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About Christian Michael's Ristorante

A unique downtown dining experience. Located on the corner of Third and Wall Streets in downtown Chico, Christian Michaels prepares California Cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and other seasonal dishes to tempt your palate. Selections include fresh seafood, steak, pasta, salads, desserts, a full bar and an extensive wine selection. Allow us to host your next business luncheon, reception or any other celebration.

192 E. Third Street
Chico, CA 95928
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 6:00pm & 11:00 - 6:00 Fridays; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00pm
Reservation are for "DINNER ONLY" No bar tables or small plate menu reservation.
First come first serve " BAR ONLY"

Cross Street:
Wall Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 894-4005

Website:
http://chicochristianmichaels.com/

Entertainment:
Early Dine Chef Dinner is $20 for a 3-course meal served everyday from 5:00pm – 6:00 pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:00pm - 6:00 pm with small plate menu also served in bar all night. Bar food extras include Mama Mia Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays with 25% off all wines. Monthly wine dinners and an extensive wine list with 28 offered by the glass or in flights. Join us to cool off before and after great downtown events including Thursday night farmer’s market and music in the park.

Catering:
From just appetizers to full service meals we are here to help. Lunch and breakfast drop-offs and set-ups available. Great for pharmaceutical or office meetings. Please contact us for more information.

Parking Details:
Street and public parking lot which is metered until 6:00pm only and free on holidays. Plenty of parking.

Executive Chef:
Christian Michael

Private Party Facilities:
Our private banquet room holds up to 31 people and has a full audio and video system.

Private Party Contact:
Kristen Carlos: (530) 864-0421

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners- Come enjoy a six course dinner paired with exquisite wines.If you wish to be added to our wine dinner invitation list you can like us on face book or ask to be added on your reservation in notes.

Christian Michael's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
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Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Waited too long to order. Vegetables not cooked properly burnt shallots not edible Brussels sprouts too hard not cooked enough. Tomato soup only thing good we had

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I have enjoyed Christian Michael's for years. Great lunches and dinners. We especially love their Sunday brunch. Wonderful food and excellent service always.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were looking forward to filet mignonette listed on the website menu. Unfortunately not offered on the menu at the restaurant. My husband had the steak which he said was rather tough. I had the tenderloins of beef which arrived cold and much more rare than I like ( medium was quite reddish). The service was good but the noise level was so loud my husband sitting across the table from me had to keep asking me to repeat what I said. not worth the $130 it cost us. I'm sure we won't go back

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We will always miss Jamie
But Matt was awesome

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Perfect for celebrating occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. the food is great. Quiet dining area perfect for conversation. Service is also great. Matt was attentive without hovering. Found the experience exactly as planned. Celebrated a milestone birthday and enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I’ve eaten here before on a few occasions and I’ve had amazing food and service before but this particular evening everything was just mediocre. The whole experience, food and service was just blah. No one was rude or unpleasant; our server was a little, shall we say, “clunky”. The meatloaf, which I had previously and loved it, was bland as was the sauce. My husband commented his tenderloin was lacking in flavor. The dessert was just okay. I’m not sure what the deal was, maybe bc it was a weeknight? We’ve had all of this before and it seemed to be much more satisfying in the past. After dropping $100 for our anniversary date I was left feeling that maybe I should have chosen elsewhere. Btw, I had made a reservation with a note about celebrating our anniversary and not one word from staff about it. Found that a little disappointing; most restaurants will comp a dessert or at least acknowledge the special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice restaurant with an impressive wine list. Pleasant staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Good selection fresh god great service
Overall great spot

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very quiet dining room. Attentive staff without hovering. Ambient lighting enough to read the menu but not glaring. The food was prepared exactly as requested.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My dgtr bday

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very slow service kept the rating from being higher. Staggered delivery of entrees was also disappointing. Food was good, interaction with wait staff was good, but it just took too long.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Amazing service, great food, the entire staff was very nice and welcoming. This Restaurant is very upscale, the food is pricey but it is worth every cent. We will be coming back for date night again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

There were four of us and we all enjoyed our meals immensely. The salmon was particularly moist and delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a very nice time dining here. Food was fresh and delicious. I really enjoyed my fish entree but felt the cheese topping did not add much to it. We really enjoyed the calamari! Service was good as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great location, service was very good. I had the ribs and they were fantastic. Girls had the chicken caprese and it was a solid selection. Dining room was nicely laid out, albeit a tad warm. But this is Chico...

Well worth a try!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food is always very good, and we appreciate the excellent service. We often recommend Christian Michael's to friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The service is impeccable, Ronnie in the bar personable and makes a great mixed drink. All entrees were great. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went here for anniversary. food was excellent, and fast. great value for what we got, except wish there were more crab cakes for the appetizer, they were delicious! they use veggies and fruits from the local farmers market. the service was fast, accommodating, and really funny guy. he did a great job at helping us with what is great for our tastes, wish i got his name. overall very amazing dinner. would recommend for a fancier night out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The ribeye steak was to die for.
Ronnie (our waiter) was very personable, friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself is lovely and nice for an intimate dinner or family gathering. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Their brunch is the best in town. I didn't know how amazing eggs Benedict could be until I tried it from here over a buttery croissant and crab cakes.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I took a client team out to dinner with a party of 10. The food was very good and there was a full bar offering cocktails. Unfortunately, after inquiring on our food order more than an hour after we placed it, we were told that the order never printed and so had not been started. This was disappointing. They did recover nicely and delivered excellent plates in about 10 minutes, also offering complimentary salads and some drinks for the wait. Also a sizable discount was applied to the overall ticket, so we were certainly "made whole." The clientele are "older" and the ambiance is fairly plain, but good food and drinks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Had reservations and seated on time a request for a bench seat honored.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Once again amazing food and service at Christian Michaels.The server was very friendly and attentive.We never asked for anything,he just did an amazing job!! Food was hot,fresh and delicious.Highly recommend the Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always enjoy dining at Christian Michaels with their consistently good food and service- great salads and margaritas...

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Special fillet was awesome

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Excellent meal! I have heard about this restaurant for a long time but just now finally ate here. Best halibut I have ever had and the server was willing to make accommodations for special diets. It was wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This restaurant is hyped up way too much. I made a reservation for prom and it was extremely overpriced for the entrees, the service was mediocre and the 18% gratuity added to each check is absolutely ridiculous. I would not tip that much for the food because it was not very good, my salmon was cooked decently but my dates pasta was in watery sauce, the service wasn't great and the menu selection needs to be broadened. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We chose this restaurant in Chico because we wanted to eat at a nice restaurant to celebrate our son's graduation. We were also looking for a place that would offer some gluten free options and that took reservations. We were very pleased with our choice!! The food/drink and the service were all top notch and we would definitely choose to eat at Christian Michael's Ristorante again!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Despite a very crowded room due to university graduation weekend, our servers were prompt, didn't rush us and were helpful with suggestions. My sister had the halibut special and I couldn't resist the prime rib. Both delicious, arrived hot, nicely presented. I brought half my dinner home for another meal as my portion was huge! Our waiter, David, was efficient and attentive. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food at an extremely moderate price: $25 per person for a champagne brunch on Mother's Day (kids were half price). The food was great--creative use of high-quality ingredients--and the service was outstanding. I told the waitress I would drink only one glass of champagne, because I was driving. She came back several times to refill my wife's glass, but never asked me if I wanted more--a gesture I appreciated. It's all too easy to think "oh, what can one more glass hurt?" When presented with the bill, the waitress explained that the gratuity was already included because it was a holiday event (even though we were only a part of four), but the service was so excellent I added a modest additional tip--about 10 percent. As we chatted outside the restaurant before getting into our cars (we'd arrived separately), the waitress came outside, tapped me on the shoulder, and thanked me. I tend to tip generously anyway, especially for good service, but that was a first for me.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day brunch. Very nice setting. Service was good. Kitchen got our order wrong and one person had to wait for the correction. Manager made special effort to apologize and speed up the correction. Our main criticism is that the food is mediocre, which is a shame because it's one of the nicest white tablecloth and crystal restaurants in downtown Chico.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's day and other special events can be tough for restaurant staff and patrons alike. Christain Michaels kept it all together, and provided a great meal, atmosphere and experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Enjoyed an excellent meal with extremely friendly and efficient service. Would highly recommend and will return for another good meal .

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Pre theatre dinner excellent on all counts - Attentive staff, variety of dinner options which are flavorful as well as attractive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We always enjoy Christian Michaels because it's one of the few places to eat in Chico where you can actually talk with your tablemates and not be drowned out by music or loud diners. The setting is serene. The bar area has more energy, which is fine, and it's not distracting when you're in the dining room. The food is always good though I think the menu would benefit from a bit more variety. Still I hope it never changes in terms of being a place where I know that the meal will be quiet and relaxed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was excellent. The server was charming but made many mistakes. He forgot my salad after we had a discussion about the anchovies (he prompted it). He forgot the mussels appetizer, one entree was brought out at least 5 minutes after the others. It had clearly been under the heat lamp a long time. Etc.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent service, timely seating, pleasant surroundings, great food selection, early seating a great value, and the food was delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Mediocre is all one can say. Fairly upscale Olive Garden cooking; sad wine list but Ronnie our waiter was great! I see a better future for him.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was amazing and the service was just as, if not more impressive. We went for Easter brunch and I was impressed with the price and quality of the food. They brought us berry bread and fresh fruit while we waited for our food, and it was delicious! They also did a great job of making sure our champagne glasses were always full! I will definitely return and I recommend them to everyone I know!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We went on April 14th and had a birthday lunch for 3 of the 6 ladies attending. Very nice waitress and our food was delicious. Always a lovely place for a special lunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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