Chez Zee

4.5
2900 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
Chez Zee combines a Parisian-style bakery with a casual American-style bistro and offers guests award winning dessert selections. We have an ever-expanding lunch, dinner, and brunch menu, a full bar, as well as a private banquet party room to celebrate special occasions. All desserts are made on-site in our award winning bakery and all entrees are made to order with the best and local ingredients around. We're saving a chair for you!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm. Friday: 11am-11pm. Saturday: 9am-11pm. Sunday: 9am-10pm
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Phone number
(512) 454-2666
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
In house private functions for parties of up to 150. Please email events@chezzee.com for event inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Parking details
When you arrive in our parking lot and see numerous cars (sometimes hundreds!!) do not be discouraged. Our complimentary valet will get you taken care of ASAP! If arriving by helicopter or jet, the wait may be just a tad bit longer...

Surface Parking, Self Park, Complimentary Valet
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Public transit
Capital Metro Bus #19 stops in front of the restaurant
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Entertainment
Pop Piano and Jazz Standards Monday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.
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Special events & promotions
Chez Zee is THE spot in Austin to celebrate the special moments in people's lives. From New Year's to Christmas, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings to birthdays, come celebrate with us!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Chez Zee has a complete private dining room with a private patio, sound system, beautiful decor and exquisite American cuisine and service. Chez Zee will gladly accommodate seated parties of up to 100 or cocktail style events up to 150 in The Gallery.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

We had an excellent meal; 5 friends all from out of town - the restaurant had been recommended to us, and we found it to be worth the time, drive and money. Service was great, and the food was remarkably good. Two of us had burgers that looked totally yummy. I had the steak salad, and it was perfect. The steak was cooked exactly to my preference, the salad was fresh with just the right amount and flavor of dressing. Everyone at the table was perfectly satisfied, and we left smiling as tiny green lights sparkled on us.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Everything we had was amazing! Great ambience with live piano player. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

My mother-in-law came to town and wanted to take me to lunch. It was a nice place for the occasion. Food & service were great!

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Huge and varied menu makes deciding what to eat a challenge, and all of the many things we've eaten here have been good. We got to sit outside on a very pleasant evening, and it was quiet and delightful. Our server was a tad slow, perhaps because we were her only outside table, but other than that, everything was splendid.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Loved this funky restaurant. We had a very yummy brunch. The creme brûlée French toast appetizer was the perfect size for 3 to share. The homemade croisssnts were delicious. My poached eggs were a little more done than I like, but the dish was still delicious.

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Probably best left to groups who need a large selection of menu items. They do many things, unfortunately most of them they do not do well. The entree salads are uninspired and majority lettuces. Side dishes tend to lack seasoning.

The last server we had apologized in advance for her inattentiveness, as she was working a double and tired. That said, she seemed to hold it together well.

Am not a dessert person, so will leave that to others. However they look quite nice.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious - the atmosphere was so much fun.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2016

We took a business associate for his first time to dine there. He was completely impressed.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

It was a delicious brunch for a perfect day. We didn't feel rushed by the wait person.

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2016

We were very disappointed with the service and food taste. Both were moderate to bland.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Service was fantastic and the food was amazing. Really good chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes. The decor was interesting, but very austin like. Lots of abstract art. There was a man at the piano playing with was lovely and lots of families and older people in the place.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Went here for my with my fiance. Food was amazing, i was very pleased to find out and strawberry butter are served before your brunch! The food itself was also amazing, and my only complaint was my server seemed a little with us for the rest of our visit after i pointed out shed brought me the wrong dish.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Chez Zee never disappoints. I love going there w/ friends for a girl's night or with my hubby for a date night. Food is always top notch and service is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2016

25 year customer..... Average at least once a week! NEVER had a bad experience. Until today. Brittany rudest person ever encountered while simply trying to make a reservation.
Jack Martin

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2016

Always a lovely dining experience. When any friends come from out of town, Chez Zee is the place I take them and feel proud in doing so.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2016

They made a special effort to decorate our table for our daughter's birthday and the staff immediately greeted her with a Happy Birthday upon arrival. Love the menu, love the vibe, love the décor. It's a special part of Austin

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Always great food but much too loud to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Love Chez Zee
We always enjoy Chez Zee, their food is always excellent and love the old Austin vibe. Our waiter was a bit slow but will otherwise the meal was excellent. We were celebrating a birthday but they only offer 1 desert for a free birthday treat, would like to see them expand this to other choices. I would definitely recommend Chez Zee.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

My date and I had a great time. All of the little lights were spectacular along with the piano player made it a special evening.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2016

Good food, good service, quiet evening atmosphere, pleasant waiter

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2.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Same name, but seemed like a completely different restaurant. I made the reservation on Open Table and put in the comments that this was a special Daddy/Daughter date night. I requested a table by the window. When we got there, the hostess barely looked up from her computer, sat us in the middle of the restaurant (when there were multiple window tables available) and walked away. The overall service followed the same flow and the food from entree to dessert was far from past experiences. My family and I have been to Chez Zee many times over the past years and had wonderful times, but things have changed. The place looks the same, but the heart and soul seem to be missing. I doubt we will return. Sad to see a great restaurant lose its edge.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Food is amazing and my date actually said this is now his favorite brunch location.

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Had to come here because heard it was a must brunch go to, and let me tell you it was not a disappointment. The whole atmosphere is very nice though a little on the loud side. The piano does make it much more soothing. Plus the complementary croissants we so warm and soft, it was great to start the meal off.

Now I gotta say we ordered the chicken and waffle, everyone has hyped me about this, and I was baffled by how good it was. The chicken was huge and so tender. The waffle was delicate and freshly cooked. Then when you add the pecan syrup, real pecan chunks can you believe that, the meal felt complete.

We also got the crab cake Benedict and it was pretty darn good too. The crab cake was fresh and tasted quite good with the cheesy sauce. The egg literally burst in my mouth. Though it did seem a bit watery. If you can fit it all in one bite in your mouth try because it is one of the most satisfying feels.

I gotta say we will be coming back when given the chance because this is a great was to get some good food on Sunday.

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2.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Sad that we were seated in the back in an empty restaurant and when we asked to be seated away from the air the hostess was rude. Don't think I'll be going back even though there is no other place for creme brûlée French toast. Sad

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Not a drinker, so can't speak to the wine/liquor offerings, but Chez Zee is our family's go-to for special events or just "a nice dinner out." It's not super elevated or trendy cuisine, but it's always tasty and dependable - and that's worth a lot! The service is friendly, courteous, and helpful, but not intrusive. The atmosphere is festive, and there's often a pianist playing in the corner, which is nice. They make an effort to accommodate groups - even a bunch of high schoolers on prom night! We know we'll always have a great evening, with generous portions of good food (and probably leftovers!) when we go to our neighborhood restaurant, Chez Zee.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Always great food and service. Sinful desserts. We celebrate all of our special events here.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

If you're looking for a great brunch in Austin add this restaurant to your list. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

I really enjoyed coming here for my birthday dinner. Our waitress was super patient and let me and my friends take time to talk to each other without rushing us out of our table. Great for a more mature crowd- not so much for children, for the sake of the adults.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

This was my first time here and enjoyed everything. I had the prime rib and it was wonderful. The live music was nice and the restaurant has a nice open feeling, without feeling like you are eating with strangers.

I noticed the desserts as I was leaving... next time, that will be where I start my meal, they looked so good.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Chez Zee never disappoints! We had a fabulous Sunday Brunch ... as always. I recommend Chez Zee to anyone who likes good service and great food.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Never disappoints. Great for families. Food is wonderful. Cozy feel. Makes you smile.

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2.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Cheese was ok. Bread didn't need to be roasted and buttered. Flat iron steak was ok. Fries were terrible. Dry and tasteless. Fish was ok. Desserts were dry and not fresh.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

As usual Chez zee delivers a wonderful experience.My wife and I have enjoyed this place for the past 5 years,and fitting we spent our 5yr anniversary here
.The special,pistachio crusted halibut was delicious.However I must say the chicken fried steak needed more flavor.Even so we still loved our visit.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

We had the peppercorn filet and thought it was very tasty and perfectly cooked. Nice ambiance and jazz smooth soft music. We had a great date!

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2016

The food was delicious, as usual. I had shrimp and angel hair. It was good - but rich - and the seafood is always really fresh. My guest had a jalapeño cornbread stuffed chicken dish that was good, as well.

No complaints, other than the horrendous Christmas lights everywhere. My guest is a firefighter. The next table over had another firefighter. Both agreed it was against fire code to have that many (tacky) lights.

The service is always surprisingly good though and the food is reasonably priced and yummy.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2016

NYStrip was perfect. Apple crisp dessert equally wonderful. Great server and service. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2016

I was very excited to try Chez Zee after seeing it listed on Open Table as one of the top 100 brunch spots in the country...yes, the country. So we made the road trip 82 miles from San Antonio to Austin.

Let me start off by saying staff is very friendly especially the hostess. Now on to the food... we started off with the complimentary croissants which were soooooo good, light, warm, and fresh!!! I am a croissant fanatic so this was right up my alley. My husband had the American breakfast (3 eggs, 3 meats, fruit, and potatoes) which was good, but standard. He liked the eggs (over medium) and the sausage. He did not care for the ham. We both felt the potatoes were just fried up with no seasoning. I had the Creme Brulee french toast platter. The french toast was good, but very dense. I now know that I prefer the traditional french toast. I substituted the regular syrup for the pecan bourbon syrup which was magnificent! Overall the food was good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We would like to return and try the chicken and waffles (huge piece of chicken), but I highly recommend reservations especially if you are traveling like we were.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2016

As a frequent customer they note our preferences n their system which includes table location.
They also had a HAPPY 34th ANNIVERSARY card on table for us ❤️

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Love the croissants as usual. The remaining food was not so great. I ordered classic Eggs Benedict and was disappointed. The potatoes were not seasoned and tasted like they were frozen not fresh.
Seems like the ham was put on cold, the eggs were a undercooked (I like over easy but they were too easy), the muffin was not tasty either maybe because it was not toasted before hand.
Overpriced and not good.
I brought 3 friends that had never been there and some of their choices were better than mine but I am not eager to return anytime soon.

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1.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Do not go to this restaurant on Friday night. We went there, and there was a live pianist playing on a grand piano.

This filled the entire restaurant with an overwhelming amount of noise, and we did not want to dine inside.

We dined outside, and they still were piping the music into the outside patio at a loud volume. We were barely able to have conversation.

The food was also very mediocre.

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