Parkside

4.5
1497 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. Parkside accepts a limited number of reservations and reserves a section of the restaurant for walk-in guests each night. Seating is done on a first-come, first serve basis. All parties must be complete prior to being seated.

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A semi-upscale and crowd-pleasing Italian spot in the middle of Dirty 6th.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Honestly I love to go out to eat 2x a month to different place. I never leave a comment or reviews but this time I will. Service was horrible. Out waiter was to busy trying to be the coolest person in there I guess that he forgot what being a waiter was. Food was decent. Not anything special, small plates, semi pricey. Being on Dirty 6th st. Wasn’t ideal for me with the homeless outside asking for money. Well tried it, will I ever go again NO. Do I recommendNo Not really. Austin offers a lot of different amazing restaurants that this one does not standout nor offer anything special to go back nor recommend. Thanks

DL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with good food, a decent wine list, and service was excellent. I liked its casual environment, but with more upscale cuisine. Definitely will return

CV
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We have had many positive dining experiences at Parkside over the years, but the last two times have been off. Two visits ago the food was just okay, and this time the food and service were both off. We will most likely not return for a while.

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great food, great service and awesome ambiance.

t
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi I’m Terrance. I’m about to write you a ton of 5 star reviews. I come here a lot and love you guys.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was pretty good and steak was excellent - the fried green tomatoes were reheated and had to send back and take off bill. Place looks like a dump on outside but nice on inside

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Happy Hour in Austin

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints other than the fried okra not on the menu. The birthday candle on the champagne glass was cute!

SC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! We would definitely go back again.

CW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with great service! Doesn't get better than Parkside. Menu and food is outstanding. Chef Shawn Cirkiel's vision is second to none.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

No IPAs despite one listed on menu. Fries, but no malt vinegar. Oysters took forever - blamed the computer (lame).

Grossly overpriced for the small portion size (excpt the grilled asparagus, but then they were over cooked).

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was mostly bland, and whatever wasn’t bland had terrible spice choices, who puts all spice w/beef tartare?

t
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi I’m Terrance. I’m about to write you a ton of 5 star reviews. I come here a lot and love you guys.

t
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi I’m Terrance. I’m about to write you a ton of 5 star reviews. I come here a lot and love you guys.

SF
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour place! Everything was 1/2 off including drinks. Must order: salmon with ancient grains and the Mellon Head drink.

DD
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On this most recent of many visits the wait staff and wait service were a little out to lunch. And some of our oysters were very small. But everything was tasty, as always.

NE
San Antonio
45 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Our waitress was outstanding as was our bartender. Food was unique and excellent! Drinks were also superior. Thanks!

RK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and wine list in a very casual environment. A hidden gem! Loved it!

JA
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet some friends or family or colleagues on any night but especially a Wednesday night. Great happy hour and very good food. Enjoy.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fish was farmed, not wild. And a bit pricey for the quality.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Waiter was good and attentive but other than that a let down. Been awhile since we had been to Parkside and it will be awhile before we go back- sad to say. Was so good when it first opened its doors.

SH
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was as good as advertised. The interior is ridiculously dated. The music (with about 10 diners present at 6pm on a dead Saturday) was an odd mixture of rap and hip-hop--some of it full of gangster-y themes. Don't need any "b**ches" served with my $26 cod.

S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

,The food and service was great, fourth time I’ve brought large party from out of town and everyone loved it!

LR
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkside has become an old favorite of ours! Ambiance , service and food are consistently excellent! We especially like to eat here before we go to Esther’s Follies. It is just a short walk down the street to make the 8:00 show!

G
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome Little place to eat. Food and drinks were really good.

JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was amazing!! Chef Aaron is the best chef in Austin!

f
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour from 5 - 6 everyday. Everything on the menu is half price. The oysters were so sweet and fresh. Cait took very good care of us. She is knowledgeable about the wines and the menu options. Parkside has become one of our go to restaurants when we are in Austin.

M
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were a party of 8x 40 somethings. There was a party of 20ish very loud rowdy young men in the same room separated by a cloth. They were in the men’s room doing blow all night and were overserved as many of them could barely walk by the end of the night. Took 45 minutes to get our food order in and not because we weren’t ready. We sat down with drinks in hand. Server was really friendly and nice. Food took an hour or so to come. 28 dollars for a quarter chicken breast and 10 dollars for family style sides that fed 1-2 ppl. Very disappointing as it’s not fine dining but it’s dirty 6th so 🤷🏻‍♂️ Asked for the manager... didn’t seem to have much experience in fine dining.

C
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant, food and service. The night we were there, there were a couple of big parties, and it was so loud that we couldn't carry on a conversation. Certainly appreciate that everyone's trying to have a good time, and it would be great to have parties accommodated in a reasonable setting for all. We will try again - we've enjoyed it previously.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Overrated by Gayot;Frommers more accurate.

RE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service by Jordan was excellent. Food and drinks were great. The only issue was that we had a reservation but still waited well over half an hour for a table. We only had three people in our party and saw several people come in after us and seated before us. This would have not been as irritating if the host communicated better, offered for us to wait at the bar, etc.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They forgot 2 sides and the oysters were past their prime

MP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Cool building, decor and ambiance but overpriced for the quality of the food and the serving sizes. Not in the best of locations but walking distance to local bars and music.

SB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the pork chop and salmon was very good. A little bit too loud.

MC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We never had to wait to ask for anything we needed.

BF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oyster platter and Steak tartare were both incredible. My table ordered the strip steak, porkchop, and salmon and all three were terrific but somewhat modest portions. We also ordered the asparagus to share and it was excellent.

It was very expensive, but the quality was there. If you have the money to spend on a meal like this, Parkside is a great option.

SS
New England
31 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Happy Hour when entire menu was 1/2 price. Even so it felt pricey, but this was our first meal in Austin where prices are high. We had fun, the brick walls added a cool vibe. Very laid back & funky.

Had a Caesar salad, which had to go back as there were croutons when I requested it gluten free. It was good, not memorable. Had the grilled asparagus which was terrific! Also split the chilled raw seafood plate w/ 3 shrimp, a shot glass of ceviche (not GF) & 6 oysters. All fresh & delicious.

Enjoyed a Cab & TX Whiskey. The glass of wine was an avg pour & normal price was $16 (!).

Young crowd - like all of Austin. Behind the Westin on 6th St. Would return but only for Happy Hour prices

RM
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Parkside is a fun place and probably the best restaurant on dirty 6 street. It gets very crowded and that impacts the service. We had 3 of our main dishes delivered on time but the fourth took at least 30 minutes more to come out. The food was great and presented nicely on the plate. I would highly recommend Parkside as long as you know that the restaurant is probably going to be very active, loud and pricey.

b
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkside never disappoints!

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