Parkside
Parkside

Parkside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkside-austin.com/
  • Phone: 5124749898x
  • 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 5124749898x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Parkside reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (62)hot spot (58)good for groups (54)romantic (40)vibrant bar scene (36)neighborhood gem (34)late-night find (21)notable wine list (20)scenic view (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tourist visiting for the day, looking at #1 trip advisor attraction state capital. looked at list of top 5 restaurants in Austin luckily got in at 5:30 which happens to be 1/2 off happy hour with a variety apps & drinks, we ordered one item after another and was blown away! We kept our server very busy to say the least! My husband who is a serious foodie was blown away by the bone marrow salad, sweetbread croquettes, beef tartare, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, ceviche, oyster platter and don't forget the deserts they were mind blowing. My fav drink was the garden, refreshing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Service
    Nelliep
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We arrived expecting to order from the regular menu, but were so enamored with the bar menu we ordered okra, oysters, and calamari. The hubs enjoyed his standard Manhattan and then based off our server's recommendation went with a rye whiskey he raved about. We ended with the doughnuts for dessert which were a perfect bit of sweetness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LIFE SAVER
    AnnieDVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The Parkside team were amazing and flexible...gracious in accommodating a large group that just kept growing.. The waitstaff was patient and v helpful...the hostess..worked with us to accommodate a group of 10 that grew to 15....Can not say enough good things..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HushpuppyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went with a dear friend to an early dinner while visiting. Did some brief research online and settled on Parkside. Ordered a bourbon cocktail, fried green tomatoes, duck and pear dessert. Pluses: Happy hour for libations and food...yes ma'am. Excellent service. Food was delish. The dessert. Located next to everything in downtown. Minuses: Questionable value outside of happy hour. Tiny table. A touch pretentious. Space: Rustic but comfortable. High ceilings. Lots of wood and loftish decor. Service: Hostesses were friendly. Server was not the most personable person in the world but efficient and was there when needed. Food & Drink: Food was excellent. Value: Eh. Would I go back? Absolutely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food, great service, great drinks. Parkside never fails to deliver. I go repeatedly, and it's always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but....
    RichardB
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The lamb was excellent, the duck was tasty, but the good taste was overpowered with salt (two mouths agreed). Table for two was best for 4. We were talking across a chasm and, with the high level of noise, I had to be sure to sit up on chair and over the table. I selected the only upper level noise rating, "energetic," which seems like an dismisses choice, when the levels were distracting/annoying. Our waiter was top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of this world
    MTLfoodlover
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Incredible bread, light as a cloud, served with pepper butter - really original and soooo good! It was a good start to an amazing dinner! Crab fritters are light and tasteful and the parkside fries were superb! The salmon entree and the tuna entree were both equally outstanding. It would have been a perfect night if it wasn't for the way too cold AC and a bit too salty everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time in austin
    mxvwxm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    recommended to me by a friend. fantastic spot for dinner. menu had a lot of depth and appeals to a wide range of tastes. surprised that it is located on 6th--but an absolutely fantastic spot nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • E920
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great but it is really noisy. Large party next to us had an extra loud guy but overall the place is very echo-y. We couldn't really carry on a conversation at our table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Nightout23
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was amazing, loved the calamari! Perfect spot for a girls night out! However we had reservations for 9pm and we're not seated for 35mins due to the table not being ready...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    carmenreyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I'm not sure this place lives up to the hype. It's definitely a trendy spot right on 6th street and very appealing; however, I didn't find any of the food to be great. We ordered a bunch of difference apps and side plates and tried quite a bit, but everything was just ok. Was honestly hoping for a little more. Service was fantastic - sat at the bar. Probably not worth a long wait - have a drink here and eat somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissappointing
    dangithien
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had to send some dishes back to the kitchen because they were so poorly made. Although the rest of the meal wasn't much better. The manager was very apologetic and offered free dessert and champagne.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Mollyaub
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Girls night out for a group of 3. Went at 9:15, restaurant was still packed and loud (in a good way)! It was a great mix of upscale/fine dining, but still feeling like you're in the heart of 6th street. Food was amazing. Waitress was great with suggestions for oysters as well as our main meals. Unfortunately they were already out of the duck by the time we ordered, but the scallops were delicious, and I look forward to trying the duck in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much better than last time
    SamHam
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I came here about 6 months ago and wasn't that impressed but I went last night and it was much better. Glad I came back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were celebrating my sisters birthday and since she wasn't 21 our server had the bar make her a yummy mocktail and brought out a free dessert. Made her feel so special!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Too over priced for the type and quality of food served. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return trip as good as the first!
    BeantownBoy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife & I had such fond memories of the appetizers we enjoyed on our first trip to parkside we had to be unadventurous and order them again - sharing the crab fritters, the ceviche, and Caesar salad. All just as tasty as the first time. New this time around were the NY Strip Steak and the lamb entrees. Very rich sirloin flavor, drizzled with an absolutely mouthwatering pan reduction that didn't overwhelm the steak. NY Strip will never cut like Prime Rib, but what you get in exchange is a smack upside the head with FLAVOR. I had a bite of my wife's lamb (a meat I genuinely love) and pronounced it delicious, but I was too busy savoring my steak to say much about the lamb. For dessert we shared the Blackberries & Brie. Great finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a lousy server
    DFBaker
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We ordered a specific bottle of white wine (~$45). What was brought was a carafe of a white wine that was poured before I could say something. I got a little suspicious as the contents tasted a little more chardonnayish than what I expected, but maybe its just my paranoia given the situation. There was one other server who addressed our concern that this wasn't normal bottle service and even finished clearing our table minutes after our assigned server left it conspicuously dirty after a first clearing. Made for an uncomfortable evening. I tipped 15% instead of 20%+. I left the hostesses a comment with contact info but MGMT never contacted me. Despite a good "other"server and great food, I don't think I'll return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was amazing, along with great service! Our server, Trip, was on top of everything, made our night enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown treasure
    NattieB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ideal place for a variety of occasions. Decor is casual enough for a busy couple's overdue date night get away but chic and classy enough for a bridal party or business dinner. Fabulous menu with just enough creative variety, from simple to exotic, to satisfy any discretionary foodie. I chose the Salmon and my date ordered the bison; both were prepared to perfection!! The view of sixth street sets a nice tone reminiscent of a scene from a Hepburn or Bogart movie. Be sure to make a reservation, this hot spot is tough to get into without one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Austin Visit - Great Spot
    SHC10
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Took some friends on their first trip to Austin, and wanted to celebrate a birthday with a great meal. Found this spot online with some great reviews of the food and ambiance, and was not disappointed. Great raw bar, cocktails, and main entrees. The scallops are incredible, but was not disappointed by any of the other items. Would definitely return on my next trip to Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take it to the Next Level
    happytravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    wine glasses and silverware spotted... between courses table needed to be wiped...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business guests
    funfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I had to organize a dinner for 16 out-of-town business guests - 5 of whom did not speak English, and several with food allergies. We made reservations in advance easily, and had great service on the spot. At no point did it feel like a chore for the restaurant to serve such a large group. The food was great, the drinks were great, and they even accommodated little things (like when one guest asked to send another the "girliest drink on the menu"). Dinner impressed everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - don't split a plate
    ATXaggieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Parkside has been a easy go-to spot for years with unique food and exciting combinations of flavors. The menu did not disappoint this time as we tried grilled lamb and scallops and a nice (albeit small for $9) kale salad along with wine and drinks. The kicker: my date and I ordered the salad to share and the lamb entree to split. The waitress asked if we'd like them to split the plate in the kitchen and we thought, "sure!". Well, split they did with a nice un-mentioned $2 fee. Maybe $2 seems negligible to the restaurant and some patrons, but to me, it was a cheap shot and a low blow at an already pricey place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent but....
    JupieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food & service was excellent but few choices on menu & wine list made the experience slightly disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over salted inconsistent dishes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Over salted inconsistent dishes. 4 small scallops on scallop plate
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    smb2287VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have always been a fan of Parkside, but it's been a while since I've been for dinner. I was so happy that the food was just as good, if not better than I remembered! The oysters were amazing, as they usually are. The fried okra was hard to stop eating so that I could save room for my entree. As for my main dish, I ordered the scallops with creamed corn and I licked my plate clean. The ambiance is energetic, yet quiet enough so that you can have a conversation with others at the table. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the Austin area or to those who are visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plain Food Bad Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The table where we were seated is probably the only bad seat in the house, so my review is probably not characteristic of the restaurant overall. But there is one table by the waitress station that probably shouldn't be used. It's a bad spot and put a damper on the experience. I felt that the food was kind of plain, and just okay for the caliber of restaurant the menu prices suggest. It was difficult to hear our server, and we ended up ordering the wrong thing as a result of not being able to hear the description of a special properly. So overall, I don't think I'd go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been there before
    ausitneats
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I think this restaurant would be more appreciated if it was not directly in the middle of sixth street. It may get more business this way - but not the kind of business it wants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    HoustonCouple
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Outstanding food, great service, even crowded and busy everything ran like a perfect operation. Will go again next time we're in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot on 6th!
    biztainerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Been wanting to go here for sometime. Been to their other restaurants which have all been great and this one did not disappoint my party at all. Great oysters and apps. We ordered several entrees but had them served family style so we all got to try a variety of dishes. Everyone enjoyed the food, cocktails and some white wine with our meal. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show spot + Wednesday Deal
    Tislove
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A perfect spot to dine before a show, especially on Wednesdays where they have a deal of half off oysters and half off champagne. Love.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came in late for dinner and everything from arrival to departure was fantastic. Our table was ready and we were seated right away. The server was excellent and helpful. The food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Notperfect
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was a really good experience but here are some feedbacks. We had a reservation for 8:15 pm for 2 adult and one kid and we got there at 8:05, we had to wait till 8:40 with our small one. It is not kids friendly!!! And they dont care if you have a kid or not. The menu does not have any kids food!!! The food portions are really small and french fries was too salty that we could not eat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for a special dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came here for our 7th anniversary and our expectations were actually exceeded. The hostess was immediately attentive and friendly and kept us informed as our table was prepared. We were seated ahead of our reservation, which we didn't expect. Our waiter Trip was friendly knowledgeable and balanced in his attention to us. The top notch. Hearty but well balanced and well presented. The pork jowl was a revelation while the sea scallops in cream corn were perfectly seared and done. Their cocktails are worth the trip alone. Specialities and Parkside updates of some standbys like the Old Fashioned, Pimms Cup and the Moscow Mule. Very well done. We we surpised with a complimentary glass of champagne and desert for two. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large Group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a large group for an early dinner. Drinks were wonderful, food was awesome and the service was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything good except the steak
    RegularPatron
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was good not great. Steak was ordered by 2 people at table, and both were over-cooked, and bland. Those who ordered the scallops, salmon and lamb were happy. Music was too loud to hear people talk across the table... so be prepared to shout.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I <3 Parkside
    snackademics
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    All the food's great, and Happy Hour on a Saturday rules!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner and a show made easy
    Datenightbeliever
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had tickets for 8:30 show on 6th street, and I admit location for the restaurant was one of the reasons we chose it. I wanted to try some oysters and they have a great food safety record so I wasn't afraid to take the plunge. My husband had a great piece of cow and is still raving about their mac & cheese side. It was a great date restaurant but sit on the same side of the table if you want to actually have a conversation. The wait staff was great, the manager (I assume its him talking to the waitstaff) frowned a lot and didn't look happy to be there but was only a very minor distraction. Good, safe food, great service and location made this a good pick
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    MissGG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate