15 Best Seafood Restaurants in Austin

15 Best Seafood Restaurants in Austin

When you don’t live near the ocean, choosing a place to get quality seafood is hard. Whether you are looking for cajun crawfish, fresh fish, or Maine-style lobster rolls, we’ve got you covered.

As anyone who has gotten sick from bad fish can tell you, it is never worth the risk to settle for quality when it comes to seafood. While quality may be worth a drive across the city, we have compiled a list of Austin’s top 15 seafood restaurants so you can find a new favorite near you.

  1. Freda’s Seafood Grille
  2. Clark’s Oyster Bar
  3. Mongers Market and Kitchen
  4. Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar
  5. Seareina’s
  6. Salt Traders Costal Cooking
  7. Terry’s Seafood & Chicken
  8. Perla’s
  9. Krab Kingz
  10. Shore Raw Bar and Grill
  11. Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab
  12. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
  13. The Boat
  14. Huckleberry
  15. Pops Crawfish

Freda’s Seafood Grille

Address: 10903 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78750

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Freda’s Seafood Grille is a locally owned and operated upscale seafood restaurant and steakhouse. Approaching its twentieth year in business, Freda’s serves up cajun and Texan-inspired cuisine including all the surf-and-turf your heart could desire. Freda’s is on the pricier end of this list, making it perfect for special occasions or date nights.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

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Clark’s Oyster Bar

Address: 1200 W 6th St., Austin, TX 78703

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Clark’s is best known for its raw bar which offers a variety of oysters and clams priced per oyster. They also serve freshly caught fish and make clear on the menu where each dish was sourced. This downtown restaurant has been open for 10 years and has a welcoming and cozy feel that makes dining there an intimate experience.

Hours: Sunday through Monday 11 am – 10 pm

Call to order takeout (512)-297-2525

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Mongers Market and Kitchen

Address: 4119 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78751

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Mongers is both restaurant and a fish market. So whether you are looking to dine in or bring fresh fish home to prepare yourself, consider visiting Mongers. Boasting an impressive raw bar and vast wine list, Mongers serves classic, high-end seafood. Most of the items on the menu are market price, meaning the cost of the dish depends on the price of each of the ingredients at the time. Pricy but worth it, Mongers offers a classy dining experience as well as the option to prepare their fresh catches at home.

Hours: Sunday & Monday CLOSED, Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 am – 3 pm, 4 pm – 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 3 pm, 4 pm – 10 pm

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Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar

Address: 9070 Research Blvd Ste 305, Austin, TX 78758

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Hook & Reel is a southern-born chain with locations all over the country. They specialize in hefty seafood boils. Aiming to serve up comfort and community, Hook & Reel offers a build-your-own boil option alongside fried fish sandwiches and a raw bar. You will definitely get a bang for your buck with these reasonably priced large portions, so go hungry!

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm

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Address: 6607 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78752

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Seareina’s is Austin’s first Mexican sushi and seafood restaurant. It is important to note that Mexican seafood is almost incomparable to American seafood. Featuring ceviche and whole-fried fish as well as sushi, Seareina’s is certainly the most unique restaurant on this list. If you are looking to try something new, visit Seareina’s for your introduction to Mexican seafood. 

Hours: Sunday 11 am – 1 am, Monday through Wednesday 11 am – 11 pm, Thursday through Saturday 11 pm – 12 am

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Address: 1101 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746

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Salt Traders has an ambiance and menu inspired by the owners’ coastal travels from the Gulf to the Bahamas up to the East Coast. For this reason, their menu is very diverse ranging from fish tacos to potstickers. Their cocktail menu is equally varied and extensive.  With reasonably priced dishes and a relaxed atmosphere, Salt Traders is a casual spot for those who miss the beach. 

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 10 pm

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Terry’s Seafood & Chicken

Address: 1805 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

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Terry’s is the most casual restaurant on this list but is likely the most beloved by Austinites and tourists alike. Open in Austin since 1976, this locally owned restaurant is best known for its fried fish and chicken and delectable southern sides such as hushpuppies and corn nuggets. Terry’s has a walk-up counter and a typically crowded dining room. This lively joint is the place to go if you are craving something fried.

Hours: Sunday 11 am – 9 pm, Monday through Thursday 10:30 am – 9 pm, Friday 10:30 am – 11 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 10 pm

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Address: 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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Perla’s is under the same ownership as Clark’s and offers a similar menu at a similar price range. With an equally extensive raw bar, Perla’s also discloses where each of its dishes is sourced. Perla’s is slightly more casual than Clark’s with a lively patio in the center of SoCo. Differing in location and ambiance, if you like one, you are likely to enjoy the other.

Hours: Sunday 10:30 am – 10 pm, Monday through Thursday 11:30 – 10 pm, Friday 11:30 am – 11 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 11 pm

Call to order takeout (512)-291-7300

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Krab Kingz

Address: 1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

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Krab Kingz is a food truck specializing in jumbo crab legs. Their large portions and reasonable prices make Krab Kingz a crowd favorite. They also offer specialty butter like garlic jalepeño and parmesan to dip your crab. Only open on the weekends, Krab Kingz skillfully melds delicious seafood with the beloved Austin food truck experience. 

Hours: Monday through Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday through Sunday 2 pm – 9 pm

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Shore Raw Bar and Grill

Address: 8665 W, State Hwy 71 #100, Austin, TX 78735

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Shore is best known for its raw bar, but its menu is vast also offering po’boys, fish tacos, and seafood baskets. Shore prioritizes the sustainability of all its seafood, making the items on its menu fresh and ethically sourced. Though the prices here are moderately high, Shore is a casual bar and restaurant suited for any occasion. 

Hours: Sunday through Tuesday 11 am – 9 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 11 am – 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm

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Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab

Address: 10225 Research Blvd Suite 4000, Austin, TX 78759

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Truluck’s at the Arboretum is another upscale seafood restaurant in Austin. They have a strict dress code that requires formal attire for all of their guests. Truluck’s proudly follows the Ocean Conservancy guidelines, meaning all their fish is ethically and sustainably sourced. This fancy restaurant offers each of its entrees in full or petite servings to cater to your hunger and your budget. They also offer family-style sides and plant-based options for those who don’t eat meat. 

Hours: Sunday through Monday 4:30 pm – 9 pm

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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

Address: 200 Congress Ave Entrance on 2nd St. between Colorado and Congress, Austin, TX 78701

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Mason’s sources all of its lobster directly from the shores of Maine where its owner met the trappers and learned to prepare authentic lobster rolls. At Mason’s they proudly serve simple, Maine-true lobster rolls topped only with lemon, butter, and mayo. Their modest menu carries all the love and history associated with Maine lobster and aims to reintroduce people to simple and honest cuisine.

Hours: Sunday through Saturday 11 am – 9 pm

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The Boat

Address: 10931 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

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The Boat is a family family-friendly seafood restaurant and sports bar that opened in 2020. With the longest menu on the list, The Boat offers everything seafood. From fish and chips to a raw bar, The Boat’s menu caters to all. They welcome big parties and celebrations and their large location has a deck where they host live music as well as a dining room with over 20 TVs to watch the game.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 12 am

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Address: Still Austin, 440 E St Elmo Rd Unit F, Austin TX 78745

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Huckleberry is a food truck run by Huckleberry Hospitality. With a focus on local produce and sustainably caught seafood, Huckleberry aims to be a leader in sustainable food service. They have a limited menu including a seafood platter, a fried fish sandwich, and a crab quesadilla. Huckleberry is only open on weekends and is located at the Still Austin Distillery.

Hours: Sunday 11 am – 9 pm, Monday & Tuesday CLOSED, Thursday 12 pm – 9 pm, Friday 12 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

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Pops Crawfish

Address: 6900 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78732

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Address: 6900 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78732

Pops brings authentic Louisiana-style cajun food to Austin with locally sourced ingredients and hefty seafood boils priced by the pound. Depending on market price, Pops is typically affordable and has a welcoming and warm atmosphere. When eating at Pops, it is apparent that the owners and staff love what they do which goes a long way in a city full of good restaurants. Visit Pops for Louisiana food and culture.

Hours: Monday through Thursday CLOSED, Friday 4 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm

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