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Commis

#55 of 1,047 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611-5378 (Rio Vista)
(510) 653-3902
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Oakland, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Limited menu and annoying East Bay service. If you can get past the typical hipster vibe, the food is quite good.

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Thank wfmjoe
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well deserved Michelin star for this tiny but awesome "hole in the wall" culinary experience. Had the tasting menu with two friends and was rather blown away. Thank you!

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Thank Joachim K
Glendale, California
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a city with already some great eats, this is the epitome of dinning: a true arkenstone in a hill of gems. I could easily start this review, like most for this establishment, with a colorful phrase like... "it was an array of sensual delights culminating into culinary masterpieces"... but i won't. Let me just break it down to what... More 

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Thank JennyDLC
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

Went for dinner. Did not know what to expect. A Michelin starred restaurant in Oakland? Well, I was not disappointed. Eight taster menu bites. Each one better than the last. My friends and I actually stopped talking when tasting the smoked vanilla chocolate truffle! One bite, and we looked at each other! To die for! It's a very small restaurant,... More 

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Thank Marcella M
Ile-de-France, France
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

Very professional service and great food. Each single presentation was a real piece of art so delicate and beautiful and then arrives the second surprise, the taste ... all so delightful and tastefully creative. The wine was good. It is an unforgettable great experience. I would have maybe expected a much nicer space for a two stars restaurant ... It... More 

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Thank crisletti
Menlo Park, CA
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180 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

So, we went to Commis in Oakland for a joint birthday celebration. This is a two-Michelin-star restaurant which features an 8-course small-plate dinner. French-style cuisine with a strongly Japanese influence. Like a kaiseki place with European service order. This place is fantastic. At the same level of quality as Le Bernardin in NY (our other fave), I would say, but... More 

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Thank wobbs1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I visited Commis on Saturday evening with my long-time dining partner. I had done my research on the location so I knew pretty much what to expect. I had read another review about the food being salty. I knew the portions would be small. I guess I expected greatness to go along with the two Michelin stars...I did not experience... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I think people in Bay Area are getting very little for their money when it comes to great gourmet food. Like most of the new trend of "innovative" restaurants in Bay Area, Commis is trying too hard and offering too little in return. $500 final bill for two with wine paring is not cheap especially considering the wines were not... More 

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Thank Wei H
Dublin, California
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363 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I had quite gone off tasting menus after a dinner that stretched to a painful almost 4 hours, but our dinner at Commis was proof that when well done, tasting menus can be amazingly good. Commis called about a week prior to our reservation to reconfirm our appointment and to check if there were any allergies. I shared that my... More 

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Hong Kong
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165 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Visited in a group for dinner Commis is located on Piedmont in Oakland, on a strip of road peppered with various restaurants/bars frequented by the working neighborhood. Physically, it is tiny venue--a rectangular space featuring a small "open kitchen" of sorts in the middle where I believe they do some finishing work and plating. I am doubtful the restaurant can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Cuisine
French
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611-5378
    (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
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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