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Bess Bistro

Bess Bistro

(Now Closed)
French Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
59 Tips and reviews
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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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Bess Bistro, Sandra Bullock's restaurant in Austin, is a quaint and affordable brunch location perfect for all occasions!
  • 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!
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalAugust 22, 2013
    Amazing Green Fried Tomatoes, Pine nut Olive Oil cake, and Passion fruit cheesecake!!!!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LMarch 30, 2013
    Servers are awesome I want to make them thank you cards. Best Brussels sprouts of my life.
  • 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.
  • Jess M.
    Jess MintzOctober 19, 2014
    The pork chop was so juicy and delicious. Both thumbs up.
  • 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 :(
  • Nora K.
    Nora KJune 22, 2013
    The short rib is absolutely amazing! And try the brussel sprouts
  • Darrell M.
    Darrell MillerJune 30, 2013
    Seems cute and cozy must come back without a bachelorette group and a loud mouth next booth over.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlaineJanuary 23, 2013
    Must try the Brussel sprouts in lemon! Yum!!
  • 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!!!!
  • 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!
  • Vonia
    VoniaJune 27, 2015
    Nice ambiance, average overall
  • Jen G.
    Jen GresethJune 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sea bass with julienne squash. Wow.
  • Justina B.
    Justina BApril 25, 2012
    I heart eating at Sandra Bullocks restaurant :)
  • Chris R.
    Chris RuddJuly 20, 2013
    Make a reservation. Kind of rude if u dont have one.
  • Jon
    JonMarch 10, 2013
    The bar seating is like a leper colony. Yikes.
  • RexAnn S.
    RexAnn ShotwellJune 19, 2010
    This is such a cute place for date night. Its like an underground secret.
  • Shane W.
    Shane WeaverApril 8, 2011
    Great food at a great price.
  • G
    GFebruary 2, 2014
    Skip the patio wait and have dinner in the patio
  • 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 !!!!
  • Lou S.
    Lou SmithAugust 16, 2014
    Crispy artichokes
  • Karen M.
    Karen MockSeptember 15, 2014
    Yummy fried green tomatoes!
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Well, I knew it would be overrated what with it being owned by Sandra.
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LawinSeptember 30, 2013
    Truffle fries? Don't mind if I do!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KozaFebruary 6, 2011
    Enjoy brunch. Its the best.
  • Mark O.
    Mark O'LearyFebruary 8, 2014
    Mmm...croque monsieur.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartyJune 15, 2010
    looking forward to checking this out, have heard nothing but RAVE reviews about the food and environment.
  • Poncex
    PoncexOctober 16, 2010
    Order the oysters!
  • Nick C.
    Nick CverckoDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Nick Cvercko.
  • Better Than The Van
    Better Than The VanSeptember 18, 2010
    Don't go here. Ever!
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