La Mere Michelle

4.3
267 reviews
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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.
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AM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent traditional French cooking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience here. My husband and I came for his birthday diner and everything we ate was amazing and service was lovely. We want to eat here all the time now.

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderfully relaxed "European style" service. There was time to enjoy who you were with to make it a pleasant evening versus the typical California turn-the-table and move then out style restaurants. Come here to relax, enjoy the cuisine and engage with the owner and staff. We had a superb Gamay B with our pate and escargot appetizers. The meals we ordered were veal two ways, duck, and salmon. The flavors were great and portion sizes perfect. We have been here several times and will return.

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CP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Always a great experience with consistently excellent preparation.

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MK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food just okay .good service the waiter was old school but very attentive.need to do some remodeling the place is to old and smell very bad

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DG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

A true candidate for a Restaurant Makeover show. I felt like I was eating in a 1960’s house. Only part of the restaurant was open-rest was all dark. Very creepy.

Other:

*There’s no years listed on the wine list.
*There was only one waiter who was overworked/over whelmed by the three tables that were being used
*No bus boys
*The food was hit and miss at best. One dish came out when the rest of us were done. My guess is the kitchen staff is small too.
*the hostess (whom I assume maybe the owner) kept on coming to the table taking glasses before they were done.
*Two bars....no bartender

Too bad, seems like it was once a good place. My guess is it will close soon and someone will take over that prime location.

The sign may say “Open” but that’s just not the case.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Not a good value for the price. Saturday night had 2 tables occupied. Staff/owner was talking loudly to one table for an hour. Food was very basic, especially sides. Quality was average — would be ok at 15 per dish, not for 30+ or 40+.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Originally checking with Open Table, there were two times left for Thanksgiving ... 4:00 or 7:30. Thinking we might be lucky to get a table at all, we took the 7:30. Upon arrival at the restaurant, we found it practically empty, and it was clear that it had not been busy all day. The menu for the day was a limited four course at $65/pp. The service for the evening was quite professional, but that's about the best that can be said for a tired restaurant that has seen its best years ago. The meal was adequate, but nothing remarkable, except for the price. Unfortunately, we can not recommend La Mere Michelle.

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AP
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Mere Michel is a gem great authentic French/European food in a lovely atmosphere the owner greeted us and was very inviting and helpful she’s delightful food was wonderful our new favorite elegant spot for a special dinner

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EM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration of our Anniversary. Couldn’t have picked a better spot! Food was excellent, and our waiter was wonderful! Definitely planning on going back.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was excellent!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience was very nice, along traditional, not contemporary, lines as a restaurant. We were seated in the front, which is open to the outside and provides a pleasant air flow when the weather os good. Our waiter was fantastic...very attentive and friendly. We had the mushroom and shrimp appetizer, which was sauteed in butter and garlic, and the wild Atlantic salmon and the sauteed shrimp as main courses, both of which were flavorful and just right in portion size. We were unsure of which wine to order, so the waiter brought a sample of the wine we were not familiar with so that we could make a decision. The dessert menu was predictable with various cakes, creme brulee and ice cream. I wished there were more creativity and variety of choice in the desserts, but the red velvet and lemon cakes we had were very good. As a minor point, it would have been nice to be offered coffee with the dessert.

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have known this restaurant for a long time, and year after year we are not disappointed: the dishes are extremely well prepared and the ingredients are of high quality. The service is superb. The noise level is very low, which is excellent for a relaxed conversation. In a balmy evening, the windows are open and the temperature inside is perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cute, charming French restaurant

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic. The decor isn’t updated, but the food and the service were fantastic. From the perfectly crusty warm bread, brie, and escargot thru the daily special all the food was delicious and well presented. I can’t wait to go there again to try more things on the menu

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FM
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This was a birthday weeknight dinner and our first time at this restaurant. Lamb chops (not med rare) but moist and delicious. The cherry duck was delicious and cooked perfect. Presentation was okay. Cab wine (by the glass was delicious, from Chile). We did not select a desert because it was a heavy meal. The waiter brought out ice cream with a candle, nice! I agree with reviewers that the decor is tired. A 50 year friend worked there as a teenager and I don't think anything (decor) has changed . I think more local people would come if the decor matched the food.

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NA
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was OK but the presentation was tired. The ambiance was also tired. The service was OK but considering for much of the time we were the first and only customers I would have expected more. Don't come here for the wine list.

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BV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service outstanding and Michelle comes out and chats with you. If you never had French food, this would be a great place to start. We are definitely returning to have their other dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lovely setting. Owner was very attentive. Will definitely return!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a noisy crowd near by and barely could hear each other, not the evening we planned.

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RF
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a Birthday celebration. We brought our own cake and candles. They kindly held it in the refrigrerator, brought it out to sing and then sliced and served it. Very Nice. Staff is very friendly. Service was excellent.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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RS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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BR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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TK
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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p
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

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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S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Only go if you are over 70 year old

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, great menu selection, and romantic ambience.

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NR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wine availability limited, selections need updating

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e
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant.
Enjoyed the food and the service.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early mother day dinner was great!

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TF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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JL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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