Parkside

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1573 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

No Cabernet available by the glass. Otherwise excellent evening

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vipLeahB
Austin
10 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.

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AshleyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Went to dinner with our friends. reservation time was honored but our entire dining experience was horrible. The services was nice but it seemed that the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. My martini took 25 minutes to get because they sent the wrong drink. My table ended up fishing their drinks before I even received my first one. The Brussels were burnt and soggy the same time (i didn’t know that was possible) my boyfriend ordered the salmon and it was the size of the $7.00 salmon piece at HEB not to mention it was way over cooked to the point where the fork couldn’t cut it easy. The bill was expensive. They had a backup in the restrooms which caused a horrible odor the entire night. A girl brought a random drink to our table and dropped it off... none of us ordered it only to find that we were charged for it. No one touched it. Super unorganized and I wish we didn’t waste our hard earned money.

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vipAB12
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible service from beginning to end. From the bartender, to the waitstaff they just didn’t seem to care about the experience of their customers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Love Parkside usually, but they had a “bathroom issue” on the particular night we were there this time, which ruined our appetites, so we cut it short.

Food and drinks were still quality as always, and our server was polite, personable, and attentive.

No doubt in my mind it was a one-time thing!

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bobtownusa
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The vibe/atmosphere is nice, especially for a corner restaurant in the heart of "Dirty 6th." Would definitely try again, but for a table of 4 with a few drinks, shareables, and main courses, we felt that the price point was a little high for the food and the length of time to serve. The wait staff were all very pleasant, knowledgable, etc., but the food did take quite some time to come to the table. Would try again to see if it was simply a one-time experience of that kind.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Decent sized portions but food was bland and over priced. Much better options around in Austin for similar price

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TannerY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Very unprofessional to establish reservations and for them to be completely ignored. Not just my party but anyone who attended that night. 2 hours behind schedule we didn’t get seated until midnight.

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STEPHEN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is good when it's hot, fish was salty. Service got our request wrong and brought food we didn't order. Place was packed. Value was lower than expected. Apple pie was incredible.

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AnnM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had reservations at 8:45 but did not get seated till 9:40 after going to the front and asking them how much longer. My boyfriend noticed that 3 names had been crossed off after our name... Still we were in a good mood and we knew it was Valentines Day. We ordered the bone marrow, 3 things from the raw including a dozen oysters and steak. We never got the oysters, we informed 2 different staff regarding the oysters and they said they would check on it and everyone around us was getting oysters, except us. We never got it. The food was not 3-4 stars, the reservation and wait was not worth it. I would not recommend this place or ever come back. Food, service and environment spend your money and your time elsewhere seriously.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The wait once we arrived was a little extensive, but the service and food more than made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Took 45 minutes to seat us after reservation. Food order was never submitted, we finished 2 courses behind tables that were seated after ys

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Rath
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Only the desert was worth mentioning. Everything else was chewing and salty. I was very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service3ambience5

We were seated a full hour after our reservation time. Upon being seated, we were given a $20 voucher for our next visit and two complimentary glasses of bubbles for our wait. We were then given a complimentary appetizer of Brussels sprouts, I assume because it took a full hour for our meal to arrive after we ordered. Upon receiving the check, we had to ask for the Brussels sprouts that we didn’t order to be removed from the bill. The free bubbles and Brussels we didn’t ask for didn’t make up for the fact that we didn’t end up eating dinner until 9:30 at night, and the manager never even stopped by our table. This experience ruined our Valentine’s Day. We left the $20 voucher on the table when we left because we will never be back, which is a huge bummer because Valentine’s Day is the anniversary of when my husband and I started our relationship and Parkside is where we hosted the rehearsal dinner for our wedding when we got married in 2018.

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GeorgeT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

1) The app platter: A) The lamb tartare contained large chunks of fat that they neglected to trim prior to chopping the meat. Considering that the portion size was dreadfully small; I was unable to eat 1/4 of my serving because biting a piece of raw, cold, fat is similar to biting a pebble of cured polymer. B) The smoked fish pate was made with fish that had reached the final day of its shelf-life. They attempted to conceal this with large portions of fresh dill--this masking did not work. C) I don't recall the other offerings so they were neither good nor bad. I was very disappointed with the lamb tartare though.

2) The salad; It was abysmally dull with a strange "paste" dressing coating the perimeter of the plate. It had also been assaulted with flakes of something that reminded me of the shell from a post-fired creme brulee. This was a very distracting addition to a rather boring salad.

3) The braised ribs were amazing. They deserve high marks.

4) The dessert: I'm not a chocolate fan. However, my wife is. It speaks volumes that she only ate one bite.

5) The oysters were good. However, we were served some rather large oysters. The couple adjacent to us were served a platter of small oysters (the ones that are sweet and more flavorful). I wish we had been given the option to choose.

I like Parkside and we'll go there again, but we'll never go for their holiday menu again--it was over priced and disastrous.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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mav13ick2010
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service! We love dining at Parkside and will definitely be back!

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MeliT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go to Parkside, I am more than pleased with the experience. The service is always warm and knowledgeable. My roast chicken was excellent and the panisse were absolutely perfect this last visit. I still dream about a spring risotto special I had years ago. The only thing I would note is the noise level. It can get very loud if it's busy.

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ChristyG
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great value. Seating was a little chaotic and crowded where we sat.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Had to ask several times for a condiment. Music and noise level too loud. Was cold in the restaurant so they turned off AC. Food just OK not great for the price. Steak undercooked, chicken fatty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an 8PM reservation on Sunday, January 26, 2020. We were seated immediately upon entering the restaurant. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. The food was served in a timely manner and was delicious! We had the calamari and crab fritters, the Classic Platter and bass from the Raw Bar menu, scallops, brussel sprouts, and macaroni. For dessert we had the fried apple pie and the brownie. Everything was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Will definitely eat here again during my next visit.

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JaciC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The music is tooooooo loud. We had to yell at each other. We had to yell at the servers. Made the good food and great happy hour an unhappy hour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The flavors were very well conceived for our entrees and desserts. There were a few minor issues, which our server promptly remedied. The noise level on a Friday night was very high. Overall we enjoyed the experience and meal.

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DennisT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters, Wine, Beer, Salmon. All excellent, with friendly attentive service.

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Reviewer4
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Services was excellent.

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MeredithC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our waiter was good, but some of the other service elements were missing. They didn’t have small plates available for our starters, we had to ask for steak knives for our steak, and on top of that, my medium steak was cold when it arrived.

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AshlynnA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savory food and incredible service. Definitely going to make a trip back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience5

It’s New Year’s Eve. They are doing a $70/person pre fix menu. Reservation only and no wait. Theoretically this should be easier than a normal night. It was not. It took over 2 hours to get all our courses. Both adjacent tables to us complained about the wait and they were seated well after us. Unfortunately the food wasn’t good once it arrived. The nuts on the salad were burned beyond recognition (I think they were going for “roasted”. The grouper was raw and probably not safe to eat...so we didn’t. The side dish was “field peas” which tasted like a bowl of canned black eyed peas. The deserts were good! Yay.
The waitress was great and I always feel bad for the front of the house when the back is sucking it up.
I would not recommend.

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TaylorE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't seat us for 35 minutes. Was unclear whether we had a table originally or they weren't prepared at all. Walked out.

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vipKatA
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Came for New Years (obviously with a reservation) and didn’t end up getting seated for 2 HOURS - finally sitting down around 10:30 when we had an 8:15 reservation! We ended up having to cancel our after dinner plans & ring jn the new year on their patio.

The restaurant graciously gave us a couple bottles of champagne for the wait but it was a little ridiculous that we had to wait that long. When booking it is called out that reservations are only allotted 1.5 hours... yet they let the table before us sit there for 1.5 hours before even ordering.

I’ve been here a few times and usually it is great but this experience was HORRIBLE. Beyond the wait, some of the food was cold & honestly underwhelming.

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RonG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a typical overpriced, small portioned good New Years eve dinner, that in typical last minute fashion we were told 24 hours before would no longer be an order off the standard menu, and backed into the price fix. Food was good, but not outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia was our server and she made our experience phenomenal. The food was great and the cocktails were sublime. One of our new favorite places!

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NashvilleGrubber
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the absolute BEST service from Kate!! We wanted to take her with us :) The food was some of the BEST we have ever had. Our group doesn’t recommend restaurants that we aren’t absolutely impressed with... this one is top notch and we highly recommend it!!

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vipbfried
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nothing like our past visits, left a lot to be desired.

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Jamjar
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I appreciated the wait staff’s recommendation for our meal and the flexibility in helping us move tables.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Checked in with the host about 5 minutes before our reservation. He told us that they were getting our table ready and that we’d be seated soon. There were several empty tables available, just needing to be refreshed. Over the next 20 minutes we watched several parties come in and be seated, watched the host talks pictures for a party, etc (you get the picture). When asked how much longer it would be, the host repeated the same line. They finally seat us at a table we’ve been looking at since arrival. We’re never given an excuse. We kindly exit. They need to get it together. I hosted an event here a few years ago with seemingly similar disorganized and slow service. Seems like nothing has changed

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PratibhaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We went for sentimental reasons. The food was mediocre, the server was distracted, and there was an extremely loud table (with a drunk woman who kept shouting) that managers did not address

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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 1573 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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