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Craving seafood? Where to find Austin's best oysters, including Gulf and East Coast varieties

Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
Get your oysters raw or broiled at two locations of Deckhand Oyster Bar.

Whether you're slurping on a patio with a mug of cold beer or sitting at an elegant raw bar watching the shucker shuck while you sip some muscadet, now is a great time to be enjoying some oysters in Austin. 

From sweet ones to briny ones, delicate East Coasters to elephant ears from the Gulf of Mexico, there is no shortage of selection here in Austin.  

The Boat

New owners here have touched the place up a bit, and the intriguing fried oyster preparations include Buffalo style and Oysters Davíd, served on a tortilla chip and topped with pico and avocado-serrano sauce. 10931 Stonelake Blvd. 512-956-0040, theboatatx.com

Capt. Benny's Seafood

In addition to the fried and raw preparations of Gulf oysters, this Texas chain also serves a trio of baked preparations topped with with everything from Parmesan to garlic butter. 5700 N. I-35. 512-452-1417, captbennys.com. 

Catfish Parlour

Multiple locations. catfishparlour.com. When you head to the North Austin, South Austin and Georgetown locations of this classic, you can get your fried Gulf oysters regular or spicy. 

Central Standard

1603 S. Congress Ave. 512-942-0823, centralstandardaustin.com. Find East Coast in a posh big-city environment at the bar and grill in the South Congress Hotel.

Clark’s

1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, clarksaustin.com. Selections like Otter Cove from Mane, Riptides from Massachusetts and a dozen more oysters from their Canadian and New England neighbors help make up one of the best oyster rosters in town.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

9500 S. Interstate 35, 512-280-0816; 2013 Wells Branch Parkway, 512-252-7556; crawfishshackatx.com. Get Gulf oysters on the half shell or have them fried and stuffed in a po’boy at either location.

Deckhand Oyster Bar

500 Parker Drive. 512-368-3379; 4211 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-326-1963; deckhandoysterbar.com. Taste the Asian influences here on oysters topped with a spicy masago sauce, while broiled oysters topped with chopped bacon and Monterey Jack cheese have a more Texas vibe.

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Eddie V’s

301 E. Fifth St., 512-472-1860; 9400 Arboretum Blvd., 512-342-2642; eddiev.com. This Austin-born steak and seafood house offers a refined setting for oysters from the East Coast and the Gulf.

Evangeline Café

8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, evangelinecafe.com. The Oysters Contraband at this Cajun-inspired restaurant are served on top of homemade potato chips and topped with spicy sausage remoulade sauce.

Foreign & Domestic

306 E. 53rd St. 512-459-1010, fndaustin.com. The staff here pairs selections from a tight but great wine list with East Coast oysters that only cost $1 on Tuesday nights. 

Garbo’s

12709 N. MoPac Blvd.(Loop 1). 512-520-8004, garboslobsteratx.com. This nautically themed restaurant with a New England pedigree started as a lobster roll truck before expanding to this great space in North Austin. It currently serves oysters from Massachusetts' Island Creek Oyster Co. on Wednesday on the patio. 

The chefs at Hestia really know how to dress up an oyster.

Hestia 

607 W. Third St. 512-333-0737, hestiaaustin.com. You wanna get classy? Like, real classy? This sophisticated and ambitious restaurant from the Emmer & Rye team will serve you oysters with smoked pear and verjus foam. Google it. 

Jeffrey’s

1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. The crispy oysters at this Austin institution are long-running favorites. Their modern update includes apple cider emulsion.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Multiple locations. lucysfriedchicken.com. Slurp 'em raw or load 'em up with tequila butter, Worcestershire, bacon and parmesan at the three locations of this Texafied joint.

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Mongers Market + Kitchen

4119 Guadalupe St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. Pull up a stool at the long bar in the former Vino Vino home for a platter of raw East Coast oysters.

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge

9070 Research Blvd. 512-458-8881, prsushi.com. You can get raw oysters in addition to raw fish and grilled meat at this North Austin spot.

Pacific Star Restaurant & Oyster Bar

13507 U.S. 183. 512-219-5373, austin.pacificstaratx.com. You can order your oysters raw here or spice things up with bacon-wrapped broiled oysters with jalapeno.

Parkside

301 E. Sixth St. 512-474-9898, parkside-austin.com. Watch them shuck any one of a dozen or so quality oysters right in front of you at this hip and classy raw bar. 

Perla’s

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, perlasaustin.com. Sit on the expansive deck where the excellent people-watching and relaxed vibes are complemented by a star-studded oyster menu featuring about a dozen varieties from New England and the mid-Atlantic.

Robert Nance, right, helps Teresa Loveday with her order at Quality Seafood Market on Feb. 23, 2018.

Quality Seafood Market

5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafoodmarket.com. One of Austin’s most beloved homes of seafood features a huge oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant serving raw Gulf oysters and East Coast varieties on the half-shell and grilled oysters Rockefeller.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

2850 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock. 512-351-9724;  1101 S. MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1). 737-484-0095; salttraderscc.com. Chef Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant serves fried Gulf oysters, raw Gulf oysters and a small selection of oysters from those other coasts. The Gulf oysters are only $1 each during happy hour that runs 3:30 - 9 p.m. Monday and 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 

Shoal Creek Saloon

909 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-0805, shoalcreeksaloon.com. Enjoy Gulf oysters on the half-shell at this Louisiana-lovin’ bar that offers a porch with a view of the creek.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

8665 W. Texas 71. 512-618-6400, shoreatx.com. This window-wrapped restaurant out west serves Gulf and East Coast oysters raw and also fries them up for a sweet and crunchy tostada. 

Terry's Seafood and Chicken

1805 Airport Blvd. 512-477-3237, facebook.com/terreys.seafood. Triple down on the carbs by ordering some hushpuppies and rolls to accompany your fried oysters here. 

Truluck’s

10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300; 400 Colorado St. 512-482-9000; trulucks.com. Dine on oysters in a classic steakhouse environment, with some very serious horseradish.