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Bess Bistro on Pecan

500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 477-2377
Fax: (512) 478-2378
Cuisine: American
Price: $$$$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Friday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sunday: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Late Dining Thu-Sat 11pm-Close Brunch Sun10:30am-2:30pm Closed Sunday from 2:30pm-5pm
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
  • Special Needs Organic Menu Items, Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access
  • Reservation Information Not Required, Suggested
  • Banquet Facilities 50 - 100 People, Over 100 People, Off-Site Catering, 10 - 20 People, 20 - 50 People
  • Parking Availability Valet, Street
  • Meal Times Served Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Attire Casual
  • Bar Full Bar, Beer, Wines, Micro Brews
  • Amenities Wi-fi, TV
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Diners Club Discover Mastercard Visa

Highlights

Bess 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, today. Where coins and currency were once counted out, carefully selected beers, wines and liquors are served from a stunning pewter bar custom-made in Montbazon.

An idea in the making for over 4 years, historic brick columns and arches, iron railings, and old timbers have been carefully preserved and complemented with solid pecan woodwork, custom tile, extraordinary etched glass, antique mirrors and artwork, to create a whimsically intimate setting for any occasion. The 6th Street entry to Bess is a canopied stairway to the Bess Experience, a unique blend of casual elegance, cheeky ease, and European flair mixed with good ol' Southern come'n get it.

The menu deliberately defies classification. Creole inspired Shrimp Bess beckons comfortably beside Croque Monsieur. Natural, organic and light offerings are right at home with old fashioned Mac & Cheese and Steak Frites. The menu's common thread is the passion of the chef.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 720reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good service, quality food. Apr 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food was expertly prepared with wonderful blends of seasonings. The gumbo is not to be missed! The service was also extraordinary. All of the wait staff were polite, friendly, respectful and attentive. Apr 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Combined with the atmosphere and food...it was a great experience. Mar 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by beautiful place, excellent service; food was awesome Mar 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Always great tasting food. Great presentation. Terrific ambiance, especially for a couple. Depending on where you sit can be a bit dark Mar 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful service (you made my special gin drink with celery root bitters) and very tasty grub!! Mar 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Atmosphere was good. Small menu, small portions, and the food wasn't that great, also very pricey. Mar 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by This is my 4th time in 3 months dining at Bess. I never order an entree b/c I still don't like anything on that menu but I ordered the crabcake appetizer and two sides. the mac and cheese is always great - the brussel sprouts were not as good as last time - the dessert listed molten chocolate cake as a selection but what was served was a store bought chocolate mousse cake which did not have much taste. I still hate the mushy brown bread. We ate in the bar section and it was freezing! Every time the restaurant door opened cold air came in (of course) and we just froze! Is there no way to heat the front section of Bess? I really feel sorry for the wait staff who helps customers as they walk in - they said they are cold all the time. Mar 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The staff was wonder and very attentive. Mar 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food was great and the staff was very attentive. Our waitress, Tara, was very good and helpful! We will definitely go back. The atmosphere is wonderful. Mar 2, 2014
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