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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
  • Email: cmrestaurants@sbcglobal.net
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We have been twice now and it has been a good consistent experience. The food was fabulous both times"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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
  • "As usual your food and service was wonderful. I always choose your restaurant for special occasions."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "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
  • "Great Atmosphere, Great Food, Great Wine, Energetic the Creme Brûlée a must!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food was excellent; however, the noise level was completely unacceptable. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we were expecting to have a nice and romantic outing, but that was not possible due to the extremely noisy ambiance. we almost had to yell over the table in order to hear each other. The other guests at the restaurant were quite noisy and the close seating arrangements made it even worse. The waiting service was good enough in my opinion. The menu was reasonably priced. Overall this restaurant would be a good option for a more casual outing, but definitely less than ideal for a more romantic one."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "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 took 17 of my staff out to lunch. The service was great, the food excellent and came out in a timely manner. Ambience was delightful...really felt special. We were very pleased"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "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
  • "We had dinner at Christian Michael's during the Christmas Preview night in Chico. The food was excellent and the service outstanding in spite of the crowds attending the preview. We were very glad we had made a reservation. In addition to couples and small groups, there was a large group enjoying a party in which a very young baby was the star of the evening. It wasn't apparent whether the party was for her, but she certainly stole the show. In spite of the level of conversation in the restaurant, we were still able to hear the conversation at our table and not at the adjoining tables."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Excellent menu and service. The whole experience was enjoyable and we can't wait to return with our guest."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "My husband and I received a gift card as a wedding gift a few weeks ago, so decided to go out for a date. We loved the food and our server was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a great spot for a date. Chico needs more restaurants like this. I recently moved from the bay area, and this restaurant was a nice surprise in downtown."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I can count on liking my dish or they do something about, which hardly ever happens."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We had the Chef's special, so a 3 course menu for just 20$. The food was good and surpisingly substantial, as you normally get a reduced portion if you have a special offer. Therefore an outstanding value of food and price! People should also try the bar happy hour with snacks, which is quite popular. Only negative aspect was that dinner was protracted unnecessarily as service was slow, but very frienly and skilled."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "We attended for a romantic birthday dinner. The seating hostess was very sweet by wishing a Happy Birthday on the way to our table. Service was great and the food nicely done. Choices for our meal were many and portions were generous. The Cesar Salad which was exceptional. We had the pork medallions bistro tenderloin. The pork dish was good but I have to say after tasting the tenderloin selection, especially the mouth watering bacon-mozzarella mashed potato and green bean side dishes, I would choose it over the pork on future visits. The Creme Brulee dessert was wonderful. We look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Great to have a place to go to have a quiet dinner, great food and conversation. Consistently great food!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "We brought our 85 year old mother here for her birthday. The food was delicious and the server was excellent. One issue was that the food came out of the kitchen very slowly – probably 25 minutes to receive entrees. Even though mention was made twice to the staff of our mom's birthday, the restaurant apparently does nothing to recognize those celebrating. It was our second time there, and each time the wait for the food has been longer than might be expected. We were, however, very satisfied overall with everything else at the restaurant."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had a very good waiter. One of our party of four was celebrating a birthday and he was presented with a desert with a candle. Very classy. It's a shame in Chico that more people do not dress appropriately for a fine dinner experience. Shorts, thongs and t-shirts are not desirable attire to look at when you are trying to make a special evening out more memorable. I doubt that the restaurant could have a dress code enforced."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We found this restaurant to be good on all levels. Try to avoid the one room that is too bright however. Good three course dinner for $20 from 5 - 6 pm"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I've been going to Christian Michael's for years and the food has always been amazing! Happy hour has delicious small plates, lemon drops etc. Romantic dinners are on par with any 5 star city restaurant! Sunday Champagne Brunch is exquisite! All in the quaint little city of Chico!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Very noise bar scene and lots of echoes throughout the dining area. We sat near a wall so conversation was difficult. Food was good, with the early bird three course meal for $20 a good value. Wait staff was efficient and professional."
    Dined on 10/10/2013