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3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 653-3902
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Ranked #39 of 1,075 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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
Houston, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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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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Darien, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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 - 50
Cuisine: French, Spanish

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