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A crawfish boil from Abby’s Crab Shack.
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Where to Find the Finest Crawfish Boils in Austin

Mudbug season is here

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A crawfish boil from Abby’s Crab Shack.
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Right now is the beginning of crawfish season in Texas. 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 Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar, crawfish cakes from Big Easy Bar and Grill, Viet-Cajun takes from Le Bleu, and plenty of crawfish etouffee.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Abby's Crab Shack

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The Texas seafood mini-chain restaurant operates two locations in the Austin area, the second down in Southpark Meadows. 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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Naturally, the newer Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant in Cedar Park offers Cajun crawfish boils. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries through DoorDash and Uber Eats; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

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If you want to boil your own crawfish, the Anderson Mill-adjacent meat market is your best bet. The store is accepting online orders for live mudbugs with a 48-hour advanced notice. The shop is also selling boiled crawfish for pickups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
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Down South CaJJun Eats

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Twin brothers Jahmal and Jermaine Dumes offer Cajun-style crawfish platters with several seasoning options (mild, spicy, lemon pepper, Cajun, or any combination), along with crawfish etouffee and dishes studded with crawfish. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for outdoor dine-in service.

Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
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Kasian Boil

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The far north Cajun and Asian seafood restaurant’s sampler plate includes crawfish, plus there are crawfish fries, mac and cheese, and fried rice. Order online for pickup, drive-thru, and Uber Eats delivery. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor seating available.

Crawfish from Kasian Boil
Crawfish from Kasian Boil
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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, for takeout and curbside pickups. There are also live or frozen crawfish options available depending on sourcing. Call to place to-go orders. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Infamous Brewing Company

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The Hudson Bend brewery is hosting a crawfish boil on Sunday, May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Celis Brewery

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The North Austin brewery is hosting weekly crawfish boils every Sunday through the end of June from 1 to 10 p.m. or until everything is sold out, courtesy of Lazo’s ATX, with one pound for $12, and three pounds for $30, both including sides.

Oakwood BBQ & Beer Garden

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The North Lamar barbecue spot’s crawfish boils take place every weekend through the middle of June from noon to 6 p.m., along with smoked meats, beer, and live music.

Le Bleu

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The Vietnamese restaurant is offering Viet-Cajun crawfish at the moment. There are by-the-pound orders at $11 per pound or $60 five-pound combination plates with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and hot sausage, for pickups placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Crawfish at Le Bleu
Crawfish at Le Bleu
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Quality Seafood Market

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The seafood market is selling preorders of pounds of live crawfish for curbside pickups on Fridays and Saturdays. A $75 deposit is required. The market is open for dine-in service.

Southern Heights Brewing Company

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The MLK-183 brewery’s crawfish boil takes place on Saturday, May 14 starting at 1 p.m. Look out for an online preorder link, but there will be in-person sales too.

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.

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.

The Cavalier

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The East Austin bar is hosting its crawfish boil with Burt’s Meats on Saturday, May 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. plus there will be frozen daiquiris available.

Friends and Allies Brewing

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The East Austin brewery is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a crawfish boil on Saturday, May 14 starting at 1 p.m. Also on deck are live music through 5 p.m., freebies, and beer.

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.

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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.

Fiesta Gardens Building

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Austin bar Haymaker is boiling up crawfish at the Twist ‘N Snap Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 14, thrown by Houston brewery Karbach Brewing. It takes place at Fiesta Gardens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission tickets with food and beers are $39.99 and VIP tickets $69.99

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

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Both locations (the other in Round Rock) of the seafood restaurant offer up multiple crawfish dishes. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

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.

Then there are the twice-weekly crawfish boils available on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with three-pound platters for $29.99 and one-pound for $10.99 (including corn and potatoes). Preorders can be placed online or over the phone.

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 service.

Sagebrush

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The South Congress area venue’s crawfish boil is hosted by Karbach and Do512, with mudbugs from Let’z Geaux Boil on Thursday, May 12. It begins at 5 p.m. The first 20 people get free crawfish plates, and then it’s $8 per plate.

Waterloo Ice House

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The next stop on Waterloo’s roaming all-you-can-eat crawfish feast takes place at the Escarpment Village location on Saturday, May 22. It’s $30 for the AYCE mudbugs, plus beer and vodka specials. It begins at noon.

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 service.

Keepers Coastal Kitchen

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The newer South Austin seafood restaurant is dipping into the crawfish game for its first year. The Viet-Cajun boil comes in various sauce flavors and spice levels. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in services with a patio available.

Armadillo Den

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Popular crawfish shop Letz Geaux Boil is hosting regular boils at far south Austin bar Armadillo Den every weekend.

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 two locations in the Austin area, the second down in Southpark Meadows. 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

Naturally, the newer Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant in Cedar Park offers Cajun crawfish boils. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries through DoorDash and Uber Eats; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market/Facebook

If you want to boil your own crawfish, the Anderson Mill-adjacent meat market is your best bet. The store is accepting online orders for live mudbugs with a 48-hour advanced notice. The shop is also selling boiled crawfish for pickups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Crawfish at Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market/Facebook

Down South CaJJun Eats

Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
Down South CaJJun Eats/Facebook

Twin brothers Jahmal and Jermaine Dumes offer Cajun-style crawfish platters with several seasoning options (mild, spicy, lemon pepper, Cajun, or any combination), along with crawfish etouffee and dishes studded with crawfish. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for outdoor dine-in service.

Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
Crawfish from Down South CaJJun Eats
Down South CaJJun Eats/Facebook

Kasian Boil

Crawfish from Kasian Boil
Crawfish from Kasian Boil
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The far north Cajun and Asian seafood restaurant’s sampler plate includes crawfish, plus there are crawfish fries, mac and cheese, and fried rice. Order online for pickup, drive-thru, and Uber Eats delivery. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor seating available.

Crawfish from Kasian Boil
Crawfish from Kasian Boil
Kasian Boil/Facebook

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

The Cajun seafood spot is offering two pounds of boiled crawfish along with corn, potatoes, sausage, and mushrooms, for takeout and curbside pickups. There are also live or frozen crawfish options available depending on sourcing. Call to place to-go orders. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with outdoor areas.

Infamous Brewing Company

The Hudson Bend brewery is hosting a crawfish boil on Sunday, May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Celis Brewery

The North Austin brewery is hosting weekly crawfish boils every Sunday through the end of June from 1 to 10 p.m. or until everything is sold out, courtesy of Lazo’s ATX, with one pound for $12, and three pounds for $30, both including sides.

Oakwood BBQ & Beer Garden

The North Lamar barbecue spot’s crawfish boils take place every weekend through the middle of June from noon to 6 p.m., along with smoked meats, beer, and live music.

Le Bleu

Crawfish at Le Bleu
Crawfish at Le Bleu
Le Bleu/Facebook

The Vietnamese restaurant is offering Viet-Cajun crawfish at the moment. There are by-the-pound orders at $11 per pound or $60 five-pound combination plates with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and hot sausage, for pickups placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Crawfish at Le Bleu
Crawfish at Le Bleu
Le Bleu/Facebook

Quality Seafood Market

The seafood market is selling preorders of pounds of live crawfish for curbside pickups on Fridays and Saturdays. A $75 deposit is required. The market is open for dine-in service.

Southern Heights Brewing Company

The MLK-183 brewery’s crawfish boil takes place on Saturday, May 14 starting at 1 p.m. Look out for an online preorder link, but there will be in-person sales too.

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.

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.

The Cavalier

The East Austin bar is hosting its crawfish boil with Burt’s Meats on Saturday, May 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. plus there will be frozen daiquiris available.

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Friends and Allies Brewing

The East Austin brewery is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a crawfish boil on Saturday, May 14 starting at 1 p.m. Also on deck are live music through 5 p.m., freebies, and beer.

Mandala Kitchen & Bar

Crawfish from Mandala
Crawfish from Mandala
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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
Mandala/Facebook

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.

Fiesta Gardens Building

Austin bar Haymaker is boiling up crawfish at the Twist ‘N Snap Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 14, thrown by Houston brewery Karbach Brewing. It takes place at Fiesta Gardens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission tickets with food and beers are $39.99 and VIP tickets $69.99

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

Both locations (the other in Round Rock) of the seafood restaurant offer up multiple crawfish dishes. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

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.

Then there are the twice-weekly crawfish boils available on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with three-pound platters for $29.99 and one-pound for $10.99 (including corn and potatoes). Preorders can be placed online or over the phone.

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 service.

Sagebrush

The South Congress area venue’s crawfish boil is hosted by Karbach and Do512, with mudbugs from Let’z Geaux Boil on Thursday, May 12. It begins at 5 p.m. The first 20 people get free crawfish plates, and then it’s $8 per plate.

Waterloo Ice House

The next stop on Waterloo’s roaming all-you-can-eat crawfish feast takes place at the Escarpment Village location on Saturday, May 22. It’s $30 for the AYCE mudbugs, plus beer and vodka specials. It begins at noon.

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 service.

Keepers Coastal Kitchen

The newer South Austin seafood restaurant is dipping into the crawfish game for its first year. The Viet-Cajun boil comes in various sauce flavors and spice levels. To-go orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for dine-in services with a patio available.

Armadillo Den

Popular crawfish shop Letz Geaux Boil is hosting regular boils at far south Austin bar Armadillo Den every weekend.

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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