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La Mere Michelle

223 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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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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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.
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 223 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RLDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

TracyT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!!

vipNeil (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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.

mit1955 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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

EvaG (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined 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.

Cark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food and friendly staff

LosGatosGal (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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.

vippnd4pnd (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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.

Foodlover (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

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

vipJGKA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Outstanding service and staff! Definitely will visit again.