Chevalier Restaurant
Chevalier Restaurant

Chevalier Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chevalierrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9253850793x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Philippe Chevalier
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Chevalier is available for private at-home dinner parties. He will work with you to design the perfect meal and wine pairings for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chevalier Restaurant can be booked for private parties. Our interior can accommodate approximately 45 guests. Our heated enclosed patio can accommodate 60-80 depending upon party type. Chef Chevalier will work with you to custom tailor a menu perfect for your occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Philippe Chevalier 9253850793x
  • Special Events: Evénements de Septembre

    Cooking Class, Saturday Sept 20th, 11:30-1:00pm
    3-course menu, see website for details

    Sept 6 Sat
    Celebration of the Marquis de Lafayette
    Côte de Veau a la Champenoise
    Veal chop, mushroom champagne crème sauce

    Sept 10 Wed - Sept 13 Sat
    Filet de Sole Meuniere
    Petrale sole filet “meuniere”, lemon butter sauce

    Sept 17 Wed
    Live Jazz in the Garden with Jack Pollard
    Agneau à la broche sauce à l’estragon
    Lamb spit-roasted in the garden

    Sept 24 Wed – Sept 27 Sat
    Lobster Thermidor
    Fresh Maine lobster Thermidor, cognac, gruyere, crème sauce

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo
  • Public Transit: 0.1 miles from Lafayette BART station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Chevalier Restaurant offers private lot parking during our dinner service starting at 5pm.
A word from Chevalier Restaurant
After serving as Executive Chef for award-winning restaurants in Paris, St. Tropez and San Francisco, Philippe Chevalier comes to the East Bay as Chef/Owner of Chevalier Restaurant. Serving classic French cuisine inspired by the flavors of Provence. Chevalier is a 5-time Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winner, recipient of the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, Zagat Rated and awarded Best Chef of the East Bay, named one of the Top 10 Best Restaurants of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine and awarded Business of the Year 2012 in Lafayette, CA. Experience Chevalier’s French ambiance for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. 3-Course Prix Fixe menu is available in addition to a la carte specialties.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Chevalier Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (67)special occasion (53)romantic (46)neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (20)good for groups (9)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • --------- just like eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/10/2008
    --------- just like eating in france ! smallish portions, high prices, not quite enough wait-staff . . .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant has been open
    Sandys
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    The restaurant has been open for 3 1/2 weeks. The food is pretty much classical French. Service is pleasant. We sat outdoors. The salad was overdressed. Cassoulet was quite nice as was a duck entree. Two people had mussels and were pleased. We did not have dessert (I had let them know that this was a family getogether for a birthday but that didn't evoke a response). I would give it 3 1/2 stars and plan to try again to see if things keep getting better. Oh, one other thing. We had a Chalone Pinot Noir that should not be on the wine list!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An enthusiastic attempt at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2008
    An enthusiastic attempt at creating an authentic French dining experience. However they were still working out the kinks when we visited about 1 month after opening. Time will tell.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice outdoor dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    Very nice outdoor dining. Still so new (only 3 weeks) so chef needs time to perfect selections. Coq au vin was overcooked, but the scallops were delicious and cooked to perfection. Neither of these were recommended by the waiter (the lamb was). The stand-out was the mixed seafood appetizer which was bathed in an amazing pesto sauce. I could've only had this and been very happy. Tarte Tatin for dessert was good but burnt caramel sauce tasted a little too burnt. Chocolate cake w/molten center was delicious. Overall I'd give it a 7+, but am sure it will get better with time! I'll check back in another month.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great, wine list explained
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2008
    Food great, wine list explained the flavors of each wine. Service absolutely awful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu at this new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    The menu at this new restaurant is classic french and makes deciding which dish to order very difficult as all the favorites are there. My wife started with the mussels in white wine sauce which proved an excellent choice, on the other hand I ordered the salad special; confit of duck over a bed of green lentils. I question whether it was really confit of duck as the leg was quite dry and seemed more like it had been roasted.The lentil salad was very good and despite the dryness of the duck leg the dish was very tasty. For our main courses I had the skirt steak with french fries and my wife had the sweetbreads. She is crazy about sweetbreads and laments the fact that so few restaurants serve them. She rated her dish excellent as did I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very small inside with tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    Very small inside with tables extremely close (waiting staff have to turn sideways to pass between tables). The patio seams to be a better choice. The food was mediocre at best (sand in mussels is not an acceptable choice). Very disorganize service as in our visit nobody was in charge of the front of the house resulting. After one our we just have eaten our appetizers and where still waiting for the main course. Not an overall good experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We look forward to enjoying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    We look forward to enjoying another great meal at Chevalier. One suggestion, choose a different font for your menu, if was a bit difficult to read (and I have very good vision).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our visit was a disaster.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    Our visit was a disaster. It took forever to get a server's attention, the oysters arrived without a cocktail fork (and none was forthcoming), the soup was lukewarm, the pork chop was overcooked and dry, the classic preparations (which, when done well, are a pleasant change from "new, lighter" cuisine) were just plain tired, and the service was inept, lackluster, and just short of surly. In fairness, the restaurant had only been open three weeks when we visited--but if the present trend continues, it will soon not be open at all!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1. The outside dining area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    1. The outside dining area is adjacent to garbage dumpsters next door. The smell was unpleasant. It was not constant but intermittent. 2. The service needs substantial improvement. It was very slow. Friendly, but slow. 3. The food was OK but not a good value for the money. This restaurant pales in comparison to The Left Bank in Pleasant Hill. That restaurant has better tasting food, a much nicer ambiance, and lower prices. 4. The inside dining area, though attractively painted, is small and not particularly inviting. 5. The dinner drink (A Lemon Drop) seemed to have little alcohol. Ruth Chris, in Walnut Creek, makes a significantly better one. Overall, we would not go there again. We live close by in Walnut Creek.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The fig salad was really terrific.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    The fig salad was really terrific. The Oysters tasted rather chemically. The skate wing special was delicious. The skirt steak was a bit chewy and fatty, but flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu is great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2008
    The menu is great and the patio seating was just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoyed our meal very much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2008
    We enjoyed our meal very much. Most of the food was terrific. There were a few glitchs, but having only been open a couple of weeks, I think all the right stuff is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was amazing :)!Still
    Princesmuse
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    The food was amazing :)!Still need to work on the service a little which is understandable since they have only being open for a couple of weeks, I would totally go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New place with great chef
    joel
    Dined on 7/15/2008
    New place with great chef and developing attentive staff. Excellent Provence-style food. A nice addition to the Lafayette restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chevalier was a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    Chevalier was a wonderful experience especially for having been open only three days! The waitstaff was fairly well organized and very professional (no inexperience here), and ambience was wonderful (both inside and out...we were outside for drinks, inside to eat). However, the food was the real winner! All entrees arrived together and cooked to perfection. Intense flavors came through in each dish and it was clear that all ingredients were the best quality and incredibly fresh. It was a delight to enjoy French food that is authentic, but also up-to-date. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate