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Chez Zee American Bistro

#186 of 3,225 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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9:00 am - 11:30 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 11
    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
  • Outdoor seating
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
155 reviews 155 reviews
97 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 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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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?