Why Alcomar May Be Austin’s Best Bet for an Elevated Lunch

Writing & Photography by Chris Perez


The Concept:

The El Chile folks are going coastal. After launching the cantina burger joint El Sapo last year, they are now stretching their creative legs again for Alcomar – rebranding the El Chile on South 1st into a seafood-inspired restaurant with a Latin twist (and a gigantic octopus mural).

Expect bold flavors, elegant presentation and salty margaritas that pair well with everything.

The new concept, interestingly kept open during the revamp, is run by executive chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma and Jeff Martinez from El Chile. Expect bold flavors, elegant presentation and salty margaritas that pair well with everything.

The Menu:

Reflecting the restaurant tagline “mariscos y más” (shellfish and more), the menu features oyster, crab, and scallop dishes, but also has a few veggie and meat dishes for non-seafood lovers. These are a few reasons to Al Muerzo at Alcomar this summer…



Soft Shell Crab Torta

grilled lemon aioli, avocado, xalapeños & pickled onions | 14 |


Texas Wagyu Hanger Steak

poblano & goat cheese enchiladas, mojo lobster & avocado | 35 |



chips and salsa

Siklipak sauce (habanero pumpkin seed salsa), escabeche | complimentary |




Don Carlos Margarita

Don Julio blanco, cointreau, lime, bolivian pink salt rim | 12 | (9 during happy hour)




Cauliflower Flan

al lado | 6 |




Machego Shrimp

“atole” corn sauce, arugula, grilled tomatoes & arból oil | 19 |




Alcomar Margarita

Dulce Vida reposado, damiana, grilled pineapple, lime, bolivian pink salt rim | 12 |




Te Amo

Tito’s vodka, st. germaine macerated berries, lemon, agave mint | 10 |

The Scoop:

Painted an inviting, seafoam blue on the outside, the inside adopts a bright, nautical theme with white wood walls and ceilings, wooden tables, and braided ropes that drape the windows – creating the feeling you are dining seaside. They also serve a weekend and holiday brunch from 11am-3pm.

Tip: Love oysters? Make sure to try their Bloody Cesar – their version of a bloody mary that includes serrano-citrus infused Tito’s vodka, house bloody mix, leche de tigre, el chile rim, and a raw oyster.



1816 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Hours: Sunday & Monday: 11 AM-9PM, Tuesday-Thursday: 11AM-10PM,
Friday & Saturday:11AM-11PM

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1 Comment

  • Patricia Ramirez says:

    My first experience went great. Ok, not completely but CLOSE. First off, the food was amazing. Everything was prepared to perfection. Over priced? Eh, a tad. I mean, I get it…it’s supposed to be a posh spot. Except the waitress had on a filthy shirt. I’m not sure if she was the bus girl and we were being punked or if she just had a rough morning. Also, ask your staff to refrain from buggging the customer when signing the receipts. She was so eager to pick up my signed receipt that she came over twice. Once before I signed and again after I signed. Rude. I almost wanted to take the tip back and I only tipped 10.00 because how tacky she behaved. I’ve seen better manners at a taco stand.

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