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“Best Gumbo in Austin” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Captain's Seafood & Oyster Bar

The Captain's Seafood & Oyster Bar
Ranked #790 of 3,668 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wimberley, Texas
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best Gumbo in Austin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

I was born and lived in New Orleans. The seafood Gumbo at now Captain Benny's is the absolute best in Austin. They have numerous choices of appetizers from several types of oysters, delicious shrimp diablos (wrapped in jalapenos then bacon and fried) all the way to alligator. All the fried dishes...shrimp, oysters, catfish, etc. are all in a delicious lightly breaded cornmeal coating. The whole fried catfish is delicious as they slice it on either side of the backbone so it is basically deboned but frying it with the bone some how makes it the best catfish I have ever eaten. They make their own tartar sauce and you can spice up your own red sauce with as much horseradish as you can tolerate! Beer cold and kept on ice.
The place is right on the access road of IH 35 and is shaped like a ship, so if you sit in the bar section where they shuck the oysters, you can be tilted just a tad, but it is worth it to watch the crew work their magic with the oysters. You can see the kitchen from the bar section or you can sit in the more sedate restaurant section. They also have a mid-sized outdoor patio for those who desire to eat outside or to smoke.
Try the gumbo...........you really cannot go wrong!!!!
My brother who lives in NEW JERSEY insists on eating here every time he visits since he says it is better than the seafood where he lives!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank austntachs
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Schulenburg, Texas
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“cold beer!! great food!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We walked over from the Marriott, that was awesome in itself. Loved the outdoor patio area, relaxing and the beer was cold!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MommaDK
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
“good stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

cold beer, cheap, yummy oysters. Fun staff. 'nuff said!

Visited June 2012
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Thank luck r
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
“Sweet!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

The oysters were great and the prices were reasonable!

Visited May 2012
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Thank Terry O
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Panhandle
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best seafood in Austin!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

We must eat here everytime we go to Austin. Best boiled shrimp in town by a landslide. Love the oysters there too. Nothing fancy, just good food. Fried shrimp and scallops are really good too. Seafood gumbo starts your meal right too.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PKHam
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