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Chez Nous

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(44 Reviews)

510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701

(512) 473-2413

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Today: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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36
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General Info
A family owned and operated Casual French Bistro in downtown Austin since 1982
Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Extra Phones

Phone: (512) 236-8468

Phone: (512) 301-2416

Fax: (512) 236-8468

Fax Number: (512) 236-8468

Payment method
all major credit cards, check, jcb
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhood
Downtown Austin
Categories
French Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Cuisines: French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Cuisine: Fusion, French, European, Continental

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DonM688

06/05/2012

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Overall
We've been coming back here for speical

We've been coming back here for speical meals over and over -- for at least twenty years -- and the food is consistently excellent (authentic Paris bistro food) and the service is always super-attentive. Highly recommended.

Try the escargot for an appetiser and the duck for dinner. Don't forget dessert!

reynoldser

04/06/2011

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Good, but not for special occasions

First off, their food is pretty much awesome. I recommend it highly. Maybe for a casual date or dinner on a birthday.

However, I hold contention with the labels ""romantic"" or ""intimate"" for this locale. The restaurant is so small that the tables are pretty much under the bar. My idea of a romantic date with my wife is not sitting eye level with hungry peoples asses while they stare at you waiting for y'all to finish and leave.

I would give this place 4 or possibly even 5 stars if it wasn't so crowded. The staff was adequate, but the food... oooooh people, let me tell ya. The food is pretty awesome.

In summary, definitely go here at some point, but maybe not to propose or for any anniversary.

plasticdonut32

06/02/2010

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Fantastic Food

I love this place, and I never seem to have a bad experience when I visit. Don't believe the poor reviews of this great restaurant. Be sure to try the set menu, which is such a bargain. The quality of the fish and meat is superb and the chocolate mousse...tres magnifique!!

Sam Gen

05/19/2010

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Overall
still great!

I love this place! Still one of Austin's best, great food, service that can't be beat.

jokeypoe3

05/01/2010

Overall
My favorite restaurant in Austin for last 15 years

Never disappointed. Great seafood, meat and fowl dishes - all served by the most attentive, yet unobtrusive staff, in all of Austin. We've been going there for over 15 years and the quaint atmosphere is always loved by us and the people we bring.

dewitt60

04/24/2009

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Perfect for a Romantic Dinner!!

We just love Chez Nous!! We were there just the other night and had a wonderful time. This is one of our favorites and perfect for a special night. I highly recommend it.

blueplate1

02/17/2009

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Excellent Country French Food

Chez Nous is small but the staff is very attentive and the food is great. You do not find sweet breads on many menus but here they are wonderfully prepared. The escargot and the duck mousse pate are excellent. We did have to wait a bit but stood at the bar and had wine. Highly recommend.

cheezyjb3

01/21/2009

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To chrsbrq,

Umm... FLAN is offered at almost 100% of restaurants IN FRANCE... it is called creme caramel... .

I hate when people that just don't know any better start opening their mouths just to let nonsense fall out of it...Happy Eating!

waxx

11/10/2008

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Good fixed price menu

Cozy but busy restaurant with limited seating, so expect a wait. Fixed price menu is worth trying especially if you are going there for the first time. Choices of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. We had the tomato basil soup which was on the creamier side... the salmon and steak were cooked to perfection. The chocolate mousse was a little thicker than most, but good chocolately flavor. The crepes we ordered off the fixed menu for an additional $2, and it was a nice touch to end the meal. Although not too quiet inside, still definitely a good place to take a date out.

chrsbrq

11/07/2008

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Not my definition of a French restraunt

When dining at a French restaurant I don't expect plastic check-board table clothes. I don't expect the Chefs to be young kids that probably have no professional culinary experience. I don't expect to see Flan on the menu. My wife ordered a medium steak. It came out so rare it was bleeding. She also ordered ""Creme Caramel"" - it was overly sweet Flan! I ordered the Pate and it tasted like it came from a can. I ordered Salmon and it tasted decent but not much more. I would not return nor recommend. Find a better place to celebrate an evening or just stay home.

kimilicious03

09/03/2008

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Quite possibly the BEST MEAL I'VE EVER HAD....

I enjoyed every aspect of my experience at Chez Nous - atmosphere, wine, service, FOOD. My boyfriend surprised me by taking me there for my birthday. It's a nice place, but is a cozy, comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere, which we really appreciated. Plus, you don't have to know anything about French food to love it.

We started with the Chevre chaud sur canape. Outstanding! The cheese was unbelievable and complimented so well with the greens in the center of the plate. The sliced French bread and homemade (out of this world) butter served throughout the meal was heavenly. We each got one of the 3-course entrees. For the appetizer course, we each had the tomato fennel soup, which was phenomenal. For our main courses, I had the grilled salmon in a garlic buerre blanc (best salmon I've ever tasted), and he had the steak option on the 3-course menu (can't remember the cut of the meat), but it literally melted in your mouth and was cooked to perfection. We shared a bottle of Cotes du Rhone Villages, which came recommended by a lovely French gentleman who from behind the bar saw us trying to choose the perfect wine for our entrees. He said this wine would go well with fish or steak, and it most certainly did. It was fantastic and was even one of the less expensive options. For the dessert course, we opted for the Profiterolles (""Two pastry puffs, filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with a warm chocolate sauce""). You may not think you have room for dessert, but after tasting it, you'd regret having skipped dessert -- perfectly sweet, yet light.

The service was stellar. Our glasses were always full and we were constantly greeted by smiling faces willing and able to answer questions, but also let you enjoy a nice conversation without ever interfering.

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday dinner. It's most certainly going to be our go-to special occasion place. We only wish we could eat there more often. It is INCREDIBLE.

Thank you Chez Nous!

friendoffood

08/31/2008

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Overall
great lunch and bistro-style dinner

I love this place. I eaten there for several years now and am always pleased. Its a great place to take people to when they are visiting from out of town. If you're looking for a pretentious atmosphere and overly-complicated food, look elsewhere. This place has simple, good food with a relaxed atmosphere. I love the soups, especially the mushroom soup. My favorite salad is the Salad Lyonnaise. I usually get the steak but the Meuniere is always great. The lamb chops are so simple and perfect every time. I also really appreciate that the waitstaff is relaxed and friendly. Its no wonder their are so many regulars that dine here (myself included).

asiancajun

07/02/2008

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There are more choices....

My husband and I went ther tonight for my birthday and I have never wanted to come home so badly to write a review. I am a hotelier and my family is also in the the restaurant business and I was less impress with this restaurant. I've read many reviews for this restaurant and was quite excited when we decided to go there tonight. The hostess was lovely, the restaurant had a great vibe for a Wednesday night. We ordered their sampler plate which was to have a variety of pates, sausages and cured meats. When it arrived, there were no sausages and only one type of pate, a type which have never seen before. I told one of the waiters, there were 2 servers ""group"" serving all the tables, that the pate was less than desirable. In fact, it tasted like chicken salad sandwich, minus the onion, celery, etc. He told me that it was what the chef selected. Instead of suggesting that he bring another pate that I try, he walked off. I would have paid extra, it wasn't a freeby that I wanted, I wanted good food. The entrees arrived and my husband ordered the hangar steak which came out rare and cold, the waiter did not ask for a temperature. I ordered the lamb chops medium rare and the entree came out medium well. No server came to ask how our meal was util half way through, when I was half through my meal and my husband's food was no longer edible. He politely asked for them to warm up his meal, which they did, and he found his entree more desireable. To wrap things up, there are too many restaurants in Austin that has better food and better service at this pricepoint. I can guarantee that they have not stayed opend for this long with this type of service and/or quality. It is very quaint and can be so much more. Yes, I understand it's French and they are not known for their service, but guess what? We are in Austin and are very fortunate to have other places to go. I will go to those other places and will recommend that my clients, friends, and family do the same.

Szitro

02/15/2008

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Overall
Not much parking

We went on my Birthday, 2/13, they were very crowded, they have about 20 tables. We really loved all of the food the wine and the service. We ended up parking at the Courtyards parking lot ($10) but it was worth it, they have parking out front but only a few spots. We will be going back again soon.

Ivey1975

01/24/2008

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Love it, but a little mad right now.

We love dining at Chez Nous. The service, food, wine selection, atmosphere...it's all great. Nice overall package.

Last I dined there we had a party of 6. We made reservations ahead of time, as reservations are accepted in parties of 6 or more. I was pleased to see a large party (like more than 15 people) being accommodated later in the evening (say, 8pm). Based on this, I've planned to have a surprise dinner there for my significant other in a few weeks and just called to make the reservation for 12. Unfortunately, the gentleman answering the phone was not willing to oblige my request and upon hearing my dissappointment said that he MIGHT be able to accommodate us but we'd have to dine at 6pm and he'd have to call me later this afternoon to let me know for sure.

I seem to remember the owner/manager being quite friendly with that large party on our last visit. Perhaps you have to know someone to get special treatment. Too bad it's considered special treatment. I'm eager to find out his response to me later, however my taste for this place has already been tainted.

So much for loyalty to regular customers.

jmo74

01/05/2008

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Overall
Bon appetit!

I called ahead on a Friday early evening and was told no reservations taken for 2, but that ""it wasn't too crazy"". Ominous words, usually, but we were pleasantly surprised to find them to be true. When we arrived the place was full, but several tables had just cleared out and we waited maybe 10 minutes. This time was spent at the bar where a very nice bartender quickly greeted us and took drink orders. Unlike some places in town where the bar can be vibey and awkward, this was very comfortable and the bartender charming without being overly attetive. Next to the table - again a nice, normal (thank you!) hostess. We had several wait people throughout the course of dinner - all of whom were interesting in their own ways and receptive to talk about the food and wine we were ordering with no pretention. We both had the price fix menu du jour ($25.50 for 3 courses) and the charcuterie plate ($15-ish) as an extra to start. The salami and rillettes, along with a serrano-like ham were delicious and the traditional gherkins and nicose olives as well - we had the grainy mustard (vs smooth) and ate the whole generous plate with the soft, warm french bread. Salad Lyonnaise next for both was just the right size with a perfectly poached egg and a soft vinagrette. Followed by the Drum for me and the beef tenderloin for my husband. Both dishes were wonderful, perfectly cooked and accompanied by subtle sauces. Finally for dessert you can chose from the 3 on the price fix menu or for $2 extra have anything off the dessert menu. I had the very tart (in a good way) lemon tart and my husband the chocolate mousse. Both again delicious and rustic. Overall, this is my new favorite spot in Austin and especially for the ridiculous cheapness of the price fix menu. From the kir to the cheese, truly lovely. We will go there often.

little7elf

12/09/2007

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Overall
nice casual atmosphere

I really wanted to give it 3.5 stars but thats not an option. I picked this place for my fiance's birthday dinner and we both had the fixed price tasting menu for $25.50.

OVERVIEW:
The tasting menu is a great value for the amount of food you get for the price. Things can be hiit or miss. Certainly a place worth trying at least once.

ATMOSPHERE:
Romantic - deep red paint, candles on tables, and white xmas lights around the windows
Casual attire - the staff wore mainly jeans... with a button down for guys and with a cute top for the ladies

SERVICE:
Everyone was very nice, very non-stuffy, wait times were minimal but we went a little before 7:30 PM; it got very crowded around 8:30 so I would imagine that would be a different story

WINE: not a huge selection but certainly seemed like good picks, we got the cheaper of the 2 merlots for just $20 and it was not bad at all

FIRST COURSE
1. Salad - nice big portion for a tasting menu, lacking somewhat in flavor, the dressing tasted mostly of oil (which doesn't really have a taste), fresh quality ingredients
2. Duck Pate - another very large sized portion; very liver tasting (so if you don't like liver, don't get this; fortunately i like the taste of liver) not much of any other flavor and the bread to spread it did not remind me of the kinds I had while in France

ENTREE
1. Steak - smaller tasting menu portion; perfectly done, flavored, juicy, and tender
2. Trout - moderate portion; great flavor, nice candied pecan accents

DESSERT
1. Chocolate mousse: very generous portion; a lot of cocoa (which means not so much flavor as cocoa plain can be bitter yet flavorless), very barely sweet, not dry as one reviewer said but it was not something I would not get the next time
2. Caramel custard: basically a flan and it's delicious, perfectly sweet (not overly), great consistency; would certainly recommend

dudeg

11/14/2007

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Overall
Excellent and not pretentious

A great place for a fancy night out. Great food and wine and not at all pretentious (at least not on Tuesday night!) I suspect many of the negative reviewers were hoping for a snobby French place to make them feel like big shots. This is not that place. it is homey, small, and you've basically got Texan employees speaking French, except for the owner, who I've heard is French-Canadian.

It was a great meal (duck and lamb were awesome, creme brulee is great) and wasn't nearly as expensive as I had expected. This is what a great restaurant is like before the pretentious yuppies find it and ruin it. That it's stayed that way for so long is a miracle. Tres bien!

jb2101

09/21/2007

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I'll have the duck, please

It's been over a month since my last visit to Austin and I still crave their duck (and the fig and nut dressing/relish) dish. The duck was perfectly cooked, full of flavor and enhanced by the texture and taste of the fig, the nuts, and a decadent reduction sauce. My thanks to the young lady who recommended this dish(hostess/manager?). Can't wait for my next visit to Austin and Chez Nous.

karays

09/07/2007

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Always incredible!

Love this place every time we go! The food is absolutely delicious. I always end up ordering the Salad Lyonnaise and one of their steaks. Always impeccable. The atmosphere is very cool and laid-back. If you're looking for a pretentious waiter to dote on you hand and foot, this isn't the place for you because that's not what it's about. It's all about sitting for hours, drinking several bottles of wine, eating way too much wonderful food and talking about the experience for days afterward.

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