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Chevalier Restaurant
Chevalier Restaurant

Chevalier Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chevalierrestaurant.com
  • Email: philippe@chevalierrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (925) 385-0793
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Philippe Chevalier
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Chevalier is available for private at-home dinner parties. He will work with you to design the perfect meal and wine pairings for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chevalier Restaurant can be booked for private parties. Our interior can accommodate approximately 45 guests. Our heated enclosed patio can accommodate 60-80 depending upon party type. Chef Chevalier will work with you to custom tailor a menu perfect for your occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Philippe Chevalier (925) 385-0793
  • Special Events & Promotions: Spring Cooking Class Series

    April 19th, Sat 11:30am-1:00pm
    3-course menu
    see our website for more information

    Evénements de Avril

    April 2 Wed – April 5 Sat
    Civet de Marcassin à l’Ancienne
    Wild young boar braised in Pinot Noir sauce, pancetta, pearl onion, white mushroom, served with fresh fettuccini

    April 9 Wed – April 12 Sat
    Magret de Canard et Sauce Mirtylles
    Roasted Mallard duck breast with blueberry sauce

    April 16 Wed – April 19 Sat
    Saumon Sauvage Sauce à l’Oseille
    Wild King salmon, sorrel sauce

    April 23 Wed – April 26 Sat
    Carré d’Agneau Rôti, Croute d’Herbes, Sauce à l’Estragon
    Fresh Colorado rack of lamb, herb crust, tarragon sauce

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo
  • Public Transit: 0.1 miles from Lafayette BART station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Chevalier Restaurant offers private lot parking during our dinner service starting at 5pm.
A word from Chevalier Restaurant
After serving as Executive Chef for award-winning restaurants in Paris, St. Tropez and San Francisco, Philippe Chevalier comes to the East Bay as Chef/Owner of Chevalier Restaurant. Serving classic French cuisine inspired by the flavors of Provence. Chevalier is a 5-time Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winner, recipient of the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, Zagat Rated and awarded Best Chef of the East Bay, named one of the Top 10 Best Restaurants of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine and awarded Business of the Year 2012 in Lafayette, CA. Experience Chevalier’s French ambiance for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. 3-Course Prix Fixe menu is available in addition to a la carte specialties.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second visit. We have finally found a restaurant that knows how to serve good French food at a reserved European pace. Well done! Nice wine list. Attentive staff."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It is on the pricey end. Non service dogs should not be allowed in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This restaurant was wonderful. We brought friends from SF who visit France every year. THey were impressed with the escargot, wine list and overall delicious meal that they had. They were so pleased with the experience, they booked another reservation for mid April for a special occasion. This is a fine French restaurant but it is OUR neighborhood gem!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "So many don't know about this fantastic culinary delight so we try to enjoy Chef Phillippe's amazing food whenever we can. He has a fantastic range of dishes but I often get the beef bourgionne. Have also had the kobe beef which is spectacular. We always get the escargots as the olive garlic sauce is mop-up-with bread delicious. Save room for dessert. Chef has added some more approachable. California wine, for those who aren't as adventuresome, but we always try a French wine - chef is happy to help advise you at any price point you wish. The patio is a lovely spot as well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Maybe they just had an off night, or we were there too late (after 8 on a Wed.). That said, a good portion of our dishes were moderate at best. There were definitely incredible bright moments - the mushroom soup was amazing; the lobster, too; and the creme brûlée and Ile flottante. Problem was, my wonderful mushroom soup was balanced by my friend's horrible onion soup, my friend's lobster wasn't enough to make up for the lackluster steaks or chicken, and even the dessert was marred by dust-like profiteroles filled with ice cream rather than an actual cream which might have at least masked the flavorless shells. All in all, some bright gemstones, and their French Fantasy cocktails are amazing, but the rest is not worth the $30-$35 per plate."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Loved that the chef/owner came out of the kitchen to help me pick the wine and then he personally said good night to our entire party as we left. A personal touch from a local gem that goes a long way with me. Oh, and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Simple, elegant and fresh, just the way it should be with classic French cuisine. I came for the sweetbreads and I was blown away by the flavor and portion. Chef Philippe Chevalier is a a joyous and gracious host, he's a SF Bay Area treasure. This is a fine dining must!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Chevalier serves up wonderful French cuisine and wine in an intimate small, upscale bistro setting. Outdoor dining is fun and the bar is inviting for wine by the glass. Service is impeccable. Staff are knowledgeable and recommend food with wine pairings. Setting is intimate and charming. Parking can be difficult as the restaurant competes with other businesses and restaurants in a suburban setting."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My husband had a wonderful dinner celebrating his birthday. We ate in the enclosed area next to some heaters; it was very comfortable and had a feeling of being in a special place. We started out with two flutes of Roederer champagne. The first course was Salade Maraichere et Chaud Chevre; our main courses were Boeuf Bourguignon and a Kobe beef filet; we shared a Crème Brulee for dessert. All of the food was excellent and we think this was the best meal we had ever experienced at Chevalier."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This French restaurant is truly a hidden gem in the Lamorinda area."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for Valentines celebration, but not until the day after. My wife had always wanted to try it and another couple joined us. We brought a bottle of our own wine, and they waived the corkage because we ordered a wine from the list. The wine was recommended by the server and was delightful. Everyone's entree was delicious, as were the to-die-for French fries. The only disappointment were the salads we ordered. They were small and tasteless. All in all a terrific experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Was expecting such a gem in a strip mall - once inside, you'd never know it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have eaten at Chevalier's many times. As with virtually every trip, it was wonderful. Highly recommended for food with good attentive staff. And four spotlessly clean plates after we finished eating. Four different entrees and all delicious."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Tres delicious! We have been going to Chevalier since it first opened. Our favorite dish is Moules and Philippe prepares it with a delicious, rich broth. The pomme frites are crisp and light. Add the salad with the goat cheese and that's all one needs. His desserts are also authentically French and prepared perfectly. We are always transported back to France when we are in this place. We will keep going back as long as Philippe is there--Il est tres charmant aussi."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I think the pricing (fixed at $119 each) is pretty high. We had a reservation for 7:30pm but didn't end up getting seated until 8!!! FOR 30 MINUTES they left us standing by the entrance way without even apologizing or offering a glass a wine while waiting. I find that to be absolutely unacceptable in ANY restaurant. The waitress was good and the dishes were timed well. The food was good. For $50-$75 each it would have been worth it. Because of the late seating we weren't able to finish our so we had to rush through the meat dish (veal?). Our dessert is in a box in our fridge - but it's only one dessert and I'm thinking for the price we should both have had dessert. All in all an incredibly disappointing experience that cost us $325."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was personable, food was great on a busy Saturday night. Chef came by table to inquire about our meals. I had cassoulet (chef special) wife had duck a l'orange. Both were outstanding. Great prix fixe menu and also specials of the day that are tempting. Very good wine list with French and California wines, many available by the glass. What more could you want from neighborhood restaurant? Will return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Have dined at Chevalier many times and have had memorable evenings with friends, good wine, food and ambiance. My spouse has to work on Valentines day so we made an early date. We arrived on time for our reservation, but had to wait a while to be seated. Kind of the tone for the rest of the evening. French waiter was hurried as he had many large parties all being seated at the same time and our tables were the farthest out from the kitchen. Asked for a wine, he said there were out and he immediately went to the vintage, not the varietal. Appetizers came out and plates came out later when we were almost done. Food was not up to par with past experiences, meat was tough, and the sole was out flavored by the sauce. value vs cost - no"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We began with cognac sidecars mixed by our perfectly attentive service person Nick, who contributed wonderfully to the enjoyment of the evening. The cognac was as smooth and favorful as wine. The crabmeat and avocado compote appetizer was a destination dish!! It is impossible to describe how favorable, fresh, and succulent it was. Incredible! We had salmon with beurre blanc sauce and pork loin medallions, paired with an '85 Margaux that we had brought, which Nick decanted perfectly. The braised chard with smoked pork was another destination dish. The evening was comfortably elegant, leisurely, and delicious. At all times the ambience and service were gracious and the noise level conversational on a Saturday evening. Highly Recommend"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Eaten here many times before. The dining room is very cozy, which is part of the attraction. I made a reservation, and when we showed up we were seated outside in a plastic tent, with heaters. Of course, half my face was too hot and half was too cold. I had no idea that was a possibility when I made the reservation, given that it was 40 degrees out. Not the ambience I was looking for. If I had been warned this was a possibility, I would simply have chosen to spend my money somewhere nicer."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Chevalier is our families go to for special occasions. It is liking going to France with out the plane ticket. The table next to us was filled with two elegant couples from Paris. That says it all to me.. If a French restaurant is frequented by chic Parisians then it is the best. The chef comes out at least twice during your meal to check on your experience. I am fortunate enough to have been brought up going to San Francisco for dinner and that was always important to my parents that the chef took pride in his work and connected with his guest. The Canard a la orange was spectacular. The Risotto was so delicious that I had to fight to keep my table mates from consuming it! Lovely experience all the way around! Thank you Chevalier!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "On a cold night we sat outside surrounded by heaters and the setting was very comfortable. The waiter was very helpful and attentive. I had rack of lamb and my companion had the salmon. It was delicious. We shared a bottle of wine moderately priced and it was as the waiter recommended very good. We met the chef and he was helpful in making our choices. This restaurant is in a small shopping mall in Lafayette. If you blinked you would pass it. Once in the restaurant the mall is forgotten and a very positive experience begins."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I would not recommend this venue for big holiday's such as New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day. The prix fix menu and wine pairings for December 31st were well conceived, however execution of the food left a lot to be desired. The oyster's Rockefeller were cold and there should have been two per person; the filet of sole was overcooked (probably re-heated several times), somewhat mushy and almost too much; the venison was on the tough side and over sauced. The best course was the champenoise soup with caviar. On the positive side, I thought all of the wine pairings were well thought out and complemented each course quite nicely, although the total tab for three people, including gratuity, came to $750 dollars - quite pricey for Lafayette!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Once again the dining experience at Chevalier was outstanding !"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Chevalier Restaurant but it certainly won't be our last. The atmosphere was upscale, yet cozy and romantic. The service was exceptional, beginning with the greeting at our table by the Chef/Owner. We were drawn by the online menu AND the desserts (few do a Grand Marnier Souffle anymore...and this one was of excellent size and taste). The entire menu is classic French. The presentations were extraordinary. Almost too lovely to eat! But, the taste was outstanding. The entire dining experience was like a giant present to be savored with appreciation. The daily specials were very tempting and did not disappoint. The extensive wine list provided many excellent choices. We will return often."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Amazing french food - the chef cooked every dish perfectly and the flavors were outstanding!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "fresh food prepared skillfully by a Master Chef. Every course was a taste adventure. For a classy night out, don't overlook Chevalier, you will be impressed, tb"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "They forgot to give me my coffee until half way through dessert. Otherwise good service. Head chef met as at the door and was very amiable. Food in general was good. I was hoping it would be better."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Don't judge the book by the cover. Hidden in a tiny strip mall, Chevalier Restaurant will not disappoint foodies. New Year's Eve dinner was a pre fixe 6 course meal to die for. The service was wonderful, they even modified the Filet de Sole Waleska for my husband who is allergic to lobster (poor baby). They didn't skimp either, they took out the lobster medallion and substituted another cream sauce over the dish, most other restaurants would have just taken out the lobster and served it plain or worse, use the same sauce (that had some traces of lobster in it) on the dish, but not here. They were on top of it. We also had the wine pairing with the meal as well, and the choices were spot on. We had a wonderful experience,"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went with my family for a special occasion and the food was fabulous and the service was superb. Definitely the best French restaurant in the East Bay. Highly recommend the duck and chocolate soufflé--that's what I had, but I'm sure everything else is wonderful. I've been there multiple times and never been disappointed. It's always awesome!!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The dishes were fairly original and included good combinations. The sea bass was could perfectly while the scallops were slightly overcooked and tasted as though they had been frozen, then thawed. The wine list was okay but I expect a little better in California. They did ensure some good French wines were there! Staff was friendly."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "An excellent menu, nice ambience, good service. I have never been disappointed at Chevalier."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Last Tuesday evening I reserved a table for 8 for a celebratory dinner. The food and service were excellent as always. Philippe took special care of us and even took our food orders and served as our sommelier! My friends were impressed with "my place". Le Chevalier is always worth a nearly endless trip on 13 and througfh the Caldecott Tunnel. I am a foodie and love visiting and eating in France. The food at Le Chevalier is the most authentic without the California style American additions ( good but not French)"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "French country with interesting French wines. Food is fresh and delicious. Been there several times and always love it. Small and intimate but not stuffy. Location is at the end of a small "shopping center" but it is much nicer in side than it looks from the shopping center parking lot."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Very romantic dinner. Excellent service. Want to bring friends back to enjoy this dining experience."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Good food, but was not "wowed." Parking lot totally inadequate. Not good for a special date if raining. We took our own wine and I was a little surprised that the waitress did not even look at it before opening - sometimes older bottles need a little extra care in handling. Online menu is not kept up to date. I was disappointed that I was not able to order something I was hoping to try. A side dish we ordered never made it to the table. In spite of my complaints, we had an enjoyable evening and I never felt rushed by the wait staff ( a pet peeve of mine) - so that was a big plus. They just need a little more attention to detail to get another star from me. My husband seemed more "wowed" by the food - he never offered me a bite."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "• escargots de bourgogne ☆☆☆☆☆ • soupe à l’oignon gratinée ☆☆☆☆ • swiss chard gratin ☆☆☆☆☆ • boeuf bourguignon ☆☆☆☆☆ • magret de canette aux myrtilles sauvage ☆☆☆☆☆"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Our birthday celebration was awesome. Great selection of wines for our pairing of the authentic French cuisine. The bouillabaisse was to due for. I can't wait to return to try the rest of the menu. Service was attentive and subtle. We levied it."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "This superb five star french restaurant exceeded every expectation. Don't let the exterior (located in a strip mall) dissuade you as there is a gastronomic oasis hidden inside. The food is incredible in flavor & quality, and the service was impeccable. It would be worth the drive from San Francisco as Chevalier rivals the best that the city offers. Only regret is not trying it sooner."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Chevalier is a great restaurant no matter what the occasssion . Whether it is business ; a couples night out or a fun place to take friends to - it is good for all of those . So I can't fault them - great that the chef/owner goes around talking to the diners , I like that !"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "We had not been here in quite some time. There were some nice menu additions and specials. Opted for the boulllabase special and so glad. It was wonderful...chock full of the freshest seafood, seasoned perfectly. Attention to detail made it with the traditional additions; a plate with rouille, cheese and French bread toasts. It made for the perfect balance. We finished the meal with the chef's home made macaroons. YUM! What a wonderful patio, paired with fantastic food. We can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013