Hillside Farmacy

4.5
161 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Hillside Farmacy is just as excellent as it is attractive.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 161 People Are Saying
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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I've eaten here many times with good results, but the chops tonight were so overcooked and overdone I won't be back. Shame on the chef!!

v
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

With the caveat that food was good but service was not

B
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I'm not an oyster eater, so the whole raw bar concept was lost on my, but the burger, Brussels sprouts and mac & cheese were outstanding. Parking could be an issue - small lot behind the restaurant, minimal on-street parking.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. The waitress didn’t check on us once.

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're making this one of our regular stops now!! The hostess saw it was my girlfriend's birthday and walked us outside to a private little area where we were all by ourselves.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time!

JS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Only 5 choices for dinner? Not enough!! Starters also not available... poor.

EA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Way too pricey, even for Austin. Food and service not worth the price.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Do you not recommend the food or French toast was completely raw with batter in the middle the bacon was burnt the outside the French toast was like Charbar and the potatoes were dry and hard only thing that was good was the eggs.
Definitely will not be going back and would not recommend

j
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

As usual the messy burger was great as was the chicken dinner, but the steak was the fattiest piece of meat I've seen served in a restaurant in years. Not a highlight.

J
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service! I highly recommend the mac&cheese appetizer!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in years. The food was simple and perfect. The crab cakes had a hint of smokey paprika and were the best I’ve ever had. The greens and other vegetables were so good I wasn’t surprised to here that they came fresh from the owner’s farm. The service was patient and friendly. In addition the wine list and dessert were excellent and the finishing touch was a terrific cup of coffee at the end. I will make a point to visit this charming gem of a restaurant any time I’m in Austin.

JD
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Tuesday night Angus Burger and Fries and the Shrimp Linguini and both were outstanding. The Burger special came with a Old Fashioned, which made it quite an outstanding value. My only disappointment of the evening was the small selection of draft beers available, although they had quite a few more in bottles and cans. Again though, the food was really well prepared. Shrimp was perfect and the pasta sauce was excellent. Small menu with good food.

TN
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were a party of six who needed to have separate checks. Our waiter told us that the restaurant was not able to take more than 3 credit cards per party. We came up with a work around, and the waiter was very accommodating but there should be a way to handle the division and payment of the bill more easily.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our families new favorite place to eat in ATX . Great service , food and decor.
Love this PLACE.

f
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and such a charming place.

PA
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I treated my mom to Hillside for Mother’s Day and the service was lacking, as well as the food. I ordered the Shrimp Linguine which was overly salted and the shrimp did not taste right. My wife and I visit Hillside fairly regularly and this was by far the worst experience we’ve had. I would normally recommend friends to go, but after this visit I don’t think I will.

CB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate experience from beginning to end. Food was delicious and service was friendly and professional.

JM
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always loved Hillside Farmacy and especially appreciated the service and ambience this last visit. I highly recommend it.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Service was great went on a Monday morning and it was a great start to my day.

CN
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was pretty slow even though there weren't any other people in the restaurant.

AF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food & the atmosphere. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable & attentive.Hillside is now our new favorite place to go!

f
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. Food service and ambience

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Parents visiting from out of town

K
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very educated staff. Loved the recommendations that were offered and love when the server has a real pov vs riding the fence. Everything was fresh, delicious and very flavorful. Will definitely return and recommend.

SB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delightful, the French toast was yummy squared. A real treat on a Monday morning!

RL
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a picture perfect dining experience — the food was delicious, service was great and the noise level was perfect for dinner conversation with our friends. Can’t wait to go again!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were recommended this place and we were truly disappointed. We went on a Friday evening and half the menu wasn’t available to us and we then waited for over an hour for our meal. I guess they were having an off day but did not make up for it in anyway. Sorry, but we will go elsewhere from now on...

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken was unbelievable!! So glad I went with her recommendation. And reasonably priced for such incredible food!!

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun girls trip.

MJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience. Had only been here for a drink in the past. The ambiance inside in the evening is very cozy and feels like you are in a bistro in Paris. Really enjoyed sitting in the beautifully decorated room--terrific ambiance to dine. We ordered a variety of dishes among the 3 of us--everything on the menu sounded delicious. Started with the butternut squash bisque, which was served in a clear glass jar with pea tendrils on top--so pretty, and delicious as well. This would be my only criticism--it took at least 20 minutes to get the soup. As soon as we were finished with the soup, all the other dishes came out---crab cakes, salad nicoise, grilled redfish with cauliflower mash, and grilled brussel sprouts. All delicious and beautifully presented! Too bad we had no room for dessert. I will definitely be back. This is now one of my new favorite restaurants in Austin!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Brunch is great, but dinner was subpar across multiple dishes ordered.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

A great environment and celebration was largely spoiled by poor service. With prices like these, you hope for more attention from a server (at least like a “Hi, how are you?”), but this server was quick, awkward, and may have been an in one of those shows where they put someone who’s never done something in a new job and film it. You could have put her in any restaurant with any people and she wouldn’t have had to change the script because it was so sparse. When going out to celebrate an anniversary, you want it to feel special, but not the case here. I’ve felt more cared for at Chipotle and I mean that.

Moreover, the steak was incredibly fatty (the actual meat was flavorful and I was happy with it, though). The fat was literally falling off of it and lumped into the fries. I thought one chunk of fat was a piece of garlic since it was completely off the steak and in the fries.

GL
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I usually love this restaurant. Unfortunately, on a recent evening our service just wasn't up to par. Our waiter apparently failed to put our order in even though we told him that we had to be out by a certain time. It's too bad, because the food was really good, and the atmosphere is quite charming. The waiter did eventually take responsibility for the delay (without any notice during our wait though), and the restaurant did comp our wine.

T
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow the Texas steak was outstanding! I picked this restaurant based on menu and proximity to downtown concert we were attending later. I noticed they had keto friendly dishes. We were able to substitute the most delicious broccoli with garlic as well as greens for my hubby instead of standard yummy fries. I would definitely come back next time we are in town!

DB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Shocked that they didn’t have herbal teas.

k
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best friggin' burger of my life. V rarely do i pride myself on consuming an entire plate of french fries AND a burger - but man, did i slam that meal. Felt so bad/so good after, I ran nine miles before bed. But that's another story.

T
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and service were good but the food was a bit dull. The place seemed a bit worn out. The house salad needs to be more interesting....maybe some unique veggies, beets, croutons, etc.
We ordered the ice cream sandwich. It wasn't very good at all! At the very minimum, the cookies should have been warmed before serving. The cookies tasted like they were 4 days old and they were very hard. We had to hammer away at it with the but of a knife to crack the cookies into crumbs. No fun.

KR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Salad greens wilted. Coffee not fresh. Entree was ok, not great . Very disappointed. Service was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow and lacking. Food was great and ambiance was cool.

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