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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4.3

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
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Good for a Date (34)
Romantic (32)
Worth the Drive (26)
Business Meals (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Live Music (15)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service. Make the lounge your first stop for a great cocktail and appetizer.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was fantastic. The renovation was quite nice. The food was excellent. We went to trulucks for a second year in a row for an anniversary dinner. Last year there were pieces of shell in a lobster plate. They provided another plate and it was excellent. This year, unfortunately, we found a long hair in a seafood plate. We received a new plate but did not comp anything. We were disappointed in that. They did provide a new plate. The food was excellent and the service was great. Unfortunately the food quality control two years in a row was poor. Therefore, I don’t imagine we will return, even though it is quite nice. Kudos to the great staff!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was great and the food was awesome!! Everyone was very attentive. A great overall experience. I wish I could visit daily

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing!!!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Have been a Truluck's customer for years. Was expensive but worth it with great food, coffee, and service.
Now all that is left is the service.
This is OK for a mediocre restaurant, but the price here does not align with the food.
I am sorry to see it come to it. Truluck's was my go-to restaurant in the Arboretum area.
I won't be going back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was very busy, looked to have many holiday parties. With that said the service I was accustomed to which excellent, was only good. The lobster bisque was delicious, but the King Crab Legs were cold. This was my first dining experience at this location.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fabulous as usual, great for special occasions but also for date night or just great meal. If you have time they have a great happy hour with a terrific piano bar.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The shellfish was exceptionally fresh and perfectly prepared. The service was eager, yet polished. For straight-ahead fine seafood dining, this was a great place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As usual, service is fantastic, food was fantastic, and it was a wonderful evening. More than any restaurant in Austin, both Truluck's locations in Austin provide the best service, consistently great tasting food, and provide a truly wonderful dinning experience. Scott

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Awesome food and service. We always enjoy our visit to Truluck's.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband was looking forward to visiting Truluck’s again. We went to the downtown location previously. Overall, things were great.

Some of the food could have been better. The oysters Rockefeller had a lot of grit in them. Not sure if they were rinsed off before chucking. The crab fried rice was not as expected. It had a lot of things going on and some flavor that didn’t seem liked it belonged there. The steak supreme was good but we didn’t get a steak knife so we had to tear it with our butter knife. The steak sauce tasted like bbq sauce, not impressive.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fresh seafood is difficult to find in Central Texas, but Truluck’s has amazing seafood. The shrimp cocktail was delicious with a presentation of dry ice. The Manhattan cocktail was well crafted. The Redfish entree was also a great dish and don’t get me started on those stone crab claws. You have to try them to fully appreciate them. All in all, a memorable meal.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Amazing. Food was delicious and service was great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was amazing... Decor and ambience was excellent. My ribeye had good flavor but was quite tough and was not cooked to order...medium rare . The potatoes also had good flavor but were quite dry . The crab legs were excellent . I will try them again but I expected more for the price we paid . $$$$

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was good. Gravy was too salty, otherwise I would have rated it a 5 star.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I had a great time . The food was fabulous. One I do want to mention is that we could not drink our water either the glasses stunk or the the water did. Perhaps the glasses should not be stored up side down or the dish waster should be serviced more often. Perhaps the bottles you serve the water in . The smell was quite noticeable.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The restaurant is always spectacular. I love the food and will continue going there. I would only change my server next time.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving menu with nice ambiance. Quality food and great service. Beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving lunch. One in our party was late; however, the restaurant bent over backwards to make us feel comfortable. Guest arrived 2 hours late due to getting lost on the way from out of town. But it was all good experience from that point.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to Trulucks for Thanksgiving. They had a fantastic Thanksgiving fixed menu but also their awesome regular menu with streak and lob. Three of us had the turkey menu but I had the bone in filet and lobster! So good! Service impeccably good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food & service.

Some small growing pains after the remodel. Air temp was either hot or cold.

TV fireplace is a little odd.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very good food, and service was great. Not the best prices but I understand paying for the experience.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

For the past 3 years, my daughter and her husband and I have celebrated our November birthdays at Truluck's. We have never had a bad experience and will continue this tradition for many years to come. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always a pleasure

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Absolutely spot on as usual. Have been here a few times and never disappointed. Service was great. Wendy was delightful. Great recommendations. Presentation was beautiful and the meal was cooked to perfection. Can not wait to go back

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Our first time here. The staff and the restaurant was awesome. It is a nice classy place which had the right amount of ambiance which allowed for a nice intimate conversation.

Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Went to Trulucks to celebrate my son's birthday. Met for drinks and appetizers in the bar... then moved on to our reservation for dinner. Everything was perfect. Just a touch of decoration to acknowledge the birthday... with a free baked alaska for dessert... and great food... great wine selection reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2017

They hit it out of the ball park. It is newly remodeled and gorgeous. Our server was attentive and sweet. I whispered it was my mother in laws birthday, and he surprised us with confetti on the table and a baked Alaska desert.
They made it fun and special. Thanks Trulucks!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Had an anniversary dinner planned only to find out place was shut down for remodeling. Either this restaurant moved or closed a second location down for remodeling. Called after making reservation on Open Table and was told we did not have a table. Cant rate the food, heard it is top of the heap too bad, but they should clear this up. BTW, the downtown location is the one that is still open or this is way it was moved to. To be fair, had to choose ratings or I would have left blank to be fair, so given this experience blew may plans all low. Sorry, you asked!

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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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