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Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ArtisanLafayette.com
  • Phone: (925) 962-0882
  • 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: Contemporary French, Californian, 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 (925) 962-0882

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Food too cute, lots of sous vide, but overall a little disappointing"
    Dined on 7/10/2015
  • "I would have preferred to have selected the area to the left, when entering. We chose our own seating, but it was unwise. We had guests, thus, I did not want to revise."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Would recommend highly for special occasions. Rib eye steak was great."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We tried this charming little restaurant for the first time and loved everything except.. 1. It was very warm inside and did not appear to have A/C. 2. They don't have Creme Brûlée!! But we did love everything else and they do an awesome job with their vegetable dishes.We will return but will wait for cooler weather!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had dinner here with a friend the other night. Vita was our server and she was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was able to make some good suggestions for us. The gazpacho had a cucumber sorbet in the middle that was amazing. Never had gazpacho as good as this before. My husband had a roast salmon that was very good - it was very tender and moist. The steak that I had was also prepared perfectly. For dessert we shared a chocolate cake. While it was good, it wasn't the highlight of the meal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Artisan Bistro is one of my favorite lunch spots. They always acknowledge "special occasions" and go out of their way to please. Recently, I was somewhat disappointed by the Maine Lobster salad, entree portion. You had to hunt to find any lobster, except for the piece on top. Generally, the food is wonderful, and the service is fabulous. As I was entertaining my sister, I chose not to question the preparation. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "YUM, Fish tacos. Lobster cob salad. slightly dirty martini. Scallops in a risotto Our most favored ladies lunch place."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Just a fabulous, elegant, chic restaurant. Sheer perfection!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Went here for an anniversary and it was amazing! Very romantic atmosphere and the service is fantastic. I didn't feel out of place at all and the food was out of this world. Honestly one of (if not the best) dining experiences of my life."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner at Artisan Bistro. It is in an old house off Mt. Diablo Boulevard that was converted to a restaurant many years ago and has had a series of restaurants there over time. There isn't much of a bar itself, about 5 seats, so not recommended just for drinks. That said, they do have a great menu of special cocktails and a fine wine list. The place is intimate, but not fancy. A nice "suburban" feel. Food is very good and service reasonably attentive. It is a small place with a good feel. Nice spot to take your wife or a date if you want some conversation as the noise level is moderate. A good spot to try for a mid week dinner."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in the San Francisco East Bay! A must-try!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We are would-be foodies and this fixed course menu was fantastic. We think this might just have been the best meal we ever had and a great deal if you consider that the wine pairings are included in the price. We will definitely return very soon."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were looked after by very polite, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Food was outstanding. Would recommend for special occasion."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "An innovative and delicious menu with food prepared elegantly. Everything was gourmet, but not fussy or pretentious. Menu items were original, but still classic. The meal was very tasty and satisfying. Great choices and great food. The prix fix dinner is an excellent deal."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We all had the wild salmon, each one of us wanted it done differently and all came out perfect. For dessert we had the special coffee crème Brule, fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went for my daughter's 20th birthday because it's her favorite spot.... mine too! Had the tempura blossoms, beet salad, scallops, and finished it off with the coffee creme brullet."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dinner at Artisan was spectacular. Really interesting food creations. Intense flavors and intriguing combinations. A perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Now that I write this review, everyone will find out about this place, which would be good for it. The staff is friendly, and the food is great. The quarters are a bit close but, once you get going, you usually don't notice unless the people at the next table are extra noisy. We had a great time, and look forward to taking more of our friends there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for her birthday and we were very happy with the whole of the experience. I made the reservation without my wives name, so when we arrived they asked her name and reprinted a menu with her name on it for her birthday, such a great step of service. Thank you team, keep up the good work."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Delicious cuisine, beautiful service, attention to detail equals perfection."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dinner was lovely. Two of our party had the Duck....asked for it crispy and got it crispy. My Octopus was delicious, but outstanding were the Scallops. Can't wait until we go back again to try the Lamb Duo."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A wonderful place for A GOOD, leisurely dinner with friends or lovers!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Love this place, food and folks! They are always accommodating and offer the best Scallops you can dream of. Beware...it is hard to make a decision what to eat though as there are so many tempting options!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Artisan Bistro treated us as if we were their only table. They printed my friend's name on the menu to wish her happy birthday. The dessert plate was personalized and the food was fantastic. We will definately go there again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It was an assault on our taste buds, in a good sense. Our waiter played an integral role in our meal. He explained in detail the food pairing strategies and wine pairings, while interjecting the origins and characteristics of both ingredients and wine. We'll done!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Artisan has always had great food but Wednesday night's first course was beyound amazing. Instead of the usual chunk of avocado in the middle of the bowl, the chef had prepared a cucumber sorbet which had a touch of sweetness. The combination of the dense, rich tomato soup with the cold, crystalline sorbet was extraordinary. We ate it very, very slowly. What a delicious dinner."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "What a great night! Everything was perfect!! The food was excellent! Service was great, our waiter was a blast! We will definitely be back sooner rather than later."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was delicious, artistic looking and beautifully presented. This is a great place for a special occasion. If it's your birthday or a special event, they put your name on the menu--a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Unpretentious, comfy, authentic, nice plates, bold flavors, and a nice retreat from the state of the art/complex food scene in San Francisco. You feel as if you are dinning somewhere in the town center of Perpignan in the south of France or a suburb of Paris up north. Excellent wine list and great selection of cocktails. I'm afraid to write this glowing review of Artisan Bistro as I want it to remain the secret gem that it is! This place is pitch perfect and cozy."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great dinner spot. Dining outdoors on the patio on a beautiful day. Delicious choices - something for everyone. The meals were very tasty and the service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We loved every bit of our brunch from the perfectly-made lattes to the entrees. Great, attentive service and delicious food. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food, Ambience ,atmosphere ,dessert, was exceptionally great, we recommend this place to friends and family, we will definitely go back for another great experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The quality of the food and the inventiveness of the dishes is excellent at Artisan Bistro. My guests have enjoyed their meals there. The service is very attentive. The subtle background music adds charm to the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary and found out about Artisan from my mother in law who is well educated in fine dining! We were quite comfortable with her choice. The host gave us two choices as to where we would like to be seated as opposed to being told what they had available. We chose the room with the fireplace as it was warm and had great ambiance. The waitress was very attentive and we were very happy with our food choices."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our first time here, and we were celebrating our 2 year anniversary. The place is very romantic and the service was wayyyy above average!! Our waitress was great, very personable, and funny too! We enjoyed him so much that we will be asking for him next time we go.. Bring your wallet for the prices are high, but SOOOOOO worth it. The food was unbelievable!!! I cannot say enough about this place. The host is very pleasant and kind. Definitely worth checking this place out. I am so glad we did!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Charming place, delicious food, relaxed atmosphere!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have eaten both lunch and dinner at the Artisan Bistro in the last two weeks. The menus are different but imaginative. The food is delicious. The bartender is very knowledgeable and the staff congenial. All items are made of fresh with recognizable ingredients and appear to be cooked to order. The presentations are attractive, though not show-off arty. I would recommend this restaurant to both simple and sophisticated diners. Both would feel welcome."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant in Lafayette. They pay attention to every aspect but most importantly the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We were celebrating my husband's birthday and were looking for a great meal in a setting that invited conversation. Artisan menu is meticulously selected and each dish was carefully crafted and every flavor deliciously matches. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves quality food and enjoys a romantic yet worldly setting."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I like the ambience of the restaurant and their service is so great! We're definitely coming back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014