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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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4.9

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4.7

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4.7

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4.6

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 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 11, 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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·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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·Dined on October 23, 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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vip
 (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 18, 2017

Great spot and super kind staff

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 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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·Dined on September 30, 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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·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 4, 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 2, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 20, 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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·Dined on August 20, 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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 (Orlando)·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 27, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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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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 (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 9, 2017

Neither the venue or the menu are large, but what they do, they do very well: Great pizza from a wood-burning oven, changing array of antipasti and thoughtful, well-priced wine list. Friendly service too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Greatly enjoyed our double date here! The lamb and pork meatballs are delicious! We also shared the margherita and roasted mushroom pizzas. It's a great spot to meet with a small group of friends (only 30 seats in the restaurant I believe). Sharing meatballs and two pizzas we perfect for us (plus some beers). All in all a great dinner and I plan to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

The biancha pizza (prob misspelled) is a must. Very delicious. But all is good here. Baked ricotta, Brussels sprouts, and budino for dessert, all very high quality. Such a nice respite from the junky noisy generic feeling of most eateries around here.

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The Brussel Sprouts and lamb meatballs were tasty, the wood-fired pizza was really good, but the caramel chocolate pudding was amazing. The table was ready when we arrived and the service was impeccable. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great pizza and small appetizers with a decent wine selection. Definitely get a reservation as it's a small place that gets crowded and loud with big groups.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Small space with good food right off six (just behind Parkside). Pizzas are the main fare. We had the mozzarella app which was tasty. Good place but in town I think Unit D is better and if you have time a pilgrimage to Pious is sure to delight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Old Austin in a sea of sameness. Loved the food, no frills decor and great waitress. Every bite was crafted and fantastic.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Tapas, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I love everything about this place! We've moved away from Austin and still make a point to visit when we're in town. The pizza is THE BEST wood-fired around, with the freshest ingredients and most perfectly chewy/toasty crust. The servers are always warm and friendly, and took exceptional care with our visit. Only downside is they're so tiny! But that makes it feel special when you get in ;)

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great for a date night or other special occasion. Very small restaurant so definitely make reservations. Wine is very pricey. Paid $50 for a $20 bottle of wine but the atmosphere and the food are totally worth the expense. Service was awesome! Try the fresh mozzarella! It was heavenly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We had a great experience. Meat board and homemade mozzarella was yummy. Didn't care as much for the mushroom pizza but pepperoni was good. Kids didn't love the "gourmet" pizza. We went 5:45 on a Thursday and it was quiet and calm which I like. Very few seats, small place. Overall very good for the adults. Average for the kids.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The rise of neapolitan pizza in Austin has maybe left me picky, but I was a little surprised at how average the pizza was during our lunch. The dough had the great taste of a good neapolitan crust, but was undercooked and barely held its structure. The basil had little flavor and was watery, which wasn't a pleasing texture.

The service was also pretty horrible. I love restaurants where the staff doesn't drop by every second, but our waitress really took it to an extreme. Granted, we went during SXSW which I wouldn't normally do, because I understand it's a generally terrible time for those working in the area. I would like to give our waitress the benefit of the doubt regarding our service, so maybe this wasn't a normal occurrence. However, we asked our waitress for water when we received our food, and it wasn't until she saw us receiving the check from a different server that she brought the water to our table, despite the place being fairly empty.

In general, I would say that service is always hit and miss, due to restaurant staff being human beings with bad days, so reviewing based on one bad experience isn't really fair. However, I don't think the food is stellar in any way. The raw dough, lackluster ingredients, and the presence of better pizza competition in Austin makes me wonder why I have always heard great things about this place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Very fun! Good pizza with a very laid back, Austin vibe.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great service and recommandation

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Food here is authentic and always delicious. Pizza is the closest to what we had in Italy-meatballs and burrata are a must!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Casual, Quick Bite
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