Final dinner for the restaurant
Wonderful, fresh, creative, and deeply delicious food...every time. The chef's rock it here.
This is a neighborhood retaurant for us. Heard it was closing on 4/14 and re-opening under the same owners with a different name and menu. We wanted to try a brunch there for a last time. The food was SO delicious.
Went there on a Easter Sunday brunch. We got the lamb burger and the croque madame. Maybe it was a one-off, but the food was super salty - both our fries and burgers. You rarely see a salty burger. It was a little busier than usual, but the service was far too slow even with the rush. I will try this place again.
This is my second time at Michel. The food is perfectly cooked and well balanced in flavors. The toppings on the bone marrow cut the richness and add complex flavors to the dish. They also have the best French fries I have ever had. I find their appetizers more interesting (meaning they include dishes that I do not see at other establishments) than their entrees, but their entrees are equally delicious.
Appetizers could probably feed 3, imo. Entrees are a good size; not too small or too big, except the mussels. That is a big dish.
Chicken Liver Mousse
Mussels - Large portion
Bavette au Poivre
Service was definitely off that night. We waited a lot. It took 45min for our main entrees to come.
I live in the area and bring out of town friends here. (It's a little higher price point than I can afford for just everyday dining.) Great food, attentive but not overbearing service, beautiful aesthetic and quiet enough so you can have dinner conversation without screaming at people you like. I've had dinner and brunch here and the experience is always delightful.
Great food & service. I have a good friend who loves this place who no longer lives here but dimes at Michel when he comes to town. I see what he meant and I will be back as well as recommend to others. If you can go early, it’s better as it gets crowded.
Updated take on French classics. Modest and unpretentious space with great food and service. The silent French movies playing on the wall adds to the fun atmosphere. The mussels with celeriac and harissa were stunning, best take on Moulés Marinière I have ever enjoyed in the Bay Area.
I had a hard emotional day and wanted to treat myself to a beautiful cozy dinner. This gem of a restaurant exceeded expectations. The sun choke salad was particularly noteworthy; a must have culinary delight. Everything was beautifully plated, and with every bite I felt well nourished. The staff was attentive and kind. Will be back!
This restaurant changed ownership last year, something we realized shortly after we arrived. The ambiance had changed, service just did not flow. The main course for our party of 4 arrived one by one to the point that we encouraged our guests to start eating while we were waiting. Very limited menu and prices on the high side, especially for the chicken dish.
We miss the old Michel Bistro where we enjoyed many happy dinners.
We went for the first time for a date night, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The wine selection, cocktails, and menu were all excellent. We started with the cheese plate, shared a steak tartare, and had scrumptious main courses that were not too large. We finished off the evening with a creme brûlée that was divine. I'd highly recommend for simple, yet elegant French cuisine.
As usual (we are neighbors and have been often) the food was delicious and inventive. We will return many times!
Overall really good food. Creative, seasonal and delicious. Had the lamb burger- was fantastic. Steak was also highly recommended as was the chicken dish. Appetizers were all a hit. Front host was excellent, waitress’ service could’ve been a little more attentive but she have good recommendations on wine. Can’t wait to go back.
The food was e cell ET and the staff was very accommodating to one of my guests who is vegan. They made her a special dish which was excellent. Overall, a great place - warm and welcoming, great service and food
We always enjoy our visits to Michel. The food never disappoints, and they have an excellent, interesting wine list.
My wife and I enjoyed our belated Valentines meal at Michel which we have visited a few times before. Recent menu changes we found were not as good as previous occasions; a salad with smoked flavored dressing altogether missed the mark. But still favorites things about the restaurant like the pommes dauphine, delicious main courses and excellent service made the evening worthwhile.
This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant -- it works for a special occasion or just a regular meal. Even when you end up with a newer server, the food always shines through. Have only been for dinner and brunch, but it's always fantastic.
We were a little disappointed when we found out the menu has changed and that the ownership has changed. It's not the same restaurant any more, except for the lamb burger. We didn't like the menu selection and found that the food is just not the same (except the lamb burger) Not sure we'll be returning.
The food was excellent Special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe $90 was a little steep but very busy that night obviously
Went for valentines days, everything was just okay food was sub-par
Terrible experience. Went for Valentine's day. Spent $300 on not very good food, horrible service (Sat with empty drinks for more than 15 minutes multiple times when there was plenty of staff and only a couple of tables. Staff stood around and chatted with each other rather than checking on guests), there was something hard that chipped my girlfriends tooth on the second course (server did not inquire if everything was ok when there had only been one bite of food taken), bathroom had blood in it after staff walked out without cleaning it up, brought out desert while still eating main course and dropped check without us asking (they clearly wanted to leave, they should not take a reservation for 9:15 on a multicourse meal if they are going to push you out and not give you enough time to eat the meal, especially when the servers ignore the guests). Overall, worst dining experience I have had in the last decade. Do not come here. There are so many good restaurants in the area, don't waste your money on very overpriced food with terrible service.
Great local French spot. It was Valentine’s Day so prix fixe, not the regular menu. 4 stars simply for service attentiveness. We had to refill our glasses from our bottle of champagne and didn’t really get checked up on, but understandable because it’s such a busy night. Other sections seemed to get the kind of service you’d expect for a $275 night. I’ll be back to check out the normal menu.
Another great meal (out of many) at Bistro Michel. We enjoyed the Valentine's Day prix fixe enormously. Good food, service, value.
Overpriced for comparable neighborhood restaurants
We ordered the bone marrow and it was a bit on the salty side. We also had the steak tartare which was quite disappointing but however the lamb burger was very delicious.
Birthday dinner was a very pleasant event
This was my first time there under the new ownership. I was pleased to see the same menu items and the quality seemed good. However, it seems that the chefs get to choose the music based on what they want to listen to. So here we were in this nice French restaurant being blasted with too loud am-quality rock and roll music! Out of place. Too hard to talk. I was pushy and got them to turn it down but they defended they choice heartily. Its a deal killer for me.
A very strange menu. A very unusual wine list. Avoid unless very hungry and nothing else is open.
Great food. Great service
The bar food looked really good but we were sitting at a table
Loved the Oakland Restaurant Week meal
The venue is dimly lit and has a nonchalant ambiance. The service is friendly and well-paced. Most importantly, the food is reliably delicious (comfortably filling and heartwarming). There's a good variety of drinks available--beer, wine, cocktails--to suit any mood. Michel delivers...and it won't break the bank.
My first time here and I enjoyed it. But we both ordered the Oakland Restaurant Week menu and it took much too long between the first course and 2nd course.
Just OK. The restaurant week menu was mediocre at best, and the jazz playing on the sound system was unpleasant. Not enough here to prompt us to return.
Great, if small menu. Good DJ during brunch, but music wasn't too loud.
I was very pleased with all aspects of the dining experience. Staff was attentive and the food was delicious.
Wonderful dining experience!
Oakland Restaurant Week had many options to chose from and Michel stood out.
Conveniently located on Lakeshore, walking in the door we immediately appreciated the ambience.
Very comfortable decor, movie playing on the brick wall, a conversation written in French on the wall, Mais Oui!
The owner was extremely charming and informative.
The service was both accommodating and professional.
And the cuisine...WOW! DELISH! Cocktails too!
My husband had the special menu for restaurant week: Chicken Pave-spectacular!
And I enjoyed items off the menu, Moules and Pommes Dauphine. Beyond fabulous!
Delicious 3 course meal. Each was spectacular.
Unfortunately the menu was very limited, prices had gone up, the dishes were the same
ones featured over two years ago. And some of the tastier dishes had been removed.
We did not stay to eat. Too bad, but it’s not the same restaurant of old.
Met two friends for a lovely dinner. The steak bavette was fabulous. Can't remember the name of the wine but it was Mouvedre and Syrah and went well with the food. Wish they would do the cassoulet again.