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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

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Business Meals (7)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Fantastic food, great ambiance and amazing service. Gem of a spot for special event or a casual evening dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Loved it! Will be back for sure!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Liked the lamb best but it was served lukewarm. Cocktails arrived after food. Pommes dauphine ok. Service friendly but disorganized.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our Sunday night meal was excellent and my wife is still talking about so thanks for making me look good.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

I love Michel. Never disappoints! Nice atmosphere , friendly service, good food and wines cocktails, authentic French, plus some twist.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

The good is delicious, though the menu does not change often. Some of the dishes
have been there forever. I have been to France and Michel's food is far superior
to anything I had to eat in Paris. When crowded it's very house.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Menu always interesting and different, love the place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Leg of lamb was excellent

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Just had our first anniversary there. The service was on point and chef Brian Starky can compose a dish. The Avocado salad was great with avocado complimenting the bitter greens and dates. Can't wait to come back to try his other creations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Absolute disappointment

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 4, 2017

I'm not sure what happened since our last visit a few months ago, but something changed. Our service was outstanding from Amanda, but the food didn't measure up.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Been to Michels many times and plan to go back just as many times I have been

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Delicious creative food in beautiful setting. I would have liked to try every last thing on the menu! I'll definitely be back for sweetbreads and bone marrow. Olive oil cake for dessert was ethereal and delicious

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

One of my favorite spots in Oakland for dinner and brunch. The lamb burger is melt in your mouth delicious goodness! I always leave happy!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great service and food!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on April 16, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

First time at Michel for brunch and it met all our expectations. The creativity and flavor party that arrived with each dish was amazing. There is so much thought behind the food at Michel and it literally tastes as beautiful as it looks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My daughter and I really had nice time. Service was good and friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Very good service at the bar. Pretty good food but not spectacular.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

It's just a lovely place to get excellent quality food with layers upon layers of flavor. Worth every penny.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The food especially the appetizers were outstanding. Very imaginative combinations of food types were served. Both the ambiance and the service were quite satisfactory for a casual restaurant. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Delicious French meals done very well and with flair

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Just as delicious as it was under the prior ownership.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The kitchen was slow. It took almost an hour to get our food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Thr meal was very enjoyable and creative. We would certainly recommend to our friends. Good ambience.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Best Lamb Burger Ever!
Thank you for Having Perrin!
Fries done to perfection!
Best service+hostess..Professional!
Love everything we come!

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