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Commis

3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 653-3902
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Ranked #35 of 1,068 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: French, Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rio Vista
Transit: Nearest Bart Station: Macarthur Taxis are often available outside the station for a quick ride to our restaurant.
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.
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English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Darien, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Nice decor, low light, low volume music so that it is easy to carry a conversation. Ample space between the tables. Tasting menu only, with or without wine pairings. That is what I like best as you get to eat what the chef really wants to cook. Menu changes frequently, so no printed menu. A bit of an issue when... More

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Natick, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Pricy but worth it. It is a prix fixee menu so your ordering option is whether you want to add the wine sampler or order your own. Each course is prepared separately and can be modified for food allergies. The food is excellent; each dish is like a piece of jewelry on display. There is little time wasted between courses... More

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Alameda, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Eating at Commis was such an experience! They take food, wine & service to another level of dining. Few restaurants are at this level. Very creative, beautifully presented food. Might seem expensive but it's well worth the money to have this type of dining experience & food. Everyone there performed at the highest level of service. The sommelier was so... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Flavors, presentation, service were perfect. Ingredients were interesting and fresh. Nothing overworked. Sat at the chef counter and ended up having 11 courses! Such fun!!

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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Very refined food. Beautiful presentation. Excellent service. A very special meal. Not cheap but surely a place we will come back to for special occasions.

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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

we both thought all of the 9 or 10 courses were very good to excellent. a lot of imagination shown. very small restaurant with ok atmosphere. prix fixe set menu is $95.very professional service. first rate sommelier with a good wine list for such a small place.$25 corkage. count on 3 hours. the criticism made by other reviewers about quantity... More

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berkeley, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This place reaches a whole new level of pretension. Our extravagant gift certificate afforded us 10 courses and left us hungry at the end. We are used to foodie restaurants, but this isn't so much a restaurant as it is a place of worship: you're expected to treat the food with reverence. You can eat it, too, of course, but... More

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Miami, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My girlfriend and I ate here for our anniversary. We sat at the counter and watched the chefs work. Extremely professional and clean. Everything was seasoned properly and I thought the wine pairings complemented the food well. I have to mention the soft cooked egg yolk with potato and caviar, because I'll never forget it. The tasting menu, which is... More

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Oakland, CA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Commis only has about 6 tables. You have to reserve a while in advance. They only offer a multi-course prix fix menu. They will substitute for preference and allergy, but that is it. They avoid the most absurd "molecular" nonsense in favor of excellent ingredients creatively and well prepared. The beverage pairings are thoughtful, and unusual. This is an excellent... More

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