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Rptrane Aug 14, 2013 07:01 PM

I'm looking at a new place for my birthday dinner, never been to either. Lots of bad reviews about the service at Chez, none at Justine's but I think I remember people complaining about the portions there. Anybody been to both?

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  1. girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 07:13 PM

    I have been to both.
    The service at Chez was a bit abrubt for my taste
    Justine's was not all that it was cracked up to be

    if you are looking for that old world service it is Jezebels,Peche, olivas

    or is Zoots still open out in bees cave?

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      Rptrane Aug 14, 2013 08:32 PM

      I'm looking for really good food. I've been to a lot of top restaurants in town. I really just don't want to be disappointed and haven't had French food in a long time. What was wrong with Justine's?

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        girloftheworld Aug 15, 2013 10:22 AM

        it was good..it just didnt feel "french and fine" there was a casualness to it that that I dont think lines up with the food..in my opinion...I like Olivas food the best

      2. re: girloftheworld
        TroyTempest Aug 15, 2013 12:46 PM

        Zoot turned into BC Tavern, which is now closed

        http://www.diningoutwithrobbalon.com/...

        alas, never made it out there once it moved to Bee Cave

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          GreigC Aug 16, 2013 07:04 AM

          You should have no regrets about that, TT. About 10% of the Zoot I knew that was off Lake Austin Blvd made the move to their BC location. Almost defiantly bad service, with a strip mall feel. Really sad demise for one of Austin's old grey ladies of fine dining.

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            TroyTempest Aug 16, 2013 07:29 AM

            Thanks for the info.

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        chrisdds98 Aug 14, 2013 10:04 PM

        I've not been to Justines but go to chez nous often. its consistently good bistro food but I wouldn't really consider it high end or exciting. the menu du jour is a great value.

        You might want to consider the Carillon, better service and very good food.

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          Rptrane Aug 15, 2013 12:10 PM

          I went there, the Carillion, for my birthday last year. Love the place just want to try something new.

        2. popvulture Aug 15, 2013 12:19 AM

          I'd say both have better atmosphere than food. Chez Nous has a kind of cozy, charmingly dated vibe, if that makes any sense. I've never had bad experiences with the service.

          Justine's has an excellent vibe– it feels exciting and is great for people-watching. Hip and lively, but has never felt pretentious to me.

          Both have simple, patisserie type fare. If I had to pick, I'd say CN wins in terms of food, Justine's for atmosphere.

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            Mike C. Miller Aug 20, 2013 05:35 PM

            I can't speak to Josephine's. Never been. However, Chez Nous is French comfort food. Low key, friendly service. Bistro classics, but a very narrow menu. It's not a foodie place and as much as I adore the restaurant, I wouldn't call the food top notch by any stretch of the imagination. It's well done for what it is, but it is not a place for studied contemplation of what's on the plate. It's a place for relaxing, talking, or looking into a loved one's eyes while having a nice plate of food and a decent bottle of wine. Very good, but not great.

            One additional note. I don't know how important the wine part of dinner is to you. CN has a nicely selected, very small list of largely inexpensive French wines. The meat of the list is bottles under $45 or $50, with almost none over $75. However, if great wine is critical, you can bring your own. I've occasionally brought great, mature bottles of red Burgundy when I've driven into town and had the time to raid my off site storage. But be sure to bring your own stems. Those at the restaurant are very basic.

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              Rptrane Aug 20, 2013 05:54 PM

              Thanks for the input guys.. We didn't want to be out late and ended up doing an overpriced brunch at Trio, which had good elements but nothing really awesome. I should have ordered ala carte.

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              stellawine Sep 3, 2013 04:03 PM

              Peche...Check out their menu online, with daily changes. Best cocktails in town. Best Charcuterie platter in town, also, imho...

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                singlemalt Sep 4, 2013 09:28 AM

                My 2, fwiw. I have been to both and to CN about a half dozen times over the years. Remember that CN has been there for about 35 years so they must be doing something right.

                I do not, however, consider them to be in the same class as far as restaurants go. Each has it's own characteristics, as others have pointed out, and each is good at what they do.

                I found Justine's to have good and interesting food and will go back, but it is quite a drive from my place. It is a high energy, hipster place but that won't deter me.

                I can recommend both places for what they do.

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