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The shrimp cocktail at Shore Raw Bar.
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Where to Snack on Shrimp Cocktails in Austin

Oh so plump crustaceans.

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The shrimp cocktail at Shore Raw Bar.
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Shrimp cocktails make for that classic appetizer that’s simple yet so satisfying. There’s just-cooked fresh pink shrimp paired with a savory cocktail sauce, a lemon slice for that acid burst, and maybe some other condiments. There are a lot of great shrimp cocktails in Austin, but these restaurants are serving the best of the best, from steakhouse ALC Steaks to fancy fun bar Holiday to New Orleansish restaurant/bar Uptown Sports Club.

For more seafood, check out the city’s best seafood restaurants, oysters, sushi, poke, seafood towers, crawfish, and fish and chips.

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ALC Steaks

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The West End neighborhood steakhouse’s shrimp cocktail comes with a mezcal sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Clark's Oyster Bar

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The Clarksville seafood staple offers gigantic shrimp as part of its shrimp cocktail, paired with a spicy horseradished-up sauce and saltines. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bill's Oyster

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The downtown seafood and cocktail lounge’s shrimp cocktail is a three-piece affair with both cocktail sauce and spicy remoulade. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Uptown Sports Club

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The casual East Austin New Orleansish restaurant and bar’s shrimp cocktail is simple — shrimp, lemon, cocktail sauce — and extra pieces can be added. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Holiday

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The East Austin cocktail lounge offers a classy one made with Gulf shrimp, plus two sauces. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

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The West Oak Hill seafood restaurant’s iteration is also made with large Gulf shrimp and adds celery to the usual accompaniments. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

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The Travis Heights chophouse restaurant within the South Congress Hotel’s got a shrimp cocktail with very plump crustaceans. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

ALC Steaks

The West End neighborhood steakhouse’s shrimp cocktail comes with a mezcal sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Clark's Oyster Bar

The Clarksville seafood staple offers gigantic shrimp as part of its shrimp cocktail, paired with a spicy horseradished-up sauce and saltines. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bill's Oyster

The downtown seafood and cocktail lounge’s shrimp cocktail is a three-piece affair with both cocktail sauce and spicy remoulade. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Uptown Sports Club

The casual East Austin New Orleansish restaurant and bar’s shrimp cocktail is simple — shrimp, lemon, cocktail sauce — and extra pieces can be added. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Holiday

The East Austin cocktail lounge offers a classy one made with Gulf shrimp, plus two sauces. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

The West Oak Hill seafood restaurant’s iteration is also made with large Gulf shrimp and adds celery to the usual accompaniments. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

The Travis Heights chophouse restaurant within the South Congress Hotel’s got a shrimp cocktail with very plump crustaceans. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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