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.
Chico, CA 95928
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"
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Street and public parking lot which is metered until 6:00pm only and free on holidays. Plenty of parking.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Over the years, have been to Christian Michaels (CM) many times, several of those to show my granddaughter the difference between going out to dinner and "dining." Every time she comes to Chico, she requests to "dine at Christian Michaels."
On this last occasion, one of our group of five was celebrating her 50th. When given a choice of Chico restaurants, she selected CM and we weren't disappointed. Had requested the booth at 6:30 on a busy Saturday. I arrived early and the table was set up, and our server (Bill) honored, with style, every request we made during the two hours we dined there. We loved out time there and I always know I will be happy when I leave CMs. I would recommend to anyone - in fact, my niece is coming in November and I'm already making plans to dine there with her and her husband. Thanks for all!
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