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About The Backspace - Austin

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. The Backspace accepts a limited number of reservations each night, allowing seats for walk-in guests. Seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. All parties must be complete before being seated.

507 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Pizzeria, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, 10:00pm on Sundays.
Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 5-6:30p

Cross Street:
6th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 474-9899

Website:
http://www.thebackspace-austin.com/

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

Parking Details:
Street and garage parking are available everywhere in the 6th Street Historic District. Valet parking is offered 5:00p - 11p, daily.

Executive Chef:
Shawn Cirkiel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 5-6:30, featuring half-off all antipasti, beer and wines-by-the-glass.

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The Backspace - Austin Ratings and Reviews

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Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I had not been to Backspace in a few years and really needed to go back. I love the rustic interior and th pizza still is some of the best in town. Despite its downtown location it is priced right.

Only downside was we didn’t get seated for our reservation until 40 minutes later. That’s just bad management. But they did make up for it with a free app and a free dessert.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the quaint atmosphere! GREAT Pizza. Just really charming

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was wonderful! Yummy food!!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Great space. Great vibe.

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Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service as usual!! This is our go to spot when we have guests in town because of the cozy, intimate atmosphere.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was priced very reasonably and was absolutely delicious. I will say the wine was a bit over priced especially for the limited selection of wine by the glass. Would definitely recommend dining here!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

A small, intimate, date spot with amazing pizza and great service. We had to wait an extra 10-15 for our reservation and the staff promptly brought two comped appetizers. It’s always a great experience dining here!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant has good food, not great. Small and with great service.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great spot for an intimate birthday dinner.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went to dinner for a double date with my girlfriend and her sister & boyfriend and was pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere and small dining area. The food is very affordable but wine is a bit pricy. We got a bottle of the Bartolino Red and it was definitely worth it for the unique taste paired with the environment of the restaurant. If you’re looking to have a fantastic, authentic Neapolitan pizza with a few drinks, this is the place to go in downtown Austin. But if you’re looking for a buzz with your dinner, you may want to look at places with a bit more affordable wine pairing. Overall an Excellent experience and I plan on returning. 8.8/10 (Would be a solid 10 if the wine prices were just a bit cheaper.)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The Margherita pizza at the Backspace is the best I have ever had, and I have had a lot!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My appetite was satisfied. Bread was excellent. Great customer experience. Clean restroom. Nice view of frost bank.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Consistently excellent; we visit Backspace fairly regularly and they never fail to deliver. The pizza is authentic and delicious, the wine list is excellent and fairly priced and the small plates fresh and yummy.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My husband and I ate here on a Friday night. The dining area is very small, so reservations are highly recommended. We sat next to each other so could easily hear each other despite the bustle around us. I'd suggest this restaurant more for smaller parties because of the size of the space and your ability to hear one another. The two pizzas we ordered were great. (We shared with each other, but they are personal size.) The beer and wine list could be a bit more robust. A split dessert was okay but messy per how they had presented a crumble type thing in a tiny glass container and no plate underneath. The meal was a little over $50 with alcohol, which is very reasonable in Austin. I'd definitely go back for another casual meal. The service was good, too.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A very small and busy place with mostly locals. Great pizza and apps. Wine list was excellent and happy hour prices were fantastic. Highly recommended.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had an excellent experience at The Backspace!! The food was phenomenal and we loved the feel of the space. It was perfect for good conversations, amazing food, and excellent service. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love this place everytime we go! We usually go for my husband's birthday and we always have a wonderful time. The mood is so intimate and the service is always so prompt and kind. The food is on another level. It's within steps of austin nightlife, so it's perfect for date night. This place makes my heart happy. Wish we could go more often!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wouldn’t recommend unless you’re looking to get in and out. They brought our check with our food and told us how much time we had before the next reservation was due for our table. We weren’t offered dessert (which we’re planning to order) and they made a point of taking our plates and glasses as soon as we appeared to slow down. We weren’t just hanging out, we ordered appetizers and then a couple of pizzas to share. Service was good until they wanted to turn the table and they made us feel rushed.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great spot and super kind staff

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is a very small venue. It took some time for seating, they added an additional table near the kitchen for us. Best Pizza light crust but authentic and tasty. Great find in the heart of Austin! A favorite of locals so it was packed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love this place.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great ambiance! Delicious food! Outside of happy hour, the wine is a bit pricey; however, beyond that, it's a great value too.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Tasty, Tasty, Tasty! Wish I could have eaten more

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wife and I really enjoyed our first try of The Backspace. Ordered antipasti and the Bianco with prociutto on top and everything was excellent. Great wine selection. We will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best in Austin.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Just fabulous. Gosh they make great pizza. Everything was terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

One of my fav cozt Austin restaurants...great pizza, cheese board and wine!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Small, charming restaurant with candle lit tables. Simple dishes prepared well. A great place to meet friends, enjoy delicious food, a nice glass of wine, and quite conversation. So glad we gave this a try.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We greatly enjoyed the food, had pizzas and an appetizer, which were all spectacular, however the sun was shining into the windows and into my husband's face throughout the meal, and it was also uncomfortably warm. The blinds were closed but were sheer. I would return based on the food quality but probably would not go during the day in summer.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The service was the only item I can complain about and fortunately it was the first time we have experienced substandard service. Our server was relatively prompt in greeting us and got us set up with drinks and then appetizers. Soon after he came to take entree orders and we were not ready. We had not seen one of our guests in some time and were engrossed in conversation so we had not taken time to decide on pizza. He returned and we again explained we were not ready. A third visit and we good naturedly suggested that on his next visit we would be ready.

Ready to order I was keeping an eye out for him and was disappointed that he passed the table a couple of times without even making eye contact. I flagged down a woman to ask that she notify our server that we were ready and she said, "I'm training but I can take your order." She did a fine job other than a mix up with water and wine so the night continued in a positive manner. Our server seemed to give up on us until the end of the meal when he cleared some plates and asked if we wanted anything else.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good pizza and wine, with a little 6th St riff raff out the window.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband and I always make it to The Backspace every time we go to Austin for a trip. We were only in town for a night this time and this was a must-have for our dinner date! Always a great ambiance, FANTASTIC pizza(!!) and this time we brought our 7 month daughter. The staff was very accommodating and we felt very welcome! We will return next time we are in the Austin area!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Hidden gem. Every dish is tasty with some unexpected combinations of flavors. Great wine choices.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We heard about this restaurant before we traveled to Austin and wanted to try it. It lived up to all expectations! Everything was so fresh and delicious. Make sure you make a reservation, not much seating.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Very good food, very good service. Not a real big space but not too noisy. Definitely moves fast.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food good. Asked for a reservation for 3 and was put at a 3 square foot table. Asked to move and told I had to be done in 1.5 hours. Not enough room for 3 people to have eaten period in original table reservation. Will re consider returning

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Amazing food! Wonderful vibe, casual but felt fun and festive too!

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We love this place. It's our kind of pizza (just take a look at the pictures on the website). And they have fantastic appetizers (braised greens and burrata for example) and a great selection of wine (love that they describe the wines on the menu). Very small place, but we like that because it makes it seem that much more authentic. You should space out your ordering a bit because the pizza does come out really quick as they cook it in the wood-fired oven (which also creates that amazing taste including the slight burnt edges).

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Amazing as always. Every time we come we know we can count on the food and staff to be amazing and once again they didn't disappoint. Only complaint would be that it was a little warm in there but that's to be expected in Texas in the middle of June when it's 100 degrees outside and you are at a small restaurant with a 900 degree oven going.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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