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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

#42 of 3,205 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487 (Gibson)
512-291-7300
Today
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 166
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Upscale Food, Laidback Atmosphere!

This place was one of my favorites! We came for a special occasion dinner and enjoyed every minute of it. We sat on the covered part of the patio but it felt just like we were outside. Everything we ordered was great, the french fries are beyond delicious. All the staff was super friendly, from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
TerriMTay
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Denver
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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294 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Denver
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This place was one of my favorites! We came for a special occasion dinner and enjoyed every minute of it. We sat on the covered part of the patio but it felt just like we were outside. Everything we ordered was great, the french fries are beyond delicious. All the staff was super friendly, from the hostess to our server,... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Perla's is a relaxed yet polished restaurant in the midst of trendy SoCo. (South of Congress Street.) The front translucent tent was lovely, with comfortable director chairs and picnic tables among live trees. Good for people watching or stepping away from the busy sidewalk. The staff was fantastic. The food was exquisite. The spicy shrimp with Texas toast was a... More 

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austin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a fun place with great atmosphere IF you are OUTSIDE. Don't get stuck inside as it is not as 'cool'. The food is very good and really makes an effort to evolve with different tastes and styles. Good SoCo people watching.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We came here for a date. The ambience is very casual. The servers look like an old Tommy Hilfiger add with their plaid or striped shirts, docker style pants, and Van's shoes. It was the first time I tried grilled octopus. It is a bit chewy, but he flavor is out of this world! I had the halibut with crab... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Started with amazing oysters. Followed by great fish, shoestring fries and BBQ asparagus. Everything cooked to perfection. Great desserts and friendly service.

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Rome, Italy
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Delicious place in Austin and one of the best place to eat seafood in all Texas state as far as Im concerned! Im Italian but i ate the best sea food in that place! Strongly advised!

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Lampasas, Texas
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This place can get crowded on weekends. It something is going on in Austin you will not get in without a reservation. I had the yellow fin rare...perfect. My wife had one of the specials, some blackened fish, I can't remember. We had 1/2 dozen raw oysters. Great selection of oysters from East Coast to the Gulf. Drinks are good... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I'm an oyster fan that is always on the lookout for some fresh oysters that I haven't tried. All of the oysters listed were new to me: Pleasant Bay, MA, Copps, Ct, and Buckley, BC were three types I hadn't tried. The quality of the oysters were very clear and perfectly tasting. We sat outside on the massive patio and... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Terrific location on South Congress. Wood grilled oysters, raw oysters, and many great seafood options. Wonderful Crab Louie, beef tenderloin--lots of options if you're not into seafood. Definitely worth a visit.

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New York City
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106 reviews 106 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a perfect place. Lovely outside patio with great service who really know their stuff. Had the grilled Octopus and then the Lobster.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487
    (Gibson)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-291-7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?