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Downtown
1.0 km from Texas State Capitol
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Fresh redefined. Our chefs honor and elevate seafood dishes with superior ingredients, precise execution, and classic presentation. We are committed to serving the ocean’s finest seafood and fresh Florida Stone crab. From the traps to your table in less than 24 hours. Delight in the art of the cocktail, remarkable wines, captivating ambience and the service you deserve. Your table is waiting.
PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$70
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

Truluck's has always been my first choice when visiting the Austin area.My experience on this trip was very disappointing. The service was spotty. Great at first, but we waited over 25 minutes for main courses. Starters came right away. The broiled salmon was nothing special,...basically no flavor at all. The crab fried rice was lumpy and bad. We sat in the bar area,More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 June 2021

The place feels like you are dining at a mafia-owned restaurant in New Jersey. There is a "slimy" factor to the employees, in my opinion. For example, we got there, and checked in with host (who might also have been the manager). He comes out...from behind the desk, to vigorously shake our hands and welcome us. Despite a reservation and clearly open tables, he tells us "there might be a small wait. I'll have to check and see." I wasn't sure if he was waiting for us to slip him a $20 to seat us, but we just decided to wait in the corner. 10 minutes later, we got seated at a table that was vacant from the minute we got there (on the 2nd floor). Waiters definitely try and "sell up" at all possible instances. Yes, the food was delicious, but the bill, with tip and with a total of 2 glasses of wine and no other alcohol, came to over $300. They did call me the next day and ask if we enjoyed it and if we had any feedback for them. I told them we loved it and no other feedback, as I am not sure how to say "be less mafia-like" to their quality assurance person.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2021

It was a last minute decision to stop and eat in Austin but as soon as we did, I knew where I wanted to go! The matre'd was most accommodating and we arrived to find a "Reserved" table. Best rolls and lobster bisque ever! We...split the Caesar salad, which was a good choice because it was quite large. Amazing Shrimp Cocktail and, of course, crab claws. A true seafood lover's dream. Excellent service, too. Valet parking, so no worries about parking.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 22 March 2021 via mobile

We arrived too early for our 9:15 reservation and they were extremely gracious. Everything we ordered was delicious as always. Unfortunately, two of us ordered crab as our main course only to have the waiter come back to tell us they ran out. It was...disappointing. I love Trulucks so 4 stars anyway.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 2 February 2021 via mobile

We were in town for a weekend as a group of 7 and had the opportunity to secure a reservation here. Food was fantastic. We had oysters, calamari, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, tuna crudo, and scallops. Service was fantastic and food incredible. Some nice house...cocktails as wellMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 23 January 2021 via mobile

We enjoyed celebrating our son’s 14th birthday together as a family of 4 at Truluck’s downtown Austin on MLK evening. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and the manager stopped by more than once to ensure we were happy. The surface paid parking lot...across the street is no longer there but now under construction with what appears to be a high rise, but the valet was quick and easy and worth the $12 + generous tip. It was very quiet downtown, likely because of the holiday, which was fine by us. The food was excellent- we each had a cup of the amazing lobster bisque, then shared the Napoleon tower seafood appetizer. The hot rolls were a hit with our teen boys including the “fancy butter” and were served super fresh and HOT. We each got a different entree and shared tastes - our favorites were the seared tuna and the sea bass. I got the Atomic shrimp cocktail appetizer for my entree as I knew I wouldn’t be very hungry after so many appetizers, and it did not disappoint! This is a place we can only really afford to splurge once a year for a birthday or special occasion, and it was excellent and annual family memories were made. Total bill was around $75/pp + tip, and included 1 bottle of conservatively priced Chardonnay for the 2 adults and many nonalcoholic beverages for the kids (lemon pelligrino with fancy cherries). Highly recommend! 🦀🎉❤️More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 9 January 2021

Upscale, classy, impeccable service from the moment you step through the door. The upstairs tables all have a window view although the surrounding area is under heavy contruction while we were there in Jan 2021. Winelist has something for every taste and the menu offerings...are high quality seafood and steak with beautiful presentations and sophisticated, delicious preparations. I had a nice portion of Miso glazed Seabass perfectly seasoned and cooked. My friend started with cracked stone crab claws with mustard dill aioli and then enjoyed a generous portion of large lumped crab cakes all of which rivalled any Florida waterfront seafood house. The ala carte sides and desserts are meant for sharing - do youself the favor of ordering dessert - the carrot cake was to die for and several tables around us appeared to enjoy beautifully presented baked alaska.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 1 December 2020 via mobile

Once in a while you stumble upon a place and dwell if you should try - this was one of those places which turned out to be good. A very budget friendly pricing for the neighborhood the restaurant is in. Overall a good place for...budget friendly meal if one happens to be in the neighborhoodMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 29 November 2020

Before I get started, I just want tell you Austinians what a hip town this is.  We had so much fun walking around the town, listening to the music and and lapping up the drinks on 6th Street.  Now to the restaurant.  It sits in...such an entertaining and cool part of Austin with the street of Music (6th), (4th) which is the gay street and the whole warehouse district.  I had a friend  with me from New Orleans and he said, "wow this is competition with NOLA."  The restaurant is both elegant, fashionable and hip.  Yet, it's not arrogant and dull.  Our waitress was adorable, friendly and helpful.  The food was amazing.  I had incredible calamari which was not breaded or fried and it was exceptional.  My friend had the Ahi Tuna which was impeccably seared pink and scrumptious.  I had the ribeye which, again was yummy.  Come here for outstanding food and entertaining character and then take a walk down such an awe-inspiring section of Austin.  Prices are roughly the following:  $15-20 appetizer, $49-55 steak/fish, $13-18 dessert.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 22 November 2020

Made a visit for our anniversary and it was magical. Our waiters, host, and everyone along the way to our table were so nice and accommodating. Table was sprinkles with red rose petals. 😊 The rolls were amazing. We ordered the oysters, calamari, lobster mashed...potatoes, scallops, and special osso bucco. EVERYTHING was delicious. At the end we got a lovely baked alaska surprise for our anniversary. Super fun! Highly recommend and was quite the special treat! The live singer was fantastic too. A follow up call the next day was made to us just to check that we had a good time. ❤More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Moises L
16 November 2019|
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Response from 1234texas | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! There is a good chance that you can get in with no reservation, but I would never think of taking that chance--the place is far too popular! It is easy to make a reservation, but expensive to go there without... More
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kennethk238
3 November 2018|
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Response from scottasims | Reviewed this property |
Some paid parking. Most DT venues have Valet. City meters are in service until Midnight. Don't think it's free after 5p. (like it should be!)
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Yes Valet/
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Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5