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La Mere Michelle

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14467 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6093 (3 rd Street)
408-867-5272
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Quiet family-owned French restaurant with fine food in the heart of Saratoga

This family-owned French restaurant is quiet and charming with excellent food, especially the sauces. The owner, a French Canadian woman who is a bit of a character, greets guests as if they were coming to her home. Her son is the chef and her daughter Barbara is one of the people who waits on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
wandaross
Good for:
  • Romantic
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  • Italian first
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English first
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This family-owned French restaurant is quiet and charming with excellent food, especially the sauces. The owner, a French Canadian woman who is a bit of a character, greets guests as if they were coming to her home. Her son is the chef and her daughter Barbara is one of the people who waits on the tables. The menu has a... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant as we stopped for lunch on our way back from a trip... Michelle, the owner was very pleasant and greeted us warmly and came to check on us multiple times. The food was great (among the best meals we ahve had in a while).. and the service was top notch.. Our server was very friendly... More 

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bay area
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I go to Saratoga to visit family and get haircuts every couple of months. Every time we go, our favorite stop is La Mere Michelle. This is a place to go when you want to take your time and have a great meal. We've only been for lunch, so I'm not sure what dinner is like. The... More 

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CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had lunch at La Mere Michelle. They weren't busy, but it took a long time to have our order taken and more than 30 minutes for our sandwiches to arrive, which was a bit off-putting. The decor is a bit dated, but has a comfortable charm. The food was good. I had a chicken club sandwich which was made... More 

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Almere
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Not the best steak I've ever eaten (it contained a few nerves), not a really cheap place, but an oasis of service. After tip hunting waiters eager to drop the check on our table, La Mere Michelle was a great place to be. Our waitress knew how to keep enough distance, yet serve us very well. An when it was... More 

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Truckee, California
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This place has been there forever and I've eaten there a few times. Each time I go I don't feel ripped off but I am underwhelmed. The folks are really nice and the service is good but the food is average. We had steak and lobster. The steak was good, the lobster was average, a little tough and soaked in... More 

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Austin, Texas
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76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Run down and tired. Great carrots though, but not sure the fish was as fresh as the price was. Dessert had sat around a bit.

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Cozumel, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The restaurant has been in Saratoga since the early 70s and is family run. Very excellent French cusine

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Saratoga, California
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Pros: - greeted warmly by hostess Michelle and by waitress - outstanding buttery Shiitake mushrooms with fresh prawns - well executed grilled salmon and chicken breast with mushroom risotto dishes, each coming with wonderful spinach souffle - affordable wine list with strong European emphasis - faded but nice ambience was a warm throwback forty years ago to the French restaurants... More 

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Better onion soup than Paris or Montreal - and I mean it! My husband tries it everywhere and in 3 trips to the City of Light, he has never had such a good bowl of this soup. Other menu items were excellent, including all homemade desserts (ice cream too). Yes, it is a bit pricey, especially for lunch. But the... More 

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Additional Information about La Mere Michelle

Address: 14467 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6093
Phone Number: 408-867-5272
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $40 to $40
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14467 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6093
    (3 rd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
  • Phone Number: 408-867-5272

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $40 to $40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?