Parkside

4.2
1608 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. Parksides dining room is now open and operating within all recommended social distancing standards from the state and CDC. A mask is not required but highly encouraged when not at a table. While we are allowing walk-ins, we do encourage making reservations to ensure a table and to help us maintain proper distancing. For more information on other steps we are taking to help ensure the safety of our community, please reach out to us directly.

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vipKellyE
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall our experience was enjoyable. We had a great waitress named Abby and she took good care of us. Everyone in our group enjoyed their dishes - the chicken sandwich, ceviche, salmon. I got the buttered chicken dish and it wasn’t my favorite - the peppercorn sauce made it taste burnt and weird. I ended up just getting a side of fries to neutralize the taste and feed my appetite. I did enjoy the music and it wasn’t very crowded the night we went so I’d go again but get something different. I plan to check out their Wed evening half off oyster and bubbles deal.

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JBollom
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour in town coupled with the best service in town makes this spot our regular hangout.

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NoelH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour with delicious food and drink options. My only complaint is that service is always slow, so be prepared for that going in. I would recommend this Austin gem

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Claire
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables seemed a little close together but the staff was amazing and the food was delish! Can’t beat 50% off oysters and sparkling wine on Wednesday!

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Sally
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Overpriced and over cooked. Food was rushed. Received my salad course while the appetizers were still on the table. So they just put the salads on the edge if the table. Jack our server just had no time for us. Maybe he had to many tables. It was a prefixed menu it should have been easy on them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing family dinner on Xmas Eve!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Cocktails bland, fried chicken sandwich was terrible - breading was falling off, under seasoned, bun was stale. Oysters were great, calimari was solid. The choice of music was awful....too loud and sounded like I was in a club. Didn't fit atmosphere at all. Great server.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our food was good! The oysters were great as always as was the soup and raw bass. Our service was fantastic, kind, educated and attentive. Perfect. I love Parkside!

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vipGradDad
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner with adult children

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Virginia oysters were perfect. Service was excellent. Great venue. Bone marrow was only so-so this time, but has been excellent in the past. We were there during happy hour, the value was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Limited, weak menu right now. Cocktail options were bad combinations of flavors.

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Domo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food took forever. Food quality was not great and under seasoned.

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Thatgirlolivia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday for my partner. Lauren the bartender was very accommodating and just absolutely delightful. 10/10 would recommend.

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vipLouis
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food. Great drinks
Great service
Good background music

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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AlbertoZ
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner early on. Friday evening. The social distancing and other pandemic procedures made us feel safe. All the food was excellent, but the bass from the raw bar menu, and the special appetizer of blood sausage with roasted vegetables were both highlights of the evening. My daughter has the macaroni and cheese side as her entree and was very happy.

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vipTTan
Austin
77 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good and amazing value during happy hour! Service has been spectacular - this place is in our regular rotation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu was limited but the service was amazing. The food we had was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Rare delicacy options. Ambiance was quiet indoors. We wanted rooftop but it worked out better this way. Waitress was attentive and quick with a great personality. Will definitely be coming back.

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vipRita
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Disorganized. Long long wait time for food. We were seated much later than our reservation even though our table was open - like they were trying to pace the kitchen. Forgot one of our appetizers, long delay for main courses, then getting the bill was another long delay. We ordered the ceviche appetizer and crab cake appetizers which were very good. We then had the Salmon entrees, one of which was cold. They need new management.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Seated us not as requested.

Food was not good at all. I’ve been twice before and it was great. This time, blah!!!! And service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was great except the food was flavorless... I was very excited to try the whole menu which we did get every appetizer they had. They where all very beautiful dishes but not a single thing had much flavor or weren’t seasoned well.

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vipTTan
Austin
77 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to see the business struggling as it has always been a staple for us. Working with a skeleton crew, they are still friendly and attentive. The food is still good and HH is a great deal

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vipNicoleM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was TERRIBLE unfortunately. The chicken sandwich lacked chicken and instead was a huge over fried piece of fat and the bun was toasted WAY to many times. The mac in the mac and cheese was nonexistent. Even the drink was awful considering we got something completely different from what was ordered.
If you’re thinking about visiting, keep on walking.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Visiting U of Texas for first time for our son.

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vipKS123
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HIGHLY recommend, as always. Safe during quarantine. Wednesday night oyster/sparkling night is a great deal. Our server Kate was amazing!

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MeganB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We LOVED the oyster deal on Wednesdays! So delicious. Our server was kind, gracious, and practiced good social distancing.

I appreciated that the management provides their employees with gloves, which not a lot of places are doing.

We will definitely return.

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BenS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found this place. Service was exceptional. Food was great. Can't wait to visit again.

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CharlotteJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately they were out of two of the appetizers our table ordered. But the oysters were outstanding and service was great! Happy hour is great and drinks just as good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Parkside was okay. We went around 5:15 on a Saturday and did a great job with social distancing. No issues with feeling uncomfortable. It was happy hour and the drinks were good! I got the Strawberry Sparkle or something like that and it was good. The food was just ok. I had the salmon and my date had the chicken sandwich. Both meh. Not a lot of flavor. Service was fine. Nothing too crazy. Probably wouldn’t go back because there was nothing that really kept you wanting to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great happy hour.

CJ
vipCaroleeJ
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good to be back at Parkside. Although they are not doing specials during this time the food was still very good. One of the best burgers in town. The fries seemed a little different we remembered them thinner and with a parmesan herb topping instead of the garlic herb. The scallops with crab louie sauce and roasted red pepper (?I think) sauce was very good. Generous serving of scallops perfectly cooked. Loved the thin slices of serrano on it (more!) but not the mint.
Great wine selections, loved the Texas Rousanne.
Wish they would bring back the Fluke dish that was so good, have to try the Bass next time.

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CharlesM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were adventuring out to dine in restaurants. We chose Parkside as we were familiar with this restaurant. We entered, were welcome and were taken to the bar area. We asked to sit in the dining room as we were dressed in nice clothes. The music was loud and not appropriate for fine dining - maybe we were too early. Nice waitress and when she saw we had only one phone with us and not so familiar with scanning she did bring us a paper menu. We ordered a Ceasar Salad and Steak & Frites to share. We also ordered Fried Calmari and Fried Okra to share. Overall, the food was disappointing, chopped lettuce with tomatoes and no dressing as ordered, Calmari only slightly crisp, steak one bite of 5 was without sinew. We liked the okra and the fried potatoes. Asked for catsup. We live in the neighborhood and like to support our local restaurants. We ordered a pizza from BackStreet the night before and it was also disappointing - crust was tough and could hardly find the mushrooms. I am hoping this was all attributed to pandemic closing and not their future food service.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was on point. Had pate and scallops. Hit the spot. Wed they have an oyster and bubbles happy hour. Best spot downtown.

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GretchenC
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks from the bar were fantastic. The appetizers wonderful. The entrees were so tasty - butter chicken was outstanding. The new chicken sandwich on the menu was so delicious. The okra so so good - cut on a diagonal, such a great way to showcase this dish. Wish we'd had room for dessert. We will be back to enjoy more of Parkside in the future!

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

No Cabernet available by the glass. Otherwise excellent evening

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vipLeahB
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amamzing meal - can’t beat 50% off from 5pm-6pm!

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LisaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

For being as expensive as this place was, it was not up to par! I expected great service and food and both were lacking. It took a long time to get anything and the wait staff that dropped items were very rude, unhelpful and even aggressive in their dropoffs.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an evening for our friends bachelor weekend and were not disappointed. Excellent service to our group and delicious food. My chicken plate was returned all but licked clean. Other quotes from my group: “Excellent service. Bar steak is delicious. Great cocktails” “Give a shout out to Blair for making excellent recommendations and doing a great job overall.”

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing. Service was a bit slow, but still within acceptable limits. Noise levels were very high. Couldn't carry a conversation with my friend.

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 1608 OpenTable diners.

Parkside does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=parkside.

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.

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