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The Backspace - Austin

4.6
4.6
622 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 622 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Great for fine wines

  • Austin

    Great for fine wines

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    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.
  2. DF

    DorotheaF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephanie rocks and the food is the best!
  3. JC

    JessieC

    Austin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The lobster pizza was so delicious. And the atmosphere was dreamy. Remind me of being in a movie where BBF's comes every day after work to share stories. The tables are super close together, like close! We wished for more appetizer options. The most disappointing was on the receipt there was a "wellness charge". I asked what it was for and was told it was for covid safety for the employees, which sounds great in concept, however we feel that is the responsibility of the restaurant to provide "covid safety" to their employees without charging it to the customers. It was a huge turnoff.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cozy environment. Love it!
  5. J

    Jboy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Yet to have a bad experience at The Backspace, I think the last service I had was a one off experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot with great pizza and the perfect Italian wine pairings
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Good pizza. Terrible service. Had a reservation for 7pm and was asked to wait until they clear tables. We were seated at 7:20, waited ten minutes to get our order taken. We ended up taking our order to go because of the wait and poor service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yucatán

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Muy rico ! Ambiente bueno… servicio no tanto. Pero si lo recomendamos.
  9. SM

    ShannonM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful atmosphere, attentive staff and the food was perfect. The intimate, warmly ambience was a nice contrast to when you step out the door to the noise and craziness of 6th Street! Highly recommend, make sure you make reservations or you may not get a table.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff were extremely friendly. The pizzas were amazing. We had roasted broccoli and Margherita which had amazing flavors.
  11. HG

    HannahG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to go on a impromptu date with my boyfriend and this spot couldn’t have been more perfect! The host was extremely accommodating and the food ended up being incredible. Definitely some of the best pizza I’ve ever had.
  12. MJ

    MJKBermuda

    London

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and great food
  13. BC

    BCCHouston

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I live in Houston but get to Austin 1-2 times per year. I’ve eaten at Backspace 5-6 times over the years. Excellent pizza with somewhat limited selection of toppings offers but they picked the right ones and the quality of those offerings is top notch. The Cesar and Burrata salads are both fantastic. The Burrata is among the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Small but decent wine list and friendly service. The wood-burning over is right out in the restaurant which is pretty cool. No cocktails - wine and beer only. If you need a pizza fix in downtown Austin - this is your place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Food was good. Pizza was great, wine was ok at best. Appetizers were mediocre. Service was atrocious.
  15. m

    mjpolo

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    A very small place with fairly crowded seating. Food was tasty but VERY slow. It was surprising service was slow given the size of the place but maybe there were a lot of take out orders. The pizza was good but the crust was a little too thick for Neopalitan pizza. Worth another try but didn’t blow me away.
  16. NH

    NigelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Backspace never disappoints. Back drop of the pizza oven is warming. Food is excellent, the best pizza.
  17. FM

    FoodieMcFooderson

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful pizza! Loved the baked ricotta. Great wine selection
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    We ordered the pork meatballs and the pizza Bianca. The meatballs were ok - the sauce tasted pretty much like something out of a jar. They were served piping hot out of the oven. The pizza was tasteless and disappointing. The cheese had no flavor at all. The arugula on top was fresh. The crust was very good. Service was good. Oddly, they were out of iced tea and had only one beer available. The atmosphere was seedy and dim. Can’t recommend this place.
  19. KK

    KimK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still one of the best date night spots!! Get an early reservation for the 50% off wine and apps! Because it’s so small, the service is attentive but not intrusive. The food is so delicious! The only issue was that the room seemed pretty warm with lots of portable fans and AC units going so hopefully this is only a temporary issue. Poor staff seemed pretty hot and sweaty, but as a customer it was comfortable.
  20. M

    Meghann

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Great service, very mediocre margherita pizza. They made the gf crust in house that i was super pumped for, but unfortunately it was just meh. Zero seasoning, barely any cheese and four tiny flakes of basil. Left so much to be desired.
  21. MC

    MichelleC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the old world atmosphere. Fabulous service. Amazing pizza & wine.
  22. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Service and food was amazing!!! Great small spot for awesome pizza
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza. Great wine. The workers were incredibly kind and helpful. Spent my 5 year wedding anniversary here and it was definitely memorable
  24. JB

    JoshB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was mediocre, no air conditioning, inattentive server.
  25. E

    sophieE

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was amazing and ambiance was beautiful had a nice time
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience3
    I was there for my Birthday this past weekend, I’ll give it to Josh he did a good job being that they were very short staffed. I REALLY WISH I WOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE A/C WAS OUT, I would have canceled my reservation & gone somewhere else. I love this place but it was way way to hot, neither of my guests nor I could enjoy our food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    No A/C and long wait times for service because they were short staffed so I understand but with the no A/C it was pretty unemployable. Not the staff’s fault though and they were friendly.
  28. AW

    AmberW

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Amazing wood-fired pizzas. Just know it is HOT in there.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience1
    5 stars for EXCELLENT food! 0 stars for establishment. NO air conditioner! it is 105°F today and they do not have a functioning AC. Imagine the wood fired pizza oven going at full speed and eating hot food - pizza and panini and then no central air. Horrible. I feel bad for the staff that have to work in these conditions. Owner, manager fix this! Place temporary fans in restaurant or shut down restaurant until AC fixed in the middle of Texas summer. TOO HOT!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Mediocre, there was glass/plastic inside the cheese on our pizzas. Took away from the experience
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    food was good and the space was cool except it was so incredibly hot, we hardly remember the end of the meal. they said they AC had been broken for 7 weeks! will definitely go back but will be waiting until winter.
  32. JT

    JTID

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Backspace is constantly great. The food is always on point and the service is fantastic.
  33. G

    George

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The meatballs were good to be fair
  34. SW

    StephenW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attention to detail is unmatched. We sat right next to service window. Each dish was carefully inspected before bringing us out to customer.
  35. LM

    LydellM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! They helped accommodate my larger group and did an excellent job of never keeping us waiting for service! Will go back again very soon!.
  36. W

    Whit

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pizza! Friendly staff and were accommodating of reservations even though OpenTable had overbooked them for the night.
  37. LW

    LettyWoman

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yum! Found a
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Decent pizza. Small for the price but really flavorful!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We had marked on our reservation that it was an anniversary and they greeted us with two glasses of Prosecco complimentary. The service was great. They worked as a flawless team and were very knowledgeable about the wine selection. Pizza was aesthetically appealing with fresh toppings but the crust was rather bland. Being from New Haven we are especially picky about our pizza so you take our opinion with a grain of salt. The melon salad and pork meatballs were great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was excellent and the food is very good! Rustic, home style Italian with authentic wood fired pizzas. The ambiance is interesting…it’s a very small space that is a bit loud and quite warm in the summer heat. Very Austin vibe with the music and minimalist decor.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Backspace - Austin using the Order Online button. The Backspace - Austin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 474-9899.

The Backspace - Austin is rated 4.6 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • 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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