Truluck's Seafood Downtown
400 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Fax: (512) 482-0202
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab House
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Caterers, American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
01/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This review is actually for the Arboretum location. This is a great place for half price happy hour drinks and appetizers. The bar is very comfortable and attractive. The service was good and professional. Of the appetizers we tried the fried calamari was by far the best. Absolutely delicious. After a couple of drinks and appetizers my wife and I went to the dining area which is also quite nice. The service there was on par with the bar. My wife was already stuffed from the appetizers so the waiter allowed me to order just one of the date nite specials. My entree was the filet and it was cooked to perfection and was great. Unfortunately everthing else was subpar. The gumbo was real dark brown, salty and tasted like it had liquid smoke in it. It made me want to run to Quality Seafood, get a bowl of their gumbo and erase the wretched taste from my mind. The vegetables were overmarinated which ruined their natural good flavor. The cake desert, although huge, was mediocre. They were kind enough to comp part of the meal which I felt was very gracious. I would definitely return the this establishment and just be a little more selective. I think the tasty basics of some of the dishes have been overpowered by seasoning masks. I really do like this place though. Maybe I should have given three stars but the gumbo was heart breaking.
11/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Food was good, a bit pricey. The service was awful. I had reservations, was seated by the kitchen. Never a good thing. The waiter was less than attentive and hovered as I figured my gratuity. I had never seen that before. I would never go back, Austin has far too many fine dining options.
06/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Have been to both locations in Austin and the food is exceptional. Service is superb and Trulucks does not rip off their customers by using low quality seafood and small portions. Management is the best I have seen in the Austin area. Trulucks is the only place I go to for great seafood.
04/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was so impressed with my dinner at Truluck's last Friday. I reserved online and they really listened when I said I wanted a cozy but not isolated table. I couldn't have picked a better table myself. The staff had to be the most courteous and professional that I've encountered in Austin and the food was great from beginning to end. We started our dinner at the cozy piano bar with just enough buzz around us to be lively but not loud or overwhelming. Although we had reservations for 8:30 the hostess let us take our time and held our table. This is the perfect place for a date night or to go with a group of friends. Oh.... did I mention the stone crab? FABULOUS!! The surprise birthday cake they presented my husband with was heavenly. With all the great restaurants Austin I think I've found my favorite. Thanks Truluck's for a perfect evening.
12/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Maybe Truluck's has turned elitist. Ive been there many times before and always been impressed by the good food and service. This time, same great food but awful service. The waiter was rude the entire dinner, walking off as we were still talking, we had to flag him down to order more drinks and he brought the check WITH the dessert course, before we had started eating, before we had asked for it-- not being at all subtle that he wanted us to leave. The restaurant was not at all busy, there were not even people in the bar area, so it didnt appear that there was a wait for tables. Not that that's an excuse for such rude behavior. When my husband told the waiter why he only tipped 10%, explaining that the waiter gave us awful service, the waiter never apologized, never asked what was wrong, never tried to correct it-- he just said oh, yeah, sure, whatever, have a good night, walking off as he said it. If you are looking to have a nice night out, don't go here. If you like being insulted by your waiter, there's a table waiting.
02/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been several times and found the food outstanding and the service excellent as well. Kind of old school restaurant with a great seafod selection that is very modern. We loved the lobster and the crabcakes among ofther dishes.
Despite my mothers attempts to flip out (she crazy) while enjoying a meal there the wait staff did an awesome job of attending our needs and keeping their distance when couckoo was raising her voice. Needless to say I slipped an extra 10% to the already 20% tip to thank them for their patience!
Excellent food and service, hard to beat.
12/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My bride-to-be and I had our rehearsal dinner at Truluck's. The food and service were so spectacular, we went back to celebrate our first anniversary. To our amazement, the second evening at Truluck's was even more magical than the first. The stone crab was simply amazing, the entrees inspired and perfectly cooked, and the wine impeccable. The cherry on top was the service. The hostess, the server and the manager all made us feel like the most important people in the room. We will return to Truluck's every chance we get--anniversaries included.
08/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Had a fabulous experience from the time we walked in the door. Our waitress, Erika W, was awesome! She assisted with selection of champagne and wine (based on what we usually drink), was very curtious, attentive, helpful, and fun. The food was delicious (crab, lobster and a filet - all were wonderful - in addition to a seafood ""appetizer"" tower of crab claws, lobster and oysters). The crab and lobster were the best I've had - just melted in my mouth. I've eaten at many higher priced restaurants and this experience surpassed all but one. Loved it!!! I/We will be back!
07/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had eaten there in the past and enjoyed the meals. However this night was a surprise. I found that it had changed to an elitist club - I took my wife there to enjoy a meal and was told that we could only eat in the bar or wait 2 hours. The restuarant was over half empty but they didn't want to server us in the main room. The couple who had come out the door as we were going in warned us that we didn't want to eat there. If you are looking for a comfortable place to enjoy a fine meal with friendly people. This isn't the place. With the change in atitude, we will not come back. There are far too many better places in town at this price range.
04/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Our anticipation far exceeded the experience. Extremely loud music, totally inappropriate for dining made it dificult to hear our server, who was excellent, very gracious. The room was so dark we were furnished flashlights to read the menu. The crab cake was OK, but a lot more expensive and not as good as several other Austin seafood restaurants. Their dinner of stone crab was the most disappointing - overcooked and flavorless. Nice dessert and coffee. Never again.
We were looking for some good seafood on our visit to Austin. Picked this restaurant by chance. Wow!!! The noise level in here is amazing. So loud we could barely hear our server, let alone our dining companions. Our server did seem to be very friendly and attentive. The food was just so-so and overpriced (for the quality). The menu seemed to be fairly small, while the wine list was very extensive. I wouldn't recommend this place to friends.
Save yourself from the overpriced, noisy atmosphere. While the service was good and the quality of the seafood acceptable, the uninspired chef's concoctions left quite a bit to be desired. I tried several of my companion's dishes and all were so loaded up with sugar that if there wasn't seafood on the plate, I would have been sure that we ordered off of the dessert menu.
If you MUST go here, stick with the bread.
03/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We usually dine at the Arboretum location, which has a much nicer atmosphere by the way, but I wanted to leave a review here as well.
When my hubby is craving seafood, we head to Trulucks. Sure it's expensive, but the food and service always deliver. We love the sweet potato fries as an appetiser. I enjoy the steak tenderloin medallions and he orders a different fish every time that he always raves about. This is a great special occasion restaurant as well as a great place to entertain clients.
03/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Fabulous dinner from the drinks before dinner to the wonderful dessert. Best of all we were treated like royalty...There were 4 in our party and the service was great and the food to die for. ...we walked in the door at 7:00 and left at 10:15... The other members of our group had all you can eat crab and I had the Jalepeno Salmon. ...The crab was exquisite and the best salmon I have ever eaten......from the appetizer to the dessert ...one word...Fabulous... I can't wait to go back. ....we have eaten at Truluck's in Houston many times and our first visit to the Austin was beyond expectations....
12/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I can see why this place closed for lunch- Smart move. Service was all over the place. I could not tell you who our server was at any point of the night. I think our table got handed over about three times. Servers seemed anxious to get out on a apparently not so profitable night. No excuse for the lack of service, or the freshness of the seafood. I realize that it is after Christmas, but really are you going to push off all of your foul seafood that didn't sell over the holidays on the last days of the year, way to finish strong, and I mean with a strong odor! Foul- We attempted to speak with the managment about it, who was quick to apologize, and even admitted that they created a seafood feature that may not have been the best it could be. They offered to invite us back, but I don't think I can handle the stomachache.