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Commis (Oakland)
Commis (Oakland)

Commis (Oakland) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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.

THE CHEF'S COUNTER SEATING OFFERS A FRONT ROW VIEW OF OUR OPEN KITCHEN AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE COUNTER IS MANAGED DIRECTLY BY THE RESTAURANT.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We came to the restaurant expecting to spend too much money and to leave hungry. We were wrong. Our experience turned out to be exceptional. Every course was beautiful, fresh and tasty. Many of the dishes had a surprising mix of flavors. We opted for the wine tasting which we would highly recommend. The service was great as well. This place is expensive, but the experience is well worth it."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I came here for a special occasion a few years back and was blown away by the styling of the food, the tastes, and the ambience. But it seems Commis has undergone some changes since then. Now they play music, and the food, while still beautiful and tasty, has a different feeling and is not as complex as before. It's unfortunate because I came with a different date this time and had really played up my first time here. However I do remember having button mushroom soup, which they still serve, albeit with a different presentation."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Some dishes were hits, some were misses, and since you can't pick and choose, that was disappointing (particularly for the price tag). With a tasting menu the hope is that a dish you wouldn't normally order would still be delicious and make you think "I'm glad I didn't have a choice because I otherwise wouldn't have ordered this delicious dish," but that didn't happen here. The dishes I wouldn't have ordered from a menu, I wouldn't order again. The squab and fish dishes were excellent. The mushroom soup was so salty I couldn't even finish it. Oyster with a lemon-y sorbet thing was underwhelming. Definitely a slight air of condescension from the staff, which I'm not a big fan of."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I love this place. It just gets better each time we visit. The service, staff, food and wine are excellent. A true 5-star experience!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food and wine pairing as well as the service was impeccable. We were at a quiet table perfect for an intimate meal and birthday celebration. The ambience is a contrast to the luxurious menu and service. While we appreciated that the noise level was not distracting as at many restaurants, the decor was a bit austere for our taste. It is pricey and well worth a special occasion but not in our budget for frequent dining."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Who knew that there could possibly be Michelin star restaurant in Oakland? (Not trying to diss restaurants in Oakland) It took my son in L.A. to tell us to go there! Beyond OUTSTANDING. The 8 course dinner was prepared to perfection. The plating for all the dishes were like art pieces. The flavors - indescribable, fantastic. Th interiopr of the restaurant is comfortable and not over the top. Commis has a wonderful, professional staff. This and the French Laundry in this part of the world...you have food heaven on earth."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was the worst meal I have had in 5 years. Everything was over salted, nothing was fresh, and the wine pairing was of the poorest wens I have ever tasted. You would not want to eat here no matter the price but the tabs was $400.00 for two. Not worth $10.00 or your time! I will never go there again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Every time we dine here we think why has it been so long, but the answer is easy: there is a lot of competition in the Bay Area. Few, however, will provide a three star meal at this price point. Every dish was full of flavor and artistically presented. Commission easily matches Chicago's Schwa, but here you can actually get a reservation."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Special occasion birthday. Fantastic experience. Food was interesting and exquisitely prepared. Nicely spaced. Sommelier was very friendly and informative. If I had to be picky, I would say our server could have been warmer: she didn't smile at all, and even when I requested the check, she put it in front of the man at the table even though I thought I made it clear at the beginning I made the Rez and was treating my bf for his birthday."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Eating at Commis was such an experience! They take food, wine & service to another level of dining. Few restaurants are at this level. Very creative, beautifully presented food. Might seem expensive but it's well worth the money to have this type of dining experience & food. Everyone there performed at the highest level of service. The sommelier was so welcoming & bestowed so much wine knowledge on us.I encourage everyone to do the wine pairings with the meal.Amazing experience of perfect wine & food pairings. We will be back to treat ourselves again. Portions may seem small but I think they are perfect! There were so many delectable bites, we were full & content by the end of our meal. This is one restaurant you need to experience. Superb!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Simply immaculate. Very knowledgable staff helped guide us through the food and wine pairings. Several dishes were played and delivered with care by the chefs themselves. The food was epically flavorful and fresh, not to mention beautiful! They deserve their Michelin star!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "It is wonderful. Inventive. Friendly. Inviting. Fun. Creative. Did I mention delicious? Thanks James et al."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "wonderful, unique and special very fun time to enjoy exceptional food ,wine and conversation"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "An experience well worth having and a special memory to cherish. Food was amazing, profound and more delicious with each course. Mind blowing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Sadly to say, the food just was not good. I wanted to like it. I wanted to be blown away - especially for the price; but it just wasn't good. The best thing was the bread."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I was disappointed at Commis. I had notified them of my food allergy a month ago but found the dishes that were substituted paled in comparison to my wife's normal menu.Thus for four of the dishes I felt like a second class diner."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had a fantastic time at Commis. Immpecable service, the staff was super attentive and friendly. The food and wine were amazing! We appreciated how accomodating they were of our diet restrictions."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Always a real treat! Each time we dine here the experience just gets better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The menu portions are very, very small but visually extremely appealing and, in most cases, an achievement in flavors and of unique combinations - very sophisticated with the food textures well thought out and balanced. This clearly is a place where you need to take time to savor your experience - overall, we took close to 2 1/2 hours on our visit. The staff is very efficient but somehow lacking in warmth. With such a limited menu you would not expect anything else but attention to the diner's needs. Overall clearly a culinary experience but perhaps the atmosphere/ambiance is a bit lacking in warmth - my wife called it "robotic" and I have not found a better term for it. I would give it 5 stars if not for this shortcoming."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Small plates exquisitely composed, rich flavors, wind pairing very carefully chosen. Delightful meal - but don't go unless you're a real foodie."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Commis lives up to all that we have heard about it! Every detail was a delight to our senses. The food was exquisite and the wine pairings were delicious and fun. Absolutely art on every level!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, 7 courses with pairings. Although not inexpensive and portions are small, the flavors and wine pairings make it the most fantastic meal we have found in Oakland."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wow! What a special spot. Every bite was delicious. Most especially the Gooseberries and basil, tomato water, frozen buttermilk! A very special restaurant, we will definitely return! So lucky to have this special spot in our backyard."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "With new décor and super comfy seats at the Chef's counter this is hands down the finest dining experience in this part of the world. With a superb wine list it is the pairings that border on perfection-the finest I've yet experienced. Champagne with pacific halibut and Chateaunuf du Pape with red beetroot with blueberry vinegar and smoked cheese and ash were the standouts. Many new faces that are even better than the founding service staff-if that is possible. Chef James has created a masterpiece well worth repeated visits over time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Unique and tasty menu, perfectly paired with just the right wines. Service is attentive but not invasive and the atmosphere is almost meditative. Well worth the price - it will become our special occasion local."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is the third time I have eaten here, and it has become my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. The food is superb, and each dish is beautifully presented. Service is unhurried and attentive without being intrusive. I took friends here, and about a month later we ate at Chez Panisse. Our verdict was that, hands down, Commis was the clear winner. There are deft hands at work in the kitchen, and it shows in the overall dining experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We loved the food and presentation...inventive creative and unexpected!!! The only problem is that both my wife and I left the dinner still kind of hungry. We generally do not eat much at restaurants...mostly sharing an entree. With the prefix at $95.00 each we both felt like the meal was missing some protein. We loved the restaurant but felt like it disappointed in the satisfaction area."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "and again and again... we LOVE this restaurant...they set the bar high and go higher each time in creativity, service, wine pairings... each time we have dinner there we are sooooo happy with the food and ambiance and everything! this is our place for special occasions and for just great dining... we will be back!!! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Impeccable service, imaginative food, unhurried dining....with prices to match. The wine pairings boosted the evening. This is destination dining, an experience to be lingered over, and the restaurant allowed us to do so. The explanations of the food and wine were both informative and entertaining. But, given the prices, I expected nothing less."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had the tasting menu with (thoughtful) wine pairings and were thoroughly impressed. Every dish was excellent, but three stood out. One was a warm peach soup with mustard leaf ice, pickled fennels, and almonds prepared like crème fraîche. The contrasts - of textures, tastes, and temperatures - were striking. The soup was heterogenous, so you would get a single bite that would change from smooth peach to crystalline mustard ice as you ate. Rather the opposite was a superbly balanced dish of pickled beetroot, thick blueberry vinegar, smoked cheese, lemonthyme, and "vegetable ash" sprinkled on the plate. Last was a simple "mushroom tea" that transported us both back to our childhoods, eating Campbell's soup from the stove."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Truly an experience, not just a meal. the food was beautiful, so meticulous and interesting. The flavors were thoughtful, different and fun! the wine pairings and the sommelier who attends to you were absolutely fantastic. watching the chefs assemble the dishes at the chef counter was so much fun! our waitress was a bit dour, I imagine that is intended but it is a bit off putting rather than classy. Overall really nice for a very special dinner!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing, among the best that we've ever had, we just wish that there had been a bit more of it! Every course was beautifully presented and wonderful tasting. The service was excellent and we especially appreciated that the restaurant treated my husband's severe nut allergy with a great deal of care."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our best meal to date here. We went to Saison last Saturday but have to say we enjoyed Commis so much more. The beef course was just off the chart good. We always leave wondering why we do not come here so much more often."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You are met by an awesome crew of people, from mushroom tea to local salmon this was a top notch experience "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "When I dine out I want to be wowed. And Commis delivered. Not every course was mind bending but enough were that I was really happy. Service was a little raw (our server admitted she had only been working there for a week) but the sommelier made up for her nervousness. Also the wine pairing was a great compliment. I am not a huge connoisseur of wine, but there were quite a few pairings that absolutely made sense and elevated the food. For the price, you really can't beat it. Where else can you eat at a top notch restaurant for $150 including wine pairings? "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Every bite was wonderful!! We had a marvelous time. It was worth every penny -- and it was a lot of pennies."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Commis does it again. Seasonal and delicious. Easily the best meal ive had so far this year. A stunner. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A wonderful dinning experience in a minimalist decor. The food and service wonderfully presented. A lovely visual, tactile, and tasting event we won't soon forget. The wine parings were spot on and enhanced the already perfect courses. East bays answer to the French Laundry"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • " The service has been outstanding throughout. The hostess seated us in the back, away from the bar, which is more private and quieter, and I really appreciated that. The sommelier's very knowledgeable. The pairings of wine enhanced both the food and wine and well-balanced. The food prep was innovative (which I expected), although I'm not sure the various ingredients enhanced each other in some of the dishes. But when it did, the results were great - like the lemon blossom glace in chamomile tea. I especially like the intense flavor of the tisane of mushrooms. The texture of the hailbut was perfect, although it was a little salty for our taste, as was the beef. But overall we enjoyed the food, presentation, and the excellent service. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "After planning for two years, my wife and I finally went to Commis for a celebration. It is expensive, however by the pricing standards common to Michelin star restaurants both here and, for instance, in Berlin, actually on the reasonable side. The restaurant serves a series of one or two bite (or spoonfuls) of absolutely exquisite tastes, one after the other (I think we had about 9 of them). There is no choice but they are very very responsive to requests having to do with food prohibitions of any sort and accommodate to them. Let me just say that each of the foods was a brilliant experience. Our favorite (both of us independently) was the morels in a creamy sauce. Go and Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014