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Commis

#63 of 1,125 Restaurants in Oakland
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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: 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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A definite treat

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
suz b
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San Francisco, California
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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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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 - 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?