Artisan Bistro is a true NeighborhoArtisan Bistro is a true Neighborhood Gem! Everything from the drinks to food to service is spot on! They use very fresh and seasonal ingredients. We had prawn and arugula salad to start then the seared scallops w/ risotto and fish tacos. Everything was cooked perfectly with really tasty flavors. We went there for a friend's b-day and they add a special touch for special occasions - name on the menu, dessert with a candle, b-day card and menu as a keepsake...5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe WaiterQuite honestly, though the food was outstanding, the wine list great, our best experience was with the waiter. The young man was as consummate stage actor, with all the attributes thereof.
Wonderful experience, food, wine and service.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a very pleasant Mother'sWe had a very pleasant Mother's Day brunch on the patio. The California Benedict was very good, the waiter steered us to a better wine and brought a sample of what we had chosen so we could compare--and see that his choice was better.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA refreshing & memorable experienceArtisan Bistro lives up to its noteriety. The brunch menu & ambience are a perfect duality nestled in a hidden excursion. A delightful encounter.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGive them applause!When Artisan Bistro opened I gave it a try - having been a customer of the previous establishment for many years. Blown away is an understatement. That is no cook in the kitchen - that is a chef!
I've been a customer ever since, happily sharing this gem with others. The food is excellent, totally not average. Leave all expectations outside, step in and expand your culinary horizon. Start with beet salad and begin the pleasure of working your way through the menu. It might take some time - a worthy gastronomical journey.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother spectacular soup--potatoAnother spectacular soup--potato and spring onion. The Croque Madam was excellent too, as were the french fries. Artisan Bistro does not disappoint.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe received excellent, professionalWe received excellent, professional service and the menu featured several unique and interesting choices. Our food was good, but we thought the prices were a bit high.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWow, right in LafayetteI live in Lafayette and have been wanting to go to Artisan Bistro for some time. Finally had lunch with firends/business associates. The food was incredible and the service outstanding. We sat outside (didn;t know they had a patio) and did not want lunch to end. Will defintely be back as often as I can.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous food and great serviceMy wife and I had an excellent meal at Artisan Bistro. I was one of the first customers at 5:30a and the place quickly filled up. They have a quite large outdoor dining area which was not in use the day we were there as the weather was just too cold. But we agreed, it would be a great place to come back in the summer for lunch or dinner.
Our food was simply excellent. I had the scallops with pearl couscous and my wife had a beef dish, the name of which I cannot recall. The waiter said it was the California equivalent to Kobe beef and he was right. It was melt in your mouth tender, cooked perfectly and had a bone marrow sauce on top that was out of this world. My scallops were perfect as well.
All in all a wonderful place. We'll be b4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is always fun to read theIt is always fun to read the top of the menu and see that they've acknowledged someone for a birthday or anniversary. Such a nice personal touch. The food is always delicious, beautifully served and the portions aren't too large.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMReturn treat!Came once before for lunch with children and grandchildren - loved the attention and ambience. Return trip for anniversary dinner reinforced previous experience: attentive service, great food and overall very good experience. Rabbit three-ways, crab in avocado, scallops and lamb chop all excellent. Thank you so much!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden gem continues to impressThe food here is amazing and seems to be getting better every time i go back. Friendly and very efficient wait staff too. Love this place!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightfully deliciousTook my sister out for her birthday. She had halibut, my wife had rack of lamb and I had scallops. All were exceptionally delicious. Medium size portions. We all had artichoke soup, which was outstanding. It was a bit pricey but worth it for special occasions. $190 out the door for 3 soups, 3 entrees and 2 desserts. No alcohol.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good staff. MatchedVery good staff. Matched wine by glass for the food. Very nice.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the lunch entree --Enjoyed the lunch entree -- fresh and beautifully prepared.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was fantastic! All foodIt was fantastic! All food very well prepared, hospitality incredible. We go there often, especially with out of town guests or on special occasions !Thanks for a great time4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is such a great additionThis is such a great addition to Lafayette. The food is excellent. BEST french fries ever!...Halibut was excellent...Great salads. The service was very efficient and friendly.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is such a joy to have aIt is such a joy to have a restaurant east of the Caldecott Tunnel that is comparable to the best that San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland have to offer. LaFayette's Artisan Bistro is exceptional in all meaningful ratings categories and is consistently so. Can I make a menu recommendation? Yes! Anything and everything that's being prepared on the day of your visit. You will, I'm sure, be very pleased ... even if you come east through the Caldecott Tunnel in heavy traffic.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've never had a bad mealWe've never had a bad meal here. Their food is always a cut above and the service is professional and friendly. We've often made this our place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMArtisan Bistro has been ourArtisan Bistro has been our favorite local restaurant since its opening approximately four years ago. The staff is excellent, some of whom have been there since the beginning. The food is outstanding, whether for lunch or for a special occasion. We have gone for special menus on New Years eve and set menus on Wednesdays and Thursdays in February and March. All have been very fine. In warm weather we enjoy dining outdoors. The chef is particularly good in preparing flavorful sauces.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a special occasionFabulous food and warm hearted service made for a room full of happy people. We will be back for our next special occasion.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMArtisan bistro has becomeArtisan bistro has become our go to restaurant for special occasions... without kids! The food, service, and drinks are spectacular, and the ambiance is so personal. It's like dining in a cozy bed and breakfast. Try the"perfect Manhattan"....It's perfect.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOur second visit to ArtisanOur second visit to Artisan Bistro was as satisfying in every respect as the first. This time, however, instead of being there as a twosome, we invited another couple to join us, and enjoyed a three-course, prix fixe menu which included a bottle of wine for each
couple. Again, the quaint cottage-restaurant in our suburban town was an easy and welcome nearby choice, given its growing reputation of excellence.Beginning with the excellence of the wait staff, we were treated to a memorable experience from beginning to end. Highly recommended.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is an EXCEPTIONAL restaurant!This is an EXCEPTIONAL restaurant! We have dined here on several occasions and never been disappointed.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat as always! Come hereGreat as always! Come here often. Had special menu for 2.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a small family reunionWe had a small family reunion dinner here the other night (party of 8. Everyone enjoyed his/her dinner from soup to dessert. We all went home full and happy!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have dined here severalWe have dined here several times and each time the food and service is great. This most recent time, I went with my wife for brunch to celebrate our anniversary. We sat outside in their secluded porch which is very pleasant. At the end of another yummy meal they brought out a artistic display of thinly sliced apple and white chocolate with Happy Anniversary written in dark chocolate - nice touch!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Nice DinnerWe enjoyed our Beet Salads, Stuffed Guinea Hen, and Venison Loin. All cooked to perfection.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI have eaten here severalI have eaten here several times and find the food consistently outstanding; Saturday night was exceptional even for them. Just about my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area right now.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food. The serviceExcellent food. The service is friendly and attentive without being cloying or in your face. Highly recommended for a special night out.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAttentive waitstaff. IntimateAttentive waitstaff. Intimate setting with nice outdoor garden area.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a superb dinner. TheWe had a superb dinner. The food was excellent and service attentive even though they were very busy. Great place!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA special place, good forA special place, good for foodies and anyone who likes good food, good wine and great service. There were 3 birthdays at our table. They made a special effort to help us celebrate. A very special experience.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMTreat yourself!This restaurant is outstanding. The food is sooooo good! Common ingredients become extraordinary with unusual preparations and unique sauces. Yes this place is expensive but the food is really good. You will NOT be disappointed!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMy second time at ArtisanMy second time at Artisan Bistro was for the 4th Anniversary of the 8 course dinner. Everything was excellent.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVery comfortable room withVery comfortable room with good service. Food is fairly creative and consistently good. Narrow but good quality wine list.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAs expected, the food wasAs expected, the food was presented beautifully and was absolutely delicious, although the portions did seem a bit smaller since the last time we had dined there. Service was also spot on - warm, friendly, professional, attentive but not intrusive.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways love dining at ArtisanAlways love dining at Artisan Bistro. We visit there 2-3 times a year.3/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBest food and service!My husband and I have been to many top restaurants in the country and the service at Artisan Bistro was by far the best. It began with the friendliness of the maitre d and continued with the server. Our server was very kind, humble, and attentive, and every staff member contributed to making my husband's birthday dinner a memorable one. The food was absolutely amazing and we loved the presentation of the soup. I really don't think you can go wrong with any of the dishes. It was our first time there and definitely not our last. The restaurant even put my husband's name on the menu and gave it to him as we left as well as a very nice birthday card. I couldn't have asked for more.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWent as an Open Table recommendatioWent as an Open Table recommendation for our 29th Anniversary. Rickey and Alphonso were awesome servers and the food was excellent. I look forward to our next visit!2/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorite localOne of our favorite local restaurants, presenting incredible dishes, especially their seasonal tasting menus.2/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOn the high side $$$ wise,On the high side $$$ wise, but good quality. Very competent and warm service.2/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my favorite placeThis is my favorite place in Lafayette to go for brunch, lunch and dinner. The service is fabulous and the food choices excellent!2/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is an amazing g place.This is an amazing g place. It is consistently delicious.2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful lunch atWe had a wonderful lunch at Artisan Bistro. We were told that the chef shops at local farmers markets and it shows in what we ordered that day. The soups, burger and salad were delicious. I cannot wait to return for dinner.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and terrificGreat service and terrific food. I am in a wheelchair and they were super helpful accommodating my needs2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Valentine's DayOutstanding Valentine's Day dinner - with his and her menus, just right for sharing four types of entrees and two desserts. The crab and ahi were the best hits, although the lobster and steak were also excellent.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMTry it once, you'll go backThis is just simply one of the best, if not the best in the Walnut Creek/LaMorinda area.2/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have enjoyed many mealsWe have enjoyed many meals at Artisan Bistro, from Special birthdays to Anniversaries or just a girlfriend lunch. Its always wonderful!2/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional!The setting is a charming house with warm and welcoming decor. We are always met by the friendly,professional host. The servers are knowledgeable and cheerful and seem genuinely happy to be of service! The food is creative, exceptionally tasty and beautifully presented. Word is out and it's becoming more difficult to get reservations! Congratulations to the owners, chef and staff! And thanks for making this a gem for adults who enjoy fine dining without having to go to the city. Note to neighbors: leave your kids at home ~~ you deserve a real treat!
Barbara from Orinda2/9/2013 12:00:00 AM