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For 2
Wed, 2/21
8:00 PM
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717 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 717 People Are Saying
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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.

vipFoodie80922 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

DamonK (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.

vipLoves2eat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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!

zzziah (Tokyo)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious 3 course meal. Each was spectacular.

Efromalameda (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.

Nikki (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

vipCarrieM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Staff was great in accommodating our large group celebrating a bday. Lamb burgers were as tasty as I remembered. All desserts were excellent! Fav was the apple galette.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed all the dishes we tried. They do not have a kids menu (fine by us), which forced my kids to try new things. We loved the duck and we had a smoked trout started that was delicious. We onew nothing about this restaurant when we booked it and we were pleasantly surprised. We would definitely come back.

Nela (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place... staff is so sweet... the chilled oyster soup is now my new favorite thing.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I booked the reservation for New Years Eve. We had to wait 25 minutes for our table. The waitress, who was not feeling well, did not want to provide any real service, answer questions or help with the menu. The entrees were lukewarm. The desserts were a choice between a liver creme brûlée, the brainchild of an all too clever chef, and a chocolate profiterole. When asked if there was another option by my guest who doesn’t eat liver or chocolate the waitress replied no. It was a much friendlier waitress who managed a profiterole without chocolate. The entire experience was an enormous disappointment. An automatic gratuity was included for what I consider very poor service. I have eaten here twice in the past and had fine experiences both times but I will never go back for prix fixe there again. Last year’s experience at Shakewell was by far better and less expensive.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic night on NYE. Great pre fixe menu and well worth it! Great service at the bar and friendly staff. Much appreciated!