Bess Bistro

Bess Bistro

French Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Cajun / Creole Restaurant · Downtown Austin
500 W 6th St (San Antonio St.), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 4:30 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 4:30 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Bess Bistro™ is an authentic bistro in the Stratford Arms building at 500 West Sixth Street, Austin's Old Pecan Street. Originally the Stratford Apartments built in 1918, the vintage building's old bank vault is Bess' kitchen, a treasury of great food.


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  • What you need to know
    Darrell M.
    "I'm in love with Sandra bullock!"(7 Tips)
    Alba S.
    "Amazing Green Fried Tomatoes"(10 Tips)
    Kat R.
    "Shrimp and Grits special is great!"(3 Tips)
    Trix H.
    "For dessert don't miss the Bess beignetes!"(2 Tips)

From Bess Bistro


Daily Specials! M - Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf T - Chicken Pot Pie W - Chef's Choice Étouffée Th - Red Beans & Rice F - Fish & Chips Sat - Creekstone Farms Ribeye Sun - Ciopino


Happy Hour plates starting at $4!!

Happy Hour food available throughout the restaurant from 3:00pm - 4:00pm M-F, available at the bar and in the bistro/patio from 3:00pm - 6:30pm M-F.


Happy Hour drinks starting at $3 and $2 Lonestars from 3:00pm-6:30pm!

Drink specials available throughout the restaurant from 3:00pm - 4:00pm M-F, available at the bar and in the bistro/patio from 3:00pm - 6:30pm M-F. 4$ well liquors and 5$ draft beers available anytime

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  • sandra bullock
  • fried green tomatoes
  • happy hour
  • good for dates
  • seafood
  • shrimp and grits
  • romantic
  • beignets
  • short ribs
  • cozy
  • mimosas
  • cute
  • daily specials
  • good service
  • brunch food
  • trendy
  • great value
  • olive oil cake
  • desserts
  • shellfish
  • VIP

    Nice ambiance, average overall

    VIP · June 27
  • Nicole M.

    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!

    Nicole McAfee · April 15
  • Trix H.

    Great snapper with vegetables, chorizo and gnocchi. Definitely a must!! For dessert don't miss the Bess beignetes!

    Trix H Navas · December 30, 2014
  • Kelly B.

    A bit overrated and the servers were a bit cold for Austin.

    Kelly Briley · November 19, 2014
  • Jess M.

    The pork chop was so juicy and delicious. Both thumbs up.

    Jess Mintz · October 19, 2014
  • Karen M.

    Yummy fried green tomatoes!

    Karen Mock · September 15, 2014
  • Lou S.

    Crispy artichokes

    Lou Smith · August 16, 2014
  • VIP

    Well, I knew it would be overrated what with it being owned by Sandra.

    VIP · April 26, 2014
  • Amanda G.

    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!

    Amanda Garcia · April 4, 2014
  • Lewis B.

    Total compliments to the chef! Wonderful food. The New York steak was AMAZING!!!

    Lewis Belyeu · March 17, 2014
  • Chris W.

    Beignets are amazingly delicious.

    Chris Weiss · March 13, 2014
  • Mark O.

    Mmm...croque monsieur.

    Mark O'Leary · February 8, 2014
  • G

    Skip the patio wait and have dinner in the patio

    G · February 2, 2014
  • CollegeFashionista

    Bess Bistro, Sandra Bullock's restaurant in Austin, is a quaint and affordable brunch location perfect for all occasions!

    CollegeFashionista · January 14, 2014
  • Angella

    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.

    Angella · October 12, 2013
  • Cassandra L.

    Truffle fries? Don't mind if I do!

    Cassandra Lawin · September 30, 2013
  • Caleb C.

    Everything was awesome, but the pork-chops, woooow!!!!

    Caleb Castillo · September 26, 2013
  • VIP

    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!

    VIP · August 25, 2013
  • Alba S.

    Amazing Green Fried Tomatoes, Pine nut Olive Oil cake, and Passion fruit cheesecake!!!!

    Alba Sandoval · August 22, 2013
  • Marek B.

    Friendly staff and great beer! Num 1. On my list :)

    Marek Bejda · August 18, 2013
  • Chris R.

    Make a reservation. Kind of rude if u dont have one.

    Chris Rudd · July 20, 2013
  • Darrell M.

    I'm in love with Sandra bullock! FYI LOVE TO BARTEND AT YOUR PLACE!

    Darrell Miller · June 30, 2013
  • Darrell M.

    Seems cute and cozy must come back without a bachelorette group and a loud mouth next booth over.

    Darrell Miller · June 30, 2013
  • Nora K.

    The short rib is absolutely amazing! And try the brussel sprouts

    Nora K · June 22, 2013
  • Us Weekly

    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!

    Us Weekly · June 19, 2013
  • Christina L.

    Servers are awesome I want to make them thank you cards. Best Brussels sprouts of my life.

    Christina L · March 30, 2013
  • Half Past Now

    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!

    Half Past Now · March 11, 2013
  • Jon

    The bar seating is like a leper colony. Yikes.

    Jon · March 10, 2013
  • Pam B.

    Have the fried artichokes !!!!

    Pam Bernhardt · February 26, 2013
  • Kyle B.

    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.

    Kyle Bunch · February 24, 2013
  • Michelle B.

    Must try the Brussel sprouts in lemon! Yum!!

    Michelle Blaine · January 23, 2013
  • Blair L.

    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.

    Blair Lewis · September 16, 2012
  • Lowell R.

    Perfect dining experience. We got the shrimp and grits, and pan-seared scallops.

    Lowell Rocolcol · August 13, 2012
  • Anthony N.

    The place is pricey so get a coupon for $2 and save $25 and watch out for Sandra Bullock, she eats there allot.

    Anthony Nguyen · July 10, 2012
  • Jen G.

    Sea bass with julienne squash. Wow.

    Jen Greseth · June 3, 2012
  • Justina B.

    I heart eating at Sandra Bullocks restaurant :)

    Justina B · April 25, 2012
  • The Spoon & Trowel

    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.

    The Spoon & Trowel · March 9, 2012
  • Natalie H.

    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!

    Natalie Henshilwood · February 26, 2012
  • Mary W.

    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

    Mary Woodard · February 8, 2012
  • Rachael J.

    Best romantic restaurant. Such a wonderful atmosphere. The lighting and decor are perfect. The food is really good, too.

    Rachael J. · January 23, 2012
  • Lorie B.

    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

    Lorie Burns · December 26, 2011
  • Nick C.

    Nick Cvercko.

    Nick Cvercko · December 14, 2011
  • Dallas D.

    OH MY GOSH! Perfect meal! Food and service was awesome. Portions were just the right size too. Definitely a nicer date night restaurant.

    Dallas Dees · December 4, 2011
  • Holly K.

    I love this place :)! More please!

    Holly Kottwitz · October 24, 2011
  • Michelle O.

    Everything here was delicious! Mac-n-Cheese here is AMAZING!

    Michelle ODroske · September 25, 2011
  • Lorie B.

    Happy Hour from 230pm - 630pm. Get to the area early - plenty of CHEP paid parking on 6th St.

    Lorie Burns · September 16, 2011
  • Raif R.

    awesome happy hour, half price apps and cheap drinks!

    Raif Raiford · July 25, 2011
  • Shane W.

    Great food at a great price.

    Shane Weaver · April 8, 2011
  • ecomagination

    Opened by Sandra Bullock in 2006, Bess Bistro uses biodegradable takeout products and is furnished with repurposed tables and chairs

    ecomagination · March 9, 2011
  • Brian K.

    Enjoy brunch. Its the best.

    Brian Koza · February 6, 2011

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