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Aug 14, 2013 07:01 PM

Justine's or Chez Nous?

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. 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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    1. re: girloftheworld

      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?

      1. re: Rptrane

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

      2. re: girloftheworld

        Zoot turned into BC Tavern, which is now closed

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

        1. re: TroyTempest

          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.

      3. 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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        1. re: chrisdds98

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              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.

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