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Commis (Oakland)
Commis (Oakland)

Commis (Oakland) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.commisrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@commisrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 653-3902
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Our hours of phone operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American
  • Executive Chef: James Syhabout
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for information about private events.
  • Private Party Contact: info@commisrestaurant.com (510) 653-3902

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rio Vista
  • Public Transit: Nearest Bart Station: Macarthur

    Taxis are often available outside the station for a quick ride to our restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on Piedmont Avenue and surrounding streets.

    There is also a parking lot located one block from the restaurant on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Yosemite.
A word from Commis (Oakland)
Commis restaurant serves a cuisine driven by modern and classic culinary traditions and is composed of ingredients that are grown, harvested, and foraged from the land that surrounds us. We offer a nightly coursed menu.

***If you or your dining companions have any food allergies, please note them when completing your reservation. Allergies will be accommodated with a spontaneous vegetarian preparation. Thank you for helping us best serve your party.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "we ADORE having a special night at commis because we know we will always be astonished at the chef's continual reach for new and delicious and seasonal food experiences...and this dinner was no exception to the rule. the service is seamless, the food beyond imagination delicious, the setting quiet and the wines extraordinary. we will be back!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wine for each pairing came five minutes before the food, so impossible to remember why it was chosen to fit. Tastes were separated on each dish, for sure, but the actual tastes were boring and often did not even taste like food. More like eating a random leaf in the garden. Very slow delivery of food, and restaurant not busy. Portions minuscule even for a tasting menu, so in mid meal, they brought multiple pieces of bread to fill up on. Only meat dish was veal that was half fat, with the only red wine pairing tasting like the 5 cent special at BevMo. Utterly unimpressive, felt totally ripped off."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The tasting menu featured only one meat dish (and hence one dish paired with white wine). Out of seven courses, and at this price point, you expect more, especially as the one meat course was decidedly mediocre (poached veal has a pretty low ceiling). To be fair, each of the seafood courses was executed beautifully - it just would have been nice to have some pork, or steak, or suck, or chicken, or something you that would give a more savory taste (and that you could pair with a nice red - I think I'm not too unusual in strongly preferring red to white. I talked to a friend who had a similar experience a few months ago. I won't be going back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Interesting well prepared and presented food. Exceptional wine list. Service a bit cold at first but warmed during the evening. Worthy of its Michelin star."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The chef did a great job of accommodating my guest's food restrictions: vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant. We both had an amazing meal. The small, beautifully composed bites make for a wonderful tasting experience. We tried the wine pairings and were quite pleased. My favorite lesson of the night is that I LOVED the 1927 solera sherry. I generally don't like oxidized wines, but this one tasted less like nutty oxidation, and more like molasses."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Commis continues to do an astounding job. The wine pairings were quite nicely done, with some very interesting selections - independent of the food. The halibut course was astoundingly nice. I like that Commis is not feeling obliged to dip into the chemistry set, as so many at this level do. Just great food, very thoughtfully prepared. This was a much more coherent, and thoughtful meal than the one that I had at Benu or Tres/Bazaar."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I came in and sat at the bar. The meal was amazing. The sea bream with ginger and peas was excellent. The chocolate work was beautiful as well"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing throughout 12 servings. Incredible ingenuity with seasonal ingredients, very nice wine pairings. If you're not a food and wine buff, it might seem over the top, but I thought it was truly remarkable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "An old college buddy of mine is a chef here. I knew I'd be a convenient excuse to get the girlfriend out to a nice meal. We're foodie types but need more excuses to go get something extra nice. Our meal was just over a 2 hour 40 minute feast, preparation is done in an open kitchen in the middle of the space. After the dessert course, I proposed and got engaged. I have to say that I find it hard to imagine a better place to have done it. Will remember it forever."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I still think you should go to Commis. However, they have raised their prices somewhat over time. I can't blame them and I am certainly still going. Apparently it is now $95 for dinner and $55 for wine pairings. The $150 total cost is a good value, and you really should get the wine pairings. Our server/personal sommelier (Eden) was very informed about wines from various far-flung regions and gave us insight into how/why each wine was paired with each dish. That made the experience even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The dining space is the perfect size for a couple or small group of diners to hear each other and not feel as if others can hear them, just noisy enough, if you know what I mean. The courses were amazing and we each had our favorites. I loved the sea water brined scallops, rhubarb and radish, flowering coriander. Sounds crazy, I know, but what an incredible marriage of flavors, really. You will not be disappointed, surprised maybe. Service was very good, no one seemed ever-present but they didn't miss a beat. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food here is truly a work of art. The chefs take great care to present the dishes as works of art to be enjoyed visually while still tasting delicious. If you are looking for a big meal this may not be the place for you. The menu consists of 12 small bite courses. We didn't feel full at the end of the meal but felt satisfied. I will say that about an hour before we shared a 2 scoop sundae from Fenton's down the street. We opted to buy a bottle of wine with our dinner instead of the wine pairing and the sommelier was very helpful in picking something that would go with the whole meal. The whole experience lasts about 2 hours. I would recommend this restaurant for those who enjoy the whole experience of food in taste and presentation."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Consistently delightful. Inventive food and nicely matched wines."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Such a great job all around. Brilliant, thoughtful food and service. Absolutely top-notch for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Absolutely the best restaurant in the entire East Bay. We compare it to the French Laundry - but Commis is in some ways BETTER. The genius never stops here."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Commis is amazing - an incredible dining experience. One of the best meals I've ever had. I was amazed by all the dishes. They struck an incredibly difficult balance between keeping the food simple and a great expression of the ingredients while also doing innovative and unexpected things. I also have to call out the wine selection and the sommelier. I highly recommend the wine pairing. The somm is a bona fide wine geek - you can tell he likes to find the hidden gems and go off the beaten path. He isn't choosing what's expected. He's really looking to find the perfect food pairings while also exposing you to hard-to-find and very unique wines. I was incredibly impressed by the wine list and then blown away by the pairings."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "small restaurant with a minimalist decoration ( as the scandinavian way ) a very interesting 8 course meal with small portions ( may be too small ) but full of creativity and playing with mix with flavors a nice food experience - we didn't take the wine pairing but just chose a bottle of white french pouilly fumé which was perfect fot the whole meal"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "WOW! The food was delicious! The experience was amazing! The service was spotless! They don't tell you what you are going to eat so you definitely have to be open minded with what you eat. When you first get your bite size course, you start planning your food stop on your way home, but by the end, my husband and I could barely finish dessert! The portions are just right and it allows for you to enjoy so many flavors and to try so many different things. We also did the wine pairing and it was well worth it! There were more couples but I did see groups in the back. Would definitely love to come back with my friends and show off this place. Have them experience it! Well worth i! My mouth waters remembering the dishes!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Perfect dinner. Thank you Thomas for wonderful wine! The chefs are amazing and service is impeccable. Thank you again!!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "You can walk by and not realizing it's there. The food was thoughtful and creative; the dessert however was a little bit disappointing. To be fair, the service was okay, and okay it was."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Absolutely stunning. The food was genius. We just completely gave in....went with the set chef's menu of 7 courses and the wine pairing. You don't know what you are going to get until it comes to the table. (They actually give you the menu, which includes the wines, at the end of the meal.) There were a couple of plates we weren't thrilled with, though they were still good (just personal preference) and then there were a few others of which we would have licked the plate clean if we weren't in polite company. This is the kind of restaurant you go to not just to eat, but to have a food experience. Don't go if you aren't open minded, aren't willing to try whatever the chef has dreamed up, or just want a burger and fries."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here for a post Valentine's Day dinner and it was a great experience. Food was delicious! Every course was excellent and just tasted so good. Service was great as well and the location where we sat wasn't too bad. It was an overall great experience and would do this again indefinitely."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Upon arrival we were told that we had been assigned us to the bar instead of a table. First we heard of it. There was nothing in the reservation process about this subject, but "bar" appeared on the restaurant's computer screen. We assumed that after the tables had been booked, the next reservations would be assigned to the bar. We were unhappy but it turned out to be all right. Excellent, unusual food. Competent staff provided excellent service. Eight small portions with perfect wine pairings for $55 additional. Very expensive but good for a special occasion. Parking in that neighborhood is challenging."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Consistently excellent in every respect. We have never been disappointed. If this were in San Francisco the prices would be at least double. The wine pairings are great and such a deal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is not a restaurant, but more of a food chemistry lab. What little I tasted and ate was like a flavor explosion. The wine paring was a positive experience. All the focus is on the food that is about to be served. This is about experiencing food art, not eating. Be warned, you will be hungry when you leave. I am not a big eater, I am a small person but these portions bordered on the invisible. The restaurant is dark, the wait staff does not crack a smile, the walls are a stark grey. They seem to act as if you should be honored that they are allowing you to eat at this restaurant. My boyfriend and are hard core foodies and this would not be a place we would visit again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is a tasting menu at its best and must be enjoyed with the wine pairing. There were lots of seafood items (oysters, crab, abalone) that would have made for difficult pairings for the later, richer dishes. Simply beautiful food. Enjoy every bite - because they are bites!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were seated at the most remote table by the restroom in a completely empty room. No one asked if this was a special occasion. Cold service, uninspired courses, and clinical decor. Longest two hours in a restaurant I've ever spent."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Superb, delicious, creative and always interesting food."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food was very good, very interesting and in tiny portions. The wait staff was efficient but too serious, the ambiance was plain, it could have been updated. It was a nice place to have a conversation. If it were my restaurant I would make the interior more trendy or at least have interesting flower arrangements, I would use less tableware, this seems more eco friendly, have fewer courses and slightly larger portions, and I would tell the wait staff to lighten up a lot!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was ridiculously amazing!!! For the small price tag, the quality, effort, and taste of every single dish screamed "delicious"! Each dish was well thought-out and executed, delivering the freshest of flavor coupled with just the right amount of texture and intrigue. A second Star should be strongly considered."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The 8 courses of dishes complemented each other, and each had both unique and subtle flavors. Some of the dishes pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way. The experience was only dampened by impersonal service that I wouldn't have expected from a Michelin-star restaurant. It started off on the wrong foot when we weren't asked if we had been there before, or if this was a special occasion. I think part of the problem is that we didn't have a single server--instead, there were 2 or 3 people serving. The dishes came with a brief explanation, and were quickly removed as soon as we finished our dishes, but the whole process felt clinical. Nobody ever asked how we were enjoying the meal, and when we left, no one said goodbye."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It has become a tradition of ours to dine at Commis, whenever we are back to the Bay Area. The 8-course menu blew us away. Chef James and his team put Oakland on the culinary map and continue to impress with creativity and flavor. We are looking forward to our return in the near future."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Exquisite food and service to match. Sitting at the bar overlooking the food assembly was a great treat. The care that goes into each dish is unbelievable. This is a special place not to be missed."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "So glad that we don't have to go to all the way to SF for great food and wine. The portions are a bit petite for the sizable prices, and the narrow floor plan of the restaurant detracts from the ambience. Overall, it's a good place to enjoy a good prix fixe meal. I will go back for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Not the first time we've been, and certainly not the last. It's always a special evening at Commis from the brilliant food to the perfect wine pairings. It ain't cheap, but it's worth every penny."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Although there are 12 courses one leaves amazed and completely satisfied although not overfilled Presentation,variety and taste a Is astounding I would definitely return"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Delicious!!! Suggest the wine pairing with the dinner. Last time we didn't do this and so glad we did this time. Excellent pairings."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were delighted to be able to dine at the counter, allowing us to see the exquisite detail in which the dishes are prepared and presented. Truly a remarkable dining experience. The staff were attentive, accommodating, knowledgeable and it was with much appreciation we observed the chef overseeing and directing the team throughout the evening. We look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "If you want an outstanding dining experience with great service and intriguing paired wines, go to Commis."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Unbelievable experience! This was the best meal I've ever had. It was a mind opening experience and I genuinely felt like a new world opened up for me. My view of food has really changed. I've had plenty of expensive meals. Usually I think, "That was good, but it wasn't worth the money." This was totally worth it."
    Dined on 1/10/2014