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About Michel

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.

3343 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Wine Bar, Dining Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Trestle Glen Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 836-8737

Website:
http://www.michelbistro.com/

Entertainment:
We show silent French cinema during dinner and feature DJ Yens and friends every Sunday for brunch from 10:30am - 2:30pm.

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.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Salguero and Brian Starkey

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Bastille Day - July 14th, 2017

Specials

Complimentary Dessert!

Specials

Complimentary Dessert!
Details

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: August 31, 2017

Ends: December 31, 2017

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

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.

Michel Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
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Business Meals (7)
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Notable Wine List (6)
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Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

Our server was helpful and knowledgeable without being condescending. The food was all it should be and more. Thoroughly delightful meal

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great meal and great service as always. Definitely one of my top 3 restaurant in Oakland.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food here was pretty great, though expensive for what you get. The wine was also pretty overpriced. My biggest gripe, however, is the lighting! How can you create a high end ambiance when the place is lit up like a Chipotle?!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I was not impressed by the restaurant. The food was overdone-each dish had way too much going on. Had the carrot soup which was so thick it was more like a porridge, with fenugreek and pistachios. I was bored with it after 3 bites. Had the bavette steak. Again, so many flavors that it did not come together. Split it with my friend and we didn't finish it. None of it was memorable. Service was indifferent. There was nothing warm about this experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We ate at the restaurant this last Sunday. This is the third time we have eaten here over the years. We were looking forward to returning. Unfortunately the dinner was an expensive disappointment. The food was spotty. The shrimp appetizer was expensive $16, and was small and rather bland. The chard salad was interesting but floating in dressing. The duck confit, mussels and lamb burger were good. The big problem was service. Our server said very little. The food was very slow and we received no updates. We were never asked if we wanted a second drink. No one asked how we liked the food. There was no warmth and a very long long wait for food. Sorry to say we will not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We chose Michel for our 5 year wedding anniversary dinner. We did mention this in our OT reservation notes, but Michel didn't acknowledge the note. The food was AMAZING!! We really enjoyed everything about our dinner. The service was okay. Our server was nice, but was simply overwhelmed. I didn't see a manager on the floor once. We will go back, but sit at the bar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Michel supports the wine country fire victims with a wine tasting fundraiser. There was a nice selection of wines and amuse bouche. We bought a bottle of one of the tasting wines for a very tiny house markup. Of course we stayed for the traditional French food. The bone marrow is rich and satisfying. The mussels served in a tasty broth are the plumpest I have ever seen. It was a very good evening.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Delicious and creative seasonal plates. The Fall menu; Squash soup and trout entree were amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A really a terrific restaurant In Oakland, try it

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Extremely delicious food.. Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because they do not have an espresso machine.. Everything else was amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We came here for a dinner on Saturday night and had a lovely time. The service was attentive and the food was good, though not what I'd call super traditional French cuisine - more of a innovative/modern twist. The entrees were good though the duck liver tartine was somewhat disappointing as it tasted of nothing but lemon. The desserts (we had the crème brulee and apple galette) were both excellent. Corkage fee is a bit high at $25 but I wasn't too impressed with their wine list so bring your own or opt for one of their cocktails - I was very pleased with mine!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was amazing—my husband was still talking about it for days. The space is roomy yet private. The wine list is fantastic. We can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great french restaurant in the Lakeshore area, near Trestle Glen. Parking isn't great, but the food is worth it if you enjoy french cuisine. I recommend the beet salad, bone marrow, and the liver pate. Appetizers are small, but filling, and the mussels entree has a fantastic broth.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food here is wonderful and the staff are very pleasant. Unfortunately, there is some kind of disconnect going on and service is usually very slow. I hope they will address this because it is a great restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Michel continues to delight. We are food nuts in Oakland, Berkeley and SF. And Michel is as good as many of the finest there is. Authentic, fresh and innovative. The steak tartare is killer. The Bavette is best I’ve had. The list goes on and on. Try it. You will love it.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

I was taken back by how well each dish was prepared from flavor to texture our meals felt as if they were perfectly curated to fit our individual tastes. Thank you for a wonderful dinning experience it was simply Devine!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unsurprisingly amazing service and food. One of my favorite places in the bay area. Romantic. Affordable. Delicious.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We made reservations for my bday. We were a little early and the manager told us to wait at the bar and he'd seat us in 10mins. After 20-25 mins, we were able to get seated. The whole time we noticed there were 6 or more tables open and no one else waiting to be seated. Finally we were seated at one of those lonely open tables we'd been staring at. Service was meh. Also, I have an extreme sensitivity to red onions. I asked our waitress if that is used in any of the dishes we were ordering and she said no. The duck liver pate had red onions! I notified our waitress and she said, "well these are pickled." That's not the point. I'm thankful my sensitivity isn't something like a life-threatening food allergy. This is important. Please train your manager and and staff to be more sensitive and knowledgeable... and a few smiles wouldn't hurt either.
On the bright side, the cheese plate and lamb burger were phenomenal. Tartar and mussels lacked in flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The chicken was amazing and the cauliflower porridge was very good, but overall he food just didn't seem very French.

Tags: Vegan, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Steak over an inexplicable watery bed or lettuce; indifferent service

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Customer service was terrible. Not many people were present and they still took a long time to cook the food and serve us. We asked for a refill for ice tea and the beverage was left on the counter for more than 10 mins (while the server came by to check on us twice but never brought back the cup). There was only about 3 tables filled when we were there for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Never write a review but had to give feedback on the service which was extremely slow on Sunday at 130 when there were only 9-10 tables seated , it took 45 minutes for food to arrive. Fresh squeezed juice was good but was a very very small size. Many of the food options were good quality but again ver over priced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We shared the anchovy appetizer. Quite nice; next time we'll try the avocado salad, if it's still on the menu.
Main courses: we shared the chicken roulade, which was delicious, and the lamb burger, which was incredible! Thick, cooked rare, even though we asked for medium rare, and it was fabulous rare! Probably one of the best, if not the best, burger I've ever had!
We're really happy to have found a new destination restaurant!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic food, great ambience! Come here if you want well-done, authentic french cuisine in a bustling neighborhood. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary. Drove over an hour and it was well worth it. Staff wonderful and accommodating. Food was over the top and excellent. Wine pairings suggested by waitress was spot on. A little noisy for our tastes but the food made up for it by far.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Took a business colleague who had just returned from Southern France and we both thought the meal was superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is my new favorite restaurant. Brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. He is French, so I was nervous that Michel would not 'live up' to his standards. We were both blown away. Since then, I have brought my dad back and he was equally floored. The lamb burger is to die for, as is, literally, everything else we tried. Well priced. It is not cheap, but not overpriced either and it is worth EVERY penny. Can't wait to try their happy hour!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food, service & setting were excellent. This is more of a California cuisine restaurant than french. Only the music selections detracted from the experience.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Tasty! Good food, good service, convenient lication

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Came here and actually ate for the first time and man o man! The lamb burger is probably one of the best burgers I have had in life! Must try!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Been probably 1/2 a dozen times and this was the best yet. Everything was excellent. Steak tartare continues to be one of the best around.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This was our first time at Michel's, to celebrate a birthday, and we found the evening to be a delight. The service was excellent, the food was very good, and the wine list quite varied to allow for an excellent matching with dishes (and one's palate). Each dish had a certain distinctive flair -- you felt that the kitchen put their own personal stamp on it, and each was very satisfying. Not fussy, but a good combination of flavors. Portions were generous -- alas, we cannot comment upon the dessert menu, but there were definitely some intriguing options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

What a joy!
Everything from the service to the ambiance was lovely. To top it off the food for brunch was delicious! We will be back for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Innovative versions of classic dishes make this a "wake up your jaded palate" experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Ok so I don't like French food and I'm not a "foodie" and I don't like meat and I'm not eating meat's unmentionables so I was a fish out of water. Speaking of which---the sea bass--very expensive for a very teensy piece at $36---a bit dry. Something-Something Avocado salad---way too much avocado. My husband had the chicken which I turned up my nose at (with grapes and almonds) but turns out it was very good. The coconut pannacotta was my favorite with pistachio "peanut brickle". Loved the vibe, the music and the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

They stopped the early-bird menu about 6 months ago (according to the server), but still keep this menu on their web site.

The regular menu has very limited choice, doing away for some popular items. The mussels were not very fresh and also they did not provide the French Fries that used to come with it. The price is quite high for what they serve.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We enjoyed a date night dinner here, late on a Sunday so it was relatively quiet. I liked the rustic dark wood interior and the comfy booth. Service informal and pretty hands-off, fine with us. Appetizers: pork rilletes were tasty, appropriately fatty and a hefty portion, avocado salad delicious and nicely arranged, with little pools of herbal dressing -- too heavy on the avocado with not enough other, crispier vegetable matter. We would have done better to share an appetizer. Mains: I had the vegetarian option, a very flavorful melange ("porridge") of riced cauliflower, shrooms and other vegetables with a creamy sous-vide-cooked egg yolk. Again a hefty portion -- I took half home. Not sure what would cause such a dish to cost $23. My date enjoyed his Indian-spiced lamb burger with huge serving of fries. Small but nice wine list. Unfortunately too full for dessert. Menu changes monthly -- I'd happily come back and check out their winter or spring fare, stomach a bit more prepared.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

There us something different with the food. It is innovative and well prepared
but it's starting to taste a bit strange. There was no beef on the nenu last week
when we went. I think they need to work on their menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. I had the Cauliflower Porridge and you have no idea how good that can be. It looked great and tasted even better. It is in our neighborhood and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy
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