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Christian Michael's Ristorante
Christian Michael's Ristorante

Christian Michael's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://chicochristianmichaels.com
  • Phone: (530) 894-4005
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Christian Michael
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From just appetizers to full service meals we are here to help. Lunch and breakfast drop-offs and set-ups available. Great for pharmaceutical or office meetings. Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private banquet room holds up to 31 people and has a full audio and video system.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen Carlos (530) 864-0421
  • Entertainment: Early Dine Chef Dinner is $20 for a 3-course meal served everyday from 5:00pm – 6:00 pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:00pm - 6:00 pm with small plate menu also served in bar all night. Bar food extras include Mama Mia Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays with 25% off all wines. Monthly wine dinners and an extensive wine list with 28 offered by the glass or in flights. Join us to cool off before and after great downtown events including Thursday night farmer’s market and music in the park.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wine Dinners- Come enjoy a six course dinner paired with exquisite wines.If you wish to be added to our wine dinner invitation list you can like us on face book or ask to be added on your reservation in notes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and public parking lot which is metered until 6:00pm only and free on holidays. Plenty of parking.
A word from Christian Michael's Ristorante
A unique downtown dining experience. Located on the corner of Third and Wall Streets in downtown Chico, Christian Michaels prepares California Cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and other seasonal dishes to tempt your palate. Selections include fresh seafood, steak, pasta, salads, desserts, a full bar and an extensive wine selection. Allow us to host your next business luncheon, reception or any other celebration. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "My boyfriend picked Christian Michaels for the place to propose marriage to me August, 2014. It was also the only date he has ever planned for us as I do all the planning. He had asked me in the past where would be a great place for a special date and I said Christian Michaels. He had the Salmon and I had Calamari they were fantastic. I also enjoyed the Bacon Bourbon Old Fashion, very good...we finished with the Tiramisu and my proposal...I already want come back and have another great meal..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The staff is exceptionally friendly helpful and the food is excellent. We just never sit under the circle it is like a microphone...fyi your voice carries under the dome."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved the environment but food was horrible. Fish tasted like rubber, couldn't even break it with a fork. App took 30min and was not worth the wait. Bar seemed nice l, would maybe come back for a drink."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great little spot for a special lunch with my long time partner of 44 years. Food was great and left me full for well...hours."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I made the reservation on line with a special request for a booth and was not disappointed. Food was great..food delivery was a little slow but fortunately we weren't in a hurry."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "great food & promptly served. But our waiter was a 20 something know it all. Could have done with out the attitude and being treated like a child."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was good, but overpriced compared with its quality. I didn't need/want fast service, as this was our anniversary dinner, but the service was much slower than I expected."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our reserved table was ready. A noisy party thankfully left a few minutes after we arrived. The overal brunch was very good. However the fruit salad (served as an opener) did not taste fresh or look very appetizing. I've found better fruit salads at the super market. The eggs Benedict with crab cake was excellent (although the service was a bit slow)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was having trouble booking a reservation for a large group but this restaurant worked out great. The champagne was flowing, they waitress brought extra strawberry bread which was very good, and everyone thought their food was excellent. It was a memorable Father's Day celebration thanks to Christian Michael's. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The brunch food was amazing, but we had to wait 1.5 hours to get our meals!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Always have a good time at Christian Michael's ! The chefs specials are a great deal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It was a terrific way for my wife and me to share our 28th wedding anniversary. I will reccomend your restuarant to our friends and family. We especially enjoyed our waiter (Noah). I was happy to use the online reservation process which was easy to utilize."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our group of four went for a nice dinner and we got it. My wife and I each had a beef dinner and our friends had a pasta and a chicken meal with salads; no complaints, they were all good. Access to the dining rooms is through the well appointed bar area. By the time we departed, this area was really crowded with people enjoying bar food, drinks and each other’s company; a very busy/crowded scene; Clearly a hot spot. My wife and I have enjoyed Michael’s on several occasions and look forward to our next visit. We encourage you to do the same. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We came here for our son's graduation from Chico State. The food, the wine and the service were lovely and we recommend it to other's traveling to Chico. Enjoy."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "1st off, it was graduation in Chico so the place was packed and very noisy. Waitress was attentive as she could be but service was slow & disjointed. Portion are huge, but quality was mediocre. Would rather have smaller portions & more attention to detail. Crab cakes where excellent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Being that we had 5pm reservations and the restaurant was not packed yet, the service was pretty lackluster. The hostess had no idea where to seat us, even though there were many open tables. When our waitress showed up (more than 5 minutes after we were seated) she was pleasant enough with her greeting, but then disappeared for another 10 minutes. When we finally placed our order, it took more than 10 minutes for salads to show up (10 minutes to make a salad? really???) Then, my wife found a ladybug in her salad--grossed her out. Then, the rest of us were very carefully picking through our food afraid of what else we'd find. My entree was good (pork shank) and the other entrees were OK. Not a great grad night dinner experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is our local "go-to" place for fine dining. Consistently very good food and service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our 3rd dining experience at Christian Michael's. I made our reservations and was unsure if our special request was received. Christian picked up and assured me it was taken care of. He even went the extra mile and emailed me the special Mother's Day brunch menu. We arrived and were taken immediately to our table. Service was perfect. I ordered the Eggs Benedict with crab. I was delicious. It consisted of a croissant, topped with a crab cake, 2 perfectly poached eggs and covered with a wonderful crab sauce. The brunch served a top notched champagne. This was one of the best brunches that I have ever been to. We will definitely visit this restaurant again. Bravo, Christian Michael's!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We regret going here during "prom season". Our reservation was for 5pm, made a week in advance and we waited 10 minutes to be seated, while they got our table set-up. We didn't order until 5:40, although we were ready well before then. Our server was great, but I think he had too much to do, which distracted him from little details, like refills of water... The place was full of students dressed for prom, which is a very special time for high schoolers. I'm just making a note to self -- don't go to restaurants during prom season, if you want great service and don't have 2.5 hours to spend on dinner. As always, the food was wonderful, service was ok considering all that he had to juggle. We will be back, but not in the month of May."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time at Christian Michael's. The food was great, as was the service. I will definitely go there again when in Chico."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The restaurant is nicely appointed. The staff was sincere and hard working. The risotto was dry and had many conflicting flavors. The ravioli was tasty but doughy. The salads were good. I might try this spot for lunch and will order something less complex. The restaurant appeared very clean and well appointed."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Pork Medallions where literally flavorless, both my wife and I were astounded like the taste had been pounded out of them. My Salmon was excellent, best mashed potatoes ever and the green beans were good but the pork was disappointing. Service was top notch, table in front of dessert box was a downer even with reservations 3 days in advance."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We loved our entire experience at Christian Michael's. First time being there but it will definitely not be our last!!! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Seven friends gathered for dinner on Sat 3/1 The regular chef had died unexpectedly, they had a kitchen fire while we were there, and to top it all off the typically-arrogant Christian-Michaels waiter came back to our table to announce to all assembled that my credit card had been denied (absolutely nothing wrong with my credit card account, upon inquiry by phone on my way home, but unnecessarily embarrassing). To add insult to injury for all the inconvenience, we were offered one tiny crème brulee with 7 spoons to share as a consolation!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Pork bosso osso or whatever it's called was delicious. as was the house salad. Would totally go to Christian Michaels again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Been a fan of Christian's for years. They never disappoint. The salmon and beef loin was perfect with great flavor. Always friendly wait staff. Our go to place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had made a reservation. Which some places won't do for a small party. There were only 4 of us. The dinner was wonderful. I had Ling Cod along with my niece and my husband had beef spare ribs that were falling off the bone, my nephew had meat loaf. Said it was very good. We had creme brulee and ice cream with a chocolate brownie. All were great. Very nice for couples for a special occasion or even a group."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Came up to visit the family and decided to try this restaurant for brunch and our first time visit. It was a good decision, the food was very good and no complaints. The drinks were equally good but the service was a bit off its game. Not sure if our waitress was new, but she forgot simple things like our salads, not picking up or arranging to have removed empty glassware and plates which caused a little crowding on the table. We worked with her and at the end of the meal we all had a good time and visit together Our next visit will be for dinner and looking forward to it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a very nice valentine's day dinner. The staff was attentive and the food was great. Previously, we had held my husband's 70th birthday party there, and they were very accommodating. We wanted to pay for the meals for everyone so they printed special menus for us with no prices. I brought the birthday cake, and they cut and served it, and they even gave us complimentary champagne!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice restaurant, quite and cozy. We had 3 in our party and the food was very good, however I ordered the special (Ahi) and the fish was a little over cooked. Other then that, it was a great experience. We've had breakfast there before and it's my favorite in town."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Some of the dishes were very nice, others more typical of a chain restaurant. Charged us %18 gratuity for five people and this may have been why the service was a little slow."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Delicious menu with a quiet, softly lit dining room, friendly service, and an extensive list of wines. Good for the family or a night alone with your loved one; but also fine for the solo diner as the bar area offers a great place to enjoy..."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We were present for the Sunday brunch. The food presentation was less than ok. The food was overdone and very dry without out much flavor. Some of us managed to eat 1/2 of the serving and some of us none. The server was very helpful and attentive and the ambience of the environment was comfortable. What is lacking is some inspiration in the kitchen to go along with the price tag. I certainly would not have tipped the 18% gratuity figured into the check because of a larger party (11). The best part about the restaurant was the ease of making a reservation online."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I scheduled the reservation online, with special instructions to include roses at the table. Everything was arranged to my specifications, and the table was selected for a very romantic and choice location in the restaurant. My wife and I had a blast and loved the food. We recommend coming at 5 or shortly thereafter to get the Chef's Special. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Everyone but me liked their dinner very much. This is not a good restaurant for vegetarians. My green beans tasted very strange and some were spoiled. The salad was good."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "It's a challenge to find a fine dining experience here in Chico where the noise level is reasonable. It's not much fun trying to enjoy a memorable meal with your sweetheart if you can't hear each other, especially if your voice doesn't have much volume to begin with. Fortunately we were pleasantly surprised at Christian Michaels to fine a very pleasant dining experience--good food, good wine, and a romantic Christmas Eve dinner. Our waiter was attentive, our food was nicely prepared and served warm, and the food was delicious. We will return..."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "As usual your food and service was wonderful. I always choose your restaurant for special occasions."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Great Atmosphere, Great Food, Great Wine, Energetic the Creme Brûlée a must!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Very busy and loud. Beautiful decore, just poor acoustics. Looks like it should be a quiet romantic spot, but is not. due to noise level We were forgotten for 25 minutes without a waiter. No one made any eye contact with you, so we had to get up and go to the counter for help where there were two people and they still ignored my husband until he spoke up and said something. Then the manager made up for it and we had a really nice waitress. We have here before and had amazing service, from the get go. The food was really good, loved the calamari appetizer. Ended up having to wait so long to be served, that we took our main course home and had it for dinner. We will probably find another restaurant for our next date."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I found Christian Michael's on-line, reviewed the menu and the restaurant's website and decided to try it - we were there on a Friday early evening - the bar was bustling - people seemed to be enjoying themselves! Dinner was delicious - the early-bird chef's specials are a great deal - soup or salad, entree with vegetable and potato and dessert for a reasonable price. We had attentive service. Would definitely recommend. Still a bit noisy in the dining room."
    Dined on 12/13/2013