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Catfish Parlour. Multiple locations. catfishparlour.com. Fried oysters, fried okra, fried shrimp, and, yes, fried catfish at the three Austin-area locations of this downhome spot.
Cherry Creek Catfish Company. 5712 Manchaca Road. 512-440-8810, cherrycreekcatfish.com. The name says it all at this casual South Austin restaurant that has been serving Southern-fried comfort for more than 20 years.
Clark’s. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, clarksoysterbar.com. This jewel-box oyster bar looks like it was snatched up from the Hamptons, dusted of sand and placed in West Austin. If you’re lucky, you can snag one of the few outdoor tables lining the front windows.
Deckhand Oyster Bar. 500 Parker Drive. 512-368-3379, deckhandoysterbar.com. Flavor profiles range from Southwestern to Southeast Asian at this oyster palace in North Austin.
Eddie V’s. 301 E. Fifth St. 512-472-1860; 9400B Arboretum Blvd. 512-342-2642; eddievs.com. The Austin-born franchise has a classic steakhouse vibe and popular all-night happy hours Sunday and Monday.
Evangeline Café. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, EvangelineCafe.com. Take a trip to the bayou at this Cajun restaurant in South Austin for gumbo, po’ boys and music by the likes of Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces.
Finn & Porter. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, finnandporteraustin.com. The fine dining restaurant at the Hilton serves a wide array of seafood, from scallops and octopus to branzino and sea bass.
Freda’s Seafood Grille. 10903 Pecan Park Blvd. 512-506-8700, fredasseafoodgrille.com. Mango tilapia, shrimp and grits, Chilean sea bass … this locally owned restaurant near Lakeline Mall has a seafood menu that runs the gamut.
Garbo’s. 14735 Bratton Lane. 512-350-9814, garboslobsteratx.com. The restaurant in Wells Branch expands its food truck menu to include fish spreads, grilled fish, a solid burger and more, in addition to the excellent lobster rolls.
Liberty Kitchen. 507 Pressler St. 512-840-1330, libertykitchenatx.com. Houston-based Liberty Kitchen’s wide-ranging menu includes oysters from around the country, caviar tastings, lobster rolls and much more.
Mongers Market and Kitchen. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. Partners Roberto San Miguel and chef Shane Stark use their Gulf Coast connections to source seafood for dishes like Gulf red snapper and barbecue Gulf shrimp.
Pappadeaux. 6319 Interstate 35 N. 512-452-9363, pappadeaux.com. The Pappas family of Houston bring flavors of the Big Easy to several of their seafood platters.
Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, perlasaustin.com. Expansive patio offers great people-watching while eating seafood on landlocked South Congress Avenue.
Searsucker. 415 Colorado St. 512-394-8000, searsucker.com/austin. Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey marries coastal cuisine with Texas flavors at this massive restaurant in the Warehouse District.
Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafood.wordpress.com. One of Austin’s most beloved homes of seafood, Quality Seafood features a huge oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant serving Gulf oysters and East coast varieties on the half-shell — and really cold beer.
Shoal Creek Saloon. 909 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-0805, shoalcreeksaloon.com. Crawfish etouffee nods to this restaurant’s love for Louisiana, and there’s more fried seafood than you can shake a shrimp at.
Truluck’s. 400 Colorado St. 512-482-9000; 10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300; trulucks.com. Start with the signature Florida stone crab claws, and if you’re downtown, try and get a seat on the recently renovated second floor.