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