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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4.7

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Romantic (54)
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Good for Birthdays (47)
Good for a Date (45)
Notable Wine List (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Business Meals (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Cozy (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Live Music (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service, the staff recognized us and were very enjoyable.

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food, live jazz piano, sexy atmosphere. A+ date night experience

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good. Seared scallops were perfect! The pan-Seared salmon was cooked to my liking. We also ordered a starter of fried calamari which may very well be the best I've had. The sauteed mushrooms were so delicious and hearty. Our wait service was superb with the server being attentive and thorough. The Proseco was light and bubbly and paired well with the seafood. The crab cake left a lot to be desired with the crabmeat being mushy and not firm. It left me feeling very let down as I seriously had the taste for a great lump crab cake. The sauteed spinach was unremarkable, but I wasn't surprised as it's sometimes difficult to finesse spinach and lots of chefs/cooks don't realize that with spinach, sometimes less is more. By far the biggest letdown was the crab fried rice. There was far too much going on in that one dish and thereby hindering the crabmeat from being the star. It had a kind of "sweetish" flavor that felt out of place in this dish. I definitely wouldn't order that again. Overall our experience was a pleasant one and I'd pay again to patronize this establishment.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Live Music, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

First time going for my fiancé birthday. Great service, great food. Will make a return visit without a doubt!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Our first experience at Trulucks. Everything was lovely. Our server was attentive and personable. This is a perfect spot for a special occasion or just a fun date night.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Dined with wife on a delayed Valentine's present and found all staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Ordered wine and appetizer (Oysters Rockefeller) and found them to be tasty but a bit grainy. Wife ordered stuffed lobster tail with asparagus and I ordered the salmon bearnaise with mashed potatoes. Entrees were well-presented and very delicious. We had to pass on the desserts but they also looked very good. Had a small snag as the Reward Card we attempted to use would not process but it did not take away from the pleasant experience we had. Will come back to try other menu items soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, top shelf everything.

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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a great place for Date Night...

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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

My favorite go to place. I’m not a big sea food fan but I can try anything on the menu and it’s always perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Valentine's day dinner. Great service and outstanding seafood. The right level of music, bustling staff and other guests.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The food and service couldn't have been better! This is one of the finest restaurants in Austin!
They did all they could to make us feel special and valued as customers. Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Celebrating Valentines Day early

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 (Amarillo)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wendy was our waitress that night and she was great!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I feel as though the quality has gone down in the last year. I have only been a few times, and I will admit that I am picky; however, the sides are just not very good anymore. They also have taken my favorite item off the menu (yes, I knew this before I went, but had chosen what I would order). For the price they charge, I am not sure it is worth it anymore. We did not have salt or pepper shakers on our table, we had to ask for bread (everyone around us who sat down after us received it without asking), we had to ask for cracked black pepper more than once and one of my sides was burnt and the other side ordered did not taste very good. It was Monday (all you can eat crab claws) which came without the fork they normally give (no big deal) and super busy, so I can understand some things (like the wait for our table even though we had reservations, which has never happened to us before. All of these individually, are not huge deals, but when added together, it is frustrating, especially when paying a high price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 12, 2018

They really need to work on the front of house experience at this location. When you compare the level of service and execution to the downtown Austin location, this place comes up short. The wait staff seem like they are reading off a script that comes across as formulaic and kind of insulting. Don't ask me if I am "enjoying my amazing food" ask me if everything turned out as I had hoped. Whatever, I can look past that. What I can't look past is that my date and I were at the table for an hour and a half when one of the managers came up and said they had another party that was going to need our table immediately. What the hell? I don't understand why the restaurant's inability to plan their reservations becomes MY problem. Another miss is that, at every Truluck's I have eaten at, the restaurant calls me the next day and asks for feedback. I have eaten at this location twice and have never received a call to follow up. Unfortunately this last visit has taken the Truluck's brand down a few pegs in my book, which is a real shame for the owners because I have spent over $5k in the last twelve months at the two locations in Austin.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was our first time there and we enjoyed the food very much. We will definitely be back.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Truluck's is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. We arrived over an hour early during happy hour for a drink and appetizers. After we found seats at the bar, it took 10 minutes to have our drink order taken and almost another 10 minutes for the drinks to arrive. Our appetizer was delivered to the couple next to us who arrived later than we did and ordered the same thing. The bar manager corrected the error and provided us with a second appetizer on the house. Once at our dinner table, the food and service were very good. We will certainly be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We go here every year for our anniversary and it never fails to impress. They have recently renovated and taken in what used to be the patio so there is plenty of dining room. You may need to let them know that you are there to take your time because service is so prompt.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food was great and the ambiance was good for a business dinner. The Waiter was very knowledgeable of the wine list and the menu. Will definitely return for dinner again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Awesome experience yet again. Charlie took excellent care of us and the food was amazing! Made my wife’s birthday celebration very special, especially with the Baked Alaska for desert!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food, very quite, nice place to do a date. Service was impeccable. Jonathan actually made the experience absolutely perfect. Great night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was a marvelous restaurant. Pricey but well worth every penny

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We are repeat customers and have always had fantastic service until this visit. While the waitress was very pleasant she was very flighty and a bit "off" - lingered too long at the table making bizarre small talk and was just not up to Truluck standards. It was my birthday and she asked how old I was which was uncomfortable - but I would have gotten past that had service been good otherwise. She clearly forgot to put our entree orders in as it was well over an hour before they arrived when everyone else around us had their meals - and the sides were wrong. She came back 2x over the course of 20 mins to say "they'd be right out" and brought a second round of bread - never a good sign. Watching the superior waiter next to us it was clear she was either new or just not up to snuff. Food was excellent as always but the poor service really cast a pall on the evening.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a birthday dinner at Truluck and enjoyed it completely. Service was outstanding, food was delicious and atmosphere was excellent. Will be back again soon.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We were there for a birthday celebration. Our waiter got us our food and a dessert but never came back to ask if we wanted more water or drinks. We were just visiting and opening gifts. He wanted us to leave and it was under two hours. So we paid our bill and left. The food was good and the new decor was nice but we weren’t happy with our waiter, Fred.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Never disappointed when we go to Trulucks. This has become our go to spot for special occasions and celebrations. Both food and service are always impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here & would recommend this restaurant to anyone for a business meeting, small group, or special occasions. The service was great, but the noise level was a little loud. For an intimate dining experience it was hard to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Nick was very informative in helping us make our choices and attentive throughout the evening. Both entrees were delicious and the champagne toast and Baked Alaska in honor of our anniversary was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Charlie is an exceptional waiter.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Bar is on the small side and extremely packed on a Friday night around 6:00. Little to no seating or standing room. Hard to even get to the bar to order a drink. The rest of the dining is outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The renovated dining room was lovely. The food and service were excellent. This is our go-to fancy restaurant.

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The Sea Bass was AWEsome! Shrimp cocktail (and salad) fantastic! Special birthday dessert amazing! 2 of 3 really enjoyed the lobster bisque flavor. Service was excellent if not a bit overzealous.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food and service was absolutely perfect. The best crab cakes I’ve ever had. Steak was amazing as was the sea bass. I will definitely come back. Only downfall is that it’s very expensive but you get what you pay for!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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 on January 21, 2018

Excellent food and service for anniversary dinner.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a great time! Food was splendid & the waitress was great! I Plan on going back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Austin)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 16, 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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