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Parkside
Parkside

Parkside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkside-austin.com
  • Phone: (512) 474-9898
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Cirkiel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our 2nd floor event space features a beautiful dining area, private bar, and outdoor patio overlooking 6th street. Perfect for any occasion you are looking to plan in the heart of downtown Austin.
  • Private Party Contact: Allison Gueli (512) 474-9898
  • Special Events & Promotions: Daily happy hour from 5:00-6:30pm features 1/2 price bar menu and all beer and liquor. Available in the entire restaurant 7 days a week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Jancinto
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking provided on San Jancinto every night from 5:00-11:00pm. Street parking is available as well.
A word from Parkside
Parkside, a gastro pub in Austin’s lively downtown area is home to chef/owner Shawn Cirkiel. Located directly on Sixth Street it offers a casual venue for his unpretentious, but bold take on New American Cuisine. Offerings include a sumptuous raw bar—which often carries as many as 16 varieties of oysters. While the menu changes seasonally—even daily--diners can enjoy both dramatic dishes like seared scallops with butternut puree, jalapeno, and lime or comfort basics such as a cheeseburger or fried egg sandwich. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We took friends from out of town here for dinner. We were initially hesitant of the restaurant's location on 6th Street but ended up being super fun. Food was delicious, although a little overpriced, and restaurant had a nice vibe. We were pleased to have an upscale dining experience in an area of E 6th that needs "polishing". Great people watching too. Saw a topless lady walking by outside. Only in Austin!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We took a special client here for dinner on a Saturday night. Client seemed thrilled with the menu choices, finding it hard to choose, ultimately selected oysters (smaller than expected), steak tartar (reportedly excellent, surprising with the egg yolk on top), & scallops. Shrimp remoulade lacked flavor, tiny portion (3 shrimp on teeny beds of breadcrumbs). Scallops & chicken - delicious flavor combinations, chocolate cherry doughnuts - fun & tasty. But the extreme noise level almost ruined the whole experience! There were large group tables placed in the middle, each holding 15-20 young women, all shouting. At our booth we could hardly hear each other so we could not have an easy conversation. We felt relieved to get out of there!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Parkside is located in the super seedy, trashy part of Austin. After you've trudged thru the filth of 6th Street you open the door to the restaurant and you just forget all about it. Its a beautiful place. The drinks were awesome - I had an Elder Smokey - and the food was some of the best I've ever had. Don't let the location scare you, it's very worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Many downtown restaurants refuse reservations or are booked days in advance . I made our Parkside reservation easily online and noted that we were newbies celebrating 2 birthdays. When we arrived the hostess greeted us warmly and had reserved a spot by the window - perfect for watching the parade of Friday night 6th street. Our foodie friend was able to order bolder menu choices while the less adventurous had perfect comfort foods like gnocchi and fritters. Everything was fresh, rich flavors and hot. The only food complaints were 2 steaks were ordered medium rare. One was perfect, one came well done. My risotto was so popular they should offer side portions. It's perfect with the steak! We'll definitely return for the bar menu next!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Calamari was great. Nice and tender and fried well. I ordered the scallops which were pretty small, although tasty. My husband ordered the risotto. It had no protein (just a veggie flavor and shallots). Portion was small and pricey at $19 for no protein. My husband ordered shrimp as an add on and the shrimp were salad shrimp...sad...for an additional $10. Nice concept but a little more work on the size of the shrimp and scallops for the price and fanciness of the restaurant. They did have note of our anniversary and gave us a free glass of champagne which was nice."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We chose Parkside for our anniversary dinner. Perfect pick! The staff was attentive and helpful and fun! The food was amazing. The bass from the raw bar was excellent-- we wanted 5 more! Thank you Parkside for making our night special"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was very creative and tasty. Unfortunately the waiter ruined the experience. He seemed burdened that we were there, not helpful and super unfriendly."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went to get rabbit but was off the menu. Steak tartare was a nice alternative though and service seems to have improved since last visit...my waiter was attentive and friendly. Awesome sixth street place to gawk at people as well."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I came here with a party of 6 for a birthday dinner. We were seated, greeted immediately, and told that we made it right before happy hour was up. Drinks were inventive (aviation, strawberry sunshine, new old fashioned), and the apps delicious (classic ceviche, marrow bones, oyster platter). It was a nice bonus to nab those at reduced prices. Dinner made its way over, and everyone was pretty happy. I'm told that the cheeseburger (bar menu) is the best one in Austin. Others ordered scallops and creamed corn, pork jowl, leg of lamb, and tuna steak. For sides we got macaroni and cheese, asparagus, and Parkside fries."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had been referred to Parkside from our hotel concierge. Restaurant was nice & the service couldn't have been better. We started with cocktails & oysters. They were delicious! We had some another night at Perlas--we both agreed these were better). My boyfriend ordered the lamb & I ordered the tuna (waiter highly recommended). Lamb was okay; not awful but not noteworthy. I ordered my tuna medium rare. It was delivered so cooked that I thought they had brought me chicken instead. I can't remember the last time I've ever sent food back but I couldn't eat it. The waiter was very kind & took it back. The manager came by to see hoew things were going. They brought me a second plate which was a bit better but still way overcooked."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Awesome service. Great food. The dessert blackberry and brie was mindblowing."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had shrimp remoulade starter which was nice enough if a little bland. Main course was the leg of lamb, good taste but out of the 4 slices 2 were quite tough and one had quite a bit of gristly material, the other two were tender. Had requested asparagus instead of fennel and not only was the asparagus very nicely seasoned and grilled but it also was an extremely generous portion. Really enjoyed decor and ambiance, overally liked my dining experience but maybe just a little on the high side pricewise."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From the ambiance to the food, to the waitstaff, our experience was awesome! Great appetizers and dishes to share for a group of girls. We loved our server, as he was very attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A very good selection of oysters and raw fish for a hot summer day but don't pass up the crab fritters. The menu has a good variety of choices if oysters aren't your thing. Decent wine list and good drinks from the bar. They have valet so you don't have to hassle with parking."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were celebrating our sixth anniversary and decided to push the boat out. This place has a great buzz about it but its not exactly the spot for a romantic dinner. The cocktails were great, and so was the food in general apart from the lamb main course which was tough and dry. Overall a good experience and at $150 for dinner for two, we'll have to wait for another six years to return!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "With such a limited menu, I would have thought they had perfected the items on it. The service was good, the ambience was good, but this restaurant is nothing special."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Marlene was our server, and she was one of the best I have ever had. She was stealthy, thorough, we never had a moment where we were waiting for her, yet she never hovered. That's a hard job, and she is a zen master. Our party of 7 included 3 older kids, and they were all happy with her suggestions and attention. She really elevated an already good experience. On the food, the crab fritters were piping hot, rich and perfect. My spring chicken was steaming hot, tender, and well seasoned. My daughter's bar steak was perfect for her - a small filet, extremely tender yet stil well done to her request. The goat cheesecake was superlative. It was an excellent meal we will happily recall."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent food and portion sizes. The food presentation was beautiful. Very impressed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My husband and I split a half-dozen oysters. They were from British Columbia. I should have sent them back as they were no larger than a nickel in diameter, some as small as a dime. How they ever got out of the kitchen is puzzling. On a more positive note, we were initially going to be seated in a booth that was built around a column. As such, one side has very little clearance for whomever sits on that side. It needs to be reconstructed as only children or Mr. Bill could slide in comfortably. We were moved on request, although the first person I asked tried to argue that both sides of the booth had even clearance. They did not."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Parkside is an amazing find on 6th street in the heart of the "bar scene". Drinks and food are great. The happy hour bar is a great deal. Loved it! The oysters are the best in Austin that we've had!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In-laws meeting parents dinner and it was amazing! Go for the entire starters menu and a few extras - you will not be disappointed. You can do a family style dinner and be completely satisfied and in awe of everything they offer, while tasting a large portion of the menu. Also, ask for Julia as your server. Total badass."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was great! Good spot for some oysters downtown. Can't beat the happy hour options!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food at Parkside is always fantastic. Everything on this visit was great, drinks, apps, entrees, and desserts. In general I am not a big dessert fan, but Parkside is not the place to skip that sweet treat. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal at Parkside. You can't beat it for decent food in the Dirty 6 section of downtown."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My daughter and I had a great Friday night dinner at Parkside! Had fun sharing a half-dozen delicious Blue Point oysters on the half shell and then tucked into steak (hers) and salmon (mine.) Portions were perfect, as was the service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I would have never thought that such a wonderful restaurant would be found on "dirty" 6th. Everything was perfect, from the raw bar to the creative desserts I couldn't have been happier with this choice."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very attentive service and inventive dishes, plated with care and served with a clear description of what is being handed to you at the table. This was very helpful as we had ordered 4 small plates and appropriate as I often forget what was described on the menu once those have been whisked away. We will seek this place out again when next in Austin."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our party of four dined at Parkside on a recent Sunday evening. The restaurant is casual and very comfortable. The food was delicious and service was freindly and efficient. Our server even accommodated request for gluten free and dairy free versions of certain dishes. The most wonderful part of the dinner was dessert. We ordered four different dessert selections and each one was delicious and the presentation was amazing! Parkside is definitely a "must go" for me whenever I am in Austin."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Parkside had great food, service, and ambiance. The dishes were artfully prepared and gorgeous and obviously had a price to match-- which is why my friends and I were really put off by the sports bar like yelling match that was going on around the bar. I realize this is Texas and the Spurs were playing, but it was totally ridiculous. I couldn't even hear across the table. I would still recommend Parkside to a friend, but maybe advise them to make sure their dining plans didn't overlap any major sporting events."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had made a reservation for 6 pm for 2 people and were seated on time. Problem was the table was not in a good location--right next to the kitchen and heavy traffic area. I requested another table and although the restaurant was largely empty (it was still early), we were told there were no other tables available. So we just decided to have appetizers at the bar and then went somewhere else for dinner."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We frequent Parkside before the theater. Have an excellent happy hour until 630 every night. Great drinks. Fresh oysters and yummy appetizers. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were in the mood for oysters and decided to check out Parkside. After looking at the menu and reading other reviews, we focused on the raw bar and were not disappointed. Started off with the oyster sampler and steak tartare. Ended up ordering every item on the raw bar. Bass was by far my favorite and the fluke was my wife's. Presentation was great. Flavors were amazing! Can't wait to go back and actually try their cooked options."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Parkside takes their food seriously yet the surrounding 6th Street heavy party/drinking vibe doesn't make for the ideal night out for a good meal setting. Nevertheless, the wait staff is attentive and helpful, the menu is interesting and varied (gnocchi and kale salad dishes were uniquely prepared). Proportions are on the smaller side, which isn't a bad thing. I had three appetizers to make a meal and felt comfortable -- far from overstuffed. The sound bounces around hard surfaces thus not a place for intimate mood/conversation. Yet, overall, this is a special place for foodies who are headed to a show at the Paramount or other entertainment spots conveniently located within a short walk. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Amazing Austin Gem. Food was delightful. I can not wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We found this restaurant while visiting Austin from LA. Having been to Uchi and Uchiko by that point, we figured Parkside would have tasty but fairly standard fare, expected the flavors to be the usual California-touch fare we know pretty well. We were pleasantly surprised by the flavors. My boyfriend's scallop dish in particular was insanely yummy. I liked that they accommodated my lo-carb, pescaterian diet by switching around some of the sides on my dish for those that looked more interesting and within my diet from other dishes. The mushrooms that accompanied my salmon dish were also remarkable."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "our server was outstanding, recommending drinks, salads, appeti, main courses, wines, whiskeys, oysters, deserts, she was great, entire meal lasted 3 hours, 10 guests and they all put this meal in their top 10."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife & I were looking forward to visiting Parkside for our wedding anniversary, and we are so glad we went! Because we began our dinner near the end of happy hour we were able to enjoy three half-price appetizers to start with - the crab fritters, ceviche (salmon I think), and a split order of a lovely Caesar salad. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, and friendly without being overbearing. Just perfect. She was kind enough to warn us that some patrons find the entrees run a little small, but we were more than fine! Perhaps big-chain portion sizes have spoiled most folk's expectations. After dessert & coffee, it was a wonderful anniversary dinner - more like a mini-vacation than just a trip to a restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The meal was exquisite -- very different and sophisticated. All good but the donut banana split desert was off the charts !"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went with a group of 7. Service was excellent for the group, and the food was amazing. Highly recommend *any* of the oysters! Don't know how they get them so fresh, but they're delicious. Also don't miss the fried okra (it's on the bar menu)! Probably the best okra you'll ever eat."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to Parkside on a recommendation. After exploring the menu, I realized they were known for their seafood/raw bar, and it does not disappoint. We ordered the small oyster platter, which comes with 9 oysters (3 different varieties) and 3 samples from the raw bar -- all chef's choice. It was amazing. My friend, who recently had a disappointing experience with oysters at another establishment, raved about these oysters. The wait staff is very knowledgeable as to where the oysters come from, how they'll taste, etc. Our waitress even recommended the order in which we should eat the oysters in order to experience the full tasting experience each oyster had to offer. I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 5/16/2014