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Chez Zee American Bistro

#181 of 3,206 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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
11:00 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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Great Little Place for a date

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Jason R
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Austin, Texas, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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155 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Killeen, Texas, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I love this restaurant! We got engaged here 4 years ago and it was a beautiful experience. So annually on Valentine's Day, we return to celebrate in our special place. This year they had set up a very adorable photo booth area, so that couples or anyone coming to the restaurant could take a picture, which the hostess was so... More 

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Whether it is a business lunch, a shower, an intimate dinner, or a family brunch, Chez Zee's atmosphere, menu, and service makes this spot the perfect location. It can be crowded for brunch or lunch, but there is a nice waiting area if you do not have reservations. Great soups and salads for lunch and brunch is a must for... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We reserved for 7 via open table for 11:45am Sunday brunch. No way to edit the number of guests to four plus a high chair so hubby called and left msg early that day. Upon arrival, hostess was unaware of the change but thanked us for calling and we were given a pager and waited quite comfortably in the covered... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My friend and I came here for a Saturday morning brunch, and we went a little crazy, but it was amazing. We got the creme brûlée French toast snack to share, plus the rum butter sauce. It was amazing, and it would have been a great choice as a brunch entree. Honestly, just thinking about it is making me hungry.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Every time I visit Austin, I will come to Chez Zee for brunch. A great meal starting with hot bread with strawberry butter, it will bring you to the heaven. The lobster Benedict is my favorite. Love the place. The business is always good, so the service was rush and kept sending wrong food to me.

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Zihuatanejo
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This used to be a great go to place for a nice meal but on a regular non-busy weeknight, a salmon-arrugala pizza and pecan goat cheese salad was so salty, my dining companion and I couldn't eat more than a couple of bites. The waitress and hostess could care less and we were offered a dessert! Excuse me-- the food... More 

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Hudson Valley, NY
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91 reviews 91 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Other than the wait at lunch time, great place to eat and meet friends/family. The food choices are plentiful and all taste great. I will say that the turkey swiss was ok. I don't think the turkey was carved, Doubt it. I should have ordered something else. Our friends ordered some great dishes which I was envious! Next time. Chez... 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: American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
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

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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?