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Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ArtisanLafayette.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "This is an intimate,cozy upscale French place that serves good food at reasonable prices. Former site of Caffe Barbara in Lafayette. Lots of time between courses, it took us almost 90 minutes. very relaxed pace. The Beef Wellington was quite good, i didn't really care for the duck breast, it was very ham-like. The lobster soup was very good, superb. We will be back I am sure."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate my birthday. We live in Lafayette, and have heard of the place but never been here before. We were treated like royalty from the moment we walked to the host podium, until the end of our meal. Our waiter was excellent. All of his recommendations fit our taste. He really listened to what we wanted, and he was very good at being attentive, polite, and making us feel special. We were given a delicious chocolate dessert to celebrate my birthday! This was definitely an all around special experience, and I would recommend this place to anyone celebrating anything!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went here for my brother-in-laws birthday. What a treat. The wait staff was excellent, the food was fantastic. I would recommend this place for many occasions."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Artisan Bistro has delicious food, excellent service and is wonderful for celebrating a birthday lunch. They included my friend's name on the menu, added a candle to dessert and gave her a gift card for a glass of champagne or dessert next time. She was thrilled."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food and super service from waiter, Butch, who answered all of our questions. Excellent prawn salad - the best I have tasted. Many warm prawns and the perfect amount of greens. Ordered iced tea and lemonade and they were always refilled. Enjoyed the outdoor patio, which was quiet, even though all tables were filled. It was a birthday celebration and the desserts were brought with a small candle, but no singing (which was appreciated). It was quite a special occasion and thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to another reason to return to Artisan Bistro - especially on a lovely, warm day."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "After surveying the dinner menu, which was just right in size with ample choices and not too many, we settled on the fixed 3 course meals with accompanying wine pairings. The experience was delightful. Great service, delicious food well explained in detail by the servers. The whole thing was classy and elegant all the way. A slow romantic pleasure of the senses."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place never ceases to amaze me. I am always pleasantly surprised by the presentation and flavor of my food at Artisan. And the wait staff definitely comes to please. Always exceeding expectations."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It seems that my wife Marilyn and I only go to Artisan on special occasions. That has to stop. Artisan is wonderful for our anniversary and our birthdays, but we need to go more often. Every time we enjoy the fabulous food, the superb martinis, great desserts and wonderful fun servers. Justin was our server and he couldn't have orchestrated a better evening. He was personable and attended to detail beautifully. His assistant has been at Artisan for years and has a marvelous sense of humor. It was Marilyn's birthday and the menu noted it as well as another couple's anniversary. This is a real find for anyone who wants a memorable dining experience. We will return more often, we've promised ourselves."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "While I have been dining at Artisan for many years, I am always impressed at the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of our time at the restaurant. The food has always been prepared perfectly and this time was no exception, from the Little Gem salad to the Rack of Lamb our meal was simply amazing, and our Lemon Tart was without equal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We took two dear friends out for dinner at Artisan to repay their kindness and hospitality when we couldn't be with family over the holidays due to weather and illness. We are so glad we chose Artisan as a place to do that. The food was fantastic (as it always is) and the service equally so. My husband had his favorite, lamb dish, and said it was better than ever. I had the octopus and the John Dory with artichokes, spring onions, spinach, ragout of asparagus. Our guests had swordfish and the lamb respectively and thoroughly enjoyed them. We had the octopus and the oxtail for appetizers and they were perfect to share. Dessert was bread pudding (banana this time), another favorite of my husbands, and it was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "You'll always find good food here, along with a wonderful atmosphere, whether you're sharing the evening with a loved one or with special friends and family!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I wonder why it took me so long to find Artisan... THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC! Excellent service, intimate setting, refreshing cocktails/wine and most of all fabulous food are the things that are top of mind when I think of Artisan. We went for a birthday celebration and it could not have been more perfect. Our waiter was friendly, courteous and professional. The food is extraordinary, beautifully presented and top notch ingredients, my taste buds were in heaven. Couldn’t have been better! The kitchen staff is very creative and the Chef is magical. I would recommend this restaurant for an intimate gathering as the ambience was quiet, the service impeccable and the food outstanding."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the setting is great. If you tell them that you are celebrating a special occasion they will recognize it on their menu for the night and put a nice little acknowledgment on dessert."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I took a friend here for her birthday, and we had a delightful and delicious lunch. Due to inclement weather, we sat in one of the smaller rooms, which is bright and cheery. The service was upbeat and attentive, without being hovering, and the food was very tasty and satisfying. I got my usual, the Prawn Salad, and my friend enjoyed a yummy artichoke soup and a beautiful beet salad. We shared the sweet potato fries, which are the crunchiest and "meatiest" I've ever had. I can't wait to return, hopefully when it will be possible to enjoy a meal on their lovely patio. !"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Go early in the evening when it is quiet. We did 5:30 on Saturday evening. Sit on the patio. We had a delightful dinner here and were placed, as requested on Open Table, in their beautiful patio. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and the swordfish was delicious. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went with my girlfriend to their Wednesday special 3 course menu and thoroughly enjoyed a superb evening. The deal was a three course dinner for two including a bottle of wine for $120. I had the Lobster Bisque and the Bacon Wrapped Duck Breast and Susan had the House Cured Trout and Farro & Nettle Risotto. Everything was great, but what put the experience over the top was that they gave us the choice of a bottle of wine to be chosen among 4 varietals or a wine pairing. Of course we chose the pairing and that made a huge difference. All that for $120 for the both of us. For the quality of the food as well as for the execution and the impeccable service, I figure that that should be half of what you would usually pay in the City."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I dined once again at Artisan, which has become my favorite restaurant in the East Bay. Perfect for both client meals and special family dinners, it is always an event to eat there. The seasonal menu options are superb. Without exception, the many meals I have enjoyed there have been stellar, and the service truly exceptional."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Artisan is a perfect venue for a romantic evening or for a couple of friends to reconnect and enjoy the service, food and ability to talk and hear each other without background noise."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Wonderful birthday dinner for my wife...great food and the lemon meringue pie is fabulous. The service was excellent as well. This is one of our favorites."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Beautiful patio in a sunny morning. So peaceful and enjoyable! Exceptional the Crab Chopped Salad (lots of crab) & the Wagyu Beef Burger. Not to be missed are the French Fries with Aioli and the OJ. We were enchanted."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fabulous meal. Have been here many times and choose it for special occasions as it is consistently outstanding in terms of food and service. Also really appreciate that you can carry on a conversation without having to raise your voice. Plus the art work is always so interesting."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The small restaurant space felt intimate and was well decorated. The wait staff was exceptionally courteous and efficient in making sure we had everything we needed. The entrees were cooked to perfection and delicious. The cocktails were expertly mixed. The dessert was to die for. I don't know what else to say, it was as near a perfect romantic dinner as I've ever had!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Artisan sets the standard for service in the East Bay. The atmosphere is always welcoming and no matter how crowded, you'll never have to overwork your voice to have a conversation with people at your table. The dishes are clean, and always a feast for the eyes. The menu changes seasonally and having dined 3 times during the winter, every dish surpassed expectation, from perfectly prepared rabbit, to rack of lamb. Portions are generous, and any time soup is on the menu, prepare yourself for silky textures and wonderful flavors. Accompaniments to main dishes garner as much attention to detail as the mains. Dinner is always special."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wonderful romantic evening…best dining experience in a long time..."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Top-end restaurants come and go. It is the rare restaurant that maintains an overall standard of excellence for years. Artisan is one such restaurant. We have dined at Artisan for a number of years and they have never failed to impress. While the fresh, creative and delectable menu items are the cornerstone of their reputation, the service and ambience are equally as good. And it's always comforting to see the familiar faces of the staff, few of whom have changed over the years. And while many top-end restaurants use their status as an excuse to charge exorbitant prices, Artisan prices are always reasonable given the quality of the food and experience. Overall, Artisan has been and remains our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Went for our anniversary. Both the food and the service were excellent. We can't wait to go back and try some more unique items. We had the artichoke soup, Spanish octopus, and John Dory. We would recommend all three."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "From the host to the servers to the chefs and all the people who made this experience so wonderful, we applaud you. So glad you are in Lafayette."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Not much that can be said about this amazing restaurant that hasn't been said before but I'll have to add to the glowing reviews. It's been 3 or 4 years since I have been here but this time was better than the first. This place runs like a well oiled machine! Service is perfect, courses spaced out properly and the food is right on par with the high standards that are set here in San Francisco. Everything was great but the butterscotch dessert...I was blown away and I am not a sweets person. Do NOT order one to share get TWO! Yes, it's that awesome!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "What a special place to be with great friends. We began at the chic bar with imaginative alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The dinner menu was creative, the service staff knowledgeable and timely. All led to a delightful and conversation-rich evening with special friends. I personally thanked the chef when we left."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I cannot praise this restaurant enough! Our food was wonderful, really interesting and beautifully presented. The service was really outstanding, especially Christopher who was helpful, informative and generous. I wish I could remember all the other names as they all combined to make this a truly memorable evening. Thank you, thank you and thank you!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Artisan is truly exquisite. Calm and lovely modern decor; excellent but understated service; food is beautiful and incredibly delicious but not showy or theatrical; and perfect wine pairings. We loved it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is always a favorite. Consstently good food and excellent service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Lunched here with a friend and was delightfully surprised by cuisine, wine list, and service."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We were warmly greeted and promptly seated at a lovely table. Tables are close but those around us were quiet. That's not always the case! Our server was friendly and attentive as we've always found at each visit. The food is incredible! Delicious as well as artistic. I had a carrot soup that was so good, I tried to replicate it the following night! The wine list is great as well. Definitely our go to spot for a fantastic meal with someone special!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Still pleasant, but not as good as our previous visit........waiter seemed harassed.....very busy with his friends at another table."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food is excellent and so is the service. We are glad to have a restaurant of this quality in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the menu varied. The atmosphere was calm and conducive to having a conversation without having to shout. The waiters had a sense of humor!! We loved it!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience, many local women do lunch there. The food was great, I would recommend this restaurant to all."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is a great place for Brunch. Food was fabulous reasonable and we had great service...two days in a row, Saturday and Sunday. The people are super nice and respond well to special orders."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Three of us dined here and it was an amazing experience. The atmosphere, service and food were impeccable. We felt as we had enter a spa. It was so peaceful and enjoyable. The layers of flavors were delicious. We enjoyed each course, especially the octopus, swordfish and rabbit three ways. We were celebrating a lot of blessings at this meal and it made a great memory."
    Dined on 3/22/2014