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Chez Zee American Bistro

#164 of 2,960 Restaurants in Austin
#178 of 3,261 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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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    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
Breakfast in Bed

Went here with friends for a Sat. brunch. Eclectic and lively ambience, huge portions, lots of options. Would definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Lauren S
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Texas
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Had dessert here last night with my wife and friends. Consistently excellent cakes cakes and pies. I'd recommend the lemon rosemary cake, and the granny smith apple pie. But, I've yet to have a bad dessert. Coffee could be better based on past experience, but one friend volunteered that the coffee was good, so maybe they've upgraded. Atmosphere always bright... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Read so many good reviews about the desserts so thought we would give it a try. I had the chocolate (gf) cake and had ordered the banana creme pie but wasn't a fan of neither one. The banana creme pie crust was so hard that we couldn't even eat it. The chocolate cake was also hard like if it had... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Went here with friends for a Sat. brunch. Eclectic and lively ambience, huge portions, lots of options. Would definitely go back.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Went here for grad school graduation this time and its sheer perfection! we couldn't sit outside but the atmosphere inside is awesome! the food is amazing - the service divine. If you're in the area - go there soon! you won't regret it! I.LOVE.THIS.PLACE!

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I recently had lunch at Chez Zee as part of a group of 40 women. We were on a tour of Austin and on a time schedule. The restaurant was ready for us when we arrived and promptly started serving our lunch. The food was delicious, it was the best meal of our trip. We were in a private room... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Additional Information about Chez Zee American Bistro

Address: 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Phone Number: (512) 454-2666
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

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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

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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?