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Austin's Best Bets for Seafood Cravings

01.29.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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In the land of BBQ and tacos, dipping your tastebuds into the sea can be super refreshing. Though Austin is landlocked, it’s no secret that restaurants here are able to source food from all over the world. When you’re in the mood for seafood, here are our best bets in Austin to cure your cravings.

Alcomar has a Latin-inspired seafood concept, so you’ll find great fish dishes that really pack a punch. We especially love their Wood Grilled Oysters, Wood Grilled Calamari, Manchego Shrimp, and Sea Scallop Veracruzano. If you’re in the mood for red meat, try the Texas Wagyu Hanger Steak; the added bonus there is that it comes with lobster on the side!

Alcomar's Manchego Shrimp
Photo via Alcomar's Facebook page

Mongers Market + Kitchen
Mongers is both a market and a restaurant, so you can either pick up fish to cook at home, or let them do the work and dine there. The raw bar at Mongers has a super fresh selection of oysters, clams, hamachi crudo, tuna ceviche, and more. For an appetizer, try their Smoked Fish Dip, it’s savory and unique. For a bigger dish, we love their Crab Cake Sammy, and the Fish & Grits.

Mongers' Crab Cake Sammy
Photo via Mongers' Facebook page

Clark’s Oyster Bar
Honestly, what’s not to love about picture-perfect Clark’s Oyster Bar? Anywhere you glance, you’ll find an Instagram worthy moment, and their food is just as pretty! With 15 choices for oysters, there’s quite a raw bar selection. If you’re ready to go all out, look no further than the Plateau de Fruits de Mer - for $120 you’ll get a large platter of oysters, clams, lobster, prawns, crab, and mussels. We highly recommend their Wood Grilled Shrimp Toast - it’s not something you’d be able to easily make at home, so having it out is such a treat. Clark’s also has Austin’s best selection of caviar and roe. Of course, you’ll find a great wine list (bubbles too) to accompany your seafood feast.

Plateau de Fruits de Mer
Photo via Clark's website

Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
Another stunning option is Perla’s on South Congress. With a great patio and beautiful interior, topped off with an impeccably dressed waitstaff, Perla’s is pleasing for both your tummy and your eyes. Some of our favorites at Perla’s include the Japanese Hamachi Seared Rare a la Plancha, D’espelette Shrimp & Blue Crab Gumbo, Pan Roasted Hawaiian Escolar, and the classic Wild Maine Mussels Steamed in Modelo Especial. If you’re looking for a Southern influence, we love the Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Chili Morita & Slaw. Though it’s not seafood, don’t skip out on the Baked Shells & Cheese side dish; you can even add lobster to it!

Seafood Heaven at Perla's
Photo via Perla's Facebook page

Quality Seafood Market
Surely the most wallet-friendly of the list, Quality Seafood Market has been in Austin much longer than any of these other restaurants. It’s not as stylish, but it’s just as delicious. Like Mongers, Quality Seafood is also both a market and a restaurant. QSM’s menu has more of a traditional seafood shack style. Outside of Happy Hours, you can’t beat the pricing on their oysters. They serve a great Ruby Red Trout, Fried Clam Strips, and Jalapeño Salmon Burger. And it may be the only place in Austin serving Steamer Clams, a New England classic.

Ruby Red Trout
Photo via Quality Seafoods' Facebook page


TAGS : South Lamar/South First , East Austin , Clarksville/North Lamar , Hyde Park/North Loop , South Congress , Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar , Quality Seafood Market , Clark's Oyster Bar , Mongers Market + Kitchen , Alcomar