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3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 653-3902
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Ranked #14 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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41 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Roseville, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The food here is truly a work of art. The chefs take great care to present the dishes as works of art to be enjoyed visually while still tasting delicious. If you are looking for a big meal or looking to be full this may not be the place for you. There are 12 courses but the portions are small... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

One if the most stunning meals our family of four has enjoyed. Didn't miss a beat through 7 perfectly balanced courses. We all loved it.

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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

My wife and I had the $85 set menu with wine pairings for our anniversary. As others have said, it's an experience but we would not return. There were eight courses plus a couple of hors d' oeuvres and a palate float before dessert or cheese. The first four courses were delicious with the wine, however they consisted of one... More

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New York
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Went to Commis after having an unforgettable meal at Meadowood, and would have to say that for the tremendous difference in price between the two, this is a real find! We sat at the Chef's table (highly recommended, only six seats), and watched the team of about six chefs orchestrate the evening meal for everyone - often with the aid... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Enjoyed the chef's table last night. The establishment is set up in a manner that allows the patrons to experience the food preparation. Watching the "attention-to-detail" that goes into each meticulously presented dish ads to the setting. Note to self you DO NOT have to drink all the wine associated w/ each dish. It reminds me of Grant Achatz’s Alinea... More

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