For years, El Chile Group owner Carlos Rivero has dreamed of opening a Latin-inspired 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.
The new eatery is called Alcomar – a Latin Coastal Kitchen – and 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 Latin America’s coastlines.
Alcomar - Mariscos y Más
Seafood, Latin American, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
SUN & MON: 11AM - 9PM
TUES - THURS: 11AM - 10PM
FRI & SAT: 11AM - 11PM
Happy Hour: Every Day 3PM - 6PM
Brunch: Every day 11AM - 3PM
Mary St W
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking on the street or our lot surrounding the building.
Alma Alcocer-Thomas & Jeff Martinez
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alcomar Ratings and Reviews
I have enjoyed this restaurant whether w ...
I have enjoyed this restaurant whether with a large party or just dinner for two. Both food and service are consistently excellent. They have reasonable happy hour discounts on drinks and food items, and the dinner menu offers a wide variety of entrée choices to please just about everyone. Compared to the many other great restaurants in that vicinity, they will not disappoint. .. a good choice anytime.
My friends and I had a lovely evening to ...
My friends and I had a lovely evening together. We all ordered different dishes and everyone was delighted with her choice. Our server was most attentive and knowledgeable. One of my friends has Celiac disease and she was able to find more than one choice. Be sure to make a reservation.
Fantastic food and Service. Took the who ...
Fantastic food and Service. Took the whole family out for dinner and everything from the hostes, ambient and food was great. We ordered Ceviche, Pozole and Lobster Enchiladas and had to share it all because it was so good.
I really have no complaints other than to make you aware that it's a very noisy place, it's an old building in South First so it can be pretty echoe and loud. We did find ourselves somewhat screaming across the table to speak to each other. Just something to consider for a date night or something similar seeking some quiet.
We were told when we walked in that the ...
We were told when we walked in that the reservation that we made through OpenTable didn't register in their system, even though I had a confirmation email.
Generally were treated rudely by the front of house. Our server was nice, and the food was fine.
When we first walked in, we almost turne ...
When we first walked in, we almost turned around and walked out because the noise level was so high. We decided to stay and try the food. We had to yell to hold a coversation. Service was ok. They didn't clear plates right away and the server forgot what drink I had ordered. The food was so so. My fried plobano still had the stem on so my first bite was pulling pieces of the hard stem out of my mouth. The drinks were good though.
Pleasant decorations gave way to a noisy ...
Pleasant decorations gave way to a noisy environment. Drinks were frivolous & fun. Food was pleasantly different from the usual Tex-Mex, with a Yucatan flare. Chicken Mole was excellent, and the plantains & saffron rice were done to perfection! Only downfall was the salmon, which was fresh & tasted great, but was undercooked. Mgt kindly offered a free dessert, but we passed the offer. Overall worth the higher $$$, for a nice evening out.
We were excited to try Alcomar although ...
We were excited to try Alcomar although I had heard both good and not-so-good things about it. We were seated promptly - but oddly at a long table for 6 or 8 and there were only 3 of us and several smaller tables open. We ordered margaritas which initially tasted good but quickly became watery from all the ice if you didn't drink them quickly. Our appetizers were fine but the ceviche was tiny and had more jicama than fish. Our waitress forgot to bring us their version of chips and salsa but did so when we asked. The grilled oysters were reportedly good and the grilled calamari was fine but not memorable. I ordered a Wagyu flank steak medium-well. I got a chunk of terribly overcooked, tough, and flavorless meat. I have never seen flank steak like this before. I should've sent it back but I often hesitate to do this - my fault there. At any rate, I ate just a few bites and told our waitress when we asked for the bill that it was very overdone. She said that she had noticed that as well and then spoke to her manager. (Not sure why she didn't say anything to me when she originally noticed it). We divided our bill one third/two thirds as we were with a single friend and they kindly gave us a discount for my dish but oddly, split the discount between my husband's and my bill and that of our friend. So she got a discounted bill for my bad meal! Odd way to handle that to say the least. My flank steak was $31 and came with some fried potatoes that were just your basic side. I will say that my husband said that his fish was good and my friend liked her lobster enchiladas.
We have dined at so many of Austin's "ho ...
We have dined at so many of Austin's "hot" new restaurants and typically feel underwhelmed afterwards. Alcomar was completely different. Excellent service, innovative menu and fresh (not heavy/salty) delicious food. The drink menu was spectacular too. We will definitely be back.
I was really looking forward to checking ...
I was really looking forward to checking out this place and I was not disappointed. Great drink specials during HH, amazing ceviche, excellent dinner menu. I walked away stuffed. Atmosphere is casual, cool. I am definitely going back to try their brunch.
This was our first time to try Alcomar. We went for dinner tonight (Tuesday). Our servers were very attentive. Both appetizers were fresh. We had the oysters on the half shell and the ahi ceviche. Really liked the ceviche. For dinner, I had the redfish and mole verde. Really good and fresh. Nice combination with the butternut squash and spinach. Will definitely come back.
The food was delicious but the waitstaff seemed to be strangers to their own menu. The simplest questions about the food and beverages were met with a confused stare, cocktails were mixed up or forgotten altogether, and food orders were also confused. Unacceptable for a tab approaching $300.
We were in Austin for a long weekend visit and had read some great reviews of Alcomar. We weren't disappointed. We started with the Calamari, then enjoyed the Manchego Shrimp and the Red Snapper & Mole Verde, which were wonderful. We ended the evening with El Rey Chocolate Tart, a dense, decadent, but oh so good delight. Our servers were warm, informative and professional. The high marks Alcomar has received are well-deserved!
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