Perla’s offers Gulf seafood as well as dozens of varieties of oysters on the half-shell and the best people watching from the large patio along bustling South Congress. Available for full buyouts which includes both the indoor and outdoor spaces.
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Perla’s was founded in the Spring of 2009 by chefs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman with the goal of establishing a great oyster bar & seafood joint on beloved South Congress Avenue. Perla’s offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations. The bar makes delicious coastal cocktails and the wine list is stocked with fun sparkling, rosé & white wines.
Perla’s has Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio and a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fish tank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen. Perla’s offers lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and happy hour Tuesday through Friday.
Free 2 hour validated parking is available in the garage lot behind Perla’s, accessible from West Gibson.
1400 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
“Few restaurants to open this year get the tenor of the time so impeccably right: bright yellow and blue everywhere, trays of shellfish glistening on the bar, an umbrella-shaded patio, and a menu on which every item sounds irresistible… everything on the menu is done with such surprising care that it actually defines simple, wholesome goodness in American cooking.”
— John Mariani, Esquire Magazine
“Austin’s go-to spot for unfussy presentations of superfresh seafood, laid-back people watching, and a Gulf Coast vibe, with an inviting and spacious umbrella- and oak-shaded patio right on bustling South Congress Avenue. Hardcore seafood lovers find it hard to choose between oysters on the half shell flown in from all over, Texas bouillabaisse, the soft-shell-crab BLT, oak-grilled ahi tuna…you get the idea.”
— Mike Grudowski, Garden & Gun Magazine