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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
159 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • octopus
  • lobster
  • outdoor seating
  • good for dates
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  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 17
    Their dishes are fresh and well-prepared. Honestly didn't expect to find quality seafood in Austin, but I was delighted to try many of their amazing dishes. The lobster pasta dish was my favorite!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarAugust 11, 2016
    Perfect destination for date night or dinner with friends. Don't sleep on the side of asparagus. Also loved the sea bass, ceviche and burrata. You just can't go wrong and I love the outdoor patio.
  • Jessie M.
    Jessie McCarronJuly 12, 2012
    Wow!! I had the swordfish it was quite possibly the best meal of my life. Aimee took great care of us, the salted butterscotch dessert is incredible. You must have a meal here if you are in Austin.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    Probably the best seafood restaurant in Austin. Their fish and oysters are incredibly fresh, and the patio out front is shaded by oak trees and provides an excellent view of South Congress.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    Fact: best seafood in Austin! (until proven otherwise) It's pricy, but u can get a bunch of their appetizers and share w/your friends. Musts: oysters, oyster Shooters, calamari, ceviche, wedge salad.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 19, 2013
    Perla's has transformed a land-locked SoCo corner into a beachy cafe. It's hard to beat this place on a sunny afternoon for fresh oysters, grilled octopus, and a Caesar cocktail on the shady patio. Read more
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GMarch 15, 2013
    Get the octopus appetizer. It is simply the best grilled octopus dish I've had anywhere in the world. The fact that I had it in Texas makes it even more special.
  • Austin 360
    Austin 360March 29, 2012
    This seafood destination has an array of cocktails to match the cuisine. Bright flavors with a typically tropical flair incorporate house-made ingredients, and the cocktails never fail to refresh.
  • Andrew Christopher G.
    Awesome service and delicious food. Definitely recommend sitting barside if you're on a date or flying solo. Try anything and everything with cheese!!
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh oysters and champaign. Mussels and Modelo. Misters to help keep you cool in the summer as you watch SoCo pass by.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 13, 2011
    When in doubt, take Perla's name literally and choose the oysters. (Get it?) The 512 brewery pecan porter is also an excellent 24 oz. of beer to accompany your sea critters.
  • Amy W.
    Amy W.December 2, 2016
    Best lobster roll I've ever had - even in Boston! We tried the Brussel sprouts and fried okra this time and they were the bomb!
  • Cary Michael C.
    The Redfish on The Half-Shell is some of the best fish you will ever eat. Always great people watching on the patio facing SoCo - Cary Michael Cox
  • Katrina S.
    Katrina SteffensenOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong. Ceviche is good, oysters with parm are impeccable, can't go wrong with Chatham, raspberry point oysters. One of my favorite places in ATX
  • Trae F.
    Trae FFebruary 17, 2016
    Excellent food! Had a great time sitting out on the patio but watch out for the aggressive birds!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacMarch 20, 2015
    The wood grilled oysters, crispy Texas snapper, and lobster role were all fantastic. A worthwhile break from barbecue and tex-mex.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 19, 2013
    Parkside bartender Brian Rhoads comes here for the patio, great cocktail list, and knowledgable staff.
  • Patricia B.
    Patricia BradbyFebruary 27, 2013
    Sit at the bar, order The Tombstone to drink, a bowl of the Bay Scallop Pozole Verde soup & a half dozen oysters. So yummy.
  • Luciana M.
    Luciana MisuraAugust 17, 2011
    Loved the lobster roll and calamari appetizer. For oyster fans, there is a huge selection (I'm not one but went with people who raved about the oysters).
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlaineJuly 1, 2013
    Come for lunch - have a drink! Bartender is less slammed and the cocktails divine! Order the wood grilled Brussel sprouts!
  • Taryn
    TarynJanuary 28, 2013
    Breakfast bouillabaisse is delicious! Delicious seafood, perfect broth and crispy poached eggs?! Can't get better than that!
  • Chris A.
    Chris AniszczykSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the lobster frittata, it's simply the best frittata in Texas! Optionally pair with the lobster cheddar grits
  • Rob P.
    Rob PickettJanuary 15, 2014
    I don't think one can go wrong with any choice. The wine, oysters, and fresh fish were divine! Wonderful dinner
  • Guillermo M.
    Guillermo MendozaOctober 20, 2013
    Fresh oysters, savvy waiter, and nice patio. Do not miss the Bay Scallop Pozole or the Manhattan Clam Chowder!
  • Rhiannon L.
    New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp with Grilled Ciabatta is messy, but so delicious it's worth it. Nice for lunch
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The grilled octopus is the best seafood in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Scott N.
    Scott NagelbergOctober 20, 2011
    Dare I say it's worth forgoing Texas BBQ for the amazing seafood here? Absolutely. Do yourself a favor and make this your next meal in Austin.
  • Irma R.
    Irma RodriguezJuly 7, 2013
    Don't forget the goat milk cheese cake with a nice espresso, it's the perfect ending.
  • Mariana W.
    Mariana WMarch 19, 2015
    The blackened tuna and quinoa was delicious. Highly recommend it. The Brussels sprouts however were totally not worth it. Flavorless and not well cooked.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 30, 2011
    This seafood mecca serves lobster rolls coated in house-made mayo with (bonus!) a side of drawn butter. A must try! Read more
  • Britney C.
    Britney C.July 31, 2013
    If you want the cherry on top of your amazing meal, order the plum upsidedown cake. AMAZING!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Once upon a time, the only seafood option in town. Now that Clark's and Winflo have come along, there is competition...but Perla's is still right up there.
  • Derek P.
    The grilled octopus and the redfish on the half shell were excellent. The bouillabaisse was perfect.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AniszczykJune 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The lobster frittata is one of the best brunch dishes in Austin, ask for extra avocado
  • Stefanie
    StefanieNovember 15, 2014
    Order the fresh oysters and the lobster bucatini. Done.
  • Tray H.
    Tray HarrisonFebruary 5, 2012
    The oysters are expensive but well worth it for the quality. Current favorite are the Raspberry Point's.
  • Dennis K.
    Dennis KellySeptember 4, 2012
    Afternoon snack menu is small, but delightful. Ceviche and calamari are fresh and delicious.
  • Phoebe E.
    Phoebe EMarch 14, 2011
    You can't go wrong with their oysters (<3 Kumamoto or Wellfleet) and a hefeweisen. Also recommend the scallop pozole verde
  • Jeffrey N.
    Jeffrey NoelJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    come for the cocktails and apps. crab louie and friend green tomatoes are to die for. entrées are decent but overpriced for the quality
  • John G.
    John GilbertMarch 13, 2013
    Some of the best seafood I have had in a long time. Get some oysters and try the octopus
  • JoVonna C.
    JoVonna CarterJuly 4, 2013
    Octopus is wonderful. Just about one of the only places in town that serves Pimms!
  • Kim M.
    Book a table outside for brunch. The oysters, gazpacho and lobster omelette were 👌.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CollinJune 15, 2014
    Great seafood & they looked after us non-seafooders too. Best salad ever!!
  • Chip C.
    Chip CramerJune 25, 2016
    Whole fish, grilled octopus, and lobster Mac and cheese!
  • Garann M.
    Garann MeansMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The bouillabaisse is one of the only disappointing things on the menu. Get almost anything else instead (unless you're really into Japanese radishes).
  • Doris N.
    Doris NeubauerMarch 10, 2013
    Get the Grilled Octopus with Papas Bravas as a small app. Donovan is a great server!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalSeptember 6, 2014
    Had the fried calamari.. It was delish...!! Great place to come and relax... ✌️
    Reserve123.comJune 11, 2012
    Great ambiance, cocktails, oysters, and seafood entrees. Order a lot and share.
  • Tom T.
    Tom ThorntonOctober 13, 2009
    Go to Perla's and order the Scallop Pozole Verde Soup and the lightly-breaded Calamari with Bell Pepper. Pair them with a Dark 'N' Stormy or eat some Griddle Potato Cakes along with them. Epic.
  • Dustin
    DustinSeptember 1, 2010
    Solid seafood although options are quickly reduced/sold out based on how late you eat. Great front patio. Watch out for the ants!
  • Ilija G.
    Ilija GubicNovember 16, 2015
    A bit on a salty side but in general great food and service.
  • Bailey B.
    Bailey BaileyNovember 16, 2009
    I literally almost cried over how absolutely amazing their Sunday brunch food was last week. And then got wasted from one Mimosa. Someone's doing life right over there. Get a Mimosa & a Florentine.
  • Lola R.
    Lola RainMay 7, 2013
    A huge portion of lump crab on the wedge. Staff is super nice. Bique is delicious
  • Amy W.
    Amy W.December 2, 2016
    Try the Makers Mark Old Fashioned - It was superb!
  • Leila S.
    Leila SamiiApril 10, 2015
    This is the color of my drink. Cool atmosphere, drinks sucked.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MauserSeptember 26, 2012
    Molly Woods is the best server! She won't steer you wrong, she's awesome, ask for her section.
  • Tony C.
    Tony Curtis-WellingsFebruary 20, 2012
    It's all about the appetizers, wood grilled oysters, grilled octopus and steamed mussels!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LiptonApril 20, 2012
    Order the best lobster roll in Texas but keep it authentic, don't toast the bun people!
  • Nydia S.
    Nydia SernaNovember 5, 2011
    The new Orleans style BBQ shrimp are soooo good! Their souce is great!
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WongAugust 17, 2013
    Grilled octopus appetizer mmmm. & 20$ pitchers of beer! asparagus side is also amazing!!!
  • Joseph V.
    Joseph VasquezApril 1, 2012
    Try the Fried Shrimp Po' Boy - Sweet with a kick in the mouth.
  • April B.
    April BennettJune 13, 2011
    Spicy Red Snapper lunch plate was great! The brussels sprouts are a MUST!
  • Christine Z.
    Christine ZachoMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Massachusetts oysters, grilled octopuss and new potatoes ... You just gonna love this place!!!!
  • Brandy R.
    Brandy Roush RichardsMarch 17, 2013
    Park yourself at the oyster bar & watch the master at work. Jayland is AMAZING!
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BentonAugust 3, 2015
    Fabulous crab cake! Not cheap food but worth it!
  • Clark W.
    Clark WinslettFebruary 26, 2015
    Pretty expensive seafood restaurant. The fish and ships were better than any I had in London.
  • Allison W.
    Allison WoodJanuary 26, 2013
    The ceviche is super yummy. As is the lobster roll.
  • Lia K.
    Lia KoutelouDecember 21, 2014
    Fish is always a good choice. Crab cake is delicious. The steak was rather disappointing.
  • Kelsey N.
    Kelsey NussbaumAugust 10, 2014
    BEST Bouillabaisse...just don't look any farther
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChampagneSeptember 9, 2013
    Fresh seafood so good that you forget you're in land-locked Austin.
  • Kat E.
    Kat EganMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the food here...amazingly fresh fish and oysters. Great patio to dine outside under the trees.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SApril 28, 2014
    Risotto with avocado cream sauce was amazing
  • Christine S.
    Christine StephensonSeptember 5, 2010
    Pricey, but well worth it! Loved the heirloom tomato salad and clam soup. Bf liked his lobster roll.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HaydenFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar and keep the party going in the patio lounge "benched" area out front. Always kick it off with the Crab Louie. Read more
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica R.March 14, 2012
    Dry riesling on the patio during afternoon cocktail hour = a refined and refreshing respite.
  • Luciana M.
    Luciana MisuraMarch 16, 2010
    Everything I tried was great, best seafood in Austin and if you are an oyster fan, this is the place for you.
  • Jaclyn E.
    Jaclyn EvansJuly 12, 2012
    The grits are kick ass! So are the oyster shooters!
  • Rafael C.
    Rafael Cuestas RolzAugust 18, 2014
    Fresh oysters great variety
  • Kristin H.
    Kristin HerndonJune 3, 2016
    Watch out for those sides. Even the brussels sprouts are spicy.
  • Stacy C.
    Stacy ChapmanMay 8, 2010
    Try the pozole -- it's fantastic! If you're going to get oysters on the halfshell, get the Wellfleets.
  • Evan S.
    Evan StilwellAugust 23, 2013
    Amazing choices, quality, and service!
  • Adeline T.
    Adeline TolliverFebruary 14, 2012
    Try the Almond Olive Oil's is SO GEWD!!!!!!
  • Gail H.
    Gail HAugust 11, 2013
    Cant hate on the shrimp poboy. Gotta sit on the patio, on the place to be.
  • Armin O.
    Armin OsterholzerOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic!!! Seafood and fish and oysters!!! Not cheap though
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeFebruary 13
    Condescending waitress. Hints of huge tips followed by insanely salty bouillabaisse, crap cakes far from advertised. Will not renew experience. Austin is too good to have to suffer through this circus
  • Rafael C.
    Rafael Cuestas RolzAugust 18, 2014
    Grilled octopus is great
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DonovanApril 29, 2012
    Holy hell. The food here redefined my concept of life's purpose. It's now brighter, holier and more optimistic. Get Crab Florentine.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BeskinJuly 22, 2016
    Oysters! The shooters are great!
  • Samantha S.
    Octopus and brussel sprouts are amazing
  • Pablo C.
    Seafood Stew. 5 Star!
  • Rossy B.
    Rossy BenavidezOctober 11, 2016
    Ceviche, wedge salad and burgers/po boys are great here!
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Outdoor dining great, even on a rainy day!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Perlas Seafood and Oyster Bar as seen on No Reservations Read more
  • Maddie
    MaddieMay 28, 2015
    Oysters were good. Other plates less impressive.
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal McBradyOctober 5, 2015
    The lobster roll is worth every penny.
  • Mandi M.
    Mandi MankvitzMarch 11, 2012
    The butterscotch dessert is delicious!!!
  • Benji R.
    Benji RabhanAugust 19, 2015
    Grilled and fried oysters we both amazing.
  • Drew L.
    Drew LucasMarch 8, 2012
    You have to try the fried banana pie. Wow!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Rene Ortiz, chef of Launderette (coming soon), eats here on his nights off. He loves the New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp. Read more
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderJanuary 2, 2013
    Best stop for seafood and oysters.
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