Austin restaurants: Where to eat oysters


Restaurant listings

’Tis the season to start gobbling down oysters. Whether you like raw oysters from the East Coast or broiled oysters from the Gulf, there are a few dozen places ready to serve you, from white tablecloth restaurants to no-frills bars.

* = critic’s pick

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*Alcomar. 1816 S. First St. 512-401-3161, alcomaratx.com. Orange-habanero vinaigrette gives a sweet kick to the Gulf oysters at this coastal Mexican restaurant from the El Chile family.

*Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436-8918, apisrestaurant.com. Start your meal at this rustic yet elegant retreat on the edge of the Hill Country with market oysters that may include smart touches like grapefruit and green elderberry capers.

*Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322-9226, cafejosie.com. This neighborhood favorite serves large crispy Gulf oysters with cilantro-lime aioli and honey-chipotle sauce.

*Clark’s. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, clarksoysterbar.com. Kumamotos from California, Black Bears from Maine and a dozen more oysters from those two states’ neighbors help make up one of the best oyster rosters in town.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar. 9500 S. Interstate 35, 512-280-0816; 2013 Wells Branch Parkway, 512-252-7556; crawfishshacktx.com. Gulf oysters on the half shell, or get them fried on a po’boy at either location.

*Deckhand Oyster Bar. 500 Parker Drive. 512-368-3379, deckhandoysterbar.com. You can taste the Asian influences here on oysters topped with a spicy masago sauce, while flavors have a more local feel on broiled oysters topped with topped with chopped bacon and Monterey Jack cheese.

Dine at the Radisson. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-478-2991, dineradissonaustin.com. The crispy oysters with yucca chip, pineapple pico and habanero aioli harken back to chef David Garrido’s time at the original Jeffrey’s.

Eddie V’s. 301 E. Fifth St., 512-472-1860; 9400 Arboretum Blvd., 512-342-2642; eddiev.com. This Austin-born steak and seafood house offers a classic setting for oysters on a half shell. Get Louisiana oysters for $1 at happy hour, which lasts all night Sunday and Monday.

*Evangeline Café. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, evangelinecafe.com. The Oysters Contraband at this Cajun-inspired restaurant are served on top of homemade potato chips and topped with spicy sausage remoulade sauce.

*Foreign & Domestic. 306 E. 53rd St. 512-459-1010, fndaustin.com. East Coast oysters for only $1 are just part of the story at this North Loop restaurant on Tuesday nights, when they also serve a seafood-centric menu that includes poached shrimp with boquerones and peppers stuffed with brandade.

Hillside Farmacy. 1209 E. 11th St. 512-628-0168, hillsidefarmacy.com. East and West coast oysters are available (half-price on Monday nights) at this stylized former pharmacy in East Austin.

*Garbo’s. 14735 Bratton Lane. 512-350-9814, garboslobsteratx.com. This nautically themed family-friendly restaurant that started as a lobster roll truck serves a rotating roster of raw oysters from around North America.

*Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. The crispy oysters at this Austin institution are long-running favorites. Their modern update includes tarragon aïoli, grapefruit, and habanero and lime vinaigrette.

*Juniper. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9421, juniperaustin.com. Start your meal at this modern Italian restaurant with oysters both bitter and sweet from amaro, fennel and orange.

*La Crawfish. 2525 W. Anderson Lane. 512-243-5599, thelacrawfish.com. This Houston import plays with Asian inspiration outside Vietnam, with a trio of massive Gulf oysters ($12.99/dozen) colored with Thai green chili and fish sauce, Korean kimchi, and Japanese ponzu and nori strips (our favorite of the bunch).

*Lamberts. 401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, lambertsaustin.com. The broiled Gulf oysters at this “fancy barbecue” establishment are jazzed up with barbecue butter, crab meat and creamed poblano peppers.

Liberty Kitchen. 507 Pressler St. 512-840-1330, libertykitchenatx.com. Roasted, raw, East Coast, Gulf Coast — this Houston-based restaurant with a massive menu takes varied approaches to oysters.

*Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Multiple locations. lucysfriedchicken.com. The three locations of this Texafied joint serve raw oysters and grilled variations that pile on the flavor, such as the Hog Island (brown sugar, bourbon and chipotle) and Texan (house chorizo, garlic butter, house jalapeno salsa and pumpernickel crumbs) versions.

*Mongers Market + Kitchen. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. Get raw East Coast oysters or baked ones from the Gulf with tarragon, mornay and breadcrumbs. One dollar off oysters at happy hour Tuesday-Friday.

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge. 9070 Research Blvd. 512-458-8881, prsushi.com. You can get raw oysters in addition to raw fish and grilled meat at this North Austin spot.

Pacific Star Restaurant & Oyster Bar. 13507 U.S. 183. 512-219-5373, pacificstarfood.com. 351 W. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-3535, seafoodrestaurantroundrocktx. You can get your oysters raw here or spice things up with bacon-wrapped broiled oysters with jalapeno.

*Parkside. 301 E. Sixth St. 512-474-9898, parkside-austin.com. Watch them shuck any one of a dozen or so quality oysters right in front of you at this hip and classy raw bar. Oyster platters are half off at happy hour Monday-Friday.

*Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, perlasaustin.com. Sit on the expansive deck where the excellent people-watching and relaxed vibes are complemented by a star-studded oyster menu featuring more than a dozen varieties from across North America.

*Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafoodmarket.com. One of Austin’s most beloved homes of seafood, Quality Seafood features a huge oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant serving raw Gulf oysters and East coast varieties on the half-shell and about a half-dozen versions of grilled oysters.

Shoal Creek Saloon. 909 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-0805, shoalcreeksaloon.com. Gulf oysters on the half-shell at this Louisiana-lovin’ bar that offers a porch with a view of the creek.

*Sway. 1417 S. First St. 512-326-1999, swayaustin.com. This upmarket Thai restaurant serves oysters topped with the crunch and kick of crispy shallots and a sweet and mildly spicy green nahm jim (a chili-based sauce).

Trio. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, triorestaurantaustin.com. You can get raw oysters here, but you’d be wise to get them as a part of a seafood tower. Splurge — you’re at the Four Seasons.

Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-375-4869, voxtableaustin.com. The cucumber mignonette is a thoughtful touch on the rotating selection of oysters at this restaurant nestled in the mixed-use complex home to the Alamo Drafthouse.

*Whole Foods at the Domain. 11920 Domain Drive. 512-831-3981, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/domain. Did you know there’s an oyster and beer bar in the middle of the Whole Foods in the Domain? There is. And it serves Prince Edward Island and Blue Point oysters. The oysters are only $1.75 each at an early happy hour that runs from 3 to 5 p.m.



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