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Chez Zee American Bistro

#153 of 2,942 Restaurants in Austin
#166 of 3,235 Places to Eat in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
French, American, Bistro
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5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731 (2222)
Capital Metro Bus #19 stops in front of the restaurant
(512) 454-2666
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Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Easter Brunch

We found this restaurant for Easter brunch but they were no longer taking reservations. We were still able to walk in and get a table for 7. They had a lot going on for Easter. There was face painting, magicians, and ballon animals for the kids. I had the southern crab cake Benedict and they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Diana_G_B
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Houston, Texas, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has been a mainstay of north Austin for decades. Little known to visitors, Chez Zee is two blocks west of the intersection of Loop 1 (Mopac) and RR 2222 (Northland) in Northwest Austin. Locals enjoy the bistro atmosphere, great service, and awesome food. In addition to its salads, pasta, fish, and comfort food, it is the number one... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We read outstanding reviews and wanted to try this place while in Austin. The parking lot was full and the place was packed. While the service was very good, the food was just adequate - nothing special or unique as far as we were concerned. I had the shrimp and corn bisque which was unremarkable in every way. The turkey/swiss... More 

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San Antonio
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Always make an effort to stop at CheZee when in Austin. I had their turkey croissant and key lime pie on this visit. The sandwich was nicely prepared with generous amounts of turkey. The key lime pie was savory and a great finish to the meal. Cost was just under $25 which included tip.

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DFW area
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90 reviews 90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We went to Chez Zee as part of a large group. The food was great and the service terrific. It is not easy to entertain a group of 45 women and I've never seen a restaurant to it better than Chez Zee. My hats off to you - I look forward to returning.

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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Based on the reviews, I expected a big "wow!" We were a large party of twelve so maybe this slowed the service. However, that doesn't explain the so so food. We were there for brunch on a Saturday morning, and it was packed. We had a reservation but still had to wait fifteen minutes to be seated. I can go... More 

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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

What a wonderful brunch my friends and I had Saturday April 4 at Chez Zee. There were 11 of us and our server, Brooke, did an excellent job of taking our orders and bringing them out to us in an expedient fashion. She provided separate checks, not only without complaint, but cheerfully and in a very organized way by seat... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We found this restaurant for Easter brunch but they were no longer taking reservations. We were still able to walk in and get a table for 7. They had a lot going on for Easter. There was face painting, magicians, and ballon animals for the kids. I had the southern crab cake Benedict and they were soooo delish. I also... More 

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Midlothian, TX
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This place has AMAZING food! Service and atmosphere were great! The food was out of this world! Portions are large and delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Austin, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Arranged this using openseat at last second due to SXSW going on downtown. I didn't have an idea and parking during this event is crazy. Quickly found Chez Zee and took the 8pm timeslot. Ended up being 15 minutes late and they still seated us immediately. Our waiter was fantastic. One of the best waiters I have had recently. The... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went there, 2 couples, for Valentine's Day dinner. The place was beautifully decorated and the atmosphere was festive. The food was great, all around and the desserts were girgeius. The chocolate cake, in my opinion, was bitter but then I'm not a fan of bittersweet. Cheesecake received highest marks. Criticism: for a nice restaurant don't put packets of sugar/Splenda... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
    (2222)
  • Public Transportation: Capital Metro Bus #19 stops in front of the restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: (512) 454-2666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?