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23 Great Bets for Raw Oysters in Austin

Briny gems from the coasts

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Oysters from Diner Bar.
| Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Nothing beats slurping down extremely fresh oysters, especially during the hot summer in Austin. Despite the city’s landlocked status, there are plenty of places for the shellfish. There are single briny bivalves available, sure, but why stop at that when there are dozens of oysters ahead? Try ’em all.

Here is Eater’s guide to the best bets for raw oysters in Austin. There are classics from Clark’s Oyster Bar and Perla’s, solid happy hours from Parkside, wood-grilled and raw options from Lucy’s Fried Chicken, old-school markets like Quality Seafood and Mongers Market + Kitchen, and many more.

For other under-the-sea eats, check out Austin’s best seafood restaurants, lobster picks, amazing spots for sushi, and poke places.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant comes fully loaded with a raw bar full of seasonal and Gulf oysters in Round Rock and the South Austin location near Zilker Park.

A circular tray of halved oysters and a pile of pink shrimp and ice are surrounded by a little bowl with empty oyster shells, condiments, and crackers.
Oysters from Salt Traders.
Salt Traders

Garbo's

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The lobster roll-centric restaurant serves oysters for lunch, dinner, and brunch by the half- or full dozen. Shuck-yourself-oyster platters are available to-go too.

Plank Seafood Provisions

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The Domain location of Omaha-based Flagship Restaurant Group serves fresh-shucked East Coast oysters, dressed versions topped with jalapeno shoyu and smoked trout roe, as well as three different seafood tower options. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Quality Seafood

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A classic Austin destination for seafood, Quality Seafood serves raw Gulf and East coast oysters, as well as grilled Gulf oysters. Takeout orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Two round platters of halved oysters on ice.
Oysters from Quality Seafood.
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Foreign & Domestic

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Tuesday happy hours at the North Loop restaurant are all about rotating dollar oysters.

A round platter of halved-oysters on ice with a plate of condiments in the center.
Foreign & Domestic’s oysters.
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Mongers

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The Hyde Park-area raw bar features East Coast oysters available by the piece.

Clark's Oyster Bar

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Clarkville restaurant Clark's offers a wide selection of East Coast oysters a la carte, so diners can mix and match as many as they'd like.

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Clark’s Oyster Bar’s oysters.
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Verbena

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Located on West Sixth Street on the ground floor of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel, this Nic Yanes-run restaurant serves oysters for lunch and dinner. 

Hillside Farmacy

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Central East Austin spot Hillside serves a rotating selection of oysters daily. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A round platter of oysters.
Oysters from Hillside Farmacy.
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Parkside

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Shawn Cirkiel’s flagship downtown restaurant serves oysters by the half-dozen and dozen. Platters and bubbles are half-off on Wednesdays. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A round platter of oysters and condiments.
Oysters at Parkside.
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Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab

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Keep it old-school in this downtown stalwart with market oysters raw by the half-dozen.

A glass of sparkling wine and a plate of oysters at Truluck’s
Oysters at Truluck’s.
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Diner Bar Austin

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Located at the bottom of the Thompson Hotel, the lobby restaurant is dishing up raw and roasted oysters, along with Port-City Southern fare akin to sister restaurant, the Grey in Savannah, Georgia. 

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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For a downtown restaurant seemingly built for those dining on corporate expense accounts, Eddie V’s has a surprisingly affordable seafood tower, complete with oysters, lobster, shrimp, and crab. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A bunch of oysters on an ice platter.
Oysters at Eddie V’s.
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South Lamar’s massive restaurant shucks East Coast oysters by the dozen and half-dozen for dinner and brunch.

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Oysters at Eberly.
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Both the Japanese restaurant and its sibling spot Uchiko are well-known for their inventive daily specials and fresh market seafood, so it’s a no-brainer to order any oyster preparation found on their rotating menus. Recently, there was a grilled oyster special at Uchiko with gruyere and caramelized onion to resemble French onion soup in a perfect bite.

TLC Austin

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The casual South Austin Texas restaurant offers up raw Gulf and East Coast oysters from the raw bar. Takeout orders can be placed online.

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Justine's

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Although not on the regular menu, the French restaurant’s menu of the day typically offers raw bar selections of caviar and crevettes (prawns), as well as (typically) oysters. 

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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The massive patio on South Congress is one of Austin's premier oyster destinations. East Coast oysters are offered by the half dozen with the works. Get an oyster shooter if you’re looking for some added booze with the bivalve.

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Perla’s oysters.
Perla’s

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

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The Oak Hill seafood restaurant, which takes its cues from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico City, offers up daily East Coast and Gulf oysters.

Maie Day

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While giant steaks and other grilled and smoked chops might be the stars of the Michael Fojtasek-led hotel restaurant, there’s also a raw bar with West and East Coast oysters, grilled bivalves, shrimp cocktails, and more.

Lucy's Fried Chicken

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Lucy’s is an under-the-radar oyster destination for both raw and grilled varieties. Skip the fried chicken completely and make a meal of oysters and the stellar sides at the South Congress and Cedar Park locations. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

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Deckhand is an under-the-radar seafood favorite in Round Rock and Austin, serving a glorious fusion of Gulf comfort food and Thai-inspired dishes. The menu includes oysters both raw and broiled.

Deckhand’s oysters
Deckhand’s oysters
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Keepers Coastal Kitchen

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The Gulf Coast seafood restaurant naturally offers oyster specials.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

A circular tray of halved oysters and a pile of pink shrimp and ice are surrounded by a little bowl with empty oyster shells, condiments, and crackers.
Oysters from Salt Traders.
Salt Traders

Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant comes fully loaded with a raw bar full of seasonal and Gulf oysters in Round Rock and the South Austin location near Zilker Park.

A circular tray of halved oysters and a pile of pink shrimp and ice are surrounded by a little bowl with empty oyster shells, condiments, and crackers.
Oysters from Salt Traders.
Salt Traders

Garbo's

The lobster roll-centric restaurant serves oysters for lunch, dinner, and brunch by the half- or full dozen. Shuck-yourself-oyster platters are available to-go too.

Plank Seafood Provisions

The Domain location of Omaha-based Flagship Restaurant Group serves fresh-shucked East Coast oysters, dressed versions topped with jalapeno shoyu and smoked trout roe, as well as three different seafood tower options. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Quality Seafood

Two round platters of halved oysters on ice.
Oysters from Quality Seafood.
Quality Seafood/Facebook

A classic Austin destination for seafood, Quality Seafood serves raw Gulf and East coast oysters, as well as grilled Gulf oysters. Takeout orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Two round platters of halved oysters on ice.
Oysters from Quality Seafood.
Quality Seafood/Facebook

Foreign & Domestic

A round platter of halved-oysters on ice with a plate of condiments in the center.
Foreign & Domestic’s oysters.
Foreign & Domestic/Yelp

Tuesday happy hours at the North Loop restaurant are all about rotating dollar oysters.

A round platter of halved-oysters on ice with a plate of condiments in the center.
Foreign & Domestic’s oysters.
Foreign & Domestic/Yelp

Mongers

The Hyde Park-area raw bar features East Coast oysters available by the piece.

Clark's Oyster Bar

A two-level platter tower with oysters on the bottom and lobster on the top.
Clark’s Oyster Bar’s oysters.
Casey Dunn

Clarkville restaurant Clark's offers a wide selection of East Coast oysters a la carte, so diners can mix and match as many as they'd like.

A two-level platter tower with oysters on the bottom and lobster on the top.
Clark’s Oyster Bar’s oysters.
Casey Dunn

Verbena

Located on West Sixth Street on the ground floor of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel, this Nic Yanes-run restaurant serves oysters for lunch and dinner. 

Hillside Farmacy

A round platter of oysters.
Oysters from Hillside Farmacy.
Hillside Farmacy/Facebook

Central East Austin spot Hillside serves a rotating selection of oysters daily. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A round platter of oysters.
Oysters from Hillside Farmacy.
Hillside Farmacy/Facebook

Parkside

A round platter of oysters and condiments.
Oysters at Parkside.
Parkside/Facebook

Shawn Cirkiel’s flagship downtown restaurant serves oysters by the half-dozen and dozen. Platters and bubbles are half-off on Wednesdays. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A round platter of oysters and condiments.
Oysters at Parkside.
Parkside/Facebook

Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab

A glass of sparkling wine and a plate of oysters at Truluck’s
Oysters at Truluck’s.
Truluck’s/Facebook

Keep it old-school in this downtown stalwart with market oysters raw by the half-dozen.

A glass of sparkling wine and a plate of oysters at Truluck’s
Oysters at Truluck’s.
Truluck’s/Facebook

Diner Bar Austin

Located at the bottom of the Thompson Hotel, the lobby restaurant is dishing up raw and roasted oysters, along with Port-City Southern fare akin to sister restaurant, the Grey in Savannah, Georgia. 

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

A bunch of oysters on an ice platter.
Oysters at Eddie V’s.
Eddie V’s/Facebook

For a downtown restaurant seemingly built for those dining on corporate expense accounts, Eddie V’s has a surprisingly affordable seafood tower, complete with oysters, lobster, shrimp, and crab. Takeout orders can be placed online.

A bunch of oysters on an ice platter.
Oysters at Eddie V’s.
Eddie V’s/Facebook

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