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
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.
The decor is great, very "Mexican beach" ...
The decor is great, very "Mexican beach". The food was good. But after this second visit to Alcomar, we won't be returning. It was dinner before a performance of the symphony on a Friday night, the location is good for the Long Center although parking is a real problem. The noise level will keep us away. We were there by 6 pm and the restaurant was already quite full, which is great for the restaurant. However, we couldn't carry on a conversation with our friends. I am a fan of Chef Alcomar and enjoy eating at El Alma. Surely something could be done about the noise level in the restaurant. I am sorry to not be returning.
A friend and I stopped by Alcomar for ha ...
A friend and I stopped by Alcomar for happy hour last week and were very impressed! The restaurant itself is beautiful, with an ocean-theme and lots of natural light streaming through the windows. We had a reservation but it didn't seem necessary as there were only a few other patrons when we arrived around 5:30. Our server took a little bit longer than necessary to bring us water and drinks, but after that she was very attentive.
We ordered the Ceviche Verde, Mushroom Gorditas, and the Wood Grilled Calamari.
The Ceviche Verde was very fresh and tasty, not too spicy at all and the jicama provided a nice crunch to the otherwise soft fish and vegetables.
The Mushroom Gorditas were also delicious, although the tostada itself was a bit soggy by the time it got to our table and was falling apart. We ended up having to eat this one with our forks.
The Wood Grilled Calamari was probably our favorite, the smoky flavor was unique and an interesting twist on typical calamari, and we ate every last bite!
I also tried their House Frozen Margarita, and it was both delicious and strong!
Would definitely recommend coming here for happy hour, we were both happy and full and only spent about $20 a piece.
while the food and personal are friendly ...
while the food and personal are friendly the ability to clean the table prior to bringing our main dish is not there... why waitress does not get the point to clean the table first remove finished plates prior to bringing more... ? Just use a little bit of logical thinking please
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.
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