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The Backspace - Austin, Austin, TX

The Backspace - Austin

4.6
4.6
630 Reviews
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
The Backspace, Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Neapolitan pizzeria directly behind Parkside, is known for its wood-burning Italian brick oven, all Italian wine list, and original Italian antipasti made in-house daily.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 474-9899
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Shawn Cirkiel
  • Catering
    Please place your carry out orders in person so that your pizza will be hot and fresh. You'll only wait a few minutes. Email us in advance for large to-go orders
  • Private party facilities
    The Backspace can seat up to 40 guests for private events. For cocktail and buffet style functions we can squeeze in a few more!
  • Private party contact
    amanda@parksideprojects.com: (512) 474-9898
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    6th Street
  • Parking details
    Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. Valet parking is offered.
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 630 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

630 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Server Paydn was very good. Meatball appetizer was very good. Pizza was okay. Overall for a pizzeria it was good. Would have preferred the pizza a little hotter.

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  2. JoannaH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and the food and wine great! The happy hour deal was excellent! I highly recommend this gem of a place.

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  3. Gregg

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting with great pizza, appetizers and adult beverage selections.

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  4. Becca

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the cesar salad with anchovy and the margherita pizza. Both were fresh and flavorful.

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  5. Darrin

    Salt Lake City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming small spot with excellent food. Shared a Caesar and Fennel Sausage Pizza. Both were great!

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  6. Emmie

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pizza is always amazing!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was great except for the smell of sewer in the restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. JonathanS

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to the Backspace several times over the years, one of our favorite places in Austin. This time, however, will likely be our last and I offer the below feedback in the hopes of improving the experience for others. After being seated and ordering an appetizer, we waited about 25 minutes until noticing that what we ordered, a meat and cheese plate, was sitting on the counter waiting to be brought to our table. Our server, who may have been the only server taking care of the restaurant, was standing right in front of the board cutting pizzas and bringing them out to other tables. After 10 more minutes, the server finally brought the board to us after we had been waiting 35 minutes total. Any request, including drink refills was painstakingly slow and had to be requested twice. The pizzas were excellent and since we ordered four, they were brought out 2 at a time which was great. The food quality was high balanced out by the breathtakingly slow service. It’s one thing for a server to be overloaded but it’s quite another to be actively ignored. For reference, our table was two feet away from the server’s position cutting pizzas. We felt invisible and for $200, that should not have been our experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. We’ve been several times. The happy hour is great and everyday. The fennel sausage pizza is our favorite and every appetizer we’ve had has always been good.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pre show quick appetizer and drink. Appetizer was very good as well as beer, wine offerings. Service was attentive . The restaurant is quaint and comfortable, Would definitely go back for pizza.

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The Backspace - Austin is rated 4.6 stars by 630 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Backspace - Austin

507 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. Valet parking is offered.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Shawn Cirkiel
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (512) 474-9899
  • Catering
    Please place your carry out orders in person so that your pizza will be hot and fresh. You'll only wait a few minutes. Email us in advance for large to-go orders
  • Private party facilities
    The Backspace can seat up to 40 guests for private events. For cocktail and buffet style functions we can squeeze in a few more!
  • Private party contact
    amanda@parksideprojects.com: (512) 474-9898
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