P�ch� is Austin�s very first absinthe bar, serving rich French cuisine and pre-Prohibition style cocktails along with a carefully curated wine list. The bartenders are always ready to answer questions and educate guests on the libations served. P�ch� strives to provide an atmosphere that is both mysterious and fun.
The menu at P�ch� is tailored to the drink menu and features snacks such as mushroom fritters and grilled octopus, as well as meals such as duck confit and butternut squash ravioli. The rib eye and the Texas wild boar are local favorites and be sure to finish your meal with an adult milkshake such as the bananas Foster.
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Would highly recommend Péché. The food was of excellent quality. The restaurant was inviting and warm. But the chef owner coming out to greet us, asking about the food and our overall dining experience was the icing on the cake!
I loved and would highly recommend Péché. I went for a ladies night out and we were all very happy with our selections.
Starting with the food: We started with the Mac and Cheese. This was the most amazing Mac and cheese I have had at a restaurant. Hands down, if you go here, you have to order it. We also had drinks. The Fig Manhattan was a little heavy on the foam but still delicious and a special take on a classic. The Royal Bees Knees was also yummy, but a little sweeter than I expected. For the main course or table ordered the Pan Roasted Stuffed Quail, this was perfectly cooked but I did expect more of the stuffing as the goat cheese was hardly noticeable. We also ordered the Rabbit and mushrooms barley risotto. The risotto was cooked perfectly. This dish was very rich and I was satisfied after a few bites. We didn’t order dessert. I was rather disappointed in the dessert menu after such creative appetizer and entree options. I think there was a creme brûlée and a flourless chocolate tort. Nothing interesting at all. This was the only total let down regarding food.
The ambiance is nice. It is a somewhat long, narrow restaurant. I think this added to the feel and seemed appropriate for the style. I felt it wasn’t too quiet but not so loud that we struggled to converse either. There is a bar next door with an outdoor venue; we could hear the music at times but it wasn’t bothersome. The ladies’ restroom has opportunities for improvement. There was a large hole in the ceiling and some water damage. This was the only sign of disrepair I noted and certainly understandable for a older building in a downtown area.
The staff were kind but not overbearing. The were very attentive and I don’t remember having to ask for anything more than once. For the most part, they did a good job anticipating our needs. At the end of the meal, they happily offered to split the check.
Over all, I recommend this restaurant and will return .
We have been to Peche twice now in the last month or so. On both occasions, the food was outstanding. The service is also as good as any we have ever had in a restaurant of this type. Example: there were four of us Saturday night and two servers arrived with all of our meals at the exact same time. The menu has items that are available in very few restaurants in Austin. The menu and the vibe are very European (in the best way). It can get a little noisy but that is true of any popular spot.
We had a wonderful waiter, Alen. We also enjoyed every course. Excellent happy hour drinks. The sea bass with spinach and couscous was perfectly cooked. My only comments are to go a little easier on amount of butter in each dish. Loved the homemade icecream and the bananas foster. We had a great time.
I will start by saying the ambiance and the vibe here is really cool. The exposed brick and chandeliers are really cool and the bar is huge. The collection of drink options are endless. The service was excellent and our waiter/server was very informative. We had a 7pm reservation last Saturday night and the place was not crowded at all. The lighting is very dim so it provided a very romantic atmosphere. Now to the food. This is a very French menu so keep that in mind. We actually had a hard time deciphering what the menu items were. Most of the items did not resonate with us, we chose this place for the drinks and atmosphere. We did share an order of the pommes frites (french fries) which were excellent and could have fed a group of 6 or more. We will be back soon.
I hadn't been back in about five years, and I have to say it's not what it used to be. The space was so jammed full of tables that we had to physically move our table anytime someone at the tables next to us needed to get out. I'm not sure what's up with their huge plastic menus, but they don't fit with the rest of the space. The service was slow, but the food was good. Not sure I'd come back with so many other fantastic dining options in Austin.
This place is very laid back. The food is great and the drinks are excellent. It’s a little on the pricey side but I feel that’s to be expected for most places downtown.
Wonderful mix of dishes, very interesting bar options, and very pleasant staff.
We chose this place because it is a supposedly “highly-rated” french restaurant in downtown Austin as we searched for a special place to celebrate our 10th New Year’s Eve anniversary together. I made the reservation well in advance and still got a call from them a few days ahead of time saying they needed a credit card number to hold the reservation I had already made and confirmed. I called them back the next day to comply and had to dial FIVE times before anyone answered (vm doesn’t work). I wasn’t told why the card was being taken and what would happen if we didn’t show - I just gave some kid a # over the phone (luckily I can turn my card off easily from my phone app).
Fast forward to the actual date - 630pm reservations, we got there a little early and said we could wait until our actual time if necessary - the girl said no, it was “fine” and promptly tried to seat us right in the walkway in front of the main door. Um no. A couple minutes later we were led toward the back of the main room and stuffed into a bench/chair set up- no prob.
Our main complaint from our experience is the fact we felt rushed from the get-go, despite the fact we mentioned the date was extra special to us.
The “pork cheek” ravioli was a disaster drowned in some kind of dark broth, and the “rack of lamb” from the “specials” list was barely enough to feed a child. Service was slow - yes, I know it was big night, but don’t seat more than you have service for. The entire back of the dining room was/is a huge fire hazard because of how packed people were in there- it was not a relaxing or upscale experience- I felt like we were in a high school cafeteria. “Can I get you anything else?” Yes, pls- some more water before we go... - (we never got the water, despite the $300 bill). This place has potential but some serious work needs to be done w/ ambiance, staff professionalism, and presentation. The female restroom is a disaster, complete w a huge ceiling leak and only one working stall.
It was a great night with family, however Peche is clearly understaffed. Food and Drinks were great but marred by inadequate wait staff
Loved the impeccable service, delicious and (hot temp) food plus scratch craft cocktails.
Had a group of six people for a pre-holiday dinner. We had a terrific time! Our server was knowledgeable and made great recommendations for mixed drinks as well as for food. It was a Monday night and so an especially good value with many $5 mixed drinks and half off on some of the food.
Loved that they have the kitchen open until late and the food was AMAZING at a fair price point for the quality. Cocktails are the best too!
I had the rabbit and risotto, which I thought was a bit too cheesy and really couldn't taste rabbit; however, my friend had the duck, which was delicious. The place was a bit too noisy, but my friends and I enjoyed ourselves. Great cocktails. Very good service. I would go back again and probably try a meat dish. The food is not true French but an American hybrid.
Unfortunately a very special night was made mediocre by a disengaged server and food that was plated and tasted different than our previous visits. Unlikely we'll be back anytime soon after paying 200.00 for the privilege of this lackluster experience. No one even said thanks for coming in! Boo...
Best dinner I had in Austin
Excellent menu and drink/wine selection. Great experience.
Unique menu. Excellent service. Amazing cocktail list. Would definitely recommend
Since I was by myself I was seated by a loud group of 6 -8 mainly there to drink, I asked to be seated somewhere else but was that was it.
I paid for my soup (uneaten) and drink and left.
Not somewhere I would recommend to anyone!!
Food and drinks were great but it was so hot in the restaurant that we were practically sweating throughout dinner. I asked if they could turn the air down a little bit but our waitresses made it seem like it was an annoyance. We also had a last min change to change the reservation from 8 to 10 and they were not helpful in accommodating for the 2 extra seats. The waitress also bought out only one check and seemed annoyed when she had to go back and split them up. But for a big party like that, you think she would ask first about the checks right? I don’t even remember her introducing herself or what her name was. I would go back for the food but not for the service.
The food was great, it wasn’t crowded, great service, attention to detail by the bartenders. Great date place or work dinner.
Excellent service, and superb creative menu, and a full cocktail bar. Place is noisy when busy.
Great happy hour pricing! Drinks were great, decor was good too.
As always, the food, service, ambiance and hospitality shown by Rob Pate was amazing! Was sorry not to be able to see John. See you soon though John, take care!
I always went here for cocktails and now love it for dinner.
Great and unique menu that many locals don’t know about for dinner as they only go there for cocktails. Give it a shot for dinner... well worth it!
Best food ever. Food prices totally worth it. Service by staff is great. Cocktails several dollars too pricey for my taste, but competitive with the overall cocktail price trends, so can't complain. Would def go again.
Took over 45 minutes to get first round of drinks. Ribeye steak was under cooked and overly fatty. Ragu was room temp, and side was dry and bland tasting.
We were in town for the F1 race and decided to take in dinner after the race at Peche. Ambiance is good but The tables are cramped. Water wasn’t refilled often enough and we waited one and a half hours for our dinner to come. We don’t blame the server as he was very professional and he was running a huge section with no one assisting him with serving water or cleaning tables that we saw. We were served cocktails but never asked if we would like wine with our meals. One guest ordered fries instead of mashed potatoes and after the hour and a half wait the dish was brought out with mashed potatoes and he was told “well fries are an extra charge” the message was delivered from the kitchen staff who brought his meal to the table. We weren’t asked if we had a problem paying an up charge and our waiter didn’t think the request was an issue. An obvious issue of mismanagement. Shocked that after keeping us waiting 1.5 hrs for food that they would really care whether they got an up charge for some fries, although we would have agreed to that if asked. Our waiter did make sure the meal was brought back out as requested but the whole experience ruined the meal for that guest. One of our other guests is a diabetic and it was taking so long for our food that his wife requested some bread for him and we noted at the end that they charged him $4.50 for a a few small pieces of bread. Obviously this owner is more interested in money than looking after guests. On a good note our meals were served hot and were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant for the quality of the meals and cocktails.
Returned here after 2 years; the eye-catching Black chandeliers are replaced by regular twinkling ones. Seems like an extremely busy Friday night. Started with their grapefruit Cosmos, which they were incredibly nice to make since its not on their menu. They were Disappointingly super- sweet and had to send them back for more grapefruit juice. Our wait person seemed offended that we didn’t like them but brought back redone ones. While they were still very sweet, they were strictly okay and the didn’t reorder any more cocktails. Other orders on the table were gin gin mule, old fashioned, Manhattan etc were all okay. Their apps were quite good as always: mussels were outstanding; mushrooms and onion tart were good too. French Onion soup seemed to be a fav. Memorable entree: Duck breast. Short ribs were good but needed more seasoning. Veggie lasagna was forgettable.
We were celebrating a birthday; had a creme brûlée that was excellent.
The service was good but a bit slow since they seemed to be quite over extended. I would return for a casual meal not for a special occasion again.
Not as good as it’s been many times in the past. The service was very slow inconsistent and the food was very average.
One of the better restaurants we've been to. French style seating and absinthe to drink. Service was quick and excellent. The quail was outstanding, had fig stuffing, and this complimented the delicate meat perfectly. If you are in Austin, do yourself a favor and visit this restaurant.
Very cool inside and great drinks but food was not good.
Very interesting menu, great service. We will be going back.
Love Peche! Have been several times when in Austin on business.
We love this place! And we've loved it for years. The food is excellent. The cocktails are inventive and classic. The owner is omnipresent. The staff is attentive without being cloying. The vibe is hip and energetic without being pretentious. Go.
Wait staff was really attentive. Made great recommendations on food and drinks. Food was excellent!