Hillside Farmacy

4.6
99 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday: 9:00am - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(512) 628-0168
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sonya Cote
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Private party facilities
Seating available for 10-30 guests. Menu selection of prix fixe, limited or full menu. Contact manager for details.
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Parking details
Limited parking available, street parking available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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 99 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and server were both awesome! This is one of my most fave places in Austin

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special place

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late dinner on the patio and it was perfect. Great food, friendly service and very charming spot. We will def return!

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TC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Hillside Farmacy has been on my list for a while now. It’s adorable. The cocktail menu is inspired and the drinks we had were quite tasty.

We visited on a 100 degree day and were sat next to the ac display which showed the interior of the restaurant to be 86 degrees.

The server was less than adequate. I had to ask for explanation of what was on our Farmacy Plate (cheeses, pate, jam, honey) and she was generally unavailable.

We ordered crab cakes (all crab in a Panko shell), roasted broccoli (sad looking with no taste), mac n chz (dry and a huge portion), and burger w malt fries (hubby said good but only ate half).

By the end of the meal (47 minutes total) our cocktails were empty, our (room temp) water had run out and we were ready to leave. Did I mention it was unpleasantly hot?

We joked that snowcones would have been a great addition the their menu and that coming back in the winter might be a better choice.

Overall, the absolute fastest date night I’ve ever had w my hubby — 47 minutes from entry to exit. It was a bummer, except for the cocktails!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Worst dining experience I’ve ever had. Service was terrible, food was over cooked and bad.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You need to be patient for your drinks and food, but it’s worth the wait. Delicious food and excellent service.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really cool space in a great neighborhood. The food was great, as well.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Felt like no AC in restaurant !:(

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was terrific, very friendly, informative and patience. Wine list is small but really good. Sat in the wine tasting room. Oysters were good. Overall, great time. Will definitely be back.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I took our visiting son and his girlfriend out. The venue is awesome and the food even better. We tried original cocktails and then had several appetizers, salads and entrees and all were great. Our server was new and didn't know too much about the menu, but she had a great attitude and answered all of our questions. It was a very memorable night.

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1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic egg sandwich

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Welcomed as we entered. Place was warm and inviting. Parking a little weird but free! Menu choices are slightly limited but everything we had was well made and tasted great.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Steak had no taste. Not with the value.

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TC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate earlier in the day, 5:30. The place was not busy. We sat in the wine bar area. The decor was very charming. Service was good. She was knowledgeable about was the food (especially the oysters which were delicious) and the wine. Had a great time. Will be back frequently.

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A
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was ok, everybody got different items. Interesting it was an old pharmacy!

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GC
Austin
58 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dined around 5:30 on Saturday before a movie and for us it was delightfully uncrowded and quiet. All 4 of us thought everything we ordered was very good, except for the crab cakes, which were rated by the fellow who ordered them as "best ever tasted." The vinegar fries also were a big hit. Food delivery was a little slow considering the small crowd and service could have been a tad more attentive, but overall everyone had a good experience and we would definitely visit again.

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t
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambience and service. Mac n cheese and chocolate mousse are to die for! We loved this place and will definitely be back!!

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, pleasant atmosphere, great for an intimate conversation.

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JF
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

For some reason, I remember this place being a lot better. I had a burger (which was fair) and my GF had a Caesar Salad that was barely passable. The dressing was just mayonnaise, and had no flavor and it was just a pile of kale. Sad because it is such a funky place.

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BB
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The brunch at Hillside was great! I got the french toast and it was perfectly cooked and filling. I also had the matcha latte, which was a tad small for the price - but good. My dad got the Banger's brunch and loved it. Huge sausage link and fluffy scrambled eggs. He enjoyed adding the YellowBird hot sauce to it for some spice! Great flavors. Very cool ambiance.

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JP
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Pretty small quaint place. Menu is limited to a few things. But drinks are good.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed delicious food with fresh ingredients. Service could use some tweaking. The hostess sat at the bar and conversed with a co-worker while we stood waiting to be seated. Would have preferred if the servers didn't gather at the corner by my table to chat during down time. Couldn't hear our own conversation until they moved on. Our server had no idea what gazpacho was. The restrooms are so dimly lit you can't see your hands in front of you, but it does eliminate too much vanity time in front of the mirror. However, kudos to the kitchen! The food is worth giving this place another try.

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f
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cold water oysters? Check. Malt & Vinegar French fries with aioli? Among the best I’ve had in town.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

It took over 10 minutes for the server to greet us and another 5 minutes to get our first round of drinks. They were not busy and several other servers made eye contact and did not even get us water. After getting greeted the overall services was okay, but not up to par for $30 entree. I continue to debate going back to Hillside because of the inconsistent service and food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Last night was the first time I’ve been to Hillside Farmacy and been disappointed. I’ve been coming for years for different occasions and with different friends — never so much as a hint of anything but wonderful. This time, my short rib was dry and only barely warm, my friend’s steak was not cooked to her request, my other friend’s rye Manhattan was neither... Very odd. I hope this isn’t a new pattern for them.

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M
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Away from downtown Austin’s bustle, a genuine bistro feel. The food always consistent.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and ambiance. Quiet and romantic. Farm fresh

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was great! Not busy at all. Somewhat slow! Service.

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DO
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It is a super cute location with good cocktails, wonderful Mac & Cheese and desserts. The cheese and Meat Platter was very yummy and everything was fresh!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server & delicious food! Loved the roasted chicken. All around good vibes!

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MD
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A little slow service. Great food!

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DY
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ate here on the last Saturday of SXSW. It was surprisingly quiet. The weather was perfect, so we took a table outside. We were on the later side of dining - at 9 pm.
It seems like despite it not being completely filled for seating that perhaps they were understaffed. Took us awhile to have anyone ask for drinks which is noticeable since it's usually the opposite and I'm still scrambling to read through the drink menu by the time the server arrives.
However, our waiter was apologetic and genuine in his apology. I had the fried egg sandwich on GF free which was very yummy. My only comment is the tomato was just a tomato and not fried and green as stated on the menu. It was good none the less. My companion had the Italian Dip which he enjoyed but felt it was odd and preferred a more traditional take. The quality of food was on point.
We had wine and beer with our dinner and split half dozen oysters which were fresh and briny.
The beauty in this place is the décor, utilizing the old pharmacy components and maintaining the history of the building.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the roasted chicken with grains. Healthy clean feeling dish. It was also perfect weather for sitting outside that evening and enjoyed the ambiance of the patio. Place is nicely decorated.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and authentic food in a neighborhood gem! Great for friends conversations, dates, (yummy brussel sprouts) cool location to support local historical business.

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MK
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! The chef brought us out a sample plate of a item he was going to add to the menu. Great service as well. All in all amazing place.

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EB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute outdoor seating, great decor and vibe. Great brunch spot!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had SUCH a nice experience. After being turned down by a few other snooty restaurants in town as we didn't have a Saturday night reservation, we finally found Hillside Farmacy available on OpenTable. I'd dined there for brunch and lunch before but not for dinner. We were so happy immediately with our choice. It was a warm, welcoming, and vibrant environment with good energy. Their décor is so cool with a vintage feel. They bank on the old Pharmacy feel in an artistic way. The host was amazing. He was friendly and communicative and checked in on us continually through the evening. The food was stellar. We dined on raw oysters, mac and cheese, roasted Brussel sprouts, and an incredible burger with added bacon and cheese. Oh and the salt and vinegar fries with aioli were killer. We were pleased that Hillside Farmacy turned our evening around and thank the great staff there!

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L
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. We look forward to our next visit.

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m
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Well knowledgable staff and good selection of beers. Highly recommend stopping in for half-off oyster Mondays!

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AD
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters are awesome. Great selection of small plates!

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