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Parkside, Austin, TX

Parkside

4.2
4.2
1670 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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 12 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 474-9898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Shawn Cirkiel

  • 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

    Amanda Harrison amanda@parksideprojects.com: (512) 474-9898

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    San Jancinto

  • Parking details

    Valet parking provided on San Jancinto every night. Street parking is available as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,670 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. LC

    LindaC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. The service is great and the food delicious.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was horrible. The pics of the place looked very nice online and decided to make a reservation for my husbands bday dinner. First of all the place is super rundown. We got seated at a booth and the seats were super uncomfortable like it they were broken. We got ordered drinks and appetizers and looking at the prices we were all like what?!? So expensive. Anywho my husband ordered oysters and the waitress did not even bother to tell us what oysters were what just dropped them off and took off. We got calamari also and it was gross it smelled like it had done bad and it was so small. Needless to say after those appetizers came we got the check and left. So disappointed with this place the service is horrible and so not friendly. Never coming back, they should totally close this place down.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The menu was limited. Raw bar was out of oysters. The service was pleasant and tried hard but the whole experience was very slow
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I really wanted to like this place but the food was sub-par. Probably why it’s pretty empty
  5. DS

    DrSteve

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The server was adorable and outstanding! The food, however, was not up to par. A very limited menu, so I’m not sure why the few things were so underwhelming. Burger — extremely overdone and dry (is that what the aioli was for?) with a terribly dry and hard bun; side of fries that looked good but tasted “meh”. Steak tartare — sorely lacking in flavor (salt, please). Crab fritters — overdone to the point of introducing bitterness of taste. Cocktails were also just off — bland margaritas with no complexity, and a special Paloma that wasn’t so special. Ambience is nice, but the frequent flashes from police car lights outside distracted from the evening, though I’m sure that can’t be controlled.
  6. MK

    MichaelK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service was great. All around a top notch experience.
  7. ET

    ErikTX

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Parkside is an entertaining experience in dining because it’s right in the middle of the sixth street craziness. It’s decent food in a casual but nice space with big windows so you can watch the street drama unfold as you nibble on lump crab meat with a spicy Thai sauce. The staff was very friendly and the service was great.
  8. CB

    CarolineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful spot for happy hour! Great food and good service.
  9. F

    Foodieintraining

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Unfortunately I found the food and service underwhelming. The service was subpar. Upon arrival to our table the server did not offer to get us drinks and when we asked on her second visit if we could order drinks and put our food in at the same time, one of our drinks was forgotten all together and the other arrived well after two of our appetizers. We saw three tables sit and leave while we were there because the service was so slow. We thought the menu could use 1-2 more options under most categories. The food was also unbelievably salty. We ordered the calamari to start which was good (but salty) among other apps and I could not believe how overwhelmingly salty the salad was. I would have liked to been able to add a protein option if available. We did end with the little donuts for dessert and the texture, sweet and salty combo of the ice cream were fantastic!!The creativity and quality of this dish seemed to outshine the rest. The pricing of entrees seemed to way exceed what you might expect based on the rest of the menu. Overall, I was not impressed with both food and service. While not usually a dessert lover, if I ever go back it would just be for dessert and a cocktail.
  10. J

    Josh

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Very very salty food… from salty salad to salty calamari to salty aoli… I like salt, but this was almost inedible.
  11. AW

    AudreyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were fantastic -- the Caesar salad was very unique, with orange zest sprinkled on it! Quite tasty! You can enjoy a great conversation because the noise level is not excessive and the booths provide enough of a buffer from other tables that you can enjoy a relatively secluded meal in peace. My only quibble with the Parkside is that the mixed drinks and wine are grossly overpriced. I missed happy hour, so perhaps the pricing then is more reasonable. Nonetheless, a pleasant dining experience!
  12. FT

    FrankT

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We have been at Parkside a couple of times. It never disappoints. Great good and drinks.
  13. MS

    MarkS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall an enjoyable dinner.wine list a bit overpriced and the oysters microscopic but the ceviche and steal frites rocked
  14. SS

    SweetSouthernSassy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Brought friends here that were visiting from out of town. It was ok. I would not bring out of towners again if I am trying to impress them. Steak was overcooked, ceviche had no chips/crackers, martinis were tiny. The oysters were really good and the wine thankfully. I would have also rather been facing 6th Street to people watch and not with my back to the St in a booth. The waitress was new. She was very sweet. However they gave her a $1 store wine opener to open the bottle. Maybe hook your staff up with good openers. The restaurant apparently automatically charges gratuity on 6 or more which is fine. But being charged gratuity on alcohol is not fair with prices ranging. If I order a $40 bottle wine vs $100 bottle I should not be charged more just bc the bottle is more.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We’ve been here several times and loved it but last night the food was very subpar and the service was very slow and unfriendly
  16. DW

    DonaldW

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Food was average/marginal at best. Typical Bar scene.
  17. SN

    SusanN

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Took too long to get meal due to large party
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I think someone in the kitchen was new. The oysters weren’t cleaned or shucked correctly. Usually great and everything else we had was perfect
  19. TX

    TXFoodie

    Austin

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took advantage of the raw platter and sparkling wine special. Since it was an early dinner before going to a show we then did several small plates that included a fantastic ceviche and crab lettuce wrap. All the seafood was extremely fresh and flavorful. The staff was very nice and helpful and made for a very enjoyable evening out.
  20. RJ

    RichardJ

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Food was good but not great. The seating all in the bar area is fine if you are looking for a good meal on 6th street that feels like you are in a bar. If you are looking for something a little more upscale I wouldn't reccomend it.
  21. t

    tgrahamks

    Kansas City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Happy hour was great. The crab fritters were delicious and the steak tartar was positively outstanding. Bartender was a bit slow at filling orders. Otherwise a perfect experience.
  22. AF

    AshF

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    Slow service and the food was mediocre.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful happy hour and delicious food!
  24. o

    ojsawyer

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was slow. Fortunately we were not in a rush. Food was tasty but pricey except for a couple items on the limited menu. Probably would pass in the future outside of happy hour.
  25. JS

    JudyS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If they are serving the mushroom tart, order it! It's divine. Our server was a delight: she was attentive and friendly. We' are repeat customers and enjoy our time there. Ask for a seat by the window.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Unimpressed…slow service, mediocre overpriced food
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend an I went into Austin for a show, drinks, and bite for the first time since Covid. He suggested Parkside and it was a great choice. They were very accommodating when I called ahead asking if it was wheelchair accessible and how seating was. We had the calamari, I had scallops, and he had a burger. We will be coming back!
  28. CB

    CrystalB

    Savannah

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Oysters were a hit with our group. Salads were very good. Entrees left something to be desired. Server was incompetent and couldn’t have cared less.
  29. KS

    KellyS

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    We used to love Parkside. It was a special place for us — not anymore. Spend your money elsewhere.
  30. TS

    TS1234

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Great service, forgettable food. Was very disappointed in quality of food.
  31. A

    Alysia

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Raw bar is a MUST! Scallops were top notch. Right in the heart of 6th st.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Love their oysters, main reason why we go. Wednesday all day 1/2 off oyster and bubbles
  33. PG

    PaulG

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very limited menu . Possibly due to supply chain issues, not sure . Pretty pricey for what you get . Service was great.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Took 20 mins before anyone came to our table to take drink order. Calamari tasted like fried plastic. Oysters were good. Overall not great. Best part of the night was the people watching on 6th street. Wouldn’t go back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Really surprised at the lackl
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Scallops were very good. Mac and cheese was not good. Great waiter. Overpriced for the value but solid date spot.
  37. CW

    ChanceW

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG! Oysters are absolutely AMAZING! Service as always was excellent. What happened to my Deep Eddys Grapefruit Vodka? Everything else was absolutely on point! Fritters and Ceviche crushed them to! Oh and for you Oyster snobs like me, Gulf Oysters are literally banned from the building. Enjoy. Great team at Parkside from the hostess to the bar and management. Don’t forget to end it with the”Candy Bar” deconstructed awesomeness! One of my favs in Austin!
  38. J

    John

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Cons: Still had to wait 40 minutes after our reservation time for a table. Food quality was of a interstate dinner. Wife's steak was extremely under cooked, was sent back and forgotten about, so I basically ate my meal alone, then her meal came back well after I finished eating. No clean beer glasses available. Pros: They servers where friendly and sympathetic to our bad experience. They took our entrees off the check
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was really great. The kitchen was running behind so they comped our oysters and bubbles to apologize. Things can happen but was really impressed on how they handled it.
  40. MS

    MarkS

    Austin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    After waiting at our table for an hour and 15 minutes, we elected to leave. We offered to pay for our bottle of wine, but were lectured that there was a “global crisis “ going on as the reason for our lack of food. I think we are all aware that COVID exists and has affected the restaurant industry. We were trying to support them. One option might be to not book all of the restaurant’s tables if you are short-staffed. In any case, berating a customer who has waited for over an hour for a food order does not seem like hospitality.

FAQs

Parkside does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Parkside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 474-9898.

Parkside is rated 4.2 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Parkside

301 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Jancinto

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking provided on San Jancinto every night. Street parking is available as well.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Shawn Cirkiel

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 474-9898

  • 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

    Amanda Harrison amanda@parksideprojects.com: (512) 474-9898

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