Permanently Closed - Michel

4.3
733 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Good for a Date

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Julia Sharp: (510) 836-8737
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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
Additional
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
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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OT
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

Final dinner for the restaurant

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B
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful, fresh, creative, and deeply delicious food...every time. The chef's rock it here.

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NC
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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KK
3.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

The restaurant was overpriced for what we got. Mussels were very uninteresting. The food was just okay. The ambience was pretty casual for the prices. I wouldn't recommend it.

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j
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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R
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

Recommend:
Pommes Dauphine
Bison Tartare
Chicken Liver Mousse
Bone Marrow
Mussels - Large portion
Bavette au Poivre

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OT
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was definitely off that night. We waited a lot. It took 45min for our main entrees to come.

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M
5.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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MA
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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HG
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 6, 2018

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!

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C
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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s
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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t
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 26, 2018

As usual (we are neighbors and have been often) the food was delicious and inventive. We will return many times!

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LK
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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s
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 20, 2018

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

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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OT
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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M
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.

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s
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.

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o
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

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l
2.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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OT
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.

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OT
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.

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TG
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.

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a
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 12, 2018

Overpriced for comparable neighborhood restaurants

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OT
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.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 5, 2018

Birthday dinner was a very pleasant event

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OT
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.

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WL
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.

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J
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

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m
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 21, 2018

Loved the Oakland Restaurant Week meal

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PB
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.

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e
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.

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c
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.

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F
Denver
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Great, if small menu. Good DJ during brunch, but music wasn't too loud.

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DK
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

I was very pleased with all aspects of the dining experience. Staff was attentive and the food was delicious.

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L
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

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z
Tokyo
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious 3 course meal. Each was spectacular.

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E
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

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