The Backspace - Austin

4.8
537 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. The Backspaces dining room in now open and operating within all recommended social distancing standards from the state and CDC. A mask is required when not at a table. While we are allowing walk-ins, we do encourage making reservations to ensure a table and to help us maintain proper distancing. For more information on other steps we are taking to help ensure the safety of our community, please reach out to us directly.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 537 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and the food was equally good

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Ferrinl
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great salad, pizza and dessert!! Highly recommend for a true Italian wood fired pizza

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Kasia
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good wine selection, delicious Pizza, and really great happy hr :)

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant and make it a priority stop when visiting Austin. Admittedly we are pizza snobs and we are never disappointed.

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vipRobC
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since COVID hit. Fantastic pizza - with right amount of crisp. Burratta was fresh and savory. Great, friendly service. And Peronist on tap! Perfect dinner

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vipAmanda
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Really good food but not so great service. We were sat 20 mins after our reservation and we showed up right on time. It took about 45 mins for appetizers to come to our table. I wouldn't come back here based on that experience

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vipLuv2eat
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat before running the Austin half marathon. Can’t wait to eat her again next year!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very attentive servers!

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vipFoodieX4
Austin
86 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food is fine. But didn’t honor our reservation. We arrived early...were told to go next door to sister restaurant to have apps & drinks till our reservation time. The bar seating was empty and the 4 person table was also empty. Since we were early, they wouldn’t seat us. So we went to sister restaurant next door to kill time. Came back at our reservation time, only to be told to wait at the bar. Our reservation time went by, still no table available. Now we are told we can sit at the bar and have our dinner. There are no tables available for our reservation and they didn’t put a time limit for dining so they couldn’t honor our reservation. The manager says how can he force diners to leave? But it’s ok though to not honor our reservation. So we ended up dining at the bar....which we could have done when we stopped by earlier instead of going next door!! This was a special occasion marking a milestone birthday. They gave us 2 free desserts to appease us. But what’s the point of having a reservation if the restaurant doesn’t honor it? Won’t be going back.

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vipCassidyM
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Backspace! Always good food, nice people, and it's a super cute spot.

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Jose
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice, hip and cozy. The best place to get a pizza napolitana.

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vippurtybird
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in town

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Ethan
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good, the servers were super nice and helpful. I wish they had more food options but if you are looking for great pizza this is definitely the place to be.

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JKJBlue
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing wood fired pizzas served in romantic rustic surroundings. The Happy Hour deals are fantastic too!

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vipcourtneys
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and ambiance as always!

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RachaelT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome experience, great service and food. The pizza was to die for! Haven't had that good of a Neapolitan style pizza crust in forever, would definitely recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, felt like we had escaped to Italy for the evening. Vegan options! Very romantic.

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vipCriticali
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Usually a great spot for a quiet date, but we had a poor experience on Friday. There was a large piece of paper in our salad, the waitress said “that’s weird” and offered to do nothing else at all. I asked to order a glass of wine and the waitress said “we closed at 9”. She never came by to ask if we wanted to order anything before they closed. They didn’t let us know that they closed when we arrived at 8:30. Overall, our experience on Friday was awful. The food tasted good but the service was garbage. To add insult to injury, there’s a note on the receipt that if you’re going to tip less than 20%, then you need to speak with the manager. What a joke. They also charge a 1.5% wellness surcharge for who knows what. You should go here, but don’t let them get away with poor service.

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RyanB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy spot with great pizza and juicy wines.

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vipShellyM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only one of 3 groups on Dec 23. Great cozy place with nice smell from wood burning oven. I loved the music that was playing. It was a nice family dinner. The 1/2 off glass of wine and antipasti was a nice treat for happy hour.

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vipCriticali
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best pizza hideout for a cozy date. We love this spot for a bottle of wine and freshly made authentic Italian pizza.

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Tina
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dates or small group gatherings. Very small pizza spot with a super cool environment and awesome relaxed vibe. Music isn’t too loud. Had a great time and would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent.

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KathrynC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was excellent. The burrata was so tasty. Great intimate meal. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was pleasant. Food and ambiance were amazing. Great happy hour. Always feels a little like New York.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very cozy restaurant, great for catching up with friends or going on a date. Our server Elissa was amazing! She was hospitable, knowledgeable about the wide wine list and helpful with guiding us through the menu. Delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, and wonderful dessert. I recommend to everyone! I will be coming back here again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a fancy place, but the food speaks for itself. Top notch pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great little place.

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Michele
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best pizza we ever had. Great service. Nice atmosphere.

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GinaM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and top notch service. Given the requirements for social distance, we made reservations for 8:30 and the small staff did an amazing job with the 4 different groups at the restaurant while managing all the to-go orders.

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Taygre
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little place with wood fired pizza made right by the bar

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mikes
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the meatballs, they were outstanding and the marinara pizza, also outstanding. Service was great.

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Greg
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends.

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CharlesN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great. Amazing space with a great menu

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GracefullyT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very small and intimate spot. They have a wood fire oven for making homemade pizza. It is a perfect place for date night.

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ChristyC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Team is super friendly and attentive. I love the small space that makes me feel like I am at a hidden sweet spot in NYC. The Farro Salad is delicious, something I now crave. Pizza is classic Neapolitan pizza with high quality ingredients.

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vipHappyheartsnow
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Cozy and unique and it never disappoints. The food and service are exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint nice pizza joint!! Calm and dark, had a great time with my group.

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vipBawlmerhon
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We were just looking for a place we could walk to from the hotel after checking in. What a find! Their Neopolitan pizza is LEGIT, my wife and I would put it on par with Matt Bianco's in Phoenix. Seriously. And their Garden Board appetizer is worth the trip even if you don't feel like a pizza -- roasted and pickled/marinated vegetables, olives and pepitas.

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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 4.8 stars by 537 OpenTable diners.

The Backspace - Austin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=thebackspace.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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