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For years, El Chile Group owner Carlos Rivero has dreamed of opening a Mexican Seafood concept, unique to Austin. After a recent excursion to South America to join his sister on a culinary tour of several countries, Rivero had a revelation – timing was perfect to make his seafood dream a reality. Already positioned on South Austin’s burgeoning restaurant row, Rivero decided the building at 1816 South 1st St (formerly El Chile #2) was the ideal space to house his upcoming project.
Alcomar features cuisine from co-executive chefs Alma Alcocer (of El Alma) and Jeff Martinez (of El Chile). “Alcomar” is a conflation of the two chefs’ last names, but also speaks to the coastal aspect of the menu with “mar,” the Spanish word for “sea.” Together, Alcocer and Martinez have devised a menu sampling regional flavors, ingredients, and dishes from each of Mexico’s coastlines.
Austin, TX 78704
Seafood, Latin American, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
SUN: 10AM - 10PM
MON - THURS: 11AM - 10PM
FRI: 11AM - 11PM
SAT: 10AM - 11PM
Happy Hour: Every Day 3PM - 6PM
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11AM - 3PM
Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 3PM
Mary St W
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We provide catering to any scale event you mat be planning, for example, holiday parties, wedding receptions, family celebrations, or corporate events. Catering includes pick-up, delivery and full service on site. Let our friendly and experienced staff create an exceptionally memorable occasion for you and your guests.
Parking on the street or our lot surrounding the building at the corner of Mary and S 1st Street. We have valet parking Thursday nights, Friday nights, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. There is more parking available in the neighborhoods on either side of S 1st Street.
Alma Alcocer-Thomas & Jeff Martinez
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alcomar Ratings and Reviews
The food is delicious. The drinks are very good. The service is slow. A really nice and helpful waiter, but there were huge gaps in time between when we would see the waiter. It is perhaps that the restaurant was just so busy and maybe they were understaffed. I will absolutely go here again!
Friends have always given me spotty reviews of Alcomar and I had only been once for drinks and appetizers at the bar, which was great. We went for Mother's Day and a birthday on Sunday and they seemed to struggle with the service. We were informed they were out of the crab when we arrived, which was fine. We placed an order for a ceviche and were told they were out of that as well. We were also informed that they were out of guac and that they had been hit hard with the Mother's Day crowd. It was 6:30pm which seemed a little early to run out of something like guac. We ordered our meals and two of us ordered the fish special. The server came back to inform us there was only one fish special left so one of us changed our order. A manager later came to state the fish special was actually not the special for the day and they didn't have it at all. We then ordered the red snapper with verde mole. When our food arrived one of the dishes ordered surprisingly had the crab on it we were told they were out of. It was unclear if they were really out of all of the items or if our server was confused as to what was going on in the kitchen. The manager took over our table at the second notification missing fish special and that point on the service was great. The food was also very good - the snapper was very well prepared and the verde mole was much better than most verde moles I've had. I'm not sure if the restaurant was unable to handle the Mother's Day crowd or the server was in the weeds. I would go back but probably during the week when I know it won't be as busy.
The food here is fantastic. Service was unacceptably slow for an uncrowded weeknight ( Wed) and at this price point you want the service to be on point. There are better restaurants within a stone's throw in South Austin where they treat you right by noticing when you need a refill or side dish or the check. They need to tighten the service way up. If you don't mind slowness then the food is definitely very special.
Food was great. Menu options gave variety. Third time eating at Alcomar and the food is always consistent. Service was little spotty this trip. Our waitress seemed really distracted, but it was so bad it effect our meal. Service has been good the past two time we've eaten there.
Everything I've ever eaten at Alcomar was perfect and delicious. Gorgeous fish and seafood. So fresh! The crab and avocado app takes guac to an ethereal level. The sauces and soups are a divine balance of flavors and textures. Food is seriously great. The complimentary valet is a nice touch and service is fine.
Room for improvement: it would be fun to see more of the chef(s) in the dining room. The front of the restaurant is right on the street so the glare of headlights and tail lights at night is a bit unpleasant after a while if you're facing the street- they could use some shades to cut down on their patrons squinting. The biggest inconsistency here is the restroom's bright lights and metal stalls are really out of step with the ambiance of the restaurant during the evening- entering the restroom is a little jarring. Overall, not a big deal but sometimes it's the little things that make a 5-star experience.
Once again, Alcomar never fails to delight. We shared this gem with new friends who were also delighted and sure to return. It's small, so you might need reservations, especially on the weekends. Our food was outstanding. The butternut squash lobster bisque is amazing. The soup alone is worth coming for!
Atypical, but excellent seafood with an influence of Tex-Mex.
A touch on the pricey side, but a fair value for the exceptional quality of seafood which is hard to come by in Austin.
The seafood enchiladas seems to be the real standout item after a couple of visits and sampling.
The seafood chile relleno is another nice choice.
Wish they had nachos.
We have made Alcomar a go to date night place over the last 18 months. And we have taken groups to eat there. This last visit was way off. Waiter missed our app order so it came out after entrees. Grilled Calamari (previously our fave) was rubbery and undercooked. Ceviche Verde (our other favorite) was all veggies, light on the fish and not nearly as good as in past. Also place was very loud and only 3/4 filled which we had not noticed before. If there was just one miss, we would be back. But will most likely remove from rotation.
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