About Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Austin Arboretum

We invite you to escape to Truluck's. A getaway for the senses.

Come savor the freshest Crab, direct from our own fisheries. Delight in our fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle.


Best Food 2012 – OpenTable
Best Overall 2012 – OpenTable
Award of Excellence – The Wine Spectator
Winner, 2011 Top Workplace (midsized business) - Austin American-Statesman

10225 Research Blvd, Suite 4000
Austin, TX 78759
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Cocktail Hour:
4:30pm - 7:00pm Daily.

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Sunday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 794-8300

Website:
http://www.trulucks.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music in the Stone Crab Lounge nightly.

Executive Chef:
Chef Partner Alex Ralston

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
You'll be hooked on our private party rooms. The perfect place for meetings, luncheons, private parties or any occasion.

For more information, please contact Your Special Events Coordinator:

Kelly Barber
(512) 482-9000
kbarber@trulucks.com

Private Dining

For fabulous parties, lasting memories and none of the stress, choose Truluck’s for your next event. anniversary celebrations, rehearsal dinners and more. Truluck’s is the perfect place for corporate dinners, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, rehearsal dinners and more.

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Austin Arboretum Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.8

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Romantic (46)
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Good for Birthdays (42)
Good for a Date (39)
Worth the Drive (32)
Notable Wine List (28)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Authentic (12)
Live Music (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

As always, excellent service and food. Never disappointed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Amarillo)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service for anniversary dinner.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Stone crab claws were excellent
The red fish ponchartrain was perfect
Wendy made our meal very special creating a desert to our requirements without any complaints j
Be back as soon as possible

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything is great except the crab claw appetizer isn’t worth the money unless you’re really into them and the salads are subpar. The complimentary birthday baked Alaska made up for the formentioned shortcomings.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Exceptionally well prepared, high quality food with great attention to detail.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great spot that never seems to disappoint. We will go back again and again.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Amazing and delicious as usual. Louis was accommodating and made sure we had a nice experience!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was good, but there was room for improvement. My Chef Filet meal was slightly strange in appearance. My filet looked a little like it had been frosted with the Bernaise sauce rather than topped with it. Everything could have been a little hotter. On the good side, Johnathan, our waiter, was very nice and attentive, and other personnel were the same. Our drinks were, "oh so awesome."
I just wasn't "wowed" food-wise this time, as I have been in the past, nor was my husband.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Been going there for several years to celebrate birthdays or special occasions. We have always had a birthday cake presented to the person celebrating but that didn't happen this time. 6:00 reservation, seated a 7:00 and a hour serving time. Hope this changes. Food was better than excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had a great meal to celebrate my mother's birthday. The seafood was delicious and the service from Nick was impeccable. I love that they have a Coravin system and can give you a glass from any of their bottles.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always have great food and drinks, with good atmosphere and wonderful services.
It is one of our favorite restaurants for a dinner on special occasion.
Will certainly going back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was a perfect place to take my husband for his birthday. Both of us love seafood. We wish you offered a couple of artisan beers on tap. The mussels and crab claws were delicious. We did have to remind the server to bring out the hot towels to clean our fingers. And, I felt a little rush when I was eating my bisque when the wait staff brought out my entree. Our fish selections were delicious. We had the pleasant surprise of having a Baked Alaska, which both of us could eat, flambed table-side. Outside the minor infractions, we really enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our first visit was for our anniversary and it was fantastic. The food was amazing, pricey but worth it. Also, when they learned it was our anniversary there were rose pedals on the table when we were seated. The staff signed an anniversary card and they even provided dessert on the house. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Perfect date night spot. Even after 18 years of marriage, it's important to find time for each other. We were able to have a delicious dinner, enjoy each others conversation and company, and feel like we had the place to ourselves. Our server was FABULOUS! Stopping by at just the right times so that were well tended to without being obtrusive. The Assistant Manager greeted us shortly after we were seated and recommended a delicious bottle of wine. 5 star experience from beginning to end. Thank you for setting a wonderful atmosphere for us!!!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Seafood at this restaurant is top shelf. Crab legs are the best. Service was great.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great foos as always. The remodel looks great. The new place has some synergy with downtown.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our first visit to Trulucks and every detail was what we hoped: excellent! The food was memorable: fresh, beautifully prepared seafood, and possibly the most innovative and tasty calamari ever experienced. Our server, Jerry, was notably attentive and the timing was perfect. A lovely touch was a visit by Louis, the manager, who was sincere in his interest. A return visit is a must!

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of the best places in Austin for fine dining. Seafood is simply outstanding. Perfect level of service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was very loud in the bar the first time we ate there this month, so when we returned for my birthday, we paid the extra to sit in the dinning room even though they could only get us in at 5:45. The food was outstanding in both areas, but too loud in all areas of the restaurant. When you are paying $400.00 for a meal, it should not feel like you are being packed into a room with as many tables as you can get on the floor. That said, the waiter had no recommendations for wine like we got in the bar only "they are all good". All in all, the food is excellent but a bit pricy for the "rushed" setting. Service was good, but not memorable. Noise level was too high and prevented the feeling of a relaxed meal setting you would expect at this price point. Enjoyable overall, but you have room to improve the setting. Also the number of calls and emails for reviews, feedback and reminders is over the top, this now makes contact number 5.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Truluck’s is always a fantastic dining experience. Yes, it can be expensive, but worth every penny. Service is outstanding and our server, Frank, was wonderful, attentive, anticipated our needs, and very friendly. The food is excellent-especially the stone crabs when in season, and we’ve never had anything that was not top notch. We always go for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, and when we have guests/family from out of town. We love the live piano music, but it can be a bit loud and hard to have a conversation in the bar area. But that is so minor, and would never be a reason to not go. We highly recommend Truluck’s and look forward to enjoying many more meals at this phenomenal establishment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

As usual, the newly remodeled Truluck's (Arboretum) always comes through. Absolutely the best service possible, wonderful waiters and waitresses who LISTEN and pay attention to detail all while being kind and super professional. The food is absolutely fabulous and 2nd to none. I have to give a big thanks also to Mr. Louis Saliba (GM) who ALWAYS comes and recognizes everyone and thanks everyone for being at the place. What a PRO and awesome person he ALWAYS is and monitors to make sure that EVERY detail is taken care of. Truluck's is not the least expensive place you can go, but you get what you pay for, and if I have to describe it in 1 word: immaculate would be the word. Thanks for making our visit with our out of town friends memorable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our dining experience at Truluck's was, as always, a delight. Best service in town.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Outstanding as always. The bisque and stone crab were wonderful

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 22, 2017

A favorite of ours. We love the food, the atmosphere and the service. This place never disappoints.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

our first but definitely not our last dinner at this gem of a restaurant. From the personal greeting at the door to the final surprise Baked Alaska for our anniversary, this will be our new favorite special place to dine.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I took my friend there for her birthday, and the food was exceptional as was the service.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food, wine and service was good except for the oysters. I purchased a $39 plate of one dozen oysters that were about the size of a quarter. Much, much too small to serve in a nice restaurant like yours. I almost sent them back but my friends at the table wouldn't let me.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The occasion was a holiday dinner for employees. The food was delicious, the service friendly but a little slow at times for tea refills, etc. We did ask that the music be turned down slightly and I think they did that. We were early and some of the first diners so the music probably seemed louder with few people in the room. Would definitely come again and really liked the bar area.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great dinner. The food was good, service was amazing!! Our waiter was really great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The service was outstanding, maybe the best I've ever had. The ambience at Truluck's is enhanced by a very classic interior design motif as well as perfect lighting and furniture.

About the food: My wife's 7 oz filet mignon was a perfect medium rare and second to none in taste. I ordered the pacific yellowtail with avocado and crab (and some jalapeños); while i thought it was a great recipe, the fish itself was pretty dry and had some dark brown spots on the back side which were a bit "fishy" tasting.

All in all, it was a very good experience and i would return as well as recommend Truluck's to my friends and family.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The recent remodel has given this location a fresh look. The noise level is still pretty high for such an expensive restaurant but better than before. Our waitress seemed distracted and not as attentive as we have experienced in the past but the food was delicious as always. If you go, you have to try the Tuna Tartare Tower. Superb! And of course the crab fried rice is worth the trip by itself. Still one of our favorite restaurants in Austin!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Above our expectations! Perfect service and delicious, fresh seafood. The staff was made aware that we were celebrating our anniversary and no one passed out table prior to pour meal without stopping to congratulate us! It's pricey but worth it. Reservations are a must.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant was absolutely beautiful! Went on a special occasion. The server, Kelly, was knowledgable and very courteous. Her attentive nature and knowledge of the selection of fish changed our selections for dinner and made us very happy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Amazing from start to finish! Group favorites were the Crab Cakes, Miso Sea Bass, Cosmopolitans, and Trulucks Speciality Coffee. Service was outstanding and the attention to detail exceeded our expectations.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Really nice evening. I took 3 out of town business quests there for dinner.
Great, professional, welcoming service. Food was wonderful. Atmosphere was great for a business dinner, but would be great for a special occasion as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

I went to Trulucks for my birthday dinner, and I had an amazing time. The food, the hostess, the wait staff, and the ambience was exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Hwy 183 location recently remodeled- very nicely done. Great atmosphere for fine dining.
Service staff very attentive but respectful of table conversation.
Food was excellent - as expected based upon past visits.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good food, but the service was lacking.
My dad was looking forward to the stone crab claws for a long time. We arrived before it got busy, at 5:30. Our food took forever to arrive - people who were seated after us at the next table were almost through with their entrees before we were even served our appetizers. When my dad was almost finished with his first round of crab claws and requested a seconds, it took at least twenty minutes for the second round to arrive - by which time he'd already asked the server to cancel it. It's more than a little annoying to pay a hefty premium for all the crab claws you want only to have the server delay and delay and delay bringing them.
While the food WAS delicious, the very slow service put a big dent in our enjoyment of the dinner.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was terribly understaffed. We had trouble getting waited on in the bar area and during dinner we had to hunt down a person to get our bread. All of the staff was very busy so I don't want to put the blame on them. I think that they were short handed. We have always gone to the downtown location and the service is amazing. When you are paying these kind of prices you expect more attentive service. Also, our table was near the door so every time someone came in I would get a blast of cold air. I ended up eating my meal with my coat on. The seafood is delicious but I was disappointed with the salad.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing service, food, presentation and atmosphere. I am a frugal person, so spending a lot on a meal goes against my nature but this was money well spent. Nice touch presenting my spouse with a free Baked Alaska dessert for her birthday. The managing partner, Andrea, was on top of everything. Very efficient staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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