Austin >Food & Dining > Chez Zee
5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX | Directions 7873130.336813 -97.757667
Neighborhoods: Highland Park West
The Crème Brulee French Toast at Chez Zee is a baked affair, making it more cake-like and firm then your typical French Toast. But oh, there's so much more to the process: First, challah is lovingly dipped and soaked in rich Crème Brulee custard, then baked, and THEN served with rum sauce. It'll leave you speechless. (But not hungry.)
Charming restaurant, excellent place for a romantic date. Very good food and wonderful service.
Austin Favorite – Still my Favorite Restrurant in Ausin. I believe this was the first restrurant I was taken to in Austin, and it is still my favorite. Love the year round lights for decor. Always high quality food and service as well as a gluten free menu....
We ate there recently and the appetizers were really good, the atmosphere was nice, the service good, but the wine menu was a little disappointing. Our dinners were pretty good but not amazing. I am looking forward to trying their brunch I have heard it's great.
Wagyu Steak Rocks! – OK.- Just had the best meal, since I can remember. Highly recommend their new dish "Strube Ranch Wagyu Flat Iron" steak topped with a fried egg. Protein lovers will appreciate this healthy meal. My most awesome waiter Jordan recommended the new dish, stating the cut was similar to fine Japanese steakhouse steaks. AND the "smashed" fried potatoes were a new and delightful take on potatoes. I hope they keep this one on the menu really, really good. Nice to know that this tender steak comes from a ranch in Pittsburgh, Texas!
Kefir Pear Tart to die for! – I don't usually write reviews but today my husband and I kept remembering the amazing Kefir Pear Tart with the homemade lemongrass ice cream we had last night at Chez Zee... so I had to write about it. It was out of this world! We love Chez and enjoy going there for dinner but this has to be one of the best deserts ever! The lemongrass ice cream is homemade - right there at Chez Zee and when you put it in your mouth with the pear tart made with fresh local pears you will just go wow! Thanks Chez Zee -
Best brunch! (Eggs Benedict) in town! – One of the only places in the austin area to offer the Quartino wine serving! It's perfect!
Horrible Experience – What a huge disappointment! I thought I would be enjoying a nice birthday dinner with my friends and family and ended up apologizing profusely for such a bad time.
The service was awful. The waitress was rarely seen and probably partially to blame for every dish being served cold. We were there for a full two and a half hours--everyone had become anxious and uncomfortable--especially my friend's toddler! I guess the waitress was oblivious, because most good wait staff will step up the pace a couple of notches when there is a small child in the group.
The food was ten times worse than the service. We had 3 appetizers and 5 different dishes and every single one of them was served COLD. Everything was bland and greasy. The worst was the $25 Red Peak Pasta--rubbery scallops, and watery, flavorless tomato sauce. The Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Chicken was dry as a bone, but I guess they thought they could make up for it by pairing it with soggy cornbread stuffing.
I would have asked to speak to a manager for some kind of resolve, but by the time we finally got our check and were able to leave, everyone was just ready to get the heck out of there. So, I emailed them the following day and received an auto-response stating I should expect a response within 24 hours. Still waiting.
Clearly this establishment is being managed by a clown that has no idea how detrimental these complaints can be for their business. Eventually the shameful (lack of) service and disgusting, painfully over-priced food will take its toll. There are plenty of other true 'Austin' restaurants to choose from--go elsewhere!
Not really french if that is what they were going for. – It sounded so good in the ads and comments,thought I would give it a try.
Looked great going in,staff was stuffy.
Sat down at cute little table,was fine till I just looked down, could see glass rings. Which while not good was not horrible. So whipped out the sanitary wipe and used to clean my spot, came up with a black print of my hand! Oh my that was gross, gave one to rest of party to clean table,all had the same result. After I picked up the utensil pack, the plate it was perched on had more fingerprints than a murder scene. YIKES! And silverware was icky.Still stayed what can I say.
Ordered the burger and the pecan chicken, the burger tasted good, fries were great. Niece ordered the chicken was very over cooked and sauce was like a thick paste. She said it was ok but dry, but did not look it.
I was so disappointed.
too expensive for the food it serves – This place seems pretty expensive for a brunch place. i went their with a group of friends. It was sunday, so they were serving nothing but brunch till 3pm. we went their for lunch,but had to order something from the brunch menu, since they dont bring out lunch menu on sunday. had i known that, probably would not have gone here for lunch...not a person who likes to eat egg at 12:30 in the afternoon. Anyways, I decied to order the salad, since that seemed like the only lunch option, salad was $15!! this is nothing but a ceaser salad. I would say, this place is overpriced and overhyped. its an average place. Recommend not going their for a get-together for lunch or dinner.
Here is another thing i complete disliked, they would not seat us until we had the whole party, part of 8, we had 7 people but yet they would not seat us, until the 8th person came.
Whimsical – Despite the snug seating arrangements we had a decent brunch. They have a whimsical atmosphere and the service was decent, but slow despite the restaurant being quite empty. The portions are suitable for 2 adults to share. I enjoyed the Tuscan Ciabatta Benedict. The free croissants reminded me of the Pilsbury kind nothing special. I would consider going back.
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