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Commis (Oakland)

1262 reviews
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$50 and over
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Commis in Oakland is a fine dining restaurant that offers a prix fixe menu served with paired wines from all over the world to complement the gourmet global fare. Dinner is by reservation only at Commis and guests are invited to linger over an eight-course meal that changes to reflect seasons and interesting new flavors.

The menu at Commis has previously featured smoked trout roe, Jerusalem artichokes, lamb quarters, white sturgeon caviar and more fine cuisine. The wine list is extensive, including options from nearly every major wine region in the world for a perfect match every time. Order by the bottle or glass if you don�t wish to have the pairings selected for you.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Our hours of phone operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.
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Phone number
(510) 653-3902
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
James Syhabout
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Cross street
Rio Vista
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Parking details
There is parking on Piedmont Avenue and surrounding streets.

There is also a parking lot located one block from the restaurant on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Yosemite.
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Public transit
Nearest Bart Station: Macarthur

Taxis are often available outside the station for a quick ride to our restaurant.
BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

The food was good, lots of small plates, unique preparations, beautiful display but left feeling like I spent a lot of money and I wasn't as excited about the dinner for the price. All very good food but $400 for two people and we brought two bottles of wine and bought one. Service was fantastic although a bit more formal than the decor implies.

vipsdthrush (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

This one of the most creative and flavorful meals i have ever had. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

I don't appreciate the lack of menu choices and the chef's unwillingness to accommodate his guest's needs AT ALL. We made our reservation 3 months in advance. At that time, I made note of my food allergies/aversions. 1. No bell pepper, 2. No shellfish. With three months warning, I felt like the chef should have been able to arrange an alternative for me. But no, three of the eight courses came with raw and/or steamed shellfish. Instead of offering me an alternative protein, subtractions were simply made from my dishes. Considering I paid full price, I found this unacceptable.

The soy dish was blah but the food was otherwise fantastic. My partner enjoyed his shellfish. The service is excellent and their sommelier was a delight. We won't be returning here again though.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Excellent service, excellent food. My one gripe is the three notifications I received about my upcoming reservation - one email, one phone call, and one text. A bit excessive.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2016

Really great and memorable food. Loved the attention to detail in service and plating.

vipDiane (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

We are foodies visiting from Manhattan ..heard the great reviews . When we arrived I was concerned when i heard it would be eight courses ! (I hate being over stuffed), but that was not the case . Each plate with small, delicate, exquisitely put togetherand exceptionally delicious. Some combinations were quite exceptional and very tasty. My husband thought it was a little bit " "too precious" and called it "tweezer food " but if you enjoy artistic combinations i would definitely recommend.

vipcyrillek (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Some of the courses were very interesting. Examples: frozen pear dipped in juniper juice, roasted sunchokes and mushrooms, slow cooked egg yolk, rhubarb and buttermilk dessert.

Other courses were surprisingly bland and uninteresting. Examples: Soybean custard, halibut with a totally unmemorable sauce, pork with another totally unmemorable sauce.

We got the beverage pairings and found that they were pretty short pours. We aren't lushes but in some cases there just wasn't enough wine to finish the course, and nobody ever came around to refresh our wine glasses. For the egg yolk course, we got our wine about 15 minutes before we got the food, so naturally we had a few sips while we were waiting, and then we REALLY didn't have enough to complement the course.

So overall not the best experience.

vipFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

We had a wonderful time at this two star Michelin restaurant. Commis was at the top of their game. The dishes were exquisitely prepared. Works of art and absolutely delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 30, 2016

If eight-course (plus pre- and post- "snacks") tasting-menu dining is your thing, this is the best in the East Bay. Chef James Syhabout is a mad genius with flavors and textures. Sure, the plating is tweezer-and-foam artful, and that's part of why you're paying $125 per person ($200 if you add "beverage" aka "wine" pairings). Some will dine here just to say they did; but the wise eater will pay close attention to the details (as pretentious as others may find them) and succumb to the sublime. The service is exquisitely coordinated and only a tad too formal.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

Commis has a prix fix menu. They offer wine pairings with every course if interested. Portions are tiny but plentiful. Beautiful, meticulous presentation. Original food pairings and delicious. Service and attention to detail are second to none. Pricy but worth every penny. Highly recommend Commis

vipMenloParkDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

Commis emphatically deserves its two Michelin rosettes. Outstanding cooking and terrific wines combine with knowledgeable and attentive service to make dinner a memorable experience. The chef even had wonderful workarounds for one diner's food aversions. Our meal was an evening we will cherish.

vipopentabler7 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2016

Chef James is the most humble and focused chef, always a joy to participate in his heavenly environment. I noticed years ago that he seemed already to be working at 2 star Michelin level. Congrats to each of his team as they are world class.

OneitaLopez (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

Such an amazing restaurant!

vipEater99 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

Wife and I finally dined at Commis after reading all the great reviews. We were not disappointed. All the dishes were unique. Our favorate was the poached egg with its amazing foamed sauce, so delicious. The true cod was so fresh and delicious you think it just came off the fish. Service was attentive. It does deserved a 2 starred Michelin, great value compared to other Michelin restaurants in San Francisco. Nice to have in Oakland.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

I was eager to try Commis for the Michelin star(s) it has received and to support an Oakland restaurant. I must say the service was fantastic but we both found the food to be unsatisfying. The best thing was the egg. The wine/beer pairings made the dinner --- had we not had the pairing the food would have been odd.

The service and the space itself was very good. I would suggest asking for a bar seat to watch meal prep.