Austin >Food & Dining > Chez Zee
5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX | Directions 7873130.336813 -97.757667
Sat: 9am-12am, Sun: 9am-10pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri: 11am-12am
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.)
Not recommended for larger groups – phoned 3 times to confirm reservations for Easter Brunch and was quoted 4 different prices. When we arrived, they tried to seat our group (of 9) at 2 different tables. Was charged 18% gratuity for buffet service, that was sparse at best. Won't try this again.
Worst Night Ever! Mom's Disaster Birthday Dinner. – We are avid foodies and have always enjoyed lunch at Chez Zee. A little pricey, but the food was good and the desserts were great. Unfortunately, I took my 60-year old mother (first time for her) and 3 other guests to dinner for her birthday. I had made reservations the previous week and expected them to have a table ready. When we got there, it was overly packed for a Saturday night - no one told us that it was Prom night and they had at least 6 tables of 20 folks each. This of course effected how slowly we received our food, which was cold, but our server could not be found to fix the issue. We actually had 3 different servers come to the table, and when we requested drink refills, the same person never returned to our table, so the 'new' server did not know we had requested drinks. On top of that, the air conditioning was broken, which occurred BEFORE we arrived. I would have liked to have known that before I sat down with, since 3 people in our party were over 60 and do not take heat very well. We did not know the AC situation and politely complained, and we were eventually told that "the technician was working on it," which sounds like it would be back on in 30 minutes or so. I wish they had told us that the AC would be out during our dinner so we could have left and not had a horrible experience, and I would not be writing this bad review. PLUS, we waited 20 minutes for our desserts (to go), which we never received. So we finally gave up and left, and they only took off $20 from the bill, which was almost $200. So be warned, ask questions and make sure you get answers, or you special occasion might end up like mine!
In terms of food, service and ambiance, always a quality place, . Great place to take a client or valentines date. Staff is always professional. Food quality is always right. Menu is never boring. Desserts are wonderful.
Dazzling, Like Dining on a Comet! – Title: Dazzling, Like Dining on a Comet
I've been going to Chez Zee since it opened over two decades ago.
An all-time favorite and Chez Zee standard is French Toast Creme Brulee, which is chalah bread soaked in creme brulee overnight, then prepared as french toast topped with strawberries, walnuts, whipped cream and optional maple syrup. If that isn't divine, I don't know what is. Crab Cakes Benedict might be a Chez Zee invention, but I'm not sure, even though I've never encountered it anywhere else.
It's not just the food and the fabulous, in-house homemade bakery deserts that are to die for at this wonderful restaurant. It is the ambience.
Chez Zee is perhaps the most fascinatingly decorated and fun bistro-type eatery in town. I can think of no other restaurant with the eclectic, ever-changing (or should I say ever-more-abundant) nature of the decor. Tiny lights, sparkles, stars and mirrors everywhere, it is truly a dazzling experience to eat inside or out in one of the numerous seating areas that give the large restaurant its intimate feel.
. Perhaps my most memorable Chez Zee experiences ever was when a very large group of barbershop singers ate together after performing elsewhere and broke into spontaneous song that filled the entire restaurant.
Chez Zee is a lot of fun, and it reflects a quirkiness and uniqueness among restaurant experiences that is unmatched. Likely, Chez Zee is but a glimpse into the wildly creative mind of owner Sharon Watkins, who is enthusiastically supported by her well-chosen, upbeat, and attentive staff. If you haven't been there, try it.
I love this place – Been coming to to Chez-Zee for years and have not been disappointed once. The Fried pickles are amazing lite and crisp. The rib eye special which they have every night is the best in town the meat is tender and juicy. I would be satisfied with just the steak and nothing else. The Mac and cheese is the best from scratch mac in cheese in town. I love Chez-Zee and get over there as often as I can.
Chez Zee great food at a great value! – We celebrated an anniversary with another couple last Friday and had a wonderful meal!
Our friendly waiter brought out warm bread and olive oil for dipping while we decided what to order. We shared fried dill pickles plus a special, calamari with a caper aoli; both were light and delicate. Our side caesar salads arrived perfectly dressed and with lots of parmesan. I had the grilled amberjack with a delicious buttery sauce and my husband ordered the grilled ribeye with merlot sauce, which he delcared perfectly cooked. Our guests ordered the pasta special with seafood for one, and the smoked prime rib for the other. We barely had room for dessert, so we had the dessert sampler, which was just right. Not only did we all enjoy our meals, we felt it was a great value for the money. It was a lovely evening; we will be back!
Magical Christmas Dinner Party! – I was at Chez Zee the other night for a Christmas dinner and it was great.
We had the smoked pork tenderloin for our entree. The pork was prefectly cooked and it came with sweet potato pudding, one of the best things I've ever had, and the jalepeno cornbread stuffing and some green asparagus for good measure.
The salad was spinach tossed with an apple cider dressing. The spinach was the most tender I've ever had.
For appetizers we had the special calamari served with lemon aioli. The calamari were tender and I found out by asking they were hand cut which was why they were a nice size.
For dessert we had both the lemon rosemary cake and a piece of chocolate brownie with some of the Myer's Rum Sauce.
The Chateau St. Jean was perfect with the calamari and the La Creama Pinot Noir went well with the pork.
Given the festive decorations which are more fun during Christmas it was a really good party and dinner.
The restaurant really feels so comfortable that it's as close to being in someone's home while being in a restaurant.
I really like this place and like it even more when my dinner host has picked it for her party!
Atrocious, all round – My first and last visit was on Monday Dec 1st 2008 around 5:30pm. Upon arrival we were ignored at the front desk for over 10 minutes until our self professed brand new waiter seated us. We ordered the crab cakes for appetizer. They were cold and 70% bread crumbs. I ordered the pork loin and my guest ordered the stuffed chicken. The waiter even asked me how I wanted my pork cooking(!?). "Well done" was my reply! My dish was cold and undercooked. The macaroni was sans cheese and drowning in some kind of watery goo. I failed to eat beyond 3 mouthfulls. My guest had the same experience with his dish. The chicken was dry and inedible. Our newbie waiter hovered but never refilled our glasses. Later that evening I got very sick and suffered terrible stomach cramping. Mild food poisening was the diagnosis. Suffice to say, that despite it 's eclectic ambiance and hints of super pastries, which we declined, this so called Bistro is off our list of future dining establishments. Visit at your peril!!!!
Cold Nasty Food, & Slow Service! – I do like the ambiance, it's quaint and romantic, if you set aside the two litte critters on the toilet paper in the restroom, it wasn't bad. I've been there twice both times and both times have been a disappointment. The desserts are wonderful and I wish I could say the same about the food. We tried the crab quesadillas for an appetizer, it was cold and way too cheesy it was drenched in grease and barely any crab. Both of entrees were also cold and my husbands poultry dish was way under cooked, he had to send it back. He got sick later that evening. Neither of our meals had were worth what we paid. Our waiter this time was nice but so slow and he never refilled our drinks. Last time we had a horrible waitress she never came to our table and she acted as if we were bothering her. We will never go back.
We loved the place – We went here for a romantic outing and loved it. They had a great selection of food (even for a vegetarian like myself). The deserts are what they are famous for, but my wife believes may be they are bit over rated. Parking lot may get some times packed. The live music was a bit too loud once (may be we were sitting too close to piano).
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