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For 2
Thu, 2/22
11:30 PM
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Booked 9 times today
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718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Michel Bistro is an Oakland based Grand/Lakeshore neighborhood restaurant and bar, serving cuisine from Provence, France with a California sensibility. We use locally sourced ingredients and change up the menu seasonally. We are Zagat rated and proud recipients of Michelin's Bib Gourmand award for 3 years in a row.

Eat in our open beam dining room with exposed brick walls and soaring ceilings or at the bar where our friendly bartenders will recommend perfect wine and cocktail pairings to go along with your apps and entrees.

L'Apero (Happy Hour): 4:30 - 6:30pm, M- F
Beats and Brunch Sundays with DJ Yens and Friends: 10:30 - 2:30pm

We also host parties and events. Ask about our private mezzanine space and buy-out options.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Wine Bar, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 836-8737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Salguero and Brian Starkey
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Cross street
Trestle Glen Road
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Parking details
Parking available on Lakeshore Ave. as well as a lot across the street accessible from the front and back of entrance to Trader Joe's.
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We show silent French cinema during dinner and feature DJ Yens and friends every Sunday for brunch from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
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Special events & promotions
Bastille Day - July 14th, 2017
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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Michel would be delighted to help you curate a special event for your guests. Both our main floor and mezzanine spaces provide a warm and welcoming venue for your family event, business gathering or holiday party. Multi-course dinner or cocktail and hors d’oeuvre service available.

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Complimentary Dessert!

Pair one of our french-inspired dishes with a delicious dessert. Purchase any two entrees, and receive a complimentary dessert for the table.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 9, 2018

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Sun-Mon 5:30PM-5:45PM 8:00PM-9:30PM
Wed-Thu 5:30PM-5:45PM 8:00PM-9:30PM
Fri-Sat 5:30PM-5:45PM 9:00PM-9:30PM

What 718 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsuzanne (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We always enjoy our visits to Michel. The food never disappoints, and they have an excellent, interesting wine list.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

Marvin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

vipsnowboardingrandma (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

oaklandron (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was excellent Special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe $90 was a little steep but very busy that night obviously

2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Went for valentines days, everything was just okay food was sub-par

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

TravelingGeorge (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Another great meal (out of many) at Bistro Michel. We enjoyed the Valentine's Day prix fixe enormously. Good food, service, value.

vipaubrey (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Overpriced for comparable neighborhood restaurants

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Birthday dinner was a very pleasant event

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

A very strange menu. A very unusual wine list. Avoid unless very hungry and nothing else is open.

vipJmemil (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food. Great service
The bar food looked really good but we were sitting at a table

vipmchills (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Loved the Oakland Restaurant Week meal

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

vipelayjay (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

camy1000 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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.