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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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2850 N Interstate Hwy 35
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 351-9724
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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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2. Freda's Seafood Grille

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10903 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 506-8700
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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.

3. Garbo's

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14735 Bratton Ln
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 350-9814
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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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4. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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114 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-6300
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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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5. Truluck's

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400 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-9000
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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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6. Happy Lobster

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80 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

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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7. TLC Austin

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1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste. #1150
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 580-0971
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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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8. Mongers

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2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 215-8972
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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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9. Perla's

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1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-7300
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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.

10. Shore Raw Bar & Grill

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8665 TX-71 Suite 100
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 618-6400
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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
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1. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

2850 N Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock, TX 78681
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?

2850 N Interstate Hwy 35
Round Rock, TX 78681

2. Freda's Seafood Grille

10903 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78750

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.

10903 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78750

3. Garbo's

14735 Bratton Ln, Austin, TX 78728
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.

14735 Bratton Ln
Austin, TX 78728

4. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

114 W 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
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.

114 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Truluck's

400 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
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.

400 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Happy Lobster

80 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
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.

80 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

7. TLC Austin

1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste. #1150, Austin, TX 78704
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.

1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste. #1150
Austin, TX 78704

8. Mongers

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
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..

2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Perla's

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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.

1400 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

10. Shore Raw Bar & Grill

8665 TX-71 Suite 100, Austin, TX 78735
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).

8665 TX-71 Suite 100
Austin, TX 78735

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