La Mere Michelle

4.1
245 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
Since 1972, this charming upscale French restaurant has an atmosphere of a private home throughout. Located in the heart of fashionable Saratoga, it has been owned and operated by the Masek family almost four decades! Renowned for its attention to service and excellent cuisine, la Mère Michelle is a superb combination of traditional ambiance with every modern amenity. Each dining area is decorated in a different style to give an overall impression of comfort and refinement.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch:Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM Brunch: Sunday : 11:00AM - 2:00PM Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday From 5:30
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Phone number
(408) 867-5272
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Andre Masek
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Private party facilities
We have several rooms to accommodate functions from 25 to 125 + persons. We are well known for exquisite weddings, rehearsal, corporate functions, meetings etc.
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Private party contact
Michelle Masek: (408) 867-5272
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3 rd Street
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Parking details
Parking along side of and behind our building 200+ free spaces
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Special events & promotions
Elegnt accomodations for private,corporate functions, rehearsl dinners, weddings, memorial service, meetings, seminars.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 245 People Are Saying
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4.5
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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Michelle always makes our visits special. She’s such a charming ladie. I enjoy the duck with cherry sauce love sitting in front of the open window, it feels like dinning Alfresco. Can’t wait until our next visit!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great service and menu options. Michelle is a great host! Great soups. Nice wine list.
Authentic French food items such as escargot , Pate and forestiere sauce.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food is excellent, the staff are so attentive, this my favorite restaurant in the area. it’s ideal for a quiet and pleasant night out.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I originally planned to go to another French restaurant for Bastille Day, but had to change plans. I found out about this place through Open Table (even though it is "in my neighborhood" I had never looked inside or tried it). I was quite pleased overall. Service was very good and food was quite good in appearance, taste (though a little salty), and quantity. Menu is more continental than French with some Italian dishes, for instance. Owner was friendly and conversational without being intrusive. Meal was well paced-served not too slowly nor too quickly. The restaurant's "outdoor seating," to be clear, seems to be an extension of the restaurant over, perhaps, an old patio area with windows that open up to the outside and flowers (red, white, and blue of course) that provide privacy without blocking completely outside. Anyways, for those in the area wanting French food, this place definitely should be considered.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

the restaurant did not use the air conditioning and I was hot. the food was pricey a little bit and the cooking did not deserve to be pricey. really average cooking. on a Friday night, we were by yourself in the restaurant. I don't think I'll go again.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Really enjoyed everything at the place - great food, great local wine selection, attentive service. Ambiance was great. Location was very convenient, too - a bit out of the hustle and bustle of Mountain View, yet close.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I have not be to La Mere Michelle for a long time. In the 1980s and 1990s. when I was still working this was a very popular place. Our experience this time was OK. It was on a Wednesday night and there were only 2 other couples in the restaurant at 6 PM. The service was great. I enjoyed my duck and my wife's Filet Mignon was good. The wine by the glass choices was limited and I thought was expensive for what was offered. The the decor is a little dated. I feel bad for the place because I remember the glory days but I doubt if we we go back to it.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We dine here as often as possible. The menu is diverse without being overwhelming and the food is excellent in terms of portion, flavor and quality. The servers are experienced and the sequencing of the courses was perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Friendly staff, great menu selection, and romantic ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Very nice restaurant.
Enjoyed the food and the service.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Wine availability limited, selections need updating

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Poor for Mother's day. Have had a better meal there.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was fine, but the food was pretty bad. The seafood crepe (shrimp and scallops with lobster sauce) had those really tiny tiny shrimp and micro scallops and the sauce was kind of like condensed soup (with little water). Pretty tasteless.

Prix fixe included champagne or mimosas, and they kept asking us if we wanted more. We thought they were just being considerate. We ordered an additional glass each, but they charged us $13 per glass for the second glasses. If the prix fixe offering didn’t include more than one glass with the meal, they should have noted that either in the menu, or mentioned it to us when asking if we wanted more. I found that deceiving and a blatant money grab on a brunch that was already priced way high at $45.

So it ended up being $58 per person for a bad brunch. Really ruined our day.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We found the food was excellent and the staff were friendly and responsive. We loved the waiter’s suggestions and really enjoyed meeting the owner. We had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Early mother day dinner was great!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very friendly owner and staff. Great French onion soup. Worth the trip to Saratoga. We have eaten there several times over the years and always enjoyed the place and the food.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Our favorite place for special get togethers. The food is excellent, and always superb service. :)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

As always, the ambiance was perfect and the food was wonderful, with subtle, surprising twists which complemented the dishes perfectly. The owner came by our table to chat - a delightful lady - and our conversation with her truly enhanced our dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We booked an early dinner. The ambiance was wonderful, not the

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Couldn't be more impressed. Mori's enthusiasm for the items on the menu, and then to find that enthusiasm is well earned, was just incredible.

Great food, reasonable prices, great host.

Fantastic evening

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

If you are not fussy about restaurants or dining, you will enjoy LMM. If you are a foodie, or fussy, you will hate it. While the overall food quality is good and our entrees were perfectly cooked, the content and format of the menu, and the decor, appear unchanged from the late 1980s. Sauces abound, many sweet. Fans of traditional French will find unexpected Swiss-Italian influences, but still some enjoyable mainstays (escargot, filet of beef with Bernaise). For the more modern diner, the few patrons and the tired decor may make for an uncomfortable experience. Although the staff try well to please and succeed with good humor, the interior appearance looks as if Gordon Ramsay is about to show up to rescue it. The large traditional interior dining room with shield chairs, rose-colored walls and chandeliers appears no longer in use; we were served in what should serve as the informal bar-lounge but has given way to be the main dining room. The room was barely a quarter full on a Saturday night. Go for comfort French food but be aware it may feel like it's about to close any day now.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

way way way past its prime.......................not in this century

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great continental style food! Enjoy the quiet atmosphere to relax and have a nice conversation with a loved one, friend or business associate.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

I was taking a work associate out for a Thank You lunch. We had a wonderful time and lovely conversation with the owner. What a gem - both the restaurant and the owner!!

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The restaurant smelled musty and old. The food was not cooked properly and the duck was drowned in an overly sweet sauce. Looks like this restaurant is on it's last legs and just waiting for someone to buy the place and turn it into something new.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was good, service was OK, but overall a little disappointing.

We went for New Year's Eve. We send a message to the restaurant and even asked if they were going to have a special menu. Never got a response to the message, but a week before we were in the area and were told probably not.

That night, walking into the restaurant, nothing posted outside. Sat down and they handed us the special menu! Well 6 PM on New Year's Eve not much we could do (though we did see another couple who came in for drinks and left, so maybe we weren't the only ones taken by surprise).

The menu was good. I'm not a big fan of caesar salad but it was good. The only other option was a green chili soup that was good but a little too spicy for my taste. We were looking forward to the french onion soup and trying a few other things on the main menu.

The main dishes were excellent. We enjoyed the shrimp/mushroom appetizer too. And the desserts were good.

Overall we would go back, just not when they might have a special menu like New Year's, Mother's day or valentines Day

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful brunch with girlfriend on a Sunday afternoon. Ask for the "Nun's milkshake." A very special treat.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Pleasant and charming ambiance . Some old world charm. Excellent food and excellent service. Very attentive and elegant Hostess . Every time my husband and I visit La Mere Michelle we are having a very pleasurable experience. The place is pleasantly quiet which makes it easier to carry on conversation with friends.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

The occasion was my wife's 72 birthday lunch, just the two of us. There were groups of varying sizes in the room and noise was not an issue.

The atmosphere was friendly and calm, with just the right amount of attention by restaurant personnel.

The food was unbelievably good.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Holiday luncheon with six ladies and service was amazing and the food was very good. Something for everyone! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is outstanding, classical french and continental cuisine. The owner Michelle is so considerate and gives each table personal attention to assure everything exceeds the customers expectations. Chef Mark prepares and presents each dish to emphasize the flavor and beautiful appearance so that the whole dining experience is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food and friendly staff

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1.0Dined on October 25, 2017

I have heard for years (30+) about LaMere Michelle in Saratoga. My husband and I decided to give it a try for our anniversary. It was mid-week. Our first clue should have been when we noticed the parking lot was empty. It was extremely disappointing from the minute we walked in the door. There is no hostess; all you see are darkened dining rooms that are not being used as you enter a dark entry. You can't even see the kitchen. You have to find a waiter to seat you. When we walked in, the only other couple in the dining room laughing announced "We've been waiting for you!" i.e., the place was empty. My husband ordered a Cosmo. The waiter (no bartender) made it with what tasted like lemons - not limes. The waiter insisted they were limes; he brought them to the table to show us that they were still yellow. They were not a ripe lime color. I ordered the Wedge Salad; a 5 year old could have made it blindfolded. No crumbled blue cheese or no hardboiled egg consistent with a true Wedge Salad, just store bought dressing, bacon bits and iceberg lettuce. I ordered the crab cakes. One side was burned, the other was not. They were served burned side up. They were mushy. My husband ordered the duck. No big deal. Waste of a good duck. The vegetables were plain, overcooked, and mushy. We ordered the red velvet cake for dessert. It was dry. We assessed it was several days old. I sat next to a row of potted geraniums. They were dry looking, scant, and almost dead. A row of bright red, silk geraniums would have looked beautiful. Our table had old, ragged plastic place-mats on top of a white table cloth. My husband removed his place-mat only to find gravy stains underneath; disgusting. We paid and exited back through the empty dark entry. No one said 'thank you' or 'have a nice evening'... nothing. But our waiter was very kind, thoughtful and efficient. I felt sorry for him trying to make a living in such a tired looking old restaurant that offers over-priced, subpar food.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Very mediocre food. Lobster was chewy and not very good at all.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was average -- used to be really good 30 years ago!
Ambiance below average
Service - top
for the price don't think we will go back.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Always a wonderful experience! Enjoy the food and the owners are very welcoming & friendly.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Outstanding service and staff! Definitely will visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Adore this restaurant and if I could, would eat here weekly! Love atmosphere and the marvelous owner, Michelle, who greets everyone as if lifetime friends. Maurice, the server and bartender, is a gem. There is no other place like this in the Bay Area. A landmark.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2017

I took my boys here because they wanted to stroll along downtown Saratoga and. have French food. The food was good. The ambiance is perfect for a warm Sunday evening, open but cozy and quiet. Love the old homey atmosphere. The waiter was the best! Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

True authentic French cuisine, the rack of lamb was amazing! Great food, very nice staff, and a nice wine list. We'll be back for sure.

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