Austin >Food & Dining > Old Alligator Grill
3003 S Lamar Blvd Ste A, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.242780 -97.783243
Sun-Wed 11am-10pmThu-Sat 11am-2amKitchen closes at 11pm
Neighborhoods: South Lamar, South Lamar
Beware... – My wife and I both had shrimp at the Alligator Grill. She was sick to her stomach about 45 minutes after the meal. I had severe stomach pain and diarreah 3 days after. The food didn't taste bad going down, but certainly not worth the $50 for two plates and two drinks that we had. The owner of this establishment obviously has no pride in his work and no concern for his patrons.
Steer Clear of the Gator! – We walked into the Alligator Grill at a time that should normally be hopping: Sunday, around noon. You know, the church crowd, the party crowd, the seafood-lovers crowd, etc. There was only one table occupied by a family. The music was blaring for a lazy Sunday, and the song was horrible, it was some mullet-rock kegger ditty that swirled along with a dank aroma. I really wanted to bolt at this point. With 2 tables occupied within a swamp of empty tables, there was a sense of stark isolation . The inside looked like a sports bar with the typical Lou-zee-anna kitch. The waiter greeted us quickly, no surprise there with only 2 tables. I ordered garlic crawfish gumbo and tequila lime shrimp. My girl ordered blackened catfish. The drinks came first and the Dr. Pepper was not properly mixed, and her tea was weak, okay, not a good start but let's stay optimistic. My gumbo arrived and it tasted dirty. Like they scooped the the crawfish directly from the swamp to the cup. The broth was teeth-shatteringly salty and over spiced, and my stomach rejected it. I immediated pushed it aside and lamented the fact that I gave my lady a taste. Her catfish was bathed in what appeared like an oil slick of marinade over a bed of rice. The catfish, ironically, like my tequila lime shrimp, were drowned in an overpowering, soggy, sauce. The food took about 5 minutes to come out, DING, can you say microwave? I forced down some of the semi-cooked, stuck together noodles and tried a couple of shrimp. It was disgusting and expensive. This was the lunch menu and we spent 35.00 (including tip) to get disappointed and mildly poisoned. To top it all off, and already feeling embarassed for the waiter, because he doesn't control the food and we had barely touched our "meals," I said, yeah we're ready for the check I am full, to which he replied, "weak, c'mon you can do better than that." He's right, you can do better, just like in Lou-zee-anna's swamplands, steer very clear of the gator!
WORST CAJUN FOOD THIS SIDE OF THE COLORADO – The food is horrible! This is a sorry excuse for a "cajun" restuarant. They should call it what it is: bad food. None of the food had any seasoning----with the exception of the overpowering beer marninade. Not to mention the fried alligator was undercooked and tough. I have had better alligator in the swamps of Anahuac, Texas. Also, the hushpuppies were from a frozen freezer---yet they pride themselves on making everything "homemade". The "gumbo" tasted like it came from a Cambell's soup can. It was flavorless and disgusting. When told to take the "gumbo" away because it was disgusting, the server told us that she thought the food had actually gotten better. I guess the food wasn't the only thing in there with no taste.
Good for Trivia – Sat at the bar to play NTN trivia decent competition from regulars, nice people at the bar. The service was good, the drink prices were average, the food was average as well. A good time to go have a drink and play NTN.
Great Food – Good Food, good Drinks... great place. They have an decent price for crawfish and they are pretty good in the heat of the season. My husband says their crawfish is the best in town... I would have to disagree. I do love their fried oysters. The food is very good here. The best is if you can get there before 7pm you get half price appitizers and great drink specials.
Happy hour oysters – We have been going to the Alligator for 6 years now and a favorite is the Oysters. At one time they were a quarter a piece but have since gone up. Gumbo is excellent (garlic &crawfish is my favorite) We have never had to wait for a table, ever Allthough one time on Fat Tuesday we couldn't even park. The Tequila Lime shrimp and the Trout are standard orders for my familywith the red beans and rice on the side and the green beens with a bit of extra lemon on the side. the Ettoufee is pretty good as well. When they were changing owners the service was very lacking I waited 15 minutes to decide to go sit at the bar as I was only there for the oysters but since that time (around 04-05) the service has been great
Let the good times roll at this N'awlins-style family restaurant. – In Short
Mardi Gras banners and assorted Cajun tchotchkes adorn the walls, and a stuffed 'gator hangs from the ceiling at this Big Easy-inspired hangout. The bar gets rockin' during happy hour, but the laid-back vibe and fun menu make for kid-friendly eating too. A back room offers pool tables and Golden Tee; the spacious outdoor patio's popular on breezy summer nights. From jambalaya to crawfish done six different ways, Alligator Grill's got your Cajun-Creole favorites covered.
Cajun yes, good no – The first impression is always the most important. Our first impression was horrible. The food was cajun but was really greasy and over priced. My husband and i ordered non-alcoholic drinks, one appetizer, our main dish and no dessert. The bill came to $45.00. The cajun kisses are great but 4 for 6.99. What's up with that? The waiter was not very attentive. We asked twice to have our drinks refilled. He paid more attention to the table he thought he would get the best tip from... We are a young couple who just wants good service. I would not recommend this restaurant nor will i return.
tragic – we made a reservation to celebrate a birthday so they placed us next to the big screen tv directly adjacent to the speakers so conversation was impossible. it was a sunday night and the restaurant was empty. our waiter was also serving outside so we never saw him. he originally approached us with an attitude indicating he didnt want to be there. he told us the jumbo shrimp dinner had fourteen shrimp so two in the party decided to split the dish. it came out with nine. he said they were larger than normal. nonsense. appetizers were fine. entrees aspired to mediocrity.
i dined here a few years ago and thought it was pretty good for a midrange restaurant. don't know what happened.
if you are 28 and under, with no judgement . otherwise, avoid like the plague.
Happy hour heaven. – One of my favorite happy hour places in Austin. Although sometimes it takes a while to get seated. They have great appetizers and great happy hour specials. They have outdoor seating and can accommodate moderately large groups. The wait staff brings the traditional southern hospitality. I hosted a dinner here with about 20 people and everybody loved the food and the service. You cant go wrong by going here.
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