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.
Oakland, CA 94610
French, Wine Bar, Dining Bar
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Trestle Glen Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We show silent French cinema during dinner and feature DJ Yens and friends every Sunday for brunch from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
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.
Anthony Salguero and Brian Starkey
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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