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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487 (South Austin)
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Ranked #41 of 3,117 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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
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
New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My first dining experience in Austin did not disappoint! Very flavorful appetizers and salad, we were pleasantly surprised at the generous portion in the salad and appetizer and were full without ordering an entree, both the app and salad were so flavorful and crisp and clean tasting. Perfectly paired dressing and not overdressed salad and spicy and delicious appetizer. We... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

IMO there's not a lot of choices when it comes to seafood in Austin. Perla's has been around for a while and it has a good reputation. Atmosphere is lively, we had the Sea Bass and Halibut with Brussle Sprouts and Lobster Grits on the side. All were very tasty but I probably wouldn't get the grits again (not enough... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stopped in and sampled the 4 oyster types from the North East (PE, PA, NA, NB) recommended by our great waiter Brenna. The place was busy but we got our drinks right way and the oysters came soon after. We ate them straight from the shell they were so sweet. We'll be going back for more.

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Whitehouse, Texas, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We knew we were staying at Kimber Modern. Equally we knew we would be getting to Perla's. It's not like the food isn't great enough. But this time we went for the Margarita's as well. Mix in a couple of those, great view from the large windows, or the fans on the patio...people watching is fun and outstanding. Perla's is... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The food at this restaurant is very pricey but it is absolutely amazing. They have oysters from different parts of the country and we tried a couple of different ones. Very fresh. Also tried the lobster sandwich. It was delicious and very fresh, served with shoestring fries. We also had the scallops which were seared on the outside and melted... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Try the sea bass! It was uniquely flavored and I believe the best item on the menu. Even though it was 100 degrees outdoors when we arrived the "fan mists" helped to cool the area down making the experience enjoyable. I would definitely visit again.

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Austin, Texas
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201 reviews 201 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This local favorite has great seafood dishes and other concoctions. Their cocktails are decent and its located right in the middle of south congress st. The only downside is that service can be a bit slow in the sprawling rooms but they were friendly and competent.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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122 reviews 122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place is fantastic! The service was excellent, atmosphere great, and food was out of this world! All seafood is flown in fresh everyday. The halibut and sea bass dishes were among the best we've had!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great food, fabulous wine list and stellar service. To top it off they have the most amazing patio. Do yourself a favor and book the patio for brunch. Watch all the hip folk of Austin give lessons in style as you toast a fine looking beard or two. Top off the experience with one of their desserts. Why not?! If... More

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Chicago, IL
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I heard that their brunch was amazing, well--maybe I ordered the wrong thing. The tuna melt was too much bread, and not enough of the overcooked tuna. We ate outside and the bees were unreal, more than a little unpleasant. Food was also way too expensive for what you got. Did like the little gratis hush puppies to start.

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