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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alcomar Ratings and Reviews
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!
Very enjoyable Sunday happy hour!
We decided to try this on Mother's Day when we had not made any plans and wanted somewhere fun to go at the last minute. Happy hour was amazing with great margaritas and delicious small plates for very reasonable prices. Everything was extremely fresh and the two ceviches were particularly delicious. We enjoyed the queso flameado with mushrooms, as well. Although the calamari had been well reviewed, it was not our favorite; we liked the smokiness but it was a bit too chewy for our taste. And, although the gulf oysters were fresh, they were a little bland. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat and our waiter was friendly and helpful. Next time we will go for dinner and try some of the entrées! We definitely enjoyed our experience at Alcomar and we will be back.
We love Tapas, so we thought we give the ...
We love Tapas, so we thought we give the spot to try. It was generally very good spicy shrimp was excellent. The menu was a little bit more limiting than I would've guessed. Topless restaurants usually have a wide selection of different options. Service was first rate. Our server let me try a few wines before ordering one. The atmosphere was nice but casual. Overall, it is five that we could recommend.
The crab guac. was good Scallops were go ...
The crab guac. was good Scallops were good. The butternut,goat cheese chile relleno was dissapointing. Couldn't find the goat cheese in it. Cocktail 's were watered down. Service was slow. The food was cold on arrival. Dissapointing experience.
OK, we admit the mural is awesome! It’s great to have a diversion from too many mediocre Tex-Mex restaurants in the vicinity. But El Chile was a standout of the bunch!! It was terrific. Bring it back! I don’t get this morph to Alcomar – the menu is not so approachable now. It’s too much. Literally and figuratively. The seafood relleno at $27 is way overpriced – it was skimpy on the seafood (3 shrimp were the only seafood I could find) and in my opinion just not a good interpretation of great seafood relleno we’ve had. The service was outstanding. The ambience is great. But, sorry, we won’t be back until the menu changes it up and price comes down ……
My new favorite place
I have loved everything I've tried. Been to Alcomar 3 times and can't wait to go back many more times. They have given a nice twist to all their menu items. Love the ceviche, which is served similar to sashimi the marinate on it was fabulous. The cauliflower soufflé was incredible and their chips are like you get in Mexico. All the seafood is cooked to perfection.
Love this restaurant
We discovered Alcomar quite by accident when the Bouldin St. Cafe had a long wait. We had a wonderful lunch and then found out that it was voted one of the nine best new restaurants in Austin by Austin Monthly. Now, we go at every opportunity we can. Delicious, creative food and a great happy hour.
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