7 Dishes You Need To Order At Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster

August 31, 2015

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Garbo's Restaurant

Oysters and Cocktails

Garbo's Restaurant

I had my first lobster roll from Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster food truck a couple of years ago and was instantly smitten. Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster proudly serves New England cuisine with an Austin twist. Owned by Heidi Garbo, Garbo’s began in Austin, Texas as a food truck in 2013 and in 2014, established a brick and mortar at 14735 Bratton Lane.

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The new wine and oyster bar features an exquisite selection of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine including Pazo De Galegos, an Albariño wine from Spain, and Radio-Coteau “Alberigi,” a delicious Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, California. The bar will also offers sake and beer. Guests have the opportunity to taste fresh oysters from across the country including Belon, Shigoku from Washington State, and more.

Known for its fresh lobster rolls, Garbo’s brick and mortar has expanded its menu, created by Executive Chef Mario Fortuna, to feature snacks like smoked fish dip; tuna crostini; small plates including ceviche, grilled octopus and white wine mussels; and large plates like grilled monkfish, porcini dusted flat iron steak, and fish and chips.

What To Order: House smoked salmon, smoked fish dip, oysters, fish & chips, steamer clams, seared scallops, and squid ink pappardelle.


House Smoked Salmon

House Smoked Salmon

Roasted tomato, lemon caper vinaigrette & cream cheese tart.


Smoked Fish Dip Smoked Fish Dip

Smoked Fish Dip

Celery hearts, pickles & grilled bread.


Seared Scallops with grilled corn relish

Seared Scallops

Grilled corn relish, bacon, polenta & cilantro lime puree. Beautifully seared and the grilled corn was a nice touch.


Freshly Shucked Oysters

Freshly shucked oysters

Seasonal variety. $3.25 each, $19.50 half dozen, or $39 full dozen. Oysters are $2 with $5 bubbles all day Tuesday.

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Squid ink pappardelle

Squid ink pappardelle

Squid ink pappardelle, squid, mussels, clams, chorizo & tomato. I was so excited when I saw the squid ink pasta on the menu! It’s unfortunate that not a lot of restaurants prepare this anymore (aRoma Italian use to have a squid ink pasta but they took it off the menu). Definitely a must order at Garbo’s.


Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Lightly battered cod, served with tartar and vinegar. We LOVED the fish and chips!


Steamer Clams Steamer Clams Steamer Clams Steamer Clams

Steamer Clams

Shipped directly from Maine, the steamer clams are available for a limited time. You first dip the clams in the broth and then in the butter. This dish is a hidden gem in Austin!



Garbo’s Restaurant

14735 Bratton Ln
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 350-9814


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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