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Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

#21 of 3,186 Restaurants in Austin
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2487 (Gibson)
512-291-7300
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Today
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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 37
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  • 15
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  • 3
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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
Great outdoor dining spot in South Austin

We walked to South Congress from our hotel downtown and it was really fun. Lots to see on the way, across the bridge then Perla's comes up quick. We made a reservation for later in the day but they were able to accommodate us early with a table outside. Very cute, heavy seafood place. South... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
jlsacco
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked to South Congress from our hotel downtown and it was really fun. Lots to see on the way, across the bridge then Perla's comes up quick. We made a reservation for later in the day but they were able to accommodate us early with a table outside. Very cute, heavy seafood place. South Congress is very hipster, very... More 

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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rose all DAY! Great spot to people watch and enjoy a wonderful bottle of your favorite bubbly. Wish we had ordered some appetizers, but will have to return soon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere outside, and great service. Spendy, but my husband's yellow fin and sevache were worth the $50. I am not a seafood person so I ordered the fish and chips for $18. Way way too many fries and cod dropping with grease.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was visiting Austin recently and asked a local friend for restaurant recommendations. He told me for seafood Perla's was a "can't miss." He was right. It is about mile south of downtown on South Congress but on a nice evening it is an easy walk and well worth it. The seafood is fresh and preparation is simple yet tasty.... More 

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new york
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81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Perlas for a birthday dinner while in Austin. Was cold so we didn't get to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, but can imagine it would be fun to hang out during the warmer weather! We were seated in this closed-in porch area, not in the restaurant proper, and it was a little chilly in there. Probably my biggest... More 

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Thank ecamin
Austin, Texas
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perla's is known for their seafood and their outstanding patio. I think the best part of this place is their patio. It is out under these huge heritage oak trees and the people watching can't be beat anywhere in Austin. While the food is good, it isn't amazing and it is really expensive. I had a seafood salad that was... More 

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Thank lauraduggan2015
Spicewood, Texas
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258 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed lunch at Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar and, as always, enjoyed our meal. Perla’s Bouillabaisse is the best anywhere and we can't say enough about their fresh oysters. Lucky to have such a great seafood place in Austin. The staff is very experienced and friendly. We really enjoy eating at Perla's!

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Thank Number1green
Annapolis, Maryland
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Fantastic atmosphere. Great friendly service. Really great seafood selection. I am a seafood lover and there were things on the menu I had never seen before so I was excited. They did an amazing job with some different twists. This is not your standard seafood fish-fixed-the-same-three-ways type of restaurant. Try the calamari, the Lobster Pasta and the sea bass. Nice... More 

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Thank LaurieLeitner
San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Perla's came highly recommended from online reviews, as well as, from our hotel concierge. We will definitely be back. Everything we had was simply delicious. Only one thing to note - I was dining with someone who is allergic to shellfish. He ordered the dirty rice as a side dish. As it turns out, it's made with a shrimp stock.... More 

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Fullerton, California
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I needed food quickly, the hostess helped me find what I could eat, ordered it herself so I got it sooner. Good meal, good food. Worthy.

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
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?