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Clark's Oyster Bar


1200 W 6th St, Austin
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Austin may be landlocked, but that doesn’t stop Clark’s Oyster Bar from serving some of the finest seafood this side of the Nacogdoches River.

Whether you’re stopping by for a quick drink on the patio or at the bar, a sun-soaked lunch, or a candlelit dinner, you’ll probably leave feeling like you made the right decision by coming to Clark’s. The only catch is that you will have paid mightily for it.

Clark’s isn’t far removed from its South Congress big sister Perla’s, both in proximity and aesthetic. Located between the quiet comfort of the Clarksville neighborhood and the chaos of downtown, Clark’s is a pleasant spot with a big menu. Since we’re in Texas, you get your gulf-dwelling fish, and since we have same-day shipping, Clark’s also serves everything else from the sea.

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photo credit: Maggie Svoboda

Let’s start with the oysters. They’re outlandishly overpriced, but they’re delicious, and the charming waiters do a terrific job convincing you that there are clear flavor profile differences between Pacific and Atlantic oysters. We recommend splitting an array of these bad boys with your table. Also worth noting: the table bread is some of the best in town. (And free! Add some of their salty butter to it and you’ll feel like you’re starting to get your money’s worth of calories.) The entrees are all very good. The obvious picks like the lobster roll or the mussels and clams are great, but if there’s one dish to single out, it’s the fresh catch of the day. Our pick is always the redfish - it’s cooked perfectly, and very flavorful.

The novelty of Clark’s is that it looks like a no-nonsense seafood dive bar serving solid seafood that underwent an Instagrammable makeover. This is no surprise coming from the same braintrusts behind Lamberts (fancy barbecue) and Elizabeth Street Cafe (fancy Vietnamese).

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Food Rundown

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Split a dozen with someone for a proper appetizer, or use this ratio of 6-1 if there are more than two people in your party. Sample oysters from both coasts for maximum enjoyment.

Lobster Roll

What’s not to love about buttery lobster chunks laid on a gourmet hot dog bun? It’s hard to find a good one anywhere in Texas, but this one definitely qualifies.

Catch Of The Day

Your options include redfish, branzino, and scallops, but as we mentioned, our move is always the Redfish. It has a crazy amount of flavor, and the cup of smoked paprika vinaigrette it’s paired with is amazing.

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Pan Roasted Black Angus Hamburger

The shoestring fries at Clark’s are incredibly divisive—they’re thin, impossible to eat, and it makes it feel like your burger is resting against a prickly haystack. But there’s very little debate about the quality of the burger at Clark’s. It’s incredibly thick—with a pan-roasted crust and a soft, warm center—and comes topped with a delightfully tangy gribiche sauce and gruyere cheese.

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