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The Backspace - Austin

4.5
4.5
602 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 2 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 602 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Austin

    Late Night Find

  • Austin

    Late Night Find

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. G

    George

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The meatballs were good to be fair
  10. 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.
  11. 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!.
  12. 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.
  13. LW

    LettyWoman

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yum! Found a
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Decent pizza. Small for the price but really flavorful!!
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. AF

    AnnF

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy going to Backspace. The meal is always delicious and the ambiance is really nice!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza was amazing
  19. WA

    WyattA

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is ALWAYS Spectacular! Service staff are always very nice and attentive. The atmosphere and ambiance combined with the tasty and fresh food equal up to such a special time!
  20. AP

    AustinPastryGuy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Had been meaning to try The Backspace for a few years, here's my thoughts: -pork meatballs very underseasoned -foccacia good -pizza underdone, but toppings excellent -tiramisu dry -budino far too loose
  21. KC

    KandC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the best pizza in Austin. Took me two years of looking but I’ve finally found my go-to spot for really excellent pizza. Service is spot on as well.
  22. DE

    DavidE

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was a bit slow at first but then improved
  23. CI

    ChrissyI

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Avery was incredible, food was delicious, service was impeccable. We had a lovely evening!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We’ve been here a few times before and the food is good. We booked a table for 8 for my wife’s 30th birthday. They seated us 50 minutes late. We asked the host to ask the manager to comp some stuff (since they told US they’d charge us $10/person if we’re late/cancel less than a couple days out, seemed fair they owe us stuff for the ridiculous wait on a reservation!), and he said they would. They sent out two $10 appetizers for eight people as the apology for wasting nearly an hour of everyone’s time, which was disappointing. I told the wait staff at the end it was disappointing and they said the manager would reach out (they did not). So, this is a good spot to go if you don’t mind potentially waiting a lot with a reservation, but I don’t recommend it for large parties, and I wouldn’t expect them to make things right when you do have a poor experience (still probably a good date spot though)!
  25. BS

    BritneyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend a reservation and dining early. Ordered olives, meatballs and pepperoni pizza- everything was delicious. Great happy hour- half off drinks and apps. Smell was amazing, dining space was intimate and we experienced great service start to finish. A good spot to head before a show at Paramount.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very crowded but good food and service. The tables were so close we could not hear each other talk. It would be nice if they would take out a few tables.
  27. C

    Ceep

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza is the BEST. Wine list is really good. Very loud but that means conversation is private. We will be going back.
  28. Y

    Yeastieboy

    Austin

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Great little spot. Got Burrata plate and a couple pies... margarita and roasted broccoli. Decent pie. Waitress was super nice. Crushed a bottle of wine and had fun. It gets loud inside so prepare yourself.
  29. AT

    ATXaggie

    Austin

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Isn't what it used to be. Food prices have skyrocketed - creativity is missing, and none of our items wowed us. Disappointed to see that $0 has been invested to upgrade or improve the space.
  30. HU

    HillaryU

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing pizza!! Love this spot
  31. D

    Disappointed

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pizza place! Recommend reservations on busy nights as it is a small and intimate restaurant
  32. JP

    JenniferP

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pizza was AMAZING and the beet salad was the best I have had!!! Totally recommend!
  33. EW

    EugeneW

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the service and the attention to detail. The location downtown reminds me less of original Austin as the area has transformed, however, the hospitality of the staff was really good and inviting.
  34. C

    Conoriole

    Naples

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reservations are needed for this small pizza and Italian food restaurant in downtown Austin. Several appetizers are offered and we went with the Italian meatballs served in a cast iron pot with melted mozzarella and a delicious marinara sauce. Several 12” pizzas are available from house made dough and a wood fired pizza oven. We had a Fennel Sausage pizza and a Roasted Mushroom pizza.A bottle of Chianti went great with the food. Highly recommend for a nice, low key, delicious dinner!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place to gather with friends. Great food!
  36. MM

    MarkM

    Austin

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small pizza place with great atmosphere, great pizza, a good wine list, and good happy hour wine prices.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meatballs and pizza were great. I love how cozy the restaurant is.
  38. GT

    GeorginaT

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and great for date nights. The happy hour is fantastic too!
  39. K

    Kathryn

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic pizza and wine! However, we had a reservation and still waited 40 mins to be seated
  40. CL

    ChrisL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and awesome service!

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
    • 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

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 4.5 stars by 602 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 2 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, 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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