If you’re wondering what to have for dinner, the answer is seafood at one of these stellar restaurants in the city!
If it’s seafood you’ve been craving recently, you’ll need to know the best places in the city that can properly satisfy that craving. Luckily, Austin is full of seafood venues that know what they’re doing. In this city you’ll find the freshest and most expertly prepared seafood, whether it’s crab, fish, shrimp, or anything else fished from the sea. These restaurants’ combination of good food and an amazing dining experience are what makes them the best. Stop by one of the best seafood restaurants in Austin, grab a seat with friends, and dive into one of the best meals of your week!
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1400 S Congress Ave.
Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is getting the freshest seafood flown in daily from both coasts so you can have something splendid on your plate. Come by on an especially nice day so you can enjoy the food on their oak-shaded patio. Their indoor seating area is also comfortable with a giant saltwater fish tank to admire. Perla’s has three menus, one for brunch, lunch, and dinner! So no matter what time you stop by, you’ll have a choice of meal that’s perfectly fitting. Don’t forget to order a tasty coastal cocktail or something from their extensive wine list.
“Perla's is shaping up to be one of my favorite restaurants in Austin! I absolutely love the patio with lights, fans, umbrellas, plenty of seating… and great music. They are so many yummy options for brunch, lunch, and dinner…” - Yelp Review
10903 Pecan Park Blvd.
Come for some high quality seafood while relaxing in their upscale casual dining room, and stay for their bar and patio. Freda’s Seafood Grille has a menu with a wide range of steak and seafood to make everyone at the table happy. Get started with one of their thrilling starters like the crab stuffed mushrooms and shrimp diablo. You’ll love their soups, salads, and sandwiches that make you realize just how hungry you are for another course! Their signature seafood menu will blow you away, with items such as cold water lobster tail and gulf coast paella.
“First, the food is beyond amazing!! I could eat here for the rest of my life. The seafood is fresh, the atmosphere makes you feel like your family. Freda's is local and cares about the community! They have donated so much for the hospitals and clinics…” - Yelp Review
400 Colorado St.
At Truluck’s Seafood, you can expect high quality seafood sustainable seafood that will blow your palate away. Your menu will let you know exactly where your seafood comes from, and the crabs served are captured by their professional team. Certain items are seasonal, to ensure you get the freshest ingredients possible. Before looking at anything, start your meal off by ordering a glass of wine. Check the menu to see how they put new spins on classic and beloved seafood dishes, such as their Japanese katsu hamachi and grilled wester ross salmon. Finish off the meal with some key lime pie or chocolate malt cake.
“Excellent on all levels… Everything was extremely clean, they communicated with us regarding all the changes and who would be handling what, and the food was delicious… Oh and the BREAD! Do not leave without ordering the bread…” - Yelp Review
4211 S Lamar Blvd.
Deckhand Oyster Bar is the seafood venue you want to go to when you’re looking for a casual dining experience to relax at. They serve tasty seafood dishes as well as spicy Asian food. Order fresh oysters, either raw or cooked, seasoned to your taste. Get a taste of some of the best seafood gumbo you’ve ever had. We haven’t even gotten to the entrees portion of the menu yet, filled with menu items like fried catfish and shrimp fried rice! Nothing goes better with seafood than a cold beer, which Deckhand has plenty to offer.
“Wow. This restaurant makes me want to visit Austin all the time!! Excellent service… Awesome oyster sampler… Tasty fried pickles!!! … Fried cheese balls are worth every. Single. Calorie. Decor is fun! Very nautical and whimsical!!!” - Yelp Review
6319 N Interstate Hwy.
Pappadeaux is well known for their outstandingly inviting atmosphere with an attentive staff. What they’re better known for is the taste of their food, which goes beyond all your seafood expectations! Settle in with a colorful and seasonal cocktail or a cold beer. Their fried seafood is served with french fries and optionally a cup of gumbo or a soft shell crab, which go amazing with dishes such as the stuffed crab or catfish fillets. You’ll also love the cajun specialties like the shrimp etouffee or pasta mardi gras. Finish off the meal with a slice of delicious vanilla cheesecake.
“We ordered shrimp po boys takeaway and haven't had better than during our years in New Orleans… Also, the choice of sides was varied and excellent… my red beans with rice were spot-on. All together excellent and good value!… ” - Yelp Review
10901 N Lamar Blvd.
Mix it up a little and get your seafood with some Chinese influence. Enjoy a meal of delicious dim sum, served up on carts to add to the experience. When it comes to their seafood menu, you’ll have maybe too much to choose from. Doesn’t the sound of steamed snow fish with ginger scallion just make your mouth water? Whether you’re craving sea cucumber, lobster, shrimp, or a fish fillet, New Fortune Chinese Seafood has it all! Complete the meal with some noodles and rice. The taste of the food plus the friendly atmosphere will make you want to come back the next day!
“Food was Amazing!!! NOW! I Highly recommend going on a weekend!… Their main room they have is Beautiful!!! You can definitely have a reception there I feel… Everything is Amazing!!! And the Egg Cream Steamed Bun is EVERYTHING!!!…” - Yelp Review
When it’s seafood that you want, Austin won’t leave you dissatisfied. When you’re stopping by Austin for a visit, it’s helpful to know where you can go that is close to the hotel and serves some of the best seafood in the city. And for the locals, this list of suggested venues is a great way to discover new places near you that can become your new go-to when you decide to eat out. Enjoy your seafood dishes from one of these seafood venues, caught fresh and expertly prepared!