Oak Hill restaurant Shore Raw Bar & Grill aims to mix seafood, art and music

Executive Chef Brandon Silver assembles The Shore Tower, one of the restaurant’s signature raw bar items. The tower includes a level of chilled shrimp and raw oysters; a level of king crab legs, fresh fish ceviche and crudo served with tortilla chips; and a level of battered shrimp and french fries. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Executive Chef Brandon Silver assembles The Shore Tower, one of the restaurant’s signature raw bar items. The tower includes a level of chilled shrimp and raw oysters; a level of king crab legs, fresh fish ceviche and crudo served with tortilla chips; and a level of battered shrimp and french fries. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Executive Chef Brandon Silver assembles The Shore Tower, one of the restaurant’s signature raw bar items. The tower includes a level of chilled shrimp and raw oysters; a level of king crab legs, fresh fish ceviche and crudo served with tortilla chips; and a level of battered shrimp and french fries. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Cajun classics, such as po'boys and gumbo, are featured at Shore. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Rick Wahlberg has a collection of concert posters displayed at Shore. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Shore's seafood gumbo includes shrimp, crab and sausage. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lobster rolls are made with Maine lobster on a house-made roll. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rick Wahlberg said he is a man with many interests and experiences, and Shore Raw Bar & Grill—the restaurant he opened in Oak Hill in early 2019—is a way for him to bring food, art and music together. “I’ve been in Austin for 40 years now, and this is something that’s been a longtime dream,” he said.

Shore Raw Bar & Grill offers regional coastal cuisine, with influences from Louisiana, Mexico and Texas. The menu was created by Executive Chef Brandon Silver.

As a Texas eatery, Wahlberg said having a wood-fired grill was a must, with grilled lobster tail, fish plates and locally sourced fillets featured on the menu. Traditional Cajun foods, such as po’boys, etouffee and gumbo, are also on the menu, as are Southwestern classics such as fish, shrimp and rib-eye tacos.

Shore’s raw bar offers fresh oysters, chilled shrimp and crab, and fresh fish ceviche and crudo. The Shore Tower—a large, colorful multitiered structure that features each raw bar item—is a favorite for larger tables, Wahlberg said.

Art is integrated into almost every aspect of the restaurant. Custom designs can be found in the countertops, floors and even the wood cutting boards and serving trays used to present food, Wahlberg said. The murals and paintings on the walls were created by San Antonio-based artist Todd White, who in the late ’90s worked developing characters for the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon, Wahlberg said.


“It’s not just about great, fresh oysters and halibut,” he said. “Every piece is a way to be unique. People don’t have to drive downtown to get this level of an experience.”

Food has been Shore’s priority in year one, but Wahlberg said he will introduce more music at the restaurant in the future. Shore already hosts a Sunday jazz brunch each week and live music on certain nights.

“Music is a big part of it,” said Wahlberg, who is the son of a pianist. “It’s a big part of me and Austin.”

Shore Raw Bar & Grill

8665 W. Hwy. 71,

Ste. 100, Austin

512-618-6400

www.shoreatx.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.,

Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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By Nicholas Cicale

Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.


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