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Bess Bistro

Bess Bistro

(Now Closed)
French Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Angella
    AngellaOctober 12, 2013
    Best place in the city for brunch and happy hour! $1 Mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice! Pecan Street cocktail is fantastic! Shrimp Bess and Bess Sautéed Mussels are to die for. Service rocks.
  • The Spoon & Trowel
    The Spoon & TrowelMarch 9, 2012
    Local food close to the convention center! Sit outside and order from the mix of French and Southern inspirations. You can order both fried green tomatoes and a Croque Madame. Welcome to Austin.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole McAfeeApril 15, 2015
    Make a reservation. I highly recommend the fried green tomatoes as well as the short ribs. Others at my table raved over the sweet potato ravioli. Bonus: service is impeccable!
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GarciaApril 4, 2014
    OMG! I love this place. Fried green tomatoes were delicious. I wish I would have known of this place during my wedding, i would have had our rehearsal dinner here. Yummy! Cant wait to bring my mom!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Underrated upscale downtown option. Good food, good drinks, and a nice atmosphere that makes for a good escape from the hectic and sometimes douchey downtown scene.
  • Trix H.
    Trix H NavasDecember 30, 2014
    Great snapper with vegetables, chorizo and gnocchi. Definitely a must!! For dessert don't miss the Bess beignetes!
  • Blair L.
    Blair LewisSeptember 16, 2012
    We had a terrific birthday celebration here. Service was terrific and food was as well. Highlights were artichoke app, mac n' cheese and pork ribs that slid off the bone.
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HenshilwoodFebruary 26, 2012
    Sunday brunch started with a lovely mimosa followed by Bess Benedict. English muffins, braised pork belly, poached egg and white truffle topped with crab meet.... Can you say YUMMY!
  • Us Weekly
    Us WeeklyJune 19, 2013
    Sandra Bullock is the owner of this cute (and eco-friendly!) Creole French café full of Texan hospitality. Order a plate of fried green tomatoes!
  • Mary W.
    Mary WoodardFebruary 8, 2012
    Shrimp and grits with a bacon gastrique. Absolutely delicious! Need a reservation, though, for more than two people. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lorie B.
    Lorie BurnsDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the wide array of Happy Hour appetizers! Try the Jumbo Crab Cake & Fried Green Tomatoes on top of a lovely crab salad. Yum! :-9
  • Half Past Now
    Half Past NowMarch 11, 2013
    New hours Mon-Thurs 4:30-10 Fri&Sat 4:30-11 Sun 10:30-2, 4:30-10 Check out for more details on restaurants to eat at!
  • Dallas D.
    Dallas DeesDecember 4, 2011
    OH MY GOSH! Perfect meal! Food and service was awesome. Portions were just the right size too. Definitely a nicer date night restaurant.
  • Rachael J.
    Rachael J.January 23, 2012
    Best romantic restaurant. Such a wonderful atmosphere. The lighting and decor are perfect. The food is really good, too.
  • Kat R.
    Kat RussellMarch 10, 2010
    Shrimp and Grits special is great! Fried green tomatoes are a great appetizer, but ask for extra aoli. Don't order Mac & Cheese as a side - not good! Cozy atmosphere and reasonable prices!
  • Vonia
    VoniaAugust 25, 2013
    Sandra I hate you and everything but Miss Congeniality, especially in The Blind Side, but it's pretty clear to me that you spent all the money on the decor rather than the food itself!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Bess Bistro, Sandra Bullock's restaurant in Austin, is a quaint and affordable brunch location perfect for all occasions!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LMarch 30, 2013
    Servers are awesome I want to make them thank you cards. Best Brussels sprouts of my life.
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalAugust 22, 2013
    Amazing Green Fried Tomatoes, Pine nut Olive Oil cake, and Passion fruit cheesecake!!!!
  • ecomagination
    ecomaginationMarch 9, 2011
    Opened by Sandra Bullock in 2006, Bess Bistro uses biodegradable takeout products and is furnished with repurposed tables and chairs
  • Lowell R.
    Lowell RocolcolAugust 13, 2012
    Perfect dining experience. We got the shrimp and grits, and pan-seared scallops.
  • Lewis B.
    Lewis BelyeuMarch 17, 2014
    Total compliments to the chef! Wonderful food. The New York steak was AMAZING!!!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FlansburgAugust 30, 2010
    Had lunch here midweek. Low noise level, great turkey and gouda sandwich. Great place to have a lowkey lunch without waiting for a table.
  • Lorie B.
    Lorie BurnsSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Hour from 230pm - 630pm. Get to the area early - plenty of CHEP paid parking on 6th St.
  • Lucas W.
    Lucas WaltonSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I second the fried green tomatoes! Also the croque monsieur is the best I've ever had. I asked though and no one here has heard of a salty walrus :(
  • Jess M.
    Jess MintzOctober 19, 2014
    The pork chop was so juicy and delicious. Both thumbs up.
  • Nora K.
    Nora KJune 22, 2013
    The short rib is absolutely amazing! And try the brussel sprouts
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NguyenJuly 10, 2012
    The place is pricey so get a coupon for $2 and save $25 and watch out for Sandra Bullock, she eats there allot.
  • Darrell M.
    Darrell MillerJune 30, 2013
    Seems cute and cozy must come back without a bachelorette group and a loud mouth next booth over.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PiescoFebruary 26, 2010
    Have a seat at one of the bar tables and gorge yourself from the wonderful (and cheap!) happy hour menu. Hurry, though -- it only goes until 6.30!
  • Raif R.
    Raif RaifordJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    awesome happy hour, half price apps and cheap drinks!
  • Darrell M.
    Darrell MillerJune 30, 2013
    I'm in love with Sandra bullock! FYI LOVE TO BARTEND AT YOUR PLACE!
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle ODroskeSeptember 25, 2011
    Everything here was delicious! Mac-n-Cheese here is AMAZING!
  • Caleb C.
    Caleb CastilloSeptember 26, 2013
    Everything was awesome, but the pork-chops, woooow!!!!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlaineJanuary 23, 2013
    Must try the Brussel sprouts in lemon! Yum!!
  • Marek B.
    Marek BejdaAugust 18, 2013
    Friendly staff and great beer! Num 1. On my list :)
  • Chris W.
    Chris WeissMarch 13, 2014
    Beignets are amazingly delicious.
  • Jason I.
    Jason IMarch 7, 2010
    Very good food. Reasonable prices. Sandra Bullock...well done madam.
  • Holly K.
    Holly KottwitzOctober 24, 2011
    I love this place :)! More please!
  • Justina B.
    Justina BApril 25, 2012
    I heart eating at Sandra Bullocks restaurant :)
  • Jen G.
    Jen GresethJune 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sea bass with julienne squash. Wow.
  • Vonia
    VoniaJune 27, 2015
    Nice ambiance, average overall
  • Jon
    JonMarch 10, 2013
    The bar seating is like a leper colony. Yikes.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RuddJuly 20, 2013
    Make a reservation. Kind of rude if u dont have one.
  • RexAnn S.
    RexAnn ShotwellJune 19, 2010
    This is such a cute place for date night. Its like an underground secret.
  • G
    GFebruary 2, 2014
    Skip the patio wait and have dinner in the patio
  • Shane W.
    Shane WeaverApril 8, 2011
    Great food at a great price.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyNovember 19, 2014
    A bit overrated and the servers were a bit cold for Austin.
  • Pam B.
    Pam BernhardtFebruary 26, 2013
    Have the fried artichokes !!!!
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Well, I knew it would be overrated what with it being owned by Sandra.
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