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Where to Indulge in Lobster in Austin

From lobster rolls to lobster tails to lobster mac and cheese

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Central Texas hasn’t always been a hotbed for lobster fanatics, but luckily those days have passed. The city is now home to a host of lobster bites — from the whole shebang like TLC’s lobster boils to the delicately prepared rolls from Garbo’s to lobster mac and cheese at Perla’s. There’s a lobster dish for every occasion.

Likewise here are Austin’s best seafood restaurants, crawfish, oysters, poke, and sushi.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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Sometimes lobster can be a little lonely. That’s why you go to Jack Gilmore’s Round Rock seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, where the lobster roll includes butter-poached shrimp as well. Add in a stack of fresh oysters too, because why not?

The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
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Freda's Seafood Grille

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Longtime restaurant up near Anderson Mill, Freda’s Seafood Grille boasts a lobster roll served on a split-New England bun, and where the cold-water lobster tail is doused it either in warm butter or lemon mayonnaise for more flavor. There are other lobster dishes too, like the lobster and shrimp bisque and the cold-water lobster, which is paired with a baked potato and asparagus.

Garbo's

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The lobster-obsessed Wells Branch restaurant and roaming food truck Garbo’s does its lobster rolls in one of two ways: Connecticut (warmed in butter) or Maine (mayonnaise, celery, and lemon). Can’t decide between the two? Get a second roll for $11.

Garbo’s lobster rolls
Garbo’s lobster rolls
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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Upscale restaurant chain Perry’s might be known for its steaks, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t also make a mean steamed lobster tail. Also, try the tempura-fried lobster tail as a starter.

Tempura lobster at Perry’s
Tempura lobster at Perry’s
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Truluck's

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From the gooey Lobscargot (where Maine lobster is cooked escargot-style with herb garlic butter and gruyere and havarti cheeses) to the South African lobster tail served alongside steak to lobster with mashed potatoes, high-end steakhouse/seafood chain Truluck’s is truly a destination for lobster in town.

South African lobster tail from Truluck’s with mashed potatoes and asparagus
South African lobster tail from Truluck’s
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Happy Lobster

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Chicago-based food truck Happy Lobster does its best to live up to its name with (spicy and not-spicy) lobster rolls. Maine expats will enjoy the flavor-of-the-day whoopie pie. Bonus: it uses lobster in its grilled cheese sandwich and atop its cheese fries.

A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
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TLC Austin

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For way-more casual seafood, South Lamar restaurant TLC is the answer with Maine lobster boils. Want to pick out your own flavor combinations? There are seven flavors and seven sauces that run the gauntlet from garlic serrano to Thai chilli-lime.

The lobster boil at TLC
The lobster boil at TLC
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Mongers

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It makes sense that East Austin seafood market and restaurant Mongers serves up a whole bunch of lobster. For dinner, there’s the full full lobster roll with a side of either chips or slaw; the chilled lobster from the raw bar; and the side of the lobster mac and cheese made with black truffles and cheddar cheese..

Mongers’s lobster roll
Mongers’s lobster roll
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Perla's

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Upper-scale South Austin seafood restaurant Perla’s offers up fanciful lobster. The roll is made with drawn butter, Bibb lettuce, and mayonnaise, plus a side of those shoestring fries. The bucatini made with lobster from Nova Scotia and bacon. Then there’s sides of lobster fried rice and baked mac and cheese.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

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The Oak Hill seafood restaurant taking its cues from cuisine in Mexico City, Shore Raw Bar & Grill, serves its lobster roll with garlic drawn butter, lemon aioli, and mixed greens, plus fries (sweet potato or shoestring).

The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
Shore Raw Bar/Facebook

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking/Facebook

Sometimes lobster can be a little lonely. That’s why you go to Jack Gilmore’s Round Rock seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, where the lobster roll includes butter-poached shrimp as well. Add in a stack of fresh oysters too, because why not?

The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
The shrimp and lobster roll at Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking/Facebook

Freda's Seafood Grille

Longtime restaurant up near Anderson Mill, Freda’s Seafood Grille boasts a lobster roll served on a split-New England bun, and where the cold-water lobster tail is doused it either in warm butter or lemon mayonnaise for more flavor. There are other lobster dishes too, like the lobster and shrimp bisque and the cold-water lobster, which is paired with a baked potato and asparagus.

Garbo's

Garbo’s lobster rolls
Garbo’s lobster rolls
Garbo’s/Facebook

The lobster-obsessed Wells Branch restaurant and roaming food truck Garbo’s does its lobster rolls in one of two ways: Connecticut (warmed in butter) or Maine (mayonnaise, celery, and lemon). Can’t decide between the two? Get a second roll for $11.

Garbo’s lobster rolls
Garbo’s lobster rolls
Garbo’s/Facebook

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Tempura lobster at Perry’s
Tempura lobster at Perry’s
Perry’s/Facebook

Upscale restaurant chain Perry’s might be known for its steaks, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t also make a mean steamed lobster tail. Also, try the tempura-fried lobster tail as a starter.

Tempura lobster at Perry’s
Tempura lobster at Perry’s
Perry’s/Facebook

Truluck's

South African lobster tail from Truluck’s with mashed potatoes and asparagus
South African lobster tail from Truluck’s
Truluck’s/Facebook

From the gooey Lobscargot (where Maine lobster is cooked escargot-style with herb garlic butter and gruyere and havarti cheeses) to the South African lobster tail served alongside steak to lobster with mashed potatoes, high-end steakhouse/seafood chain Truluck’s is truly a destination for lobster in town.

South African lobster tail from Truluck’s with mashed potatoes and asparagus
South African lobster tail from Truluck’s
Truluck’s/Facebook

Happy Lobster

A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
Happy Lobster/Facebook

Chicago-based food truck Happy Lobster does its best to live up to its name with (spicy and not-spicy) lobster rolls. Maine expats will enjoy the flavor-of-the-day whoopie pie. Bonus: it uses lobster in its grilled cheese sandwich and atop its cheese fries.

A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
A lobster sandwich from Happy Lobster
Happy Lobster/Facebook

TLC Austin

The lobster boil at TLC
The lobster boil at TLC
TLC/Facebook

For way-more casual seafood, South Lamar restaurant TLC is the answer with Maine lobster boils. Want to pick out your own flavor combinations? There are seven flavors and seven sauces that run the gauntlet from garlic serrano to Thai chilli-lime.

The lobster boil at TLC
The lobster boil at TLC
TLC/Facebook

Mongers

Mongers’s lobster roll
Mongers’s lobster roll
Mongers/Facebook

It makes sense that East Austin seafood market and restaurant Mongers serves up a whole bunch of lobster. For dinner, there’s the full full lobster roll with a side of either chips or slaw; the chilled lobster from the raw bar; and the side of the lobster mac and cheese made with black truffles and cheddar cheese..

Mongers’s lobster roll
Mongers’s lobster roll
Mongers/Facebook

Perla's

Upper-scale South Austin seafood restaurant Perla’s offers up fanciful lobster. The roll is made with drawn butter, Bibb lettuce, and mayonnaise, plus a side of those shoestring fries. The bucatini made with lobster from Nova Scotia and bacon. Then there’s sides of lobster fried rice and baked mac and cheese.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
Shore Raw Bar/Facebook

The Oak Hill seafood restaurant taking its cues from cuisine in Mexico City, Shore Raw Bar & Grill, serves its lobster roll with garlic drawn butter, lemon aioli, and mixed greens, plus fries (sweet potato or shoestring).

The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
The lobster roll and fries at Shore Raw Bar
Shore Raw Bar/Facebook

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