Bess Bistro on Pecan

500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 477-2377
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
  • 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


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 749reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Devine ingredients and all played well. Medium large portions. Jul 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by food quality not good Jun 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Service was poor. Extremely poor. Jun 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This place is fantastic. We split the scallop entree, which was delicious, and a salad. We also got the fried green tomato appetizer on a bed of spicy crawfish. Yummy! We were celebrating our 35th anniversary so they brought us beignets with creamy dipping sauces for dessert without us asking. All the staff helped each other out to keep the table clear of crumbs, water glasses full, wine poured, etc. I always love coming to this restaurant and the coupon allows us to come a little more often. Jun 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great food with a Texas twist. Outstanding service. May 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The first attempt a the diver scallop with white truffle risotto was salty and under cooked, but the second attempt was heavenly May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The atmosphere is great and the service excellent! Food and drink-amazing!! May 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice ambiance. Well prepared ample portions May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The atmosphere is cozy and intimate - perfect place to celebrate an anniversary like we did, conduct a business meeting in one of their private rooms, and generally enjoy good food, attentive service, and ambiance. It is also a great place to go and be able to carry on a conversation with friends while you dine. May 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Food was excellent! Prompt service & friendly staff. May 10, 2014
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