Hillside Farmacy

4.5
209 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Hillside Farmacy is a restaurant and specialty grocery store located in the old Hillside Drugstore building beautifully restored using original pharmacy cabinetry. The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie plates, oysters, new American style entrees and a full bar. The produce and meats served are purchased from the neighboring Eastside urban farms & Texas ranchers.

While we would love to be giving your table full service on our patio, for the safety of our customers and our staff, we kindly request that you place your order online at our website hillsidefarmacy.com including your table #. Thank you x Hillside Farmacy
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.3
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JayaG
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating. To minimize interaction with staff, you will order on the website for food and drinks.

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Myah
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the french fries...wow. if you're a fry connoisseur, you're welcome.

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vipmimi31
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We are eager to patronize restaurants during the Covid situation. Some have maintained the friendly and welcoming environment and scaled the menu to fewer dishes while keeping high standards. Sad to say that Hillside hasn’t. Staff barely greeted us, didn’t offer or bring water or explain the ordering system. Tables were bare of a candle or flower or anything to brighten up the evening. The ordering system is a mess and doesn’t allow you to order additional items. The food was ok- burgers have a big place on the menu, which is surprising given the high level of the previous menu. They were fine, as were the fries. The cheese plate was the saddest I’ve ever seen- 2 or 3 slices of cheese, some pickles, almonds, 1/4 a sliced apple, and some almonds- and a teaspoon of strawberry jam (?). The bar closed promptly at 9, even though our reservation was for 8; the bartender very kindly offered to make us 2 more drinks. The restaurant across the street was blasting live music but Hillside kept on their piped in music which was annoying, as was the EDM Halloween music they played after the music stopped across the street. The whole experience was sad, and not worth our time or money. I’ll remember what Hillside used to be like.

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vipMargaretA
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hillside did a wonderful job of keeping social distance while still giving the “dine out” feeling. The waitress was really helpful, service was prompt, and the drinks were delightful.

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vipShirleyH
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was excellent but ordering from the online menu was difficult. All of the merch items should maybe be separated from the restaurant order menu. Felt ok safe but our table was pretty close to the one next to us making noise level kind of high.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

While I realize Covid has changed everything they really need to find a better system. We were seated and told to order online which was fine. But there was no way to order everything on one ticket - you had to order each time you wanted another drink or appetizer. There was only one hostess and she was always busy and didn’t explain the process very well. The drinks we wanted were not in the menu (scotch and soda) but available at the bar. This took about 15 minutes to figure out and the bartender added it to the menu which was great. Then when we ordered drinks it said it would take 30-35 minutes but only took about 5. We had to place another online order for food. We did and then about 10 minutes later were told they were out of 2 of the 4 entrees we ordered. We changed what we wanted to hamburgers and I’ve been meaning to go back and see if we were credited for the price difference. I’ve been to Hillside Farmacy before (pre-Covid) and was excited to go back but until they find a better way to order and more staff to help it’s not worth the hassle of their system. I gave it a 4 because I loved it so much the first time but feel like they need to rethink their system.

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vipHorribleHillside
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This used to be a great restaurant. However, when I dined there last week, the food was horrible. It took almost an hour to get a luke warm cheese plate. I have to wonder if the food was pulled out of a freezer and warmed in a microwave. I have to doubt if they even have a chef. No wait staff - order on your phone. People busing tables (as there were no waiters) acted completely annoyed to be there. Dirty plates were piled up on the "safe-distance" tables around us. Don't waste your money or time. Soon to be another COVID casualty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The experience at hillside was completely different because of covid. I understand that time are rough but I’ve been to plenty of my favorite restaurants during covid and had a great experience given the circumstances. You don’t get a server here anymore. And you have order everything on a mobile platform and every time you order something you have pay and tip. It’s such an unpleasant experience and I will not be going back. They also don’t have happy hour and no oysters. Which is what they are known for. None of this is communicated online.

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joellem
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They’re possibly the only place we’re visiting at the moment cause I actually felt safe! We’ve always loved them but seeing how they’ve cared for their staff and customers really makes us love them more!!!

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AndreaS
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Hillside Farmacy, what a cute restaurant. We absolutely loved the setting, the music and literally everything. Our dinner was truly farm to table, which we appreciate so much. The food was 'dressed up', not cooked to mush or overly seasoned. We enjoyed the sides which were served in small iron pans, to keep warm and fresh. the colors were vibrant. Another indicator that the ingredients were fresh and local. We loved our dinner, and will be back!!!!

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javajoetr
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Orzo + Scallops for dinner, together with the virgin Turmeric Soda. The orzo pilaf was surprisingly delectable, and the soda left me begging for the recipe.

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ErikC
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming old-timey decor, kind service, and a delicious menu made for a great night out at the Farmacy!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipJohnC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner

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LilianaD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In my opinion my crab cakes were a little dry, but the scallops were done to perfection and the orzo was very tasty. I really enjoyed it and ate the whole thing. The grapefruit margarita was delicious too. Wish the menu was bigger but I guess since making everything from scratch it’s harder to have a bigger menu.

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vipCatfoodie
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food here was generally very fresh and tasty , but they were out of several things we ordered and were down to just one dessert- a bit annoying.

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vipSusanC
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The have a great cocktail selection. We had the Farmacy plate and Brussel Sprouts. Service was great, ambiance was great, and food/drinks were great!! I am definitely going back.

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CathyY
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will go back and I will take friends and give a recommendation. This was great!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family group - lots of fun!

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vipJohnC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiancés birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food always.

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We always love coming into Hillside Farmacy!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Such a great meal, incredible food! We got the Bees Knees and Country Doctor cocktails and loved both! We also got the burger and kale Caesar salad and both were delicious. We can’t wait to come back!!

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JulieH
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

love the atmosphere and the service. The food was mediocre. Would suggest a vegetarian main course to go along with the meat & fish selections.

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vipMadeline
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Really really poor service. Waited 45 minutes for a cocktail and a waitress to even come to our table. Food was good but not worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family visiting Austin for the first time. We ate outside. Although traffic was occasionally noisy, the restaurant itself was reasonably quiet. The food and drinks were great, everybody enjoyed it.

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kachan
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

At 6 pm on Saturday, it was not busy. Mike was very friendly, showing us a Shutterfly photo book when I asked about the history of the building. Loved the gazpacho, crab cakes and wild boar chop. A rare night out for us (without kids) but we will certainly return to enjoy a daytime meal.

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Mack
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very historic, quaint building. My server was excellent. Menu is a little narrower than other restaurants for breakfast/brunch, but the items I had were perfect. Price was fine. As this place is east of I-35, it is still convenient to downtown, but without the horrible parking situation.

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MistyN
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a weekday breakfast with my SO and had a very relaxing delicious meal. We have been for lunch as well when it is busier but always pleasant and great staff

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! The restaurant is very unique and filled with interesting knicknacks. I will definitely be back.

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vipJodiA
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food and service at Hillside Farmacy was great. We enjoyed cocktails, oysters, wild boar chops and one of the burgers. The waitress was great and on spot.

Why only 3 stars? The tables are tiny. I had to hold my oyster over the ice to eat it, no room for the plate. My very expensive (small) purse could only be hung off the chair back and was down on the floor. Lost my fork. Spent most of my meal worrying about knocking over the water. I know restaurants want to make the most of their space, but it was so uncomfortable we won't return and I cannot recommend it.

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MaryB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My two work guests and I had a lovely time dining in this cozy establishment. It was just right for an intimate work dinner. The service was attentive and kind, and the food was delicious.

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GregM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since I'd dined at the Farmacy, and I was pleased to see that they haven't lost a step in any way. It was pleasantly full on a Saturday night, and the service was outstanding. The food, as always, was of the highest quality and featured some really inventive flavors and combinations. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be back again. The restaurant does a great job of making it feel like an old pharmacy.
The food, service, and staff are amazing. Throughout the dining experience, you don’t feel rushed and the ambiance equals comfort. Try the Brussel Sprouts & one of their handcrafted sodas.

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vipLarryS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The wild boar is not wild boar but rather a pork chop. Wild boar is dark in color a has a richer taste. This was blond and neutral tasting.

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vipMule54
London
46 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Our waiter kept us informed as there were big parti d being served. Everything was excellent: Brussels sprouts, chicken, wild boar chop, although the latter had to be warmed up. Wine choice is quite limited and wines are a bit rough.

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vipJimC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome intimate quaint dining experience

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KimC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and gorgeous atmosphere!! Would definitely go back and recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was lacking and waitress was not really interested in whether or not we enjoyed our meal our time. Very unique place to have brunch. I would highly recommend for a enjoyable unique place for brunch.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Hillside Farmacy using the Order Online button. Hillside Farmacy also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 628-0168.

Hillside Farmacy is rated 4.5 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.