With Austin’s current frenetic restaurant scene, it’s a joy to return to a place like Chez Nous, with some roots and history. Where you feel transported to a simpler time and place. Where there’s no irony in its oilcloth covered tables, its weathered art and soccer posters, its Edith Piaf on the stereo. It’s genuine and timeless, unaffected by trends and hype; a rare creature in today’s new Austin.
Austin American Statesman - Top 50 restaurants
Just steps from the madness of Sixth Street, entering Chez Nous feels like leaping into another dimension.
The Austin Chronicle
Small and intimate, this grand-mère of Austin’s French restaurants serves such classic bistro fare as a rustic homemade paté, croque monsieur, escargot, poisson meuniere (fish of the day in butter, parsley, and lemon juice), and steak frites to a very dedicated Downtown lunch crowd.
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The regional French cuisine remains consistently top notch, showcased most effectively and economically with the daily three-course, prix fixe menu (choice of several appetizers, one of three selected main courses and dessert).
Austin American Statesman
This lovely little french bistro has been the stalwart of downtown dining for nearly 2 decades. Little has changed including the remarkable quality of the food…..
Over the past 2 decades, Chez Nous could have grown stale, instead the small downtown bistro has remained vibrant and fresh….
The New York Times
Austin’s first French bistro manages to maintain it’s quiet and cosy atmosphere….
This small bistro is a great choice for a quiet lunch or dinner. The setting is attractive and casual — small tables decorated with a few fresh flowers sticking out from old anisette bottles, Folies Bergere posters on the wall.
The Fearless Critic
….By keeping it small, this authentic French bistro downtown has, appropriately enough, managed to maintain that our-house-is-your-house feel….The little interior of the restaurant is thorougly transporting… It’s just this kind of laid-back cool that makes Chez Nous such a winner.
Famous for it’s friendly Gallic staff and authentic, unpretentious French fare….this simple, homey, quintessential bistro in the heart of downtown right next to 6th street, makes customers feel transported to Paris….The fixed-price menu is a steal.
……this bistro feels so real, so truly lived in, you know there’s been wine spilled here and lover’s spats along with lingering romantic dinners and boisterous family celebrations, this is the real thing.
Chez Nous is an original, it’s authentic, it’s in many ways timeless….
Chez Nous beckons to couples for romance, to friends for conversation, to gourmands for good food…..
When it’s time to celebrate with my foodie friends, my shortlist has Chez Nous on the top. You’ll find classic french cuisine, great table wines and a knowledgable waitstaff. The Prix Fixe menu will leave you with enough money left for drinks afterward.
The owners of Chez Nous are transplanted Parisians, but in their cozy restaurant you’ll think you’ve been transported to the City of Light. Tables are dressed with flowers in wine bottles, lace curtains hang at the windows, and many servers have retained their French accents…..
For years, the casual home of French country cuisine in Austin. We love it for the prix fixe menu, the salade Lyonnaise, and the waiters’ sexy accents. Find classic bistro fare such as a rustic homemade pate, croque monsieur, escargot, and steak frites, served to a dedicated downtown lunch crowd.