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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 #45 of 3,115 restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

2nd visit here. Refined seafood perfectly cooked. Outstanding calamari, shrimp ceasar salad, fish and chips and grilled sea bass. Nice ambience. Worth the price which is high.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

so not only be recommendation by friends and others online. Perla's was truly a pearl. iIt was my first time in Austin, and my very first night; and having spent the afternoon on south congress avenue - it was time to dine. Both the lady and i managed to get a reservation, the place was extremely busy which we all... More

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Bandera, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I'm not a tightwad. I don't know a LOT about oysters, either. Those from Prince Edward Island or elsewhere don't really taste that much better than good old Louisiana or Apalachicolas, in my opinion. The food was really good, I just think it's crazy expensive. The selection of oysters is what makes it so (other than a $30 lobster roll).... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was the best restaurant in which we ate in Austin. I believe we actually ate there 3 times in 3 days, whether for lunch or dinner, and always sat outside. It is also the priciest restaurant we visited, but well worth it. The outdoor seating area is great. The patio overlooks South Congress, there are plenty of tables, misters,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Perla's is one of the places that i always go for dinner when I'm in Austin. Oysters are always very fresh and tasteful (I always ask the waiter what is his recommendation for the night). Their seafood is also excellent, consistent and cooked to perfection. Wine list is very good - including their Champagne options - and service is impeccable.... More

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norwich, vermont, usa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Beautiful bar atmosphere, very friendly people, and staff, and fantastic food. I loved the decor, it was really Southern hospitality combined with hip, relaxed and cool. I was so happy to be in Austin.. ready to go out and continue the evening!

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Incredible seafood restaurant in Austin. Great food ( try the halibut, and the hush puppies), cocktails ( they make a tasty Manhattan, Mint Julep, and Pimm's Cup) and the customer service is top rate. Great location on south Congress, just south of downtown.

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