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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487 (South Austin)
512-291-7300
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Ranked #57 of 3,124 restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: South Austin
Cross street: Gibson
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We popped in for lunch and had a dozen oysters and they were quite good, but a little pricey. Service was excellent and it was quite enjoyable.

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Chicago, Illinois
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87 reviews 87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I grew up liking seafood in all its forms and flavors but especially when freshness is barely touched with gentle handling and piared with sauce that complements the dish. This restaurant likes to over spice, over herb, over season and over spice their seafood to the point where you do not know what kind of protein is in your mouth.... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Went here for lunch after wandering around SOCO (lots of overpriced tat, but to each their own). Had shrimp caesar, partner had tuna nicoise. Very good food, nice service. We ate inside amongst the men in suits. Outside it's more casual. Unexpected treat that I would recommend as most place up here are a bit raucous. Prices are reasonable for... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were greeted by a hostess who told us they had no reservations in the dining room but we could sit in the bar, which we did. Our waiter was very attentive, served us drinks and then dinner. I had tuna which was accompanied by a grilled lemon and half of a grilled tomato, also ordered the fried corn. All... More

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Frisco, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic dinner with good service and good drinks. I suggest the grilled octopus to start with and any of the fish entrees to follow. My halibut was cooked perfectly and the avocado risotto was dead on. The side dish of Brussels sprouts are a must try as well. Dessert was tasty - salted Carmel creme de pot. I will be... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This place was a treat. The food was excellent and the service matched. It ended up being a fairly pricey dinner, but I felt the quality made it a good value. Can't wait to return!

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I sat at the oyster bar- there was a lively buzz in the area as well as this restaurant. The fish is brought in fresh daily and they have an unexpectedly wide variety of combination plates (I had snapper with sauteed spinach and sofrito sauce, delicious and light) as well as individual catch with sauce to order. The wine and... More

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Dallas,TX
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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We went here with another couple on a Saturday night and it was just an outstanding pick for Father's Day weekend in Austin. While our table seemed super small and cramped when we first sat down- we never where bumped or seemed in the way of anyone at any point during our meal. We all had the oysters- some as... More

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Waco, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Since moving back from living in the Mediterranean several years ago, I had yet to find a restaurant in the States that served good fresh grilled octopus until eating at Perla's. Truly the most outstanding seafood meal in Texas and I highly recommend it! Of course their oysters were wonderful, fresh and clean as well and I love the casual... More

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I hosted a business lunch at Perla's and was not disappointed. The service was attentive and perfectly timed. The food was very, very good and the menu changes daily to only offer the freshest food available. I many times will not choose a seafood restaurant that is inland, but Perla's did not disappoint. The décor is light, fresh and comfortable.... More

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