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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4.8

service

4.9

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4.6

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4.4

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Good for a Date (32)
Romantic (27)
Business Meals (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Live Music (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Vegan (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and restaurant, excellent service. They were going through a remodel (actually closing the next day) so the dining room wasn't as nice as I expected. And it was REALLY DARK. (We asked to be moved which helped). Expensive ($400 for four people including one bottle of wine). Honestly, not sure the meal was worth the price.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We dined there while visiting Austin for the USGP and we were also celebrating our anniversary The management and staff went out of their way to make our evening very special!
The menu is varied with a nice selection of beef and seafood. We had the mussels as a starter and stuffed lobster for the main course. Both were excellent and the baked Alaska dessert was over the top. The wine selection is comprehensive and reasonably priced.
Truluck's is our new tradition for our USGP vacation in the future.
Compliments to the chef and hats off to the staff on a job well done!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Truluck's never disappoints. And they go over the top when u are celebrating an occasion! Start off in the bar before 7 for half price drinks and reduced apps.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This restaurant is in the middle of a renovation and we understood that when we booked, however, their service could use a renovation as well. We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday. A night out sans kids is rare for us these days. We were promptly seated in a small section of the restaurant as most of the dining was closed for renovation. We ordered fair quickly as we have been to Trulucks before and we were familiar with the menu. The service after that lacked what we saw others receive around us. Our appetizers seemed to have taken an extreme amount of time. Come to find out our crab cake and oysters were given to table next to us that was just seated and still reading their menus. Yeah for them. We continued to wait patiently for someone (manager) to explain the mixup. He did bring out some soup, but My wife doesn’t eat lobster. By the time our apps arrived we were ready to eat our main course. We were disappointed in the attentiveness we received. It will be a long time before we try them again. Dinner for 2 that takes 2 1/2 hours is way too long for us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We started evening with Tangeray martinis. We ordered the lump meat crab cakes and the calamari both appetizers were the best I have ever had. The crab cake is literally all crab meat, you have to search for any breading, the calamari was tender and flavorful. My wife's sea scallops were tender and succulent, cooked and seasoned to perfection, my Redfish Ponchatrain was perfect. The sauce which contains crawfish tails, shrimp and blue crab does not overwhelm the fish. This Trulucks location is very consistent, the food and service is well worth the drive and the cost. I am anxious for them to reopen after their remodel.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was absolutely amazing!!!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was amazing, extremely attentive and the food was great, perfectly cooked and well seasoned. Once the renovations are complete the experience would be perfect.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful Birthday celebration for a friend. She had not been to this location before, and was most impressed! The martinis were perfect, as was my filet and her salmon bernaise.
At a previous visit with my husband, Sheng was our waiter. We were fortunate to have him again as our waiter. He is the very best! Gracious, kind, knowledgeable about the menu and the wines and smooth as silk service.
An evening at Truluck’s is the whole package! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Healthy, Comfort Food, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Came for a birthday occasion. The waiter was great and followed up often. When we had our appitizers and they took the plate away a small (I mean tiny tiny) spider was on the table. There was construction that was going on that could of contributed to that. When we ordered salads they did come out wrong but when the waiter showed up he quickly realized it and we had new salads in less than a minute. We have come here for many special occasions and these small things won't detour us from coming back. The food was great and so was the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Kika, our server was great and made our night perfect. The food was excellent and we enjoyed a nice romantic evening. FYI, the baked Alaska was an unexpected and incredible finish.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Truluck's has been a favorite of mine for years, and again, it didn't disappoint. I cannot say enough about the menu, as the seafood is fresh and steaks mouthwatering. What made this dinner even more incredible was the exceptional service by our server Kika (Jessica). Her recommendations were perfect, and she not only gave us impeccable service, we feel we made a friend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was great. I do not know any place else to get crab like they have. Service was good,

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent service from all involved.
Our waiter was informative and very attentive.
Manager checked on our service and quality of the dinner. He was very courteous.
Will return soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great experience! Scallops were the best I have ever had, very fresh and tender. Wonderful atmosphere. Just a little too dark in some areas, and was unable to read menu without waiters light. Disappointed they were out of their famous crab claws, but understand the high standards and quality are a priority. I will be back. Highly recommend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My sisters and I went to celebrate our birthday's together, Service was excellent. Attentive but not over done. The food was very good. One of my sisters eats very little but completely finished her plate. I had the filet. Very flavorful without being over seasoned, and cooked perfectly. The Martini's are very nice, and it they appear to have a very nice wine selection. I noticed management and the chef come thru to access customer satisfaction (without disturbing the diners) I will return to Trulucks again. Perhaps try it for lunch or happy hour as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Maxwell waited on us, and gave us great service.....attentive without being pushy. Could not have been more pleased.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

An enjoyable evening at Trulucks, Arboretum, for a special occasion. From the minute we arrived to every staff encounter that we had throughout the evening, we received superb service. And, it may not look like it, but they ARE open during renovations.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Once again, Truluck's did NOT disappoint! It has been our "special place" for 15 years and continues to be our go to spot for celebrating special occasions for my husband and me. We were seated at a romantic table for two, complete with rose pedals and champagne when we arrived. The food was, as always, OUTSTANDING and so was the service. See you next year on our anniversary and hopefully sooner!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Anniversary Dinner

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Charlie our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. He was spot on with wine recommendations and meals. The petite lobster was amazing! Hope to be back soon.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It doesn't get any better than Truluck's. I only wish that they had a Pittsburgh location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I made a reservation for my wife's birthday. They reserved a great table for us. The management and waitstaff were on top of the game giving great service. The food was excellent and to top it off there was a complimentary dessert. It was a very satisfying experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was very salty. We all had trouble sleeping after the meal. I like salt and enjoyed mine, but even I felt it was too much and I had a terrible night's sleep after the meal. My husband had high blood pressure and is luckily on medication for it, otherwise we would have worried about him eating the meal.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

As always, absolutely AMAZING! This is our favorite "go to " place for Dinner and special occasions. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday here and, as always, were very pleased with the service, food, and ambiance. Pricey, but they make you feel like you are special and the quality and selection of food is very good. An excellent restaurant for special occasions. Recommended!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

food was delicious! had a 7:15 reservation, got there early and had a glass of wine at the bar while we waited for our table, got sat, service was prompt, food was hot and yummy!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overall very good dining experience with the exception of a couple of issues:

1. Was an anniversary celebration dinner, yet we were seated in the middle of the room at a table. Perhaps my fault for not requesting a booth, but assumed that would be obvious.

2. The chairs at the table are too low for shorter people. My wife is 5'1" and was uncomfortable having to reach up to access her food. Perhaps a booth would have resolved this problem.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our 17th Anniversary dinner outing. Classy place and the food was absolutely delicious.
Outstanding service very thorough and laughed at our jokes. We will definitely become regulars.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had quite a bit of catching up to do but the waiter was patient and not pushy. He was attentive but not overly so. Service was great and my salmon bernaise was exquisite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Combination of excellent food and first class service makes Truluck's our go-to restaurant for a great meal. Tonight was wife's birthday and they rolled out the special treatment, including a complimentary Baked Alaska served on a chocolate scribed birthday greeting plate. Every ordered item exceeded expectation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Truluck's was recommended to me by several people whose food credentials I respect and I now see why it has garnered all the raves!

We started with the mussels which were prepared with Italian sausage--so yummy!

Each of the four of us had a fish entree. While the redfish was very good, the Ahi tuna was better, but the salmon was best.

The lobster bisque was divine. I'm already thinking about my next visit for a lunch of soup and the wonderful sourdough bread!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and the staff were superb.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Truluck's never disappoints us. The food is wonderful, beautifully presented. Andrea does a wonderful job, always remembering you and being welcoming.-

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My son's birthday. Trulucks never fails! Thank you for making it a special evening for him.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The manager and waitress made our special night memorable. Thanks for your kindness and the complimentary special desert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our 10th wedding anniversary. Randy took great care of us, without intruding, a great thing if you can pull it off. Recommended a wine for us, and it was excellent. Entire Staff was pleasant. There is some construction going on near the front of the restaurant, but from where we were you couldn't tell, and the entire interior of the restaurant was very clean and neat, as usual. You can hear some light live jazzy music coming from the bar area, but was unobtrusive. Food was quite good. Orders were made, some changes of the dishes handled, and everything arrived as expected. The timing of courses was Excellent, and it's not always easy to do that. No complaints about anything. Because it was a Special occasion, they brought us out a dessert (Baked Alaska) marked in chocolate script with Happy Anniversary. Very nice touch. This above indicates our experience at Trulucks, and we will return yet again. Great place, people and food.

If you (Trulucks) need to fix anything, is that if you Google map the location address it shows up several exits north from the actual Arboretum location on Great Hills Trail/183 where the place actually sits. I found this out while recommending this to others, who looked it up and was shown the erroneous location.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Love this place for special occassions. Sadly, I can't recommend it as a spontaneous choice, since reservations are necessary unless you want to eat in the bar and that can be pretty loud at times. The service is always top notch!! as is the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food and ambiance was fabulous. Our waiter, Shawn Ricchini, was unbelievably knowledgeable on food and drinks. He was extremely attentive to all our needs and he suggestions were perfect. He was personable and fun. He made sure that we had an incredible dinning experience.

Thanks Shawn and Turluck's!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

we celebrated our anniversary with great food and a free desert (Baked Alaskan). Every thing was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The service at Truluck's is just impeccable. They even called afterward to make sure we had a great time. We didn't realize it, but we got there in time for Happy Hour. Drinks and a great selection of appetizers are half off. Amazing on a Saturday evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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