Wonderful service and food
We expected this to be yet another overpriced and overrated restaurant. It was neither. The service was among the best we have had in Austin and with entrees starting at $15 this could fit just about any budget. The food was imaginative and the menu selection was large enough to satisfy a variety of palates without being so large as to make choosing difficult.
We are really tired of the noise level at local eaterys and Bess Bistro came in at over 90 decibels, the same as a factory floor. Its very difficult to have a conversation above the din. That take sit out of the realm of romantic evenings for me.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Southern Food in Austin!
My husband and I recently moved to Austin from Georgia and had not yet found a great place with Southern Comfort Food. We will continue to visit Bess Bistro! It was fantastic! They even brought my husband a special dessert for his birthday! The only con was that his medium steak was cooked medium well to well in some parts.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully put together bistro.
We visited Bess for our anniversary and they far exceeded any expectations. Beautiful little bistro. Our food was incredible from amazing artichoke heart appetizer down to the the French press coffee. Superb. Our server was well versed in their offerings of the evening and was perfectly able to explain anything in the menu we had questions about. Perfect night out.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Come hungry and indulge in an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert - wonderful food and atmosphere.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find!
Took my wife there for her birthday. Arrived early so we could have a drink in the bar with another person and they have a great Happy Hour. Great prices on drinks and appetizers, and free valet parking. We had champagne cocktails and a cheese plate. All were great. Bar is very cozy and quant. Then went in for dinner. Great atmosphere in the dining room, rustic brick with modern accents. Enjoyed their "Date Night Dinner" and we selected watermelon gazpacho, chicken & waffles, and dessert. Ordered a nice bottle of wine as well. The food was very tasty and well prepared. We liked everything. The service was great even when the restaurant was crowded. Plan to go back soon.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance, food, & service
Thanks for a wonderful dining experience; keep up the great work!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place downtown. The Sunday brunch is excellent, the wait staff is friendly and helpful. The choices for brunch were delicious and varied, something for everyone. $1.00 Mimosas! We can't wait to go for lunch or dinner.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bess Bistro was a very elegant,
Bess Bistro was a very elegant, wonderful restaurant. Not what I was expecting being on 6th street. It was very warm and inviting on the inside with a wonderful atmospher. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone in or visiting Austin.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic cozy place
We went to this restaurant which was highly recommended by a friend while we were in town over Labor Day Weekend. The restaurant is very warm and inviting and the food is wonderful. We ordered the steak/frittes and the dish was cooked to perfection. We are planning on going back next time we're in town.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter and I went to Bess for dinner and we had a ball. The food was delish and the service was wonderful. Bonus Jack was upstairs outdoor terrace after dinner.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Good Time
Food is amazing, service is always exceptional. Try everything, you won't be disappointed.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the brick and chandilers
Lara our sever was incredible. She made the experience excellent.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect French Comfort Food
Every time I eat here I wonder why I don't come more often! The food, service, and ambience are all outstanding. We started with the fried artichoke hearts, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned with just the right amount of tartness. Although I did not have a drink, the others in my group had cocktails and said they were very good. We all ordered steak, and I was very happy to see that mine was not overcooked, which is harder to find, even at the expensive steakhouses in town. Service was attentive without being overbearing. I will definitely be coming back more often!
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
All the food was great except
All the food was great except for my Ribeye which was extremely tough to chew. The flavor was there, but not as enjoyable to eat.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience. One notable observation. Out waitress was great and so attentive that our food was a little rushed. She was busy getting the apps out and our dinner ordered and I couldn't get a glass of wine. Our entree was out before I saw her again to order a glass. We wanted to visit a while and not rush out. We wound up sitting and hanging out after dinner because it was so quick. But all was good.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took some friends from out of town to Bess on Friday night. They loved it and felt the snapper was the best they had experienced. The waitress was fabulous and the ambiance is great. I also love their terrace for drinks before dinner. Such a precious gem in the midst of downtown Austin.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressed a Frenchman!!!
I took a friend to Bess Bistro for his birthday. He is from France and not easily impressed by French food served in America. The drinks were incredible. Our server Michelle was impeccable. My friend ordered escargot and stated it was the best he has ever had. Both of our meals were incredibly delicious. The warm chocolate pudding cake completed the meal nicely. We left pleasantly full and with excellent memories. It was an overall perfect experience.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Lovely Meal
I loved to look and feel of the restaurant. The server kept using the space next to our table as a cut through to the rest of his tables, which was a bit distracting. As were the TVs in the bar, which were playing a bizarre game show.
Most importantly, the food was awesome. The onion soup was really rich and delicious. Dressings for the salads were perfect and light. Perfectly cooked med-rare prime rib. Shepherds pie was perfection and hit the spot. We passed on desserts and now I'm going to have to go back for the passion fruit cheesecake if they still have it. Great wine list from CA to France. Service was fabulous, our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Austin's Best
My new favorite Austin dining spot. Creative menu with incredible flavors. Awesome wine list and great service. All in all a wonderful night out whether for business or with that special someone.
Allow your waitstaff to suggest a wine and your night will be perfect. Save room for the Bess' Beignets as an incredible way to end the night.
I can't recommend this place enough!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bess is Boss!
Went there to celebrate a relative's birthday. Everyone's meal was outstanding. I had the Peach Glazed Porkchop, which cut like butter! Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable both about the menu and what to see and do in Austin. She even offered to write down the names of places that were worth visiting and told us which ones weren't worth the trip.
Our dessert was from Ms. Bullock's other establishment across the street, Walton's Fancy and Staple, which was a White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blackberries and blackberry couli. It was HEAVENLY! If you are ever in Austin, make a reservation and Go!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Group Dining/Amazing service!
A group of colleagues were looking for a place for dinner on our last night of a business trip. We were seated in a private booth with an almost wine cellar character: stone ceiling, beautiful chandelier, and comfortable booth seating. Service was fantastic, never rushed. Apps were out right away, and were fantastic... we had four for the table. Everyone's dinner was amazing. The only hiccup was that one person ordered a burger and it was overdone. They re-did it for her, and it was complete in minutes, and personally delivered by the manager with his apologies (crisis averted! and it was remedied so quickly it's like it never happened). Amazing meal. Amazing service. Don't miss this on in Austin--Sandra did this right!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
not bad at all. prices not bad either. wine a little pricey. a little loud. good overall place. cool room.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great experience. The service was outstanding and the food delicious.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Birthday at Bess Bistro
My wife and I recently had a wonderful dining experience at Bess Bistro. Starting with the artichoke bisque and ending with Bess Beignets the food was wonderful. Our server was friendly, knew the menu and was attentive without being intrusive. From beginning to end it was a magnificent evening.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my new favorite restaurants!
We went here for my husband's birthday and had a really great night/experience! The restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious! The service was outstanding as well. I'd highly recommend this restaurant!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
Honestly, coming from a jaded New Yorker who as of late tends to be bored by most "fancy" and top reviewed restaurants he goes to, Bess superseded any expectations and kept us wanting to come back for more. Which we most likely will.
The food flavors pop out perfectly and leave you wondering what the next item on the menu will taste like. The fried green tomatoes are perfect and the chocolate cake is unlike any other I've ever tasted.
But I have to say, the super friendly staff, the ambiance and comfortable laid back environment make for a very important part of this dining experience, and one that most people generally take for granted. I do not.
Thank you Bess for a stunning evening!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second visit
It was my birthday.
They wanted to charge me a $15 fee to bring in 4 little cupcakes with candles on them. I did not pay this
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come for coffee and dessert
We come for coffee and dessert and are happy every time!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun brick basement walls with oversized chandeliers in private dining alcoves. Nice.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there the first night of their winter menu. The fried artichoke hearts were outstanding, as was the shrimp & grits. The hamburger was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. The restaurant itself is charming with many well-thought out details and special touches. Highly recommend.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Tine - Won't Be Our Last!
We read about this restaurant in a magazine article and while drawn due to the celebrity connection, we found it wonderful and plan to return again when we're in Austin. The gumbo with chicken, andouille sausage and crawfish was Outstanding!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic but lacking the mood
The setting is beautiful with colors and a rustic look to appreciate. Bess has elegance which one would not expect of from a Bistro on the lower level of a building. My date an I had a difficult time to enjoy the mood and ambiance with the type of music being played of the loud speakers. It was not fitting and give the place justice. Other than that, the food was amazing. We had their crab cakes as an appetizer, and the Pappardelle pasta and the Scottish salmon as our main dishes. The Pappardelle was a way much on the salty side, unless you like your food doused with sodium, beware.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a Tuesday night and had a great experience. Service was excellent and food amazing
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was visiting San Antonio
I was visiting San Antonio and made sure to take a trip to Austin partly to visit this restaurant. Nice warm ambiance. My sister LOVED the scallops she ordered and would recommend to anyone. My cousin did not have many choices since she only eats pasta or chicken, so she ordered the vegetable plank. Look at the menu before you go to make sure there is something you will eat! Great desserts. The staff was VERY nice and generous. Worth a trip
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the steak frites and my wife had the bacon shrimp grits with a side of the brussel sprouts. The steak was cooked perfectly and the pappas fritas were delicious. Probably one of the best steaks that I have had in a long time. The service was pleasant and the entire dining experience was one to remember.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and athmosphere, easy to get to and wonderful service in a restaurant where all can feel comfortable and have a great meal in a great setting.. My wife and I had a great time and feel that this restaurant is on par and many time a lot better than what we are used to in San Francisco..
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had some family in town and have dined at bess before. Upon arrival we were greated and seated promptly. The restaurant had a great vibe and our server Shaun was great at helping guide us twords drinks and appetizers. The muscles cheese plate and schuito peppers were all fantastic. We were all a bit indecisive on entries because everything looked so good but Shaun steered us in the right direction. Overall perfect experience I would highly recommend bess to any and everyone.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for special occasions
We really enjoyed Bess Bistro. The shrimp and grits were fabulous and there is something for everyone on the menu. A great wine list also. The lighting is very dim but they offer magnifying lights to help read the menu.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eclectic food/nice atmosphere
The food was a mix of everything. There was shepherd's pie with lamb and seafood and organic burgers with housemade pickles. The burger which was perfect for two, amazing fries. The salad was large enough to share too, but not awesome. There were other things to order ala cart, like $8 Mac in cheese, etc. Nothing seemed "French Bistro-like." It didn't seem like a souped-up La Madelline. The atmosphere was wonderful, quiet and candle-lit. It's not a place to bring young kids, parking is mainly $7 valet and you feel a little squashed inside, but it's like you are sitting in a castle underground. Worth the 45-min drive? Yes, once :) We had one drink each and shared two entrees-pricey $78.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food! Honest Service!
Had another tasty dinner at Bess. The waiter did give us some great feed-back when comparing our potential orders, we could not have enjoyed the entree's more. We did order a couple apps, awesome.
The Pork Chop was simply perfect. The grits in the Blackened Shrimp were to die for, yum!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place to connect up
I love Bess to connect up with girlfriends or my adult daughters but sometimes go with my husband before theater, as well. It's very comfortable, good food and service, and fun. I have never had a bad experience here--the worst is that sometimes it's crowded and difficult to get a table.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top notch experience
Bess bistro was across the board a great time. Awesome food and fabulous waitstaff. Do yourself a favor and go to this place!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming. Loved the Scallops and Fried Archichokes. Family had the Shrimp dish and didn't care for it.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an enjoyable dining experience. Service is fantastic.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience
This was my second trip, the first for my wife. We stated off with the shrimp appetizer from a recommendation from our waitress. She said, it was her favorite because your can use the bread to enjoy the last drop of the sauce. She was exactly correct! We asked for more bread to finish off what was left because it was so savory.
I had the bone in pork chop with lentil, and my wife had the filet. Both were excellent, flavorful, tender, and served with spinach.
With tip, our meal was 115, pricey, but a special night out for a memorable meal with great atmosphere.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved Bess Bistro
Everything was delicious! The crispy artichokes blew our mind. The spinach was melt in your mouth.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
Best Brussels sprouts - charred and lemony! Artichoke hearts are amazing as well! The service is always fantastic! The scallops are always perfect and melt in your mouth!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time coming here and it has been delicious both times. It is a very romantic spot with a great ambiance and decor (attention to details). It was quiet, but it was a Tuesday evening.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Austin Find
Went to Bess with my coworkers. We had a great server. He recommended we try something new and different. We each got a different entree and shared (Pork Chop, Salmon, and Scallops). Everything tasted amazing. I would recommend trying their unique cocktails to start.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our dinner at Bess Bistro
This Friday evening my partner, a friend and I shared a quiet, relaxing evening at Bess Bistro. We were very pleased with the experience and the excellent food. Father starting with a fresh herb salad my partner chose the hearty, flavorful shepherd's, our friend chose the fresh, well-prepared scallops, and I had a delicious halibut steak sautéed to golden brown resting on a bed of deliciously prepared vegetables with a delicate sauce. We selected a nice Malbec from the wine list and were pleased with it's smoothness. For dessert the three of us shared one plate if the tasty begnettes.
Our server was enthusiastic and attentive and the setting is really lovely - one of the most beautiful and romantic in Austin.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM