Even though the nearest coast may be four hours away, Austin is lucky to have more than a handful of restaurants serving up fresh seafood. Exotic fish, oysters, lobster, shrimp, and all sorts of aquatic animals are flown in everyday.
Read on for the 9 best seafood restaurants in Austin.
Liberty Kitchen I’ve been obsessed with Liberty Kitchen. They have tons of delicious options – lobster, gumbo, king crab, oysters, scallops, pasta, steak, sandwiches, and almost eggs on everything. And, there’s parking – tons of it, they have this giant parking garage. Seafood lovers looking to indulge, try the Fort Nonsense – 9 gulf oysters, 6 jumbo shrimp, 9 littleneck clams, 1/2 chilled lobster, tuna poke, Lulu’s salad, and king crab. What To Order: Shanghai Pan Fried Lobster (get two for the table), burger bowl, ahi poke, any of their mac & cheeses, and breakfast cereal-style salted caramel cake milkshake.
507 Pressler St #700, Austin, TX 78703
SEE ALSO: Weekend Brunch at Liberty Kitchen
Austinites hankering for a meal of fresh, seasonal Gulf fish and shrimp can finally forgo that laborious trip to the Texas coast. Mongers Market + Kitchen showcases classic, simple seafood dishes, combined with a retail market highlighting freshly caught Texas Gulf shrimp and fish — all in a relaxed, warm setting reminiscent of sunbaked afternoons beachside.
What To Order: Smoked fish dip, baked oysters, freshly shucked oysters, clam chowder, crab cake sammy, pork cheeks, gulf red snapper (Koko’s top pick), and 44 Farms Chuck Steak.
2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, mongersaustin.com
Garbo’s food truck has the best lobster rolls in Austin so when they opened up their brick & mortar, I knew it had to be just as good. We tried nearly everything for dinner at Garbo’s Restaurant and loved everything!
What To Order: House smoked salmon, smoked fish dip, oysters, fish & chips, steamer clams, seared scallops, and squid ink pappardelle.
14735 Bratton Ln, Austin, TX 78728, garboslobsteratx.com
Clark’s Oyster Bar
I love Clark’s – the intimate, white and blue design, and their delicious food. I make any excuse to come here – professional meetings, lunch dates, and birthdays.
What To Order: Fresh oysters, linguine with clams, Clark’s cioppino, and handcut Clark’s fries with rosemary.
1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, clarksoysterbar.com
We can’t forget about Clark’s older brother on South Congress, Perla’s. Grab a seat on the patio and order up fresh seafood.
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, perlasaustin.com
Austin’s original fish market that serves up quality seafood with live music.
5621 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, qualityseafoodmarket.com
Alcomar You know that feeling of love at first sight? Well that’s how I felt when I first walked into Alcomar, El Chile’s newest Latin-inspired seafood restaurant on South 1st St. Aside from a beautifully designed space (reminiscent of a contemporary beach house), Alcomar’s lunch and dinner is on point with lobster, soft shell crab, snapper, gulf oysters, shrimp, scallops, as well as steak, and chicken. Happy hour is daily from 3-6pm, with discounted appetizers and drinks. What To Order: Bloody Cesar, crab & guac, Texas wagyu hanger steak, lobster enchiladas, and soft shell crab torta. 1816 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Uchi / Uchiko
Grab a seat at the bar, it’s the best seat in the house. Uchi and Uchiko have both been rated best sushi restaurants in America, and rightfully so. Try to make it to happy hour if you can.
Head to Barlata for seafood with a Spanish tapas flair. The Arros Negre with black squid ink is packed with flavor and mouthwatering delicious. Be sure to also order the Gambas Ajillo for finger licking garlicky goodness.
What To Order: Arros Negre paella, Gambas Ajillo, and grilled octopus.
1500 S Lamar Blvd #150, Austin, TX 78704, barlataaustin.com