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
We have always wanted to try Michel, and last Saturday night we did. I like restaurants that let you pace the meal and talk with friends....no rush. We started with the cheese board and a nice Pinot. Our sever was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list, which is nice. Ordered mains, another bottle of Pinot, mussels, swordfish, lamb burger all good. Desserts where amazing...the brownie is a must, and I don't usually eat dessert. Overall, great place for a date or meeting with freinds. Not pretentious, just comfortable. Owner came over and talked to us, server really cared if we were having a good time. Our four top all agreed we'd be back!
A foodie friend recommended Michel's Bistro and we were able to snag a table at the last minute. We started with cocktails, avocado salad and bone marrow, followed by the lamb burger and pork cheeks, ending with creme brule. Felt like we were in Montreal or France with the exposed brick, quick service, beautiful dishes, even a french-speaking waiter (Canadian but still french!). The only issue was the parking, I'll take a lyft/uber/taxi next time. Will have a second cocktail too, esp if we take a cab :) We will be back. Really good spot.
For our weekly date night, my husband I decided on Michel. This has been on my list of restaurants to try so I figured, "Why not?" Normally, I would try to avoid this part of Oakland as I find parking to be very difficult and my husband tends not to be the most patient when it comes to looking for parking. However, the starts were aligned and we found a rockstar spot right at the end of the block. The bistro is small but open, giving it a spacious feel. The big windows at the front bring in lots of natural light which made it very pleasant. Our server was very nice and helpful with the menu. I did have to enquire about the happy hour menu as it was not listed on the regular menu or given as a separate menu. My husband was thankful as he took advantage by ordering the 3-course happy hour menu for $30 which includes a glass of wine, while I ordered the swordfish off the regular menu as well as a cheese plate to share. The vichyssoise was delicious -- fresh, light, and flavorful. The cheese plate was delicious -- creamy cheeses and a tasty chutney. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his lamb burger -- "One of the tastiest burgers," he said. My swordfish was a bit on the fishy side but still enjoyable. We ended our meal sharing my husband's 3rd course: crime brûlée -- a perfect end. We ordered way too much food but enjoyed every morsel.
The food was not as outstanding as it used to be. We used to love this place. It was authentic French. But something has changed and it's not nearly as good.
The service was pretty mediocre. And the music was weird.
I don't think we will be coming back. Shame. Used to be one of our favorite places.
I love this restaurant. First time I've been back since they changed ownership. Food is same delicious preparations , wine list is very good, atmosphere is comfortable and lovely. One notable difference is the reduced portion size: smaller amount of pomme frites, cheese board is 1/2 the potion size and one can no longer choose the selections. Still enjoyed the dinner and love that there is such a high quality restaurant in my neighborhood.
This was our first time at Michel's, we were lucky enough to secure a brunch table on mother's day. The food was outstanding, I highly recommend the lamb burger and trout scramble. My friends had the pork cheeks and while I didn't try it myself, they pretty muck licked the plate clean. Pleasant music, lighting, high-ceilings, exposed brick, hearty tables and excellent service lent to an overall delightful experience. We will be back!
I've been here many times before. Never been disappointed like this.
This was mainly a food issue.
It did take too long to receive our food.
This places menu changes, but usually has something outstanding. From Cassoulete, to pork chop, fish (though I was recently disappointed by dry trout), or chicken confit. So we ordered 3 entrees to see what's new.
Arugula fettuccine was nice, and easily the best thing of the night after the olive tapenade spread. Though they should've added more noodles there. Many vegetarian dishes try to compensate. They clearly weren't concerned with that.
Butter poached chicken. I love poached things, but this texture sucked, and it looked old sweaty chicken. Almost inedible.
Leg of lamb. Had decent taste. Definitely wasn't the portion I expected. Also pretty tough. Hard to cut.
After a $100 meal, I was sad I didn't order burgers and fries.
The restaurant had a power outage that afternoon, so they were running behind. That said, the food is not as good as it used to be. Most dishes were too vinegary, especially the pasta. Our first server (an older woman with a French accent) was very rude and seemed incompetent. Fortunately an American server took over and things got better.
MICHEL BISTRO IS BLESSED WITH TWO TALENTED CHEFS.
They continually innovate yet are grounded in terrific techniques. They really care about the presentation, concept and taste. Super high quality ingredients. the ONLY thing I would take note of; it should NOT lead anyone to expect traditional bistro fare. No Moules Frites, butter leaf/blue cheese salads/French onion soup...
It should just be called
"a really bomb restaurant"
Service very good-knowledgeable waiter-knew about the food and the wine. Definitely a place where you could repeated return and continue to be delighted and surprised by the food.
The quality of the food and wine was very good, but the service was more than mildly indifferent and we waited the better part of an hour for our entrees after the chef messed up an appetizer that had an unusually long preparation time. They comped us dessert, but by then we should have gotten the whole meal for free.
We need a refund.
Went for my boyfriend's birthday dinner.
I asked the waitress if she could do anything to celebrate his birthday, she said if we ordered dessert she would put a candle on it and bring out champaign.
I thought ok, so want me to buy more from you, that's fine, it's a special occasion.
So I bought the dessert, which is $11.
Then it came out to be a tiny piece of chocolate.
She put a candle on it like she said she would, but she never brought out the champaign.
30 minutes later, my boyfriend told me that he wasn't feeling well in his stomach.
I immediately connected that to the mussels he had at the restaurant.
I demand a refund of the whole amount. I felt cheated, I'd never go back to this place.
This was our first time here and we truly enjoyed it! They had a wonderful brunch for Easter Sunday. The lamb burger with fries was exactly what I wanted and my husband ordered the pork belly which he really enjoyed. I would definitely go back to try the other interesting items on the menu. Thank you for the enjoyable Easter Sunday!
Amazing dinner. We are happy with a restaurant when the majority of the dishes are good, but were blown away that every single dish was not only delicious but beautiful. Truly an outstanding soup of the day - we were all jealous of the person who ordered this - that exceeded the description. Calamari salad was almost too pretty to eat...but every bite was devoured. Mussels, lamb, pasta - perfect. And the little drops of passion fruit with the chocolate and toasted hazelnuts topped it all off. We are making excuses to be back in the area to eat there again.
Love to come hear and taste what the chefs have been creating which changes enough to come every few weeks and try something new. The staff was amazing last night. Stand outs lady night were the squid and avocado salads. Desserts were dreamy and so creative. Great dinner.
Service was inattentive and slow
We're seated at 7:40, entree arrived at 9pm.
Had lost my appetite by then.
Wait person never came over to say anything, offer explanation or anything. He was busy chatting with a friend at the bar.
Salad was very good fish was covered in fancy sauce, not my taste in eating.
Seems very disorganized there both in front as well as in the kitchen.
Was not full so I still don't understand the one hour wait between courses
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