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“Sorry, but not overwhelmed”

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar
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Ranked #29 of 3,801 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Gibson
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Came for happy hour. Sat outside on a nice patio. Wait staff was nice enough, but once our so-so and way expensive oysters arrived, there were flies everywhere. Did not help with our appetite. Actually kind of gross. Back to the oysters. Apparently, they flew 1st class from the northwest. $16 (or was it 18?) / half dozen is a bit much. And they just weren't that good. They seemed to be kind of soaking in fresh water as though they were not recently opened. Perhaps I am spoiled from eating them when I visit Seattle and this is a long way from there.

Disappointed with a place that calls itself an oyster bar. Not on my list of places to re-visit when I return to Austin.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Everything served to the 10 of us was great. A selection of 20 fifferent oysters. Serine was slow and it is very noised, but worth the trip.

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Thank Virginiatraveler777
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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.

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Thank Brian M
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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!

Thank murphmeister
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

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

Thank Sally W
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