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“Decent but, insultingly expensive.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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
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
Houston, Texas, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Decent but, insultingly expensive.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Obviously, this is just MY opinion here but, this place is fighting over its weight class. The prices are really stratospheric for what this place really is. It has a loungy deck area made of wood. Not exotic or particularly attractive. The interior is a confused mix of Miami chic and old New England. It doesnt work. The price for a 8oa steak is $44 !!!! I can eat at the best steakhouse in Houston where I live for about 2/3 that price. And, our steakhouses are elegant and staffed by very professional staff. I ended up getting a cheeseburger and still payed a whooping $16 ! Ridiculous but, the best deal on the menu.

All that said, this place was rocking on a Saturday night and seemed to be very popular.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“great food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

perla's has excellent seafood and the service is always friendly. whenever i have a meal that ends up being too expensive for what it is, i always think "i could have gone to perla's for cheaper". which is the truth! Unless you are ordering the seafood bouillabaisse most of the meals are very reasonable for the quality and size. the fish and chips is the best in austin and i love the seafood cobb. i am getting hungry just writing this!

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Big patio and tasty oysters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Majestic oysters were outstanding enjoyed on their comfortable front patio. Salad nicoise and mussels were very tasty. Good service

Visited October 2013
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Trendy, tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Party of 6, everyone (including folks with lots of fine dining experience) loved their selections. Polite, informed service. A tad pricey, definitely loud, but I would definitely return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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11 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fresh oysters and outdoor seating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

It was a 95 degrees weekend during our jaunt in Austin. Maybe "moderate" for Austinites, but dang it was hoooooot for us NorCal folks. Felt like my head would explode if I moved too abruptly.

After a full day of shopping we landed at Perlas for a light meal. Decided to order salads and appetizers to share instead of a full meal. Oysters on the half shells were the highlight of the meal. Appetizers were decent, but not memorable. The only thing I really loved and represented the local flavors was the soup. I can't recall the name of the soup, but definitely remember the taste. Full of spices and herbs, especially cilantro. I guess of you don't like cilantro, this is not the soup for you.

We sat outdoor despite the threat of rain. A very nice outdoor space under a large tree. This is a good date restaurant and we were surrounded by couples. The only disappointing part of the meal was the poorly made mojitos. It's probably the worse I've ever tasted. I had to ask for more lime juice to balance it out, but it didn't do much. Didn't seem like they used fresh lime and skimped on the mint.

Overall, it was ok food with a high price tag.

Visited September 2013
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