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: 10AM - 9PM
MON: 11AM - 9PM
TUES - THURS: 11AM - 10PM
FRI: 11AM - 11PM
SAT: 10AM - 11PM
Happy Hour: Every Day 3PM - 6PM
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11AM - 3PM
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 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 amazing. Their happy hour is ...
The food is amazing. Their happy hour is fabulous. We have been there several times and it never disappoints. The food is consistently great. Fresh. The seafood is outstanding. The combination of flavors is wonderful. If you haven't been here, make reservations now!
Best meal in Austin! Creative and delici ...
Best meal in Austin! Creative and delicious. Friendly and prompt service. Cute restaurant decor. Only drawback is that it is a bit noisy, but that's because everyone there was having a good time and enjoying themselves.
I loved the food. Lobster bisque was yum ...
I loved the food. Lobster bisque was yummy. The scallops were tasty. A bit too loud, I'm 59. Maybe for the younger crowd is ok. The service was prompt and very pleasant. The wait was perfect, we had reservations for 7pm.
Excellent food and service. We ordered e ...
Excellent food and service. We ordered everything to share amongst 6 ppl. Too many things to remember which were favorites. Got great recommendations from knowledgeable server and enjoyed all of it. Only criticism is that it is very noisy....ppl at one end of table could not be in same convo w/ppl at other end.
While visiting Austin, we arranged a din ...
While visiting Austin, we arranged a dinner with alumni friends that were living locally. This restaurant was on nearly everyone's list, so we were very excited to have our dinner there. The drink list was great, and recommendations from the servers were actually delicious. We had oysters, crab-guac, lobster tacos, and mushroom roulettes as appetizers for the table... there was not a speck left of any of those... each were unique and very tasty.
I had the pork carnitas for dinner, and that verde sauce was perfect, as were the refried white beans (a first for me), but I did not indulge in the tortillas. The enchiladas were an all-around favorite as was the ribeye.
Highly recommend this spot.
We were there on a Saturday night after ...
We were there on a Saturday night after UT football game. VERY vibrant (read loud), but not unbearable. Everyone loved their meal and other than them not having a few drinks that were on the menu, the experience was fabulous. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
The food was delicious and came to us wi ...
The food was delicious and came to us with little wait time. The restaurant was crowded so it took about 10 minutes for our waitress to get our drink order. It was a bit noisy and we could easily hear the conversation from the neighboring table. The plates were large and my boyfriend and I were able to satisfy our big appetites. I love their mole sauce and it was served with half a roasted chicken. The sweet plantains were a nice touch! My bf ate the lobster enchiladas which he liked, but not something I would order. Alot to pay for Mexican food but the large portions made it worth it. With tip and a drink each, we got out for less than $100 total. Want to bring our book club here soon.
My husband and I had a pleasant dining e ...
My husband and I had a pleasant dining experience, but not one that I could call totally great. The waitress seemed rushed and disinterested in being friendly. Not that she was unfriendly, but just very disengaged. It was our 6yr anniversary, which was noted and we were surprised for an upscale restaurant nothing was acknowledge we were dining on our anniversary.
The food was really good. The plank salmon was delicious and had such a wonderful flavor. The appetizer was good as well and the wine selection had several choices.
The decor is really nice and the restaurant was very clean.
We celebrated a friend's birthday at Alc ...
We celebrated a friend's birthday at Alcomar, and we were mostly pleased with the experience. The food, drinks, and ambiance were fantastic, but the service could be a little inattentive at times. We'll definitely be back.
My second time going to Alcomar for dinn ...
My second time going to Alcomar for dinner was just as great as the first. Alcomar has a great ambiance and was perfect for my birthday dinner with my partner. Food, drinks, and desserts were fantastic. We will be back!
Great food, great ambiance ! Inconspicu ...
Great food, great ambiance ! Inconspicuous restaurant at first sight, but really a hidden gem, one of my all time favorite restaurants in Austin . Food is to die for ! Savory till the last bite, very authentic ethnic food .
I was really looking forward to this aft ...
I was really looking forward to this after looking at the menu and hearing commercials on the radio. But the food sounded better than it actually tasted. I had the shrimp & crab chile relleno (combines my love for heat and seafood), but instead it was rather bland. My companion's fish in green mole was pretty good, but for the entree price of $30 each, it's a little steep for bland!
The appetizer of grilled calimari didn't get finished at our table of four. Just not good, and certainly not as good as it sounded.
It was OK, but not for the price. $250 for four is steep for "OK".
A surprise. I have been to many over-hy ...
A surprise. I have been to many over-hyped restaurants lately. They do not live up to their billing. I had no expectations besides my wife said the food was good. The food was excellent and the service was great. Highly recommend.
We ate here for the first time last wek ...
We ate here for the first time last wek and enjoyed it. It is billed as 'seafood' and it certainly is, but it leans towards preparations you'd find on at a very nice beach palapa restaurant near Cozumel. We'll be back. Pretty miserable parking, but most of the outh Austin restaurants like this one have generally horrible parking. This has a small lot, but too small for their traffic.
We really enjoyed our meal--delicious Me ...
We really enjoyed our meal--delicious Mexican seafood! Parking was hard to find, but we finally found a spot at a neighboring restaurant's lot. The only setback was the high noise level; it is not possible to have a quiet conversation during peak dinner hours.
They forgot our appetizers, we had to wa ...
They forgot our appetizers, we had to wait additional time for that. The waitress told me that the dish I ordered was dairy free, then delivered it to my table and proceeded to tell me that it had heavy cream on the side dish. Brought me potatoes instead, then asked me why, in front of the entire table why I didn't finish them and if I wanted to take them to go.
Parking is minimal, had to park down the street.
Overall, I'll go back because what I could eat was great, the experience just needed improvement.
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