Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artisanlafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9259620882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00-9:00; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: John Marquez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We look forward to helping you with your private parties or special event needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Miller 9259620882

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in our two lots, street parking also available.
A word from Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro offers a warm, welcoming ambiance, appropriate for both special occasions & casual get-togethers. The highly refined food of Chef/Owner John Marquez, blends Northern California's local/organic sensibilities with French influences & techniques. The warm interior is a reflection of the casual elegance you find in every meal. This upscale bistro is intimate, personal and inviting. The dining room is contemporary, stylish and elegant, displaying natural wood beams, a cozy stone fireplace, and exhibits by a local artist.
In the kitchen, the sophisticated menu is prepared by Chef Marquez, with over 15 years of French American culinary experience. He has recently served as Chef at Fringale, Chef de Cuisine at Coi in SF., with prior work at Picasso in Las Vegas, Per Se in NY and The French Laundry in Yountville.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Artisan Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
347 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (261)special occasion (260)fit for foodies (253)great for outdoor dining (241)romantic (216)great for lunch (137)notable wine list (135)great for brunch (111)hot spot (95)late-night find (47)vibrant bar scene (26)good for groups (18)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • A New Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    At last, a local restaurant that has the cocktails, wine, food, and Excellent service on a consistent level. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a special ocassion dinner with the linen tablecloths or an excellent outdoor patio lunch. Or just a really good, delicious dining experience.The staff are first rate and very professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A cut above!
    mamaluc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first time there was a wonderful experience. The heirloom salad was amazing followed by perfectly cooked scallops and tender but firm sea bass. All were accompanied by surprising and delicious sides. Can 't wait to go back. Service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite Local Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We appreciate the good service, interesting cocktails and wine list, great food and patio dining. On this visit, we sat inside near a large, happy group. The noise level was too high for us! Next time, we will wear a sweater and sit on the intimate patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food, friendly server, romantic interior, no loud music... it was perfect night out with girl friends. Came this restaurant with my hubby before for my birthday. We had great time too. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Lafayette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have some great restaurants here... Postinos, Chevalier... but the combination of great food and great service at Artisan Bistro makes it the front runner for Lafayette. I recently brought some friends from San Francisco and the Bistro did not disappoint. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must not miss this oone!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A wonderful evening to celebrate our anniversary! In every way, it was a perfect spot. Even had our name and congratulations on top of the menu - which made for a special touch. Food was outstanding and the service even better. I first found this spot for a business lunch and was curious to try it for dinner. Both times were homeruns and I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great bunch location, patio is perfect for a warm summer’s day. Host was beyond friendly and courteous. Very much enjoyed. We all actually ordered the Omelets...mmm...so many flavors and textures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    Anusha
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Celebrated my birthday here for brunch. Great drinks. Unfortunately, my lobster benedict was lukewarm--did not want to wait so did not send it back. Thought the presentation on the benedict itself could have been better. The rest of the girls enjoyed their meals. Service was sporadic. Excellent when we first arrived and then started lagging.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the East Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The cooking is a great mix of classic and inventive, the food is very good and well presented, the service superb. Looking forward to my next visit, want to try everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I read good things about this place. But it surpassed all expectations. Food was interesting and delicious. . Our waiter was quiet, but always present when we needed anything. This is a unique place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toto's Review
    Toto
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have dined at Artisan Bistro several times, and every experience has been excellent from the ambiance to to the servers to the meal, which, of course, includes dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My favorite restaurant! Love going there with friends and family!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had heard great things about this restaurant. We were heading to a concert and had to be out in just over an hour. Our server was extremely accommodating and helpful. He had wonderful recommendations that were time sensitive. Everything was delicious, especially the octopus appetizer. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good choice
    sweetvulture
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I ordered the sea bass and my friend ordered the scallops - both were terrific. We wanted to drink red wine and the waiter didn't try to talk us into ordering white wine, to go with seafood, which was great service in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been to Artisan 4 times already, and it's always a treat. The service is superb as is the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Consistently the best restaurant overall in food, service, professionalism, ambience. Cannot say enough nice things about this place. We visit it every time we have the opportunity . Just outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MattAndBill
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Tried out this place for the first time due to the high ratings for food and service. We couldn't have been more impressed. The food was decedent and server was witty, and took great care of us. Average price for entrees were a bit higher priced than OpenTable stated, but in line with the quality and presentation. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty food and beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is one of the best experience we have had in a restaurant for a long time. Every dish tastier than the other.... the use of spices done to perfection. An elegant and special experience in contemporary food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Special Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We make Artisan Bistro a go-to destination every time we visit the East Bay. Everything about this place is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magical experience
    ElMejor
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had dinner last night with a friend for a joint birthday celebration. Artisan is a long time favorite but this visit was the best. The food was exquisite to look at and delicious. The service was flawless. Do not miss this place on your next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delectable
    Rowland
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went for out 1st Wedding Anniversary. Food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Service was outstanding. We had our reception at the Lafayette Hotel because we love the setting of the hotel. Artisan is not exception. We had a wonderful experience and will be making this a yearly tradition for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Treasure!
    Amorosa
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A beautiful restaurant with amazing food. A rare gem where one can enjoy dressing appropriately for dinner and truly love the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    Alloodies
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    With reservations, we were seated promptly. They were full and having to turn people away without reservations. Upscale casual ambiance with excellent food and service. Four at our table with all ordering something different. Each serving was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Fun Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We celebrated our niece's 21st bday here and it was a delightful event. It was a bit hard to get our water glasses refilled, but the really delicious food and friendly waiter and beautiful setting made up for that. I asked the manager inside if he could send a little something out to celebrate the birthday and then he sent another waiter out to clarify what I had asked - in front of the birthday girl. Weird. They did bring a beautiful little plate of strawberries and a pretty Happy Birthday chocolate, so it was fine. But it was kind of funny to not understand the typical birthday request. Maybe they were frustrated that we didn't order dessert? I would definitely return, especially for a nice lunch on the terrace.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally!
    LeGrande
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It's finally here...a casual upscale restaurant in Lafayette! What a blessing! These folks have paid attention to every detail. Romantic location with incredible food, cocktails and service. Thank you for giving us somewhere special to relax, be at home and enjoy ourselves!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this gem!
    tbeartedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food! Wonderful patio dining!The gazpacho soup is amazing. Everything we had in two visits was remarkable. The service is impeccable and personal, from the bartenders and wait staff to Bill, the owner, who makes you feel like a guest in his home. We will be making this our "go to" spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SharVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dinner was overall a disappointment. The grouper lacked flavor and the white beans accompaning them did nothing to enhance it. My three scallops were delicious. We waited 25 min for a glass of wine after ordering it.We all arrived home hungry after spending $200 on dinner for four people.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Lemarche
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great find in the San Francisco East Bay. Service is friendly and very professional. Farm to table food fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a birthday brunch
    bigeater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We recently celebrated a birthday brunch at Artisan Bistro, and I'd specified in my online reservation that it was a birthday, mentioned it to the maitre 'd, and the menu was printed w. our brithday gal's name at the top, which was a nice touch - but when our dessert came, there was no candle - our waiter, who was very nice said that he hadn't been told. It was remedied after, but a bit embarrassing at first. Also our dishes took quite a while to appear after we ordered, and our waiter came to apologize and said it was coming out soon. Otherwise, the food was very good, and the dining room was quiet enough that we could hear each other.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasurable experience
    Mugabe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visit Lafayette frequently to see our son. We make it a priority to eat at Artisan Bistro. Everything is outstanding... The drinks, the food, the service, the ambience. Their strong reviews are well deserved!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Artisan Bistro is Top Notch
    Faragan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Absolutely delicious! Must try Artisan Bistro. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eBayfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always a great place to have great food. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love this place so... I'm biased. Great cuisine and service. It's the real deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Restraint on the use od cheese in dishes is desired
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artisan Bistro does not disappoint.
    RennieM
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This little bistro in Lafayette has made us happy so many times. Their food is exceptional and the wine selection is just the right size. If you order a medium rare steak, that is exactly what is served. We ordered the seasonal grilled peach salad to start and shared. It was so good. The French Fries are to die for and great for sharing at the table. We do not hesitate to recommend this little gem to all our foodie freinds. The service was friendly but very professional. We loved our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent all around. Great and interesting food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meets all standards
    mirandaforlunch
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent food served well. Good for older generation hard of hearing and intimate for younger to discuss business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Souvid
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Booking was made easy through Open Table,and when I called the restaurant itself to change the time they were very accommodating;asked if it was a special occasion ,then gave us a menu with our names on it to commemorate the event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    OrindamomVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This like a piece of San Francisco thrown into our neighborhood without all the traffic and parking problems. The food always tastes and appears to be delivered and handled with care and expertise. Local and fresh. Creative and never boring. The mussels with the extra tang of vinegar reminds me of Paris. The seared scallops were prepared to perfection and hit all the right notes. The stuffed squash blossoms were delicately stuffed with a very mild but flavorful goat cheese. All was divine as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First rate food in friendly setting
    680diner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Perfectly executed food preparations using modern techniques without showing off. Balanced, flavorful dishes well thought out. Sous vide specialties. Very welcoming and accommodating staff. Friendly ambiance .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.