Chez Zee

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5406 Balcones Dr (at 2222)
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 454-2666
French, American, Breakfast
$ $
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM–11:30 PM Sat: 9:00 AM–11:30 PM Sun: 9:00 AM–10:00 PM

Since its opening in 1989, Chez Zee American Bistro has been one of the most charming and whimsical restaurants in Austin. Run by former advertising executive Sharon Watkins, it’s a positive presence and a certified Austin landmark. Guests are welcomed by an arched walkway of lights that leads to the restaurant’s patio, where they’re encouraged to play board games like Connect Four. White Christmas lights are strung up throughout the dining room and local art hangs on the walls, rotated throughout the year.

The menu skews Southern and is also whimsical and fun; popular dishes include fried dill pickles, chicken beignets, chicken-fried steak, jalapeño cornbread-stuffed chicken, and smoked pork tenderloin. There’s also a wide selection of grilled meats, pasta and pizza, salads, burgers, and gluten-free items.

But if you go to Chez Zee for one meal, make it brunch. Their crème brûlée French toast is legendary, as are their pancakes, omelettes, egg dishes (beef tenderloin Benedict!), and Tex-Mex fare like migas and huevos rancheros.



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Foursquare Tips

  • Wi-Fi password: eatdessertfirst
  • I love their desserts.
  • On Sunday, make reservations for brunch for 10 am or later, no alcohol is served before that hour, and you might want to try the bloody Mary's or mimosas
  • Try the Croissants And Strawberry Butter
  • The crme brul French toast and chicken and waffles are delicious. Their "South of the Border" dishes are so-so. When it gets busy there is some lag in the service so be direct with your needs.
  • This is definitely an Austin-y place. CUTE patio. Red baby grande piano in the center inside. Awesome decor. Delicious desserts!
  • The carrot cake is fabulous.
  • Crabcakes Benedict, w/fruit. Shrimp and Aztec corn soup. Delicious. Always whimsical place. Still fun after 20 years.
  • really nice room for private parties!
  • For the love of God, if you know how to tune a piano, please do them a solid. The piano here is in desperate need...
  • Breakfast In Bed French Toast is heaven for brunch. get it!!
  • Bring cash, the valet is free, but do tip. The creme brulee french toast and breakfast in bread french toast were both excellent. They also give you a croissant and strawberry butter before the meal!
  • Go for lunch or dinner! Was a bit disappointed at brunch...
  • Strawberry basil caiprinha, delicious!
  • Croissant w/strawberry butter. Cup of camomile tea. Tasty.
  • The pizzas here are excellent.
  • Great ACL specials all weekend-Bob Meyer Trio tonight under the stars!
  • If you are dining here on Friday and/or Saturday night, you must order the SMOKED PRIME RIB!Smoked Prime Rib served with sour cream horseradish and au jus.
  • Eat Creme Brulee French Toast
  • This is the place to go for an Easter brunch! Beware of a wait! Everyone else in town thinks this place is great, too.