A Classic Gem
La Mere Michelle is located in downtown Saratoga. Lovely carpet and art work. Tables are set in traditional linens. The china is painted and embossed. You are often greeted by La Mer Michelle herself. The menu is very broad and is pan European. The sauces are fabulous. On our most recent visit my wife had the Chicken Saltimboca which was delicious. I had the special Filet Mignon of the day served with a light garlic and butter sauce, cooked to perfection and was so tender one had only to point the knife in its general direction. We finished with the Bread Pudding which was excellent, complimented by a fantastic home made lemon chiffon ice cream. Wonderful, attentive table service. This place deserves to be filled every night.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special occasion place to dine
Food is flavorful and consistently prepared well-- YUM!! Nice resturant for a special occasion when an intimate setting is desired.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We split the escargots and
We split the escargots and Caesar Salad to start - both delicious. They had wonderful warm bread to dip in the garlic butter. I had salmon, my husband had sole - both great. We split a coffee flavored chocolate dessert - can't remember its name, but it was a delicious ending to the meal. We appreciate a place that is quiet enough to have a personal conversation at your own table without shouting.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Schnitzel in a French restaurant ?
The Wiener Schnitzel was superb. Delicate veal, thinly pounded, with understated, moist breading. True to its Austrian translation: a veal "cutlet" (schnitzel) done in Viennese (Wien) style. Thanks Mark and Mother Michelle.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A gem in Saratoga
A dear friend of mine gave me a gift certificate to La Mer MIchelle. My husband and I decided to use it on our anniversary. We were greeted and welcomed by the owner, seated in a beautiful patio area and served a fantastic dinner by a incredibly attentive and nice waiter. The overall experience was delightful. The food was delicious and I highly reccomend this wonderful dining experience.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this restaurant is classy: the interior, the food and the service.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Bay Area
La Mere Michelle offers a fine dining experience like no other. Mo, our wiater is outstanding, serving my wine as I enjoy it. Every dish is presented professionally and timely - if we are having a leisurely meal, we don't feel rushed; if we are famished, delivery is spot on. The highight of our dining experience is Michelle - she is an exemplary hostess and welcomes every patron warmly and positively. She has the keen ability to know when to stop and chat, and when not to - obviously someone who has been in the restaurant business for many years. Mark is an excellent chef; modifies entrees to our preference and delivers quality offerings. I would recommend this restaurant to individual patrons as well as group or business parties.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Experience
Great meal with fantastic service. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Blend of Old and New
While Nouveau Cuisine restaurants have become the rage, anyone with a love of French food still longs for those wonderful bites of French-Onion Soup, dripping with crusty bread and cheese. La Mere Michelle is able to provide both. Still serving the old with the new, the chef at La Mere Michelle provides menu choices fit for most tastes and budgets. For a real treat, do try their signature French Onion soup - it's the best I've eaten and goes well with their Caesar salad. Their veal is as it should be, tender enough to cut with a fork. If I were to make one improvement, it would be to their Marsala sauce which is a bit too dark and thin, yet the wonderful flavor is there and I would not hesitate to order it again.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pleasantly surprised but great food and outstanding service! Older restaurant with a very attentive staff - character and quality, something hard to find with a bunch of highly financed restaurants these days only concerned about making a quick buck.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A "Unique" Experience
This was our first time at this restaurant, and we'd heard good things about it for years. The food was very good and a good value, and the wine list was great and reasonable as well. I'd describe the food as home-style French. The server was very attentive and nice, and the owner was very friendly and hospitable. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the ambiance of the restaurant. It looks like it's stuck in the 80s, so it felt a bit cheesy. With just a few improvements to the carpet, paint, furniture and decor, and getting rid of the tacky plastic place mats, it could be very charming. I don't think I'd go again for a special occasion, but it would be great for a casual weeknight dinner or Sunday brunch.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old world charm.
The food was out of this world. The service was perfect. Our waiter didn't rush us and was always there to top off our wine. This place has been there for so many years and their business is a lot slower than some of the newer NOISY restaurants. However, it is really good and the portions were a good size, not like some French restaurants that have more plate than food.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have dined at this restaurant many times over the last few years. This was my first time back for dinner.
It was superb. We enjoyed EVERYTHING. We will be back!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM