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One of the best restaurants in Austin & located in the middle of the action on 6th street. Parkside is known for its oysters, happy hour, delicious food, and awesome rooftop deck view
With a daily happy hour running from 5-6:30, and abundant breeds of oysters, this place is a first date must! Don't let the location fool you, this place is high class on dirty 6th.
My hotel concierge referred me to Parkside this past week. I can't say enough what pleasurable experience my guests and I had. The old school atmosphere, the food and the service all combine to make this place the real deal. Our waiter's name was Butch and was about as good as they get. His service was warm, personable and very professional. If you're to have dinner at Parkside, skip lunch. We had an appetizer platter of shrimp, mussels and crab fritters that was astounding. My steak was juicy and delicious. Next time I'm in Austin, I will definitely return to Parkside.
Pros: These folks know what they are doing. PD:Oyster platter
Cons: Small drinks :-(
Horrible Service, Horible Food, Horrible Desserts...Dont waste your time !!!. Horrible, Horrible, Horrible. what a waste of time and A hell of alot of money $$$$$ the bill was well over $100 bucks a person. the service was horendous !! 5 hours at a 3 course meal. No manager to be found and the cook used way to much salt on everything. it was a horrible experience and will never Go Back !!
Bad Service, Small Portions, High Prices. Checked this place out with my wife and another couple and couldn't have been more disappointed. The service staff was rude, even arguing with someone at my table about a request for warm saki. Evidentally, the place considers themselves too high class for warm saki. The portions were comically small for the price. I see the comments regarding Olive Garden and all you can eat and such and those are just silly. I mean to insult folks who expect a portion size comensurate with the price being charged by alluding to them being pigish are obviously the words of a concerned proprietor or employee or a professional trainer. If those comments are saying that you need to appreciate small portions for high prices in order to "get it", then I don't want to get it. Also, don't visit if you have any other plans that day/evening as the waitstaff is in no hurry to get anything done (including bring your drinks/food) We waited for 40 minutes between stating that we were ready to go and actually receiving a check. If anyone is thinking of a visit, think again. There are plenty of upscale places to dine in Austin (not sure how being located on 6th makes you upscale) and those places will provide what you pay for with friendly service and won't try to make customers feel inadequate through either their menu or actions. I miss McKluskey's!
Gourmet American Food.
So, my wife and I both have jobs. So we got out to eat. A lot. We like nice food. Thing about nice food: it's expensive, compared to flap-jacks or ramen noodles. Two ways you see this "expensive" thing: 1) portion size; and 2) price.
Parkside is nice food, and one of the best restaurants for nice food in Austin. The food is edgy. The chef, he's always thinking of something new. Some of it you won't like. Marrow bones are not my thing. But salmon and peaches, fries, chicken sammy, coriander pork ribs, the pork belly sammy, the white pate and any damn thing they put on the dessert menu is better than the best three things at other very good restaurants in town. And they have an ever-changing selection of oysters with excellent guidance from the super-friendly staff. The corn chowder is not to be missed.
If you want an endless bowl of pasta, or a salad the size of a bowling ball, or a 1/2 lb. burger, go to the Olive Garden, or go to one of the great greasy burger joints in town. I love that Olive Garden salad, and I'm drooling for a Hilbert's or a Fran's burger in a bad way, just thinking about it. But if you're prepared to spend $100 + for two and try several different and unique servings of really good food, Parkside is a solid play.
Yeah, it's located on sixth street. East Side Cafe is on the east side. It's not a big deal. Valet, baby. You gotta do it anyway, downtown. And sit in a booth away from the bar: not so loud there.
One last thing. Parkside does have one of the best Wednesday happy hours in town: half-priced prosecco and oysters.
Food is great-but located on the strip.
My husband and I dined here for our anniversary, and the food was spot on. We love oysters, and weren?t disappointed with the Beavertails from Rhode Island. The blond pate was delicious-I loved the addition of the strawberry garnish which perfectly balanced the rich spread. Our entrees were equally tasty-scallops for me and short ribs for him. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the corn puree added just a hint of sweetness in the background. His short ribs over polenta were savory and satisfying. We prefer smaller portions so you can try more dishes without feeling overwhelmed or wasteful.
We have lived in several large cities, including Dallas, Chicago, and San Francisco and the food could compete with neighborhood restaurants in any of those places. Our only complaint about Parkside was the atmosphere-we were seated in the bar area and the large TVs playing the game mounted to the wall belied the cool minimalist atmosphere. The waitresses were knowledgeable and the service was quick, but they were dressed in comical milkmaid-like costumes which felt out of sync with the upscale food. A couple of drunk college students clogged up the bathroom while they held each other?s hair. Despite the great food and service, the sports bar-like atmosphere reminded us that Parkside is indeed on the strip. I am glad we tried it, but we wouldn?t visit it again in this location.
We love Parkside!.
My husband and I have become frequent diners at Parkside, and I can't say enough great things about the restaurant. I agree the portions are not huge, but for us, that's a good thing. It allows us to experiment and try lots of different things. The quality of the seafood is some of the best I've had anywhere. I will never eat Gulf oysters again after having their amazing, fresh and tasty oysters. We've always had excellent service. Ask for Rachelle or Scott (Kathy is great, too, but on vacation for a few weeks). They can both describe the menu perfectly and help you make choices that you'll be happy with. It is possible to eat here for a reasonable cost, but not really for me. I like to try lots of things, and it gets expensive. I think the quality you get (the freshest seafood, house cured bacon, etc) still makes the prices a good value. High quality ingredients are expensive, period. The chef/owner always circulates throughout the restaurant to ask about the food and thank people for coming (and in our case, coming back).
I?ve taken about 6 different friends there, and we always have a delightful time and enjoyed the food immensely. I?ve tried just about everything on the menu ? doughnut holes; sorbet; mac and cheese; salmon, fluke, scallops and oysters from the raw bar; blond pate (which my husband loves, and he doesn?t like pate at all); the chicken sandwich, ribs; goat cheese and onion tart ? you get the idea. I?ve never had a dish there that wasn?t some of the best of its kind anywhere. It?s a great neighborhood place that isn?t a chain, and the staff goes out of their way to be appreciative of our business. It isn't the place to go if you want a bargain, all-you-can-eat experience. It IS the place to go if you want excellent food made with the freshest ingredients in a friendly, relaxed environment. My only criticism of the place is that it can be somewhat loud due to the acoustics, but that certainly isn't a deal breaker for me.
Great for family gatherings!. When I visited my family in Texas they brought me to Parkside, a restaurant they swear by. They started off with oysters, which I don?t normally like because of the texture, but my aunt made me try one and it was delicious! Our entrees came out as we were finishing with our oysters, which is good because I hate waiting. The night turned out to be awesome and the waiter was quick with everything. Try the bar steak, you?ll fall in love!
save your money. As a mother of a newborn, time has become more precious and dining out without a baby, darn near sacred. My husband and I were *so* excited to try Parkside, and even suggested that we go there with my inlaws. I fear that I may have lost my "restaurant selection" privileges for a while given our rather underwhelming experience at Parkside. The atmosphere was cold and uninviting, and the waitstaff seemed unprepared to serve dinner on a Wednesday night. Though we all felt at the beginning "maybe we made a mistake coming here", we were still optimistic given the enticing menu. First instincts proved trued again. My wine arrived in what looked like a sippy cup, so there I was sipping on my Pinot Grigio like a little girl. Maybe I am not as hip as I thought because I still prefer a wine glass to distinguish wine from OJ. Even though I thought that was strange, I was still excited about my beet salad with blue cheese and pistachios (yum). And it was good. All three bites of it (for $7). I would have let others taste it except that it would have limited my portion to one bite. And this was the theme for the rest of the meal. We laughed when my husband's burger arrived because it was exactly as we expected after seeing the portion sizes? a "kid's meal" indeed ? for just $9. The bun was the size of an English muffin. He did say what there was of it was good, however. My inlaws and I all ordered the fish special which was tasty. So tasty that it took us about 10 minutes to eat our entire entrees (which do not include sides- these are separate - just $6 for spinach and the same for macaroni). So I guess the moral of the story is, if you like small portions that cost a lot, you are going to love Parkside.
Oyster's are wonderful and the drinks aint bad.... As a culinary student I can say this is a fantastic little eatery. Feeling alot like a classic french brassirie " meeting place to drink beer", the food is a delight and the atmosphere is a great place to be entertained. With a knowlegdeable executive chef and a skilled and seasoned kitchen staff, you are sure to find something to your taste. I really enjoyed the bar steak, the oysters were sweet, and the donut holes a great end to a great meal. If your'e not looking for a meal but a good drink without all the crowds and noise, Parkside is your'e new favorite spot.
more than enough!. i have read several reviews about the portion sizes at parkside and i finally had to say something. i am a regular at parkside and the portion sizes are more that adequate for a person who doesn't frequent the all you can eat buffet. i have had a little bit of everything and while not all of the appetizers will feed the entire table, the rest of the menu is more than enough to fill the tummy. some of my favs are the crab fitters, any of the raw fish plates, the short rib and of course the donut holes!!!!
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