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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

#46 of 3,009 Restaurants in Austin
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487 (Gibson)
512-291-7300
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 198
    Excellent
  • 108
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
So good

Perlas is always great. Best menu items crispy snapper with spinach and so frito. The lobster buccotini is outstanding,too. Order a sage martini and lots of oysters and let the check grow!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Jwebb1982
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Perlas is always great. Best menu items crispy snapper with spinach and so frito. The lobster buccotini is outstanding,too. Order a sage martini and lots of oysters and let the check grow!

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Dublin, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I could not find a single flaw. From the friendly welcome, to our fantastic waiter Cassidy, to very good food....Perla's hit a home run with our table. Will definitely return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you can appreciate fine dining and have a love for fresh seafood, Perla's is for you. They have a great selection of wine and cocktails as well. With a big patio, it's a great meeting and people watching place, located in the heart of bustling S Congress Ave. It's a bit pricey but definitely a good treat.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My wife and I stopped in here to have a drink and beat the heat. We thought you could just sit anywhere but you have to go into the restaurant and then they find you a seat. We only wanted drinks and the service was really good but they kept on pushing menus on us. Which we said every time... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Yes, this and their sister restaurant are highly rated. Jimmy Kimmel ate at Perla's the last time he was in Austin. Parking is terrible. It's a small place with limited seating. It's a very popular place. It has very, very fresh seafood that is prepared simply most of the time. And it's terribly expensive for as casual of a place... More 

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Lago Vista, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

When I pay $16 for a side salad and $12 for a drink I expect the atmosphere to be equally posh.... The food was ok but Perla's is five star price for taco shop ambience. ie. it well over 100 degrees outside the porch was cooler than our seats at the bar. Their gluten free options are limited and let's... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

It was one of those great lunches when you come early, avoid the crowd, and get to sit inside in 105 degree heat. The table was comfortable and the server welcoming. Good diversity of lunch menu choices especially if you don't want to overeat at noon. We had the shrimp and oyster poboys respectively, and they were wonderful. Both items... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The brunch menu at Perla's is not extensive, but it is expertly executed. From the oyster po-boy to the crab florentine, everything was delicious. Perla's is busy and the noise level reflects that, but conversation is not difficult. Outside seating would probably be a bit quieter. The only downside to the restaurant is how it hits your pocketbook. Worth it?... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great spot for brunch and dinner. A bit on the pricey side for what you get, but it is a fun location with a lively atmosphere. Everything we ordered was amazing. The place is always busy. Good place for a group dinner with friends.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Went to Perla's based on the Trip Advisor Reviews. Have to say we were a bit disappointed. We arrived early for our Weekday evening reservations and were seated almost immediately. Although not very busy, the service seemed very slow. The Salt and Pepper Jalapeno Calamari was tasty and plentiful. The Lettuce Lobster Roles were also very tasty. We took the... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?