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We save plenty of room for walk-in guests, but we encourage reservations either online or by phone.  For larger parties or if your desired time slot is unavailable please call and we still may be able to accommodate you.

All Parties of 9 or more must order from our family style large party menu. All guests must participate at $32 per person. Please view the large party menu on our menu page and inform your party in advance.

Please call to confirm any special requests including patio seating.  Table requests are honored in the order we receive them.  Parties must be complete to be seated and tables can only be held for 15 minutes during peak hours.

Take advantage of our complimentary valet; a courtesy to you and to our neighbors so that cars will not be parked in front of their houses.

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Bullfight is available for intimate yet casual private dining either with a buyout of our brick enclosed patio for up to 50 guests or the entire restaurant for up to 150 guests.

Whether your special occasion is a wedding or rehearsal dinner, an anniversary or birthday party, a business dinner, or a casual happy hour, our desire is to join you in creating lasting memories as you share a special and personalized meal with family, friends and colleagues.

 

Contact our Events Team to begin planning your event today!

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Come watch the FINAL MATCH of the Champions League, Real Madrid v. Madrid Atletico. Snacks and drinks will be offered before and throughout the game!

Saturday May 28th. Doors open at noon. Kickoff is 1:45p

Reservations recommended! Click the “Reservations” tab to book your spot today!

 

Nightly Happy Hour 

All of Shawn’s restaurants have some of the best happy hours in town!

Monday-Friday before 6:30 all beer, cocktails, and snacks are half off.

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Executive chef Ryan Shields brings ambitious, thoughtfully modernized Spanish classics to trending Austin’s Airport Boulevard with Bullfight, the latest project from innovator Shawn Cirkiel—the restaurateur behind parkside, the backspace, and olive & june. Bullfight is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Spain, the perfect mélange of great food, fresh design, and inviting vibe.

The vision for Bullfight came from Cirkiel’s love affair with Spain, which was sparked when he landed his first job out of culinary school at La Marquesa, at the time the only five-star Spanish restaurant in the country. Learning about the food and culture of Spain became a lifelong passion. Four years prior to opening Bullfight, Cirkiel visited Spain on numerous occasions, exploring the cuisine in different regions, visiting farmers’ markets, jamón and sausage houses, cheesemakers, and vineyards, taking in the artisan craftsmanship and savoring the idiosyncratic ingredients.

The resulting menu is rife with attention-getting food: from cured meats such as jamón Ibérico and cheeses manchego and mahón; to tasty Spanish snacks served in paper cones. Paella, croquettes, bocadillos and other classics share the menu with northern and southern regional seafood, beef and lamb dishes, not to mention a variety of vegetables and beans offerings.

That colorful mix of regional tastes and flavors extends to the extensive drink menu as well, which features classic and modern Spanish cocktails, as well as an all-Spanish wine list curated by advanced sommelier Paul Ozbirn, that impresses, showcasing the depth of Spanish vintages.

Go to Parkside Projects for more about who we are.

Shawn Cirkiel’s creativity and innovation in the kitchen have made him one of Austin’s most coveted chefs and restaurateurs. Seven years ago, Cirkiel opened Parkside—the city’s first gastro pub—to much fanfare. The accolades continue on for this sophisticated spot, which is housed in a converted two-story space on East Sixth Street, as they do for Cirkiel’s subsequent ventures: the backspace, a widely popular Neapolitan-style pizzeria, olive & june, an updated version of family-style Southern Italian dining, and Bullfight, an authentic Spanish restaurant featuring a variety of small, shareable plates. Cirkiel’s passion for local and seasonal food extends beyond the scope of his restaurants and has become a driving force behind his notable community engagement.

Cirkiel’s devotion to smart (sustainable) cooking and the community is evident by his involvement in many projects, including an initiative at Austin’s Highland Park Elementary, where he has helped develop healthy-eating, exercise, and gardening programs. Cirkiel is also a founding chef of the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers Market in downtown and a board member and secretary for the Sixth Street Austin Association, which has been fundamental in raising funds to restore the legendary district. And while the chef maintains a high profile around town and in the media—he’s been noted in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Food Arts, Cooks Illustrated, Bon Appetit and the Los Angeles Times—Cirkiel doesn’t stay out of the kitchen for long.

Cirkiel’s devotion to smart (sustainable) cooking and the community is evident by his involvement in many projects, including an initiative at Austin’s Highland Park Elementary, where he has helped develop healthy-eating, exercise, and gardening programs. Cirkiel is also a founding chef of the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers Market in downtown and a board member and secretary for the Sixth Street Austin Association, which has been fundamental in raising funds to restore the legendary district. And while the chef maintains a high profile around town and in the media—he’s been noted in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Food Arts, Cooks Illustrated, Bon Appetit and the Los Angeles Times—Cirkiel doesn’t stay out of the kitchen for long.

Executive Chef Ryan Shields brings a humble yet ambitious culinary perspective as head of the kitchen at restaurateur Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s newest restaurant venture, Bullfight. A native of Bucks County, Penn., Shields is no stranger to the hospitality industry, his family having been in the business for half a century. Throughout his career, Shields has spent time and effort developing an understanding of how food and drink provide a sense of camaraderie and community among diners.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America with an associate degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in professional studies of culinary arts management, Shields worked his way through restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, from Massachusetts all the way to Florida, gaining a wealth of experience in every kitchen position, from line cook to saucier to sous chef, even helping to re-open John’s Island Club, a platinum-rated country club in Vero Beach, Fla.

Working in the kitchens at a variety of restaurants has provided Shields with a knowledge of cooking in several different culinary styles, including French, Italian and Spanish, and he’s even mastered the art of handcrafting small plates and tapas, a skill perfectly suited to his position at Bullfight.

Upon moving to Austin in 2012, Shields applied for a position at Chef Cirkiel’s Olive & June, where he worked his way from line cook to sous chef, working closely with Executive Chef Justin Rupp. Now, as the executive chef of Bullfight, Chef Cirkiel’s newest tapas-style restaurant, Shields is collaborating with Chef Cirkiel on all recipes, ensuring that every dish from each section on the menu—from snacks and cheeses to embutidos, seafood and meats—is prepared with the finesse and attention to detail Chef Cirkiel’s cuisine is known for.

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10 Reasons to Drive to Texas Hill Country… the heated patio is a great place to experience a meal highlighted by sangrias, cheese boards and cured meats….. Even if you’re stuffed from eating your way through town, the roasted mushrooms are worth the drive to Bullfight alone. Break up the jamón-cured egg and stir it into the garlic-spiked mushrooms for a velvety, creamy, earthy party of flavors that demand you soak up every last morsel with toasted bread or anything you can get your hands on.

Chef Shawn Cirkiel transports diners to Spain for classic tapas and an extensive wine list

Opened in September, it’s the fourth restaurant from the Austin-raised chef who serves as one of the biggest touchstones for Austin Dining 2.0. If you play a game of Six Degrees of Shawn Cirkiel, you can create a spider web-like network that ensnares almost every chef of consequence in this town. If a chef hasn’t worked under, over or alongside Cirkiel, one of his current or previous co-workers has. Cirkiel’s demi empire includes Parkside, Backspace and Olive & June. Bullfight draws on Cirkiel’s long-standing interest in Spanish cuisine, which dates back to his first job after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. While his frequent visits to Spain inform the cuisine, the restaurant helmed by executive chef Ryan Shields (a former sous chef at Olive & June) is not beholden to strict traditions. The result is Spanish food with a New American accent.

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This newcomer to revitalized Airport Boulevard is quickly becoming a favorite….. Executive Chef Ryan Shields wows diners with a menu that is heavy on seafood and inventive with its treatment of vegetables.

The Hottest Restaurants in Austin Right Now…. To enjoy phenomenal Spanish cuisine, you don’t have to go abroad….. ou’ve got what we’d consider a restaurant dream team. We suggest you try the tapas, the wine, and, of course, the cocktails.

The menu doesn’t shy way from the classical Spanish arsenal, including a straightforward paella, padrón peppers, croquettes, jamón Ibérico, gazpacho, and a rustic tortilla on the menu. Another tortilla offering adds squash blossom and sheep’s cheese. Gazpacho takes on sweet summer corn and smoked paprika. Bitter orange is right at home as a glaze for pork ribs. The concept is tapas, but Bullfight eschews overly precious bites in favor of heartier fare. On the dessert side, pastry chef Erica Waksmunski expands her repertoire of classic Americana to include Spanish influences, but her commitment to layered flavor stands.

Bullfight, a new Spanish-style eatery on Airport Boulevard, offers small standout plates like the roasted mushrooms.“Chef Sean Cirkiel’s new Spanish-style tapas restaurant offers such a wonderful happy hour menu that I couldn’t help but stay for dinner. Everything I tasted was delicious, but especially the roasted mushrooms—a blend of four varieties, by my count—with fresh yolk and a salty yet savory ham-infused cured egg.”

No Bull. Shawn Cirkiel’s foray into Spanish cuisine has Austin diners charging the door. Just when it looked like Austin might run out of hot new restaurant row…Cirkiel and his executive chef, 33-year-old Culinary Institute of America graduate Ryan Shields, have aimed the restaurant at a youngish audience whose knowledge of the country comes largely from the travel and food channels…“Shawn and I traveled around Spain and we had wonderful, delicious experiences, but our approach at Bullfight is more to take Spanish ingredients and ideas and apply our techniques and taste to them.” The restaurant calls the approach “modernized.” Another term might be “Austinized.” It’s a realistic reflection of what works in this city at this time in this economy.

Over 100 New Restaurants Opening in Austin this Year…… Bullfight is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Spain, the perfect mélange of great food, fresh design, and inviting vibe.

Last Friday, we made an impromptu trip to Shawn Cirkiel and the Parkside group’s latest venture: Bullfight.  I’ve long anticipated the opening of this Spanish tapas concept.  Since traveling in Barcelona years ago, I have yet to have tapas that brought me back to that fun, vibrant fare that stole my heart – until now. The amusing and alluring thing about Spanish tapas is it balances ease, flair, and uncompromising quality of ingredients.  It’s somehow casual and fanciful, all at once.  From that angle, Bullfight absolutely delivered.  Their sangria and cocktails were solid, but I encourage you to opt for their sherry flight and choose your own fortified adventure. If your schedule allows, kick your meal off at happy hour for half-off snacks and cocktails to save a few bucks.  Their rustic-chic patio is ideal for the Fall weather. The immensely complex and rich meats paired beautifully with the round & earthy Cortés cocktail (Lustau cream sherry, Acha vermut, orange bitters). Luscious and strikingly sweet corn gazpacho! Likely best dish of the night – roasted mushrooms, garlic, jamón cured egg.

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Our gift cards can be used at Bullfight, Olive & June, The Backspace and Parkside.

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Hiring quality over quantity is not an HR decision but our company culture. Most of our staff have been with us more than a few years and many since the beginning. That so many of our managers and chefs began their career with us as servers and cooks is a great source of pride. But we are even more proud of how many leaders of the best restaurants in our city and beyond first developed in our company.

While we love to promote from within, we love meeting new people to add new talent and perspective to our culture. Experience is important, but not paramount; being a good person matters most. Our staff love coming to work and many have made life-long friendships, because we hire good people first and foremost. Secondly, we treat them with respect and like family, and that’s why they stay with us so long. Beyond our food and service this the part of our company we are most proud of.

Whether you want to wash dishes or run our kitchen we want to meet you. Please email us your resume and tell us about yourself at careers@parksideprojects.com

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We save plenty of room for walk-in guests, but we encourage reservations either online or by phone.  For larger parties or if your desired time slot is unavailable please call and we still may be able to accommodate you.

All Parties of 9 or more must order from our family style large party menu. All guests must participate at $32 per person. Please view the large party menu on our menu page and inform your party in advance.

Please call to confirm any special requests including patio seating.  Table requests are honored in the order we receive them.  Parties must be complete to be seated and tables can only be held for 15 minutes during peak hours.

Take advantage of our complimentary valet; a courtesy to you and to our neighbors so that cars will not be parked in front of their houses.

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Executive chef Ryan Shields brings ambitious, thoughtfully modernized Spanish classics to trending Austin’s Airport Boulevard with Bullfight, the latest project from innovator Shawn Cirkiel—the restaurateur behind parkside, the backspace, and olive & june. Bullfight is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Spain, the perfect mélange of great food, fresh design, and inviting vibe.

The vision for Bullfight came from Cirkiel’s love affair with Spain, which was sparked when he landed his first job out of culinary school at La Marquesa, at the time the only five-star Spanish restaurant in the country. Learning about the food and culture of Spain became a lifelong passion. Four years prior to opening Bullfight, Cirkiel visited Spain on numerous occasions, exploring the cuisine in different regions, visiting farmers’ markets, jamón and sausage houses, cheesemakers, and vineyards, taking in the artisan craftsmanship and savoring the idiosyncratic ingredients.

The resulting menu is rife with attention-getting food: from cured meats such as jamón Ibérico and cheeses manchego and mahón; to tasty Spanish snacks served in paper cones. Paella, croquettes, bocadillos and other classics share the menu with northern and southern regional seafood, beef and lamb dishes, not to mention a variety of vegetables and beans offerings.

That colorful mix of regional tastes and flavors extends to the extensive drink menu as well, which features classic and modern Spanish cocktails, as well as an all-Spanish wine list curated by advanced sommelier Paul Ozbirn, that impresses, showcasing the depth of Spanish vintages.

Go to Parkside Projects for more about who we are.

gift cards

Our gift cards can be used at Bullfight, Olive & June, The Backspace and Parkside.

Purchase Gift Card Now

private dining

Bullfight is available for intimate yet casual private dining either with a buyout of our brick enclosed patio for up to 50 guests or the entire restaurant for up to 150 guests.

Whether your special occasion is a wedding or rehearsal dinner, an anniversary or birthday party, a business dinner, or a casual happy hour, our desire is to join you in creating lasting memories as you share a special and personalized meal with family, friends and colleagues.

Contact our Events Team to begin planning your event today!

book a private event

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