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  3. Distance: 3.64mi
  4. Distance: 3.76mi

About Permanently Closed - Artisan

This restaurant is permanently closed. Artisan offers a warm, welcoming ambiance, appropriate for both special occasions & casual get-togethers. The highly refined food of Chef/Owner John Marquez, blends Northern California's local/organic sensibilities with French influences & techniques. The warm interior is a reflection of the casual elegance you find in every meal. This upscale bistro is intimate, personal and inviting. The dining room is contemporary, stylish and elegant, displaying natural wood beams, a cozy stone fireplace, and exhibits by a local artist.
In the kitchen, the sophisticated menu is prepared by Chef Marquez, with over 15 years of French American culinary experience. He has recently served as Chef at Fringale, Chef de Cuisine at Coi in SF., with prior work at Picasso in Las Vegas, Per Se in NY and The French Laundry in Yountville.

1005 Brown Avenue
Lafayette, CA 94549
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Californian, French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00-9:00; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 962-0882

Website:
http://www.artisanlafayette.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking in our two lots, street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.

Executive Chef:
John Marquez

Private Party Facilities:
We look forward to helping you with your private parties or special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Edris Noor: (925) 962-0882

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us in welcoming Spring with our new Spring Dinner

Artisan - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (5011)
Neighborhood Gem (4885)
Special Occasion (4166)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (3530)
Romantic (2906)
Great for Lunch (2171)
Notable Wine List (2072)
Great for Brunch (1939)
Hot Spot (1111)
Late-night Find (535)
Good for Groups (489)
Kid-friendly (229)
Vibrant Bar Scene (173)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Good for a Date (54)
Cozy (52)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Quiet Conversation (45)
Authentic (29)
Local Ingredients (23)
Casual (22)
Seasonal (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Business Meals (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Scenic View (20)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Healthy (16)
Outstanding Value (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Fun (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Organic (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (2)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 months ago

We decided to change up our Sunday routine and drove to Lafayette (from Livermore) to eat at Artisan. It was a nice day but we decided to sit inside. The service was friendly and accommodating, and the food was delicious. My husband ordered the Eggs Benedict and cleaned his plate. I order the Benedict with Crab and Avocado, a nice change up. He had a mimosa and I had the Kir Champagne and Pomegranate cocktail. Delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We have been going to Artisan Bistro for 8 years and have never been disappointed. Unfortunately, they are closing and this was their last night of being open.
They have another restaurant in Concord called "Lima" across from Todos Santos Park and it is veery, very good Peruvian Cuisine. They are open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. Very, very good. I highly recommend "Lima". Excellent quality food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

This was the last night that the restaurant was in business. Too bad....

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Artisan has been one of our favorite places to dine whether dinner or brunch. Unfortunately, it is closing and we will miss this great restaurant offering a varied menu using the freshest and in season produce.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I celebrated my Anniversary and so glad I did it the food was excellent ! Definitely we'll come back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

This has to be one of the best, quite possibly the very best, restaurant in Lamorinda and we're so sad that it's closing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great place! So sad it is closing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Such a shame this place is closing this weekend! It has been our gt-place for years

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Always our "go to" local restaurant for a great meal. Sadly they are closing in a week due to landlord/property owner/rent problems. Sad to see such a good restaurant fold for this reason. We will miss them.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

I took a friend for her birthday. She ordered the hamburger, and I ordered the fish tacos. We each shared a small portion of our dish with the other. The food tasted great and fresh, and I am sorry to hear that it will be closing very soon.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Went here for brunch for the first time. It was quite and not many people there for a Sunday brunch. I got the artisan burger which was probably one of the top burgers I have had in Lafayette so far. Seasonal drink menu and a nice selection of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits. We were pleasantly surprised with the prices and very competitive with other restaurants in the area. Will go back again for the dinner and of course brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Best brunch in the East Bay especially if you count the "Mega Mary"...a Bloody Mary of epic splendor! Great place to share with your special someone...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food, terrific service, convenient location. Unfortunately, as we were finishing our meal we were told they are closing within two weeks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Wonderful as always! The soups are outstanding as is the ice tea!and of course the special dishes!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We enjoyed very much for casual dinner as well as St Patrick Day feast. Why did they close ?

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Big disappointment, been there a few times before but this wasn't anything I remembered, pork chop was hard and tough, octopus ( which is why we came back) wasn't nearly as good as I remembered, short rib was really skimpy for a 17.00 appetizer. No worth the trip

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary, and the restaurant printed a menu with our names and the nature of our celebration on it. Because it was early, we were allowed to choose our table, which meant we sat in a bright, open area with wonderful ambiance. The service was perfectly attentive, and the food was off the charts.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The meal was excellent and the setting charming. They go out of their way for returning customers, and offer champaign or desert for a person celebrating a special occasion-even put your name on the evening menu. (Nice touch). It will be our go to resturant.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The newly remodeled patio is so nice with the cover. Some flowers/plants would make the outdoor area more inviting

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This is one of our go-to restaurants in the area when we want to go out and have a special meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

This was about my 5th time at this restaurant. Needless to say it is good particularly my French fries with garlic aolie.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Great food & service!! Our waiter Nathan was knowledable about food and was friendly and efficient!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Lovely ambiance. Menu interesting. Food was prepared superbly.
Service was excellent, not intrusive nor non-existent.
A nice quiet place that is an exception in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Wonderful! We were celebrating my daughters birthday and she loves brunch. Are waiter was great and made my daughter feel special. Everything we ordered was perfect, amazing French toast, delicious veggie scramble. The crab salad was so fresh and light. I could eat it everyday. The French fries with aioli were delicious as well. Great birthday celebration!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Cozy, Fun, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Artisan Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in the entire Bay Area. The chef does an outstanding job preparing creative dishes with exquisite care and detail...and the results are delectable. We have never been disappointed with the fusion of unique flavors and textures. We come here multiple times per year, and there are always unique, new items to try on the menu --depending on what is in season. It is our 'go-to' restaurant for special occasions and sometimes 'just because.'

The setting is cozy and comfortable...in an older converted house in downtown Lafayette. It's worth a drive out from SF, if you'd like to get out of the city for a change and try something different!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Great spot in quiet area. Best food in area Well worth it

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The food was outstanding and service Excellent.
I will be back soon.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants. I have never left w/o being very happy with my meal.
Creative dishes that are wonderfully prepared and reasonably priced when you consider the quality of the food.

Set in a house- very quaint

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Probably the best restaurant in Lafayette.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Wonderful food and excellent service. We enjoyed the selection of items on the menu. We will come back again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Birthday brunch, everything was very nice!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Artisan is only a mystery if you haven't dine there yet. In the "east bay" Artisan Bistro easily in the top 5 of experiences this side of the city.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We've been here since it opened and found the Valentine's Day 5 course meal one of the best meals we have had there. We also chose the wine pairings and found the whole meal and wine outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice quiet place with good food and service. Please, please don't add music - I go to restaurants to enjoy the food and chat with my friends - not listen to a raucous blast.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Artisan. The food was creative, interesting, and delicious. The cozy ambiance was relaxing and romantic. Service was perfect. An altogether lovely time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Food was fine. ..nothing special. The salmon was fair, lots of barley on the side but would have liked a substantial vegetable instead of little pieces mixed into the grain. Limited choice of salads. Beef was OK, horseradish mashed potatoes did not have any horseradish flavor. Food was generally kind of bland. The restaurant is quiet and good for having a conversation with your tablemates. The ambience is its strength. In warm weather there is a very nice outdoor patio.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

We loved the NEW MENU with lots of dishes to share and daily specials, all with interesting, delightful flavors… amazing cuisine as usual. Artisan also has a great selection of wines and tasty cocktails in a cozy setting with outstanding service. No wonder they won the best fine dining of the bay area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Organic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

This is always a very successful "go-to" restaurant for lunch or dinner. The lunch menu is not large - but diverse and very interesting. Always several tasty options. And they make an AMAZING Manahattan. Good value, great food, very nice environment. Doesn't fail.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We had a disappointing visit to Artisan Bistro. Our waitress was awkward with her service. In essence, we felt a waitressing job was not a good fit for her. She also seemed flustered all night. Two in our group wanted the ribeye steak and were then told it was no longer available. It was only 7:30. She didn't really seem to care. We had the same situation with dessert where one of our items wasn't available. Our waitress indicated it just "wasn't her night"; I indicated it "wasn't our night". Water has to be requested. Our meals were mediocre: $27 for stir fry; the duck was a very small portion; the risotto was just OK.
The total meal was over $300; we were disappointed in the quality of the food and the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

I took my husband here for his 42nd birthday. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. The only complaint was that the octopus was very rubbery and we only ate half. When our server asked if we are finished she should have noticed that it wasn't eaten and asked us if it was OK. We would've shared with her that it was very rubbery and not edible. It's important to check in once in a while to make sure the food is tasting good and everything is OK. If I had noticed something was half eaten I would've inquired as to why and maybe brought out a dessert or something to rectify the situation. Instead we paid for something we didn't enjoy and didn't eat. Other than that the ambience was very lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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