The Backspace - Austin
The Backspace - Austin

The Backspace - Austin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebackspace-austin.com/
  • Phone: 5124749899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Cirkiel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. We also offer valet parking for $10
A word from The Backspace - Austin
The Backspace, Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Neapolitan pizzeria directly behind Parkside, is known for its wood-burning Italian brick oven, all Italian wine list, and original Italian antipasti made in house daily.
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The Backspace - Austin reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (33)special occasion (30)notable wine list (27)hot spot (16)great for lunch (10)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Best Pizza By Far in Austin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Simply no comparison between the fantastic pizza at Backspace and any other pizza available at a restaurant in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect spot to meet up w/friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Found this little gem and had pizza with friends. You need reservations as it only seats 30 and it was busy. Awesome rustic/urban look, wonderful staff...very friendly, helpful and attentive yet did not intrude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killer Pizza Naples style in Austin
    DamionL
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love love love this place, bring my out of town guests here as one of my top 3 places in Austin. Best pizza, best staff, love the whole experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Tina
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We added Prosciutto to our pizza, and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Very nice dinner. We should have ordered bread to go with our white bean appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed yet intimate
    DinerBoy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a great place for a date or catching up with friends over amazing food and wine. The menu is limited but everything on there is done exceptionally well. The only thing that was not as expected was a potatoe antipasti that was cold when we expected it hot, knowing that we would have chosen something else. That's the only very minor complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Spot in Austin
    yummfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Backspace is absolutely a place I will return to. We made reservations (which is recommended due to the small dining area) and we're seated right away. The staff was friend and the food was amazing! The wait staff was helpful when it came to choosing a wine that was a good fit for our meals. The freshly sliced meat and brick oven pizza were delicious. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    lashadi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was in town for a bachelorette party and we wanted a nice Italian dinner. This is perfect. Unprentious while having delicious food, a beautiful ambiance, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wood burning authenticity
    ThatFoodieDad
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What a delightful find. Backspace is a small, intimate space filled with vibrancy and great food. Try the specials and the great olives with focaccia bread. The bread is toasted in a cSt iron skillet in the same wood burning oven that will bake your pizza to perfection. We had the pizza special that had arugula and heirloom tomatoes. A great combination that paired well with the mozzarella and San Marzano base. Crisp, thin and full of flavor. We are looking forward to our return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expeditious yet Agreeable
    pkrkid73
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Enjoyers of Neapolitan pizza will likely find their distinctive preparation of this type of food to be well worth a savour. Utilizing a wood-fired brick oven at temperatures of 482-538 degrees Celcius, they quickly concoct a pizza at once delicate yet chewy. The base of these dishes bears a resemblance to a crêpe. It should be of absolute interest to any aesthetes of the gastronomical variety. On to more practical matters: expect to secure a reservation well in advance if visiting during peak periods. Should one find themselves preferential to pleasing their senses to the palette of wine, take notice that a special arrangement might likely need to be sought if this activity will consume much more than an hour's worth of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, lackluster service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Pizza and antipasti were very good. However, the staff does an excellent job making you feel unwelcome upon arrival, even if you hold a reservation. I would hate to see how they treat walk in customers. The indifferent hipster thing gets kind of old - go back to the basics of providing warm, welcoming hospitality to your customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Pizza
    Jo308VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food inc. Interesting small ate appetizers. Laid back vibe, yummy desserts. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We took a large group of ladies there for lunch this week. The service extremely attentive & very happy to accommodate any & every request. There is currently some construction in front of the restaurant, but do not be deterred...fabulous setting & fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just not the same
    Foodpenn
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The waitress took forever to greet us. Then she started to work on her side work. In fact, when we received our bottle of wine she was in such a hurry that she didn't realize she didn't fill everyone's wine. Slammed it down back on the table and rushed to go polish silver wear. We had to physically stand up for just about everything that we needed to pull our server from her side work. (That is of course when she was actually in backspace and had not disappeared into park side) I even got so frustrated halfway through that I asked her if she was waiting tables at park side too. She remained oblivious to the fact that we were upset and giggled. The closing manager would walk in and out but did not walk by and ask how we were. Food was so-so
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious but not overwhelming
    getnmybelly
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was very good but did not blow our socks off-perhaps it was overhyped to us before we came though. Still-very very tasty and a good price! The pizza was fresh and full of flavors and the anti pasti was all very interesting. The dessert which was a salted caramel panna cotta was very very good and did wow us! The wine was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    EJinAustin
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Atmosphere is perfect...not many tables and overall a small place. Food and service are very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best pizza and great dessert!
    cddiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Amazing pizza and excellent dessert! The place is very small and located on a small street off busy 6th street so can be hard to find and impossible to park at. We arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday night and they did offer valet for $10. However, since it is 6th street the streets are were closed down as we were leaving. The tables are snug for 6 and I couldn't see fitting more but don't let any of that scare you away. The pizza is worth it and the dessert tops it off. The bianca pizza was my favorite. The roasted mushroom and the sausage were also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seen better days
    murphmeister
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    we have been to backspace several times before and were surprised by the quality of the pizza this time. we noticed everyones pizza coming out had a lot of black char on it. ours was no different and it was also a little soggy. ususally the food is always amazing so hopefully it was on off night. 2 pizzas, 1 appetizer and 1 reasonable bottle of wine ($37) was over $80. felt a little expensive for the quality that night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Just like the name says, it's a quaint little restaurant behind the bustling 6 street. Make a reservation because it's a small place that fits around 40. Exceptional food, exceptional service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, if you are in a hurry
    AllenFoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and wine selection was outstanding; however, the service left a bad taste. We were on time for an 8 pm reservation (party of six) and we were seated immediately...great first impression! However, had we known "tables are only reserved for one hour" when we made the reservation, we would have chosen differently. Once the food arrived, the waitstaff hovered over our table to the point it was uncomfortable. We felt like we needed to choke down our food and gulp what was in our wine glass once the check came. The service took away from the whole experience, which makes me hesitant to recommend this restaurant if diners want something more than a quick bite of great pizza and a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had 5pm reservation
    Cali2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    So we were there fairly early on a Saturday night. Only one other table was seated. But by 6p it was getting packed. Great service! Meatballs app was awesome! As was the mozzarella. Good wine. A little disappointed in the margherita pizza. The sauce wasn't very flavorful. Pretty bland actually. But otherwise, great place. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nearest you will come to Italy in Texas. Awesome. Sultry, unpretentious, different. Oasis in the middle of 6th madness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brick oven experience
    judahsoulja813
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I took my girl here before going to The Elephant Room. She wanted a place with a brick oven and good pizza. We found it. I wish there were more options on the menu but what they do have they do very well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic
    Dave
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great dinning experience every time. High quality food and staff is top notch. Can't wait to eat at Backspace again sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food, service uneven
    TXwriter
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I've been to Backspace numerous times. great food and great wine list. Ditzy waitress this time. One thing that drives me crazy about the place is not being able to get ice. Every liquid is lukewarm--irritating but not enough to keep me away!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    TexasMarie
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Went there for my birthday recently and just fell in love with the rustic environment and delicious pizza. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing pizza crust
    Brittle
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The crust was to die for. Meatballs were fantastic. Pretty good sized cheeseboard too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bianca Pizza
    ciciriderVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    For me it's all about the bianca pizza. I come in regularly just to have that. Everything else I've had here is very good too but that pizza makes it the best in Austin for me.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fifi
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    WE love Backspace. It is one of our favorites... We will continue to go there as often as possible. We love to sit at the bar and the bartender/waiter is awesome.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best not over-hyped pizza in Austin
    JonH
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Made reservations. Sat right away even though there aren't many tables and even though they were busy. We came for the pizza and it was great. Crust was just right. Topping combos were taste and we'll thought out. Over all a wonderful experience - do recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice pizza restaurant
    geo235
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Nice pizza restaurant with good crust and flavors on toppings. Wine by glass or bottle a little too high unless during happy hour.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always
    akr1
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Backspace is consistently everything that it should be. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the The Backspace - Austin reviews archive.
  • Very, very good. Unique for 6th St
    PizzaSnob
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Old World Tavern ambience, excellent service, delicious food. I only wish they had a full bar and not just wine. Perfect for after a 7 or 8pm show if you didn't have an early-bird dinner beforehand. Customers seem to understand and respect the 75min rule on table occupancy. A gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celestial Celebration
    Breadluv2
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The backspace was a spontaneous pick with amazing results. My family and friends flew in from out of state to celebrate graduation. I wanted to eat somewhere different and memorable. We made a reservation and off we went. There was parking right along the street and the hidden nature of the restaurant made the clientele more selective. Food was original, unique, and over the top. The Bianca pizza with proscuitto was delightful. The best part of our service was our waiter, Benji. Charismatic and knowledgable he was willing to put up and get into the celebration with our party of 5. Thank you Backspace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here
    megapiranhaVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This place is consistently awesome. Great location. Great food. Great drinks. Love Backspace.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza hidden near 6th street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Fresh ingredients, great taste, and authentic style. I recommend to keep it simple and stick with the margherita pizza but they offer other solid options.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended
    MD66
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great ambience in this small restaurant. Open fire pizza oven really adds to the character. Pizzas were great with lovely thin bases. Next time we're in Austin we'll go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and incredibly attentive
    MTor
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    This was my first time at the Backspace, but there is no doubt that I will return. I was looking for a small restaurant where I could have a business lunch without having to deal with a lot of background noise and where we could easily converse. Not only was Backspace great for that, the food was amazing and it could obviously be a very nice place to dine with a date. Intimate settings where you feel tucked together and a nice wine list (which we had to pass up, though incredibly tempting). The staff was attentive without being pushy in any way. We never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pizza in Austin... hands down
    DelilahVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am a pizza junkie... I am very specific on what I like and will write a place off if the pizza is not exactly to my liking... I know... I'm a B. Anyhoo.... this is the ONLY pizza place that has remotely compared to our time in Italy. The pizza is very very close to what we had in Florence and surrounding areas.. SO SO good. Must make reservations, very small place, with small tables. But worth it. They only let you keep your table for about an hour or so... but that's ok, you have to share the love!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminded me of Da Michele in Naples
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    So we have been to Da Michele in Naples and while the Backspace pizza was not the same, it was close and very good. We'll be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food. Great Service.
    DinnerDelish
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had a nice time - great/fast service which was fab because we were seeing a show nearby. Good wine list. Would be nice if the wine prices were more proportioned to the food & food prices. Pizza was light and flavorful! Great little place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.