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chavez features contemporary southwestern cuisine, with a menu built around shareable plates and sides. Chef Cirkiel sources flavors he grew up with to create true Texas fare, from homemade tamales and folded enchiladas to grilled cowboy steak and fresh fish.


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Chef Shawn Cirkiel

parkside, the backspace,
olive & june, chavez
Restaurateur and Chef
Shawn Cirkel

Shawn Cirkiel’s creativity and innovation in the kitchen have made him one of Austin’s most coveted chefs and restaurateurs. Five 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, and olive & june, an updated version of family-style Southern Italian dining. 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.

As a child growing up on a farm, Cirkiel learned early on the integral role fresh ingredients play in cooking. He took that core knowledge with him to the Culinary Institute of America, where he refined his skills and style and developed an even deeper appreciation for sustainable food. He soon landed a job at New York’s Café Boulud and then moved to Napa Valley to work in the kitchen at the esteemed Domaine Chandon. An entrepreneur by nature, Cirkiel moved to Austin to embark on his own endeavor: He took over as the owner/chef of the city’s beloved Jean-Luc’s Bistro. It didn’t take long for devotees to realize Cirkiel was very talented. His success spilled over to parkside, the backspace, and olive & june, named for his grandmother and his wife’s grandmother. Inspiration for the many classic Italian dishes came from the family dinners Cirkiel enjoyed as a child in the Italian-American neighborhood of the South Bronx, where Cirkiel’s father was raised.

Cirkiel has partnered with the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin to open chavez. The new restaurant features contemporary southwestern cuisine, with a menu built around shareable plates and sides. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake, chavez features clean architectural lines, an open and modern space, and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the amazing view. For more than a year, Cirkiel collaborated with FÖDA Studio and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on the project, fine-tuning elements to create an inviting and tactile experience.

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.


*For large parties, special requests, table preferences, or if your desired time is unavailable online, please call 512.478.2991 and we may be able to accommodate you.

Parties of 10 or more will require a credit card to hold the reservation.  Your credit card will not be charged.  If the reservation no-shows or cancels the day of the reservation your card will be charged $25 per cover.

For specific requests or table preference, please call several days in advance of your reservation. Online special requests cannot be guaranteed without calling. We need your complete party in order to seat you, and tables can only be held for 15 minutes during peak hours.


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“In sleek digs that define Austin’s earthy swank, chavez serves up what locals call Texican, a melding of spices, grilled meats and hot chilies that draw from Mexico, old school Texas and bridge between the two. Dig into such modernized versions of old faves as Salmon Veracruz, artistically deconstructed and oyster tacos with unrivaled panache.”

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“Acres of plate glass and a view of Lady Bird Lake will make you linger through happy hour for dinner.”

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“New restaurant chavez serves up Southwestern fare, like baby back ribs, with a killer view of Lady Bird Lake.”

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chavez features contemporary Southwestern cuisine in a modern, spacious setting…cool off with a smoked cherry margarita and some snacks from the raw bar while enjoying a beautiful view of Lady Bird Lake.”

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chavez is not only inviting, it’s intoxicating.”

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“The view of the Congress Avenue Bridge (aka the Bat Bridge) from the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows during sunset is stunning against the red-walled, wood-paneled dining room…Cirkiel describes the menu as “food that makes sense for Austin,” inspired by Texas and the Mexican border…”

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>“Despite the great-looking spot and perfect location, the real reason you are going to come to chavez is for la comida, the food. Texas has a rich history and culture with several unique influences, and our foods are a perfect reflection of that. To date, chavez has the best menu I’ve seen in Austin when it comes to combining these unique influences into one restaurant.“

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“Shawn Cirkiel’s latest project offers inventive fare any Texan should recognize and adore – think fresh homemade tortillas and enchiladas with cojita cheese, along with fun twists like oyster taquitos. Snag a spot in the super sleek booths and take in the gorgeous poolside views looking over Lady Bird Lake through the picturesque walls of windows.”

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“We can’t get over the amazing deconstructed salmon Veracruz on the lunch and dinner menu. The brilliant orange tomato-and-cinnamon sauce complements the traditional veracruzana sauce with tomatoes, onions, peppers, capers and olives, and the salmon is seared to crispy perfection.”

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chavez, Shawn Cirkiel’s gorgeous new restaurant in the Radisson is open as of today. The restaurant features Southwestern-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a light and airy Michael Hsu-designed space overlooking Lady Bird Lake.”

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“Food nuts go nuts for chavez.

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“The ceiling to floor panes of glass are amazing, and defining the interiors with natural wood, white design elements and contemporary lighting fixtures is pure genius. The outdoors are brought inside, but the space is cozy, warm and inviting.”

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With gorgeous views of lady bird lake and a downtown location that can’t be beat, Chavez’ private dining options are sure to impress your guests.

2 private rooms with unmatched views, state of the art audio/video capabilities, and Chef Cirkiel’s acclaimed menu make for a perfect business lunch, sales presentation, cocktail party, or formal dinner for parties up to 40.

Our covered pool deck can also be reserved for casual cocktail receptions, dinner on a beautiful night, or as an extension of our two other private dining rooms.

Contact our events team to plan your next event at chavez!

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