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3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 (Rio Vista)
Nearest Bart Station: Macarthur Taxis are often available outside the station for a quick ride to our restaurant.
(510) 653-3902
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Commis restaurant serves a cuisine driven by modern and classic culinary...
Commis restaurant serves a cuisine driven by modern and classic culinary traditions and is composed of ingredients that are grown, harvested, and foraged from the land that surrounds us. We offer a nightly coursed menu. ***If you or your dining companions have any food allergies, please note them when completing your reservation. Allergies will be accommodated with a spontaneous vegetarian preparation. Thank you for helping us best serve your party. THE CHEF'S COUNTER SEATING OFFERS A FRONT ROW VIEW OF OUR OPEN KITCHEN AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE COUNTER IS MANAGED DIRECTLY BY THE RESTAURANT.
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect for a special occasion

Commis was quite the treat for our first wedding anniversary. When I made the reservation, I mentioned in the special comments section that it was our anniversary. When we arrived at the restaurant, they had a card signed by all of the employees wishing us a happy anniversary! How wonderful of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
Melissa M
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English first
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Commis was quite the treat for our first wedding anniversary. When I made the reservation, I mentioned in the special comments section that it was our anniversary. When we arrived at the restaurant, they had a card signed by all of the employees wishing us a happy anniversary! How wonderful of them. We were placed at the chef's counter, where... More 

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Jakarta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Fancy? Checked. Michelin Star rated? Checked. Expensive? Yes. This establishment serve teeny tiny dishes that will take you into one of those wonderful gastronomic journey, where every plate is a feast for the eyes and the tongue. We really enjoyed our 12 course dinner here, although service could be warmer. If you consider yourself as an experienced foodie then you... More 

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California
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This tiny Michelin starred restaurant is a jewel We have eaten there several times. Always interesting dynamic food. The artichokes were amazing. Loved the halibut and the lamb. Everything was great. The wine guy is fun and found us a great wine. The only hitch was a surly waiter. He was doing us a favor by waiting on us (a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I think I have a new favorite restaurant! To celebrate an important milestone, I took a friend to Commis. We'd heard about it and were intrigued. We dined on a Friday and had a nice table in the front. Get ready for lots of little plates and little bites which will have you thinking. Were arrived at 5:53 and were... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

An email left on their web site garnered no response. We weren't surprised because while the service was very professional, it had a frosty feel with winds up to arrogance. The fixed menu last Friday night was interesting, and we thought, very tasty. The distinguishing items for the three affected of us were some roe on top on one presentation,... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ate here on Nov 15/14 with one other person. We had a 12 course meal, with Montrachet followed by a Willamette Valley Pinot. Every course was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was prompt without being fussy. Portions were small, as is befitting a 12 course meal, five of which involved fish or seafood. The highlight for me was the smoked... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A bit pretentious? Sure. But still, the food flavors do dance in your mouth. Come expecting a high foodie experience: expensive, many courses, tiny portions and delicate flavors to be savored. I wouldn't consider Commis a place for a casual, comfortable dinner on a regular evening. Save this place for a special occasion.

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Oakland CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Commis does nothing wrong, and that's a miracle, because they take real chances. Or maybe not a miracle, but just plain honest skill in the forager and kitchen. We love the fact that we don't have to choose--they offer prix fixe with wines, and we just get to eat and drink, no decisions necessary. We had eleven courses and 10... More 

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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had heard a lot about this restaurant and visited with fiends who also wanted to try this concept. One of our member cannot eat fish, so a slightly different version of some items were prepared and served. Although each item was prepared and served well, I just couldn't understand why we were given 2 very large chunks of bread... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I had a reservation of Friday, September 26th for 4 people. Their reservationist called Wednesday at noon and I told him I was not well and wasn't sure if I could make it but would call back later. He left a number which I called many times, and let it ring 20 times, but no one answered and there was... More 

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Additional Information about Commis

Address: 3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Phone Number: (510) 653-3902
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $31 to $50
Cuisine: French, Spanish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
    (Rio Vista)
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Bart Station: Macarthur Taxis are often available outside the station for a quick ride to our restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: (510) 653-3902

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $31 to $50
  • Cuisine: French, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Commis restaurant serves a cuisine driven by modern and classic culinary traditions and is composed of ingredients that are grown, harvested, and foraged from the land that surrounds us. We offer a nightly coursed menu. ***If you or your dining companions have any food allergies, please note them when completing your reservation. Allergies will be accommodated with a spontaneous vegetarian preparation. Thank you for helping us best serve your party. THE CHEF'S COUNTER SEATING OFFERS A FRONT ROW VIEW OF OUR OPEN KITCHEN AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE COUNTER IS MANAGED DIRECTLY BY THE RESTAURANT.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?