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Where to Find Perfect Crawfish in Austin

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It isn’t quite prime crawfish season in Texas quite yet, but many restaurants are already offering crawfish boils and crawfish dishes right now. This means it’s time to seek out spicy mudbug boils with potatoes, sausage, and corn, special crawfish dishes like etouffee or po’ boys, or even live freshwater crustaceans by the pound to boil on your own.

Here is Eater’s guide to Austin’s best bets for the seasonal tradition. This means regular crawfish boils from Shoal Creek Saloon, pickups from Stuffed Cajun Meat Market, Viet-Cajun takes from Mandala Kitchen & Bar, and plenty of crawfish etouffee.

Remember: prime crawfish season tends to run from March through May, though boils sometimes still happen in February and June. Perfect those peeling skills now.

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Abby's Crab Shack

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The Texas seafood mini-chain restaurant operates one location in the Austin area. On deck are crawfish boils with varying sauces and spice levels or crawfish by the pound. Takeout orders can be placed online or over the phone; the restaurants offer indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Happyrito Seafood

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The Cedar Park Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant offers Cajun crawfish boils available in three or five-pound packs. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

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Currently, the Anderson Mill-adjacent meat market is selling boiled crawfish by the pound. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Kasian Boil

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The far north Cajun and Asian seafood restaurant’s menu includes crawfish boils, plus there are crawfish fries, mac and cheese, and fried rice. Order online for pickups. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor seating available.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

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The Cajun seafood spot is offering two pounds of boiled crawfish along with corn, potatoes, sausage, and mushrooms, plus other mudbug dishes like fried crawfish, etouffee, and po’ boys. There are also live or frozen crawfish options available depending on sources. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Oakwood BBQ & Beer Garden

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The North Lamar barbecue spot’s crawfish boils take place every weekend through late May from noon to 5 p.m., along with smoked meats, beer, and live music.

Scholz Garten

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The downtown beer garden is hosting a Fat Tuesday crawfish boil, with mudbugs available by the pound, as well as other foods like gumbo and king cake, cocktails, beers, and live music. It takes place on Tuesday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Shoal Creek Saloon

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The Cajun sports bar is selling both crawfish by the pound, for dine-in services. Check its Facebook page for updates. There are other crawfish-filled dishes too, which are available to-go as well, from boudin balls to queso. The bar is open for dine-in service, with patio areas.

Skinny's Off Track Bar

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The Central East Austin bar will host its very first crawfish boil on Saturday, February 3 from noon until everything is gone. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Big Easy Bar and Grill

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The East Austin bar’s South Austin food truck serves up the best of Louisiana with hot-boiled crawfish and shrimp, alongside potatoes, corn, and smoked sausage. Or, go for the crawfish cakes or popcorn crawfish. Pickup orders can be placed online.

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Crawfish boil company Eastside Boilers is hosting a weekly crawfish boil at the downtown bar. It starts on Sunday, February 5, starting at noon, and runs every Sunday. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Mandala Kitchen & Bar

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The South Lamar Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant offers Viet-Cajun crawfish with smoked pork/beef sausages, mushrooms, sweet corn, and red potatoes. It’s available for dine-in services, and there is outdoor seating.

Crawfish from Mandala
Crawfish from Mandala
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Shore Raw Bar & Grill

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The West Oak Hill seafood restaurant has two crawfish options on its menu: an etouffee and a po’ boy. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in services with outdoor areas.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

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Both locations (the other in Round Rock) of the seafood restaurant offer up multiple crawfish dishes. The restaurants are also offering boiled spicy crawfish available by the pound. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurant is open for dine-in services.

Cypress Grill

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The New Orleans restaurant is offering a whole bunch of crawfish specials on its menu, such as fried crawfish platters, eggrolls, popcorn, po’ boys, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in service, and there is outdoor service.

Catfish Parlour South

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The Southern seafood restaurant is offering crawfish and seafood gumbo crawfish specials, as well as other crawfish dishes. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Evangeline Cafe

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The Cajun restaurant’s full of crawfish options from the crawfish evangeline to etouffee to fried mudbugs. The restaurant is open for dine-in services.

Armadillo Den

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Popular crawfish shop Letz Geaux Boil will be hosting crawfish boils at the far south Austin bar every weekend day starting sometime in late February. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Mudbugs - A Cajun Joint

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The Buda seafood restaurant has several Cajun crawfish dishes including po’ boys, étouffée, and more. To-go is available; there is indoor dine-in service.

Abby's Crab Shack

The Texas seafood mini-chain restaurant operates one location in the Austin area. On deck are crawfish boils with varying sauces and spice levels or crawfish by the pound. Takeout orders can be placed online or over the phone; the restaurants offer indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Happyrito Seafood

The Cedar Park Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant offers Cajun crawfish boils available in three or five-pound packs. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

Currently, the Anderson Mill-adjacent meat market is selling boiled crawfish by the pound. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Kasian Boil

The far north Cajun and Asian seafood restaurant’s menu includes crawfish boils, plus there are crawfish fries, mac and cheese, and fried rice. Order online for pickups. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor seating available.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

The Cajun seafood spot is offering two pounds of boiled crawfish along with corn, potatoes, sausage, and mushrooms, plus other mudbug dishes like fried crawfish, etouffee, and po’ boys. There are also live or frozen crawfish options available depending on sources. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Oakwood BBQ & Beer Garden

The North Lamar barbecue spot’s crawfish boils take place every weekend through late May from noon to 5 p.m., along with smoked meats, beer, and live music.

Scholz Garten

The downtown beer garden is hosting a Fat Tuesday crawfish boil, with mudbugs available by the pound, as well as other foods like gumbo and king cake, cocktails, beers, and live music. It takes place on Tuesday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Shoal Creek Saloon

The Cajun sports bar is selling both crawfish by the pound, for dine-in services. Check its Facebook page for updates. There are other crawfish-filled dishes too, which are available to-go as well, from boudin balls to queso. The bar is open for dine-in service, with patio areas.

Skinny's Off Track Bar

The Central East Austin bar will host its very first crawfish boil on Saturday, February 3 from noon until everything is gone. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Big Easy Bar and Grill

The East Austin bar’s South Austin food truck serves up the best of Louisiana with hot-boiled crawfish and shrimp, alongside potatoes, corn, and smoked sausage. Or, go for the crawfish cakes or popcorn crawfish. Pickup orders can be placed online.

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Crawfish boil company Eastside Boilers is hosting a weekly crawfish boil at the downtown bar. It starts on Sunday, February 5, starting at noon, and runs every Sunday. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Mandala Kitchen & Bar

The South Lamar Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant offers Viet-Cajun crawfish with smoked pork/beef sausages, mushrooms, sweet corn, and red potatoes. It’s available for dine-in services, and there is outdoor seating.

Crawfish from Mandala
Crawfish from Mandala
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Shore Raw Bar & Grill

The West Oak Hill seafood restaurant has two crawfish options on its menu: an etouffee and a po’ boy. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in services with outdoor areas.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

Both locations (the other in Round Rock) of the seafood restaurant offer up multiple crawfish dishes. The restaurants are also offering boiled spicy crawfish available by the pound. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurant is open for dine-in services.

Cypress Grill

The New Orleans restaurant is offering a whole bunch of crawfish specials on its menu, such as fried crawfish platters, eggrolls, popcorn, po’ boys, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in service, and there is outdoor service.

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Catfish Parlour South

The Southern seafood restaurant is offering crawfish and seafood gumbo crawfish specials, as well as other crawfish dishes. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Evangeline Cafe

The Cajun restaurant’s full of crawfish options from the crawfish evangeline to etouffee to fried mudbugs. The restaurant is open for dine-in services.

Armadillo Den

Popular crawfish shop Letz Geaux Boil will be hosting crawfish boils at the far south Austin bar every weekend day starting sometime in late February. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Mudbugs - A Cajun Joint

The Buda seafood restaurant has several Cajun crawfish dishes including po’ boys, étouffée, and more. To-go is available; there is indoor dine-in service.

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