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Permanently Closed - Artisan

3633 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French, Californian, French
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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
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Phone number
(925) 962-0882
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Marquez
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Private party facilities
We look forward to helping you with your private parties or special event needs.
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Private party contact
Edris Noor: (925) 962-0882
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Cross street
Mt. Diablo Blvd.
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Parking details
Plenty of parking in our two lots, street parking also available.
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Public transit
Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.
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Special events & promotions
Please join us in welcoming Spring with our new Spring Dinner
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
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vipchukari (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 19 days 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.

vipbarbara (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

viploree (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

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

vipAbby11 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipHappyDinerfromWC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2017

Great place! So sad it is closing.

Tejadas (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2017

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

vipmoragamunchers (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

luv2recommend2friends (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Berto (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipDavidW (San Francisco)
5.0  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...

FlemingsFan (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Laurie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

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

ggtandy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

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

vipBarbara (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 14, 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

vipFunforall (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Mary (Central Coast)
4.0  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

vipPHDave (San Francisco)
4.0  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.