casual. We'll be back to explore the menu some more soon!
  22. JG

    JoeG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great paella! Seafood soup was excellent. Service was excellent.

    Simar Seafood CocinaResponded on April 10, 2022So glad you enjoyed your visit, we appreciate your business and invite you to enjoy our mariachi on Wednesday nights.

  23. RI

    RICK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our visit but would have been a little better if I spoke a little more Spanish since our waitress knew limited English. Food was very good, prices were reasonable, and maybe best of all, menu selections were different than most other seafood restaurants making for a rather unique and tasty seafood meal
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great we celebrated my husbands birthday, the food was delicious and the service was exceptional
  25. AL

    ALISAL

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Love this place and something different and authentic. Will definitely go back soon!!
  26. WW

    WWandRR

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Simar serves outstanding food for a very reasonable price. They are having some start-up problems at the moment, so service was slow. But they should be able to get things working more smoothly in the near future and will be a great place to eat.
  27. SF

    SamFoodie

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When Yujo's closed down due to COVID last year, Austin lost one of the best places to get ceviche. Now with the recently opened Sima, there is a new place to sample a wide variety excellent ceviche and seafood offerings at a high value price point. The restaurant is newly decorated in a bright ocean side resort theme and with the live marimba player last night it created an energetic atmosphere - think of a 'Riviera Maya' vibe to the place. The staff and executive chef who greeted us, were extremely friendly and accommodating; always keeping our water glasses filled and asking if we needed anything. The food was excellent as we ordered a range of appetizers, ceviches, tacos and fish entrees to sample. All were fresh and served in a timely fashion. Pricing was very reasonable and the place is large enough to easily accommodate large parties or a family. In the end, a great experience and a place where we will return with friends to sample the rest of the menu that we didn't get to try because we were so full.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything from the service to the food was wonderful! Fidela was an excellent server and the food was awesome.
  29. RC

    RCaustin

    Austin

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful nautical redo of old Marie Callendars! Large excellent margaritas Extensive menu - most Mexican inspired seafood Had the Flounder filet - large portion, delicious sauce & beautiful presentation! Will definitely add to my favs list & return soon
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place has a nice decor, staff is friendly and the he food is very flavorful and fresh. We will definitely go back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Simar Seafood Cocina using the Order Online button. Simar Seafood Cocina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 386-1182.

Simar Seafood Cocina is rated 4.5 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Simar Seafood Cocina

9503 Research Blvd Austin, TX 78759

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of Stonelake Blvd and Research Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Arboretum

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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