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
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.
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.
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