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La Mere Michelle, Saratoga, CA

La Mere Michelle

4.5
4.5
424 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
  • Charming
  • Romantic
  • Good for special occasions
Since 1972, this charming upscale French restaurant has an atmosphere of a private home throughout. Located in the heart of fashionable Saratoga, it has been owned and operated by the Masek family almost four decades!
Renowned for its attention to service and excellent cuisine, la Mère Michelle is a superb combination of traditional ambiance with every modern amenity. Each dining area is decorated in a different style to give an overall impression of comfort and refinement.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Continental
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 867-5272
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Marc Andre Masek
  • Private party facilities
    We have several rooms to accommodate functions from 25 to 125 + persons. We are well known for exquisite weddings, rehearsal, corporate functions, meetings etc.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Masek: (408) 867-5272
  • Neighborhood
    Saratoga
  • Cross street
    3 rd Street
  • Parking details
    Parking along side of and behind our building 200+ free spaces
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 424 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

417 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, very attentive service. But I couldn't figure out why we were the ONLY people in the whole place on a Friday evening. My memory of the place from the past was that it was busy.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to grab dinner with friends and enjoy good selection of local wines

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  3. JohnF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the food was original, creative, and wonderful! The sautéed mixed mushrooms and the potato leek soup were both amazing. The service was outstanding. The gentleman that took care of us was so pleasant and very attentive. The atmosphere and the open air wall was very nice on the warm day we went. Definitely a special experience!

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  4. DavidL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I like this place a lot, not crowded, and everything I have ever ordered their , has been very good. Rack of Lamb was tasty.

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  5. Rick

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waiter was very good - attentive and sensitive to our time constraints - but the food was well below our expectations. Onion soup had an overwhelming flavor of vinegar - bizarre. Would not recommend.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    That’s a traditional restaurant. The food is too common, below average what makes the restaurant overpriced.

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  7. KenP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made reservations to celebrate Valentine's Day at this restaurant, but we left after: 1) The greeter did not look at us or welcome us when we checked in; 2) The room smelled musty; 3) The chairs were creaky; 4) We waited 10 minutes but to no avail for a waiter to come by to go over the menu, offer us water and bread, etc. In fact, one waiter cleared a table next to ours without even acknowledging our presence or saying something like, "I'll be with you shortly." Bear in mind that the restaurant was charging $125 per person for this special dinner, before tax and tip and excluding any drinks. For that much money, we expect much better service.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. KeithK

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Never Again! Our Valentine’s Day dinner at La Mere Michelle was without question one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. When we arrived, the restaurant was nearly empty, and although we were seated promptly, there were no menus on our table even though it was a prefix meal. We had to request menus, water, and bread for the table. I asked for a wine list but after waiting 10 minutes I hunted one down on my own. We both had the Caesar salad, which was at best unmemorable. I had the “rack of lamb“ which, although cooked well the flavor was nothing special. The side of scalloped potatoes had no flavor, and both the green beans and carrots were so overcooked that when we put our forks into them , they slumped over and fell off the fork. My girlfriend had the shrimp with butter and lemon sauce and it was served literally swimming in the sauce which also had very little flavor. The scallop potatoes and vegetables on her plate were exactly the same as mine. For dessert, she ordered the “chocolate cake” which actually was more of a chocolate tart that clearly had only recently been removed from the freezer . Not only was it nearly frozen in the center of the slice it also had ice crystals and melted ice crystals on top of it …think drops of water…I had the cheesecake which was probably the most flavorful dish of the entire meal, but even that was served on a plate that was hot, as it had just come out of the dishwasher. Not what I would expect with a dessert that is serve chilled or at room temperature. Our server seemed overworked and stressed out, and every time he came by the table the poor man was barely able to speak above a whisper as if he was out of breath. At this point the restaurant was less than 50% full. When I asked for the check I noticed that we had been charged for a third glass of wine. I pointed this out to our server and he corrected the error. At $125 per person this meal and experience was a major disappointment.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed. Our server was wonderful. The French onion soup was terrible. The broth had too much sherry. Couldn’t eat it. I ordered Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Sauce had no mushrooms in sauce. There were some sliced mushrooms on top. Sauce tasted like flour. The other dish, Duck was smothered with a sauce that had strong pepper and or cloves. Couldn’t eat that dish either. Even the app Brie with apricot sauce was smothered with sauce and couldn’t taste the Brie much. We were so exited to dine there, but regret that we did. Again, the server was very nice and apologetic about the food. Won’t be back.

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  10. Lovemegoodfood

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This classic restaurant is such a treat. The food is amazing! The service is friendly and attentive. A must try. Yes, the place is dated, but it is part of the charm. The Wei we schnitzel is the best I have ever had!

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FAQs

La Mere Michelle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 867-5272.

La Mere Michelle is rated 4.5 stars by 424 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Mere Michelle

14467 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Additional information

  • Cross street
    3 rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Saratoga
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Continental
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking along side of and behind our building 200+ free spaces
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marc Andre Masek
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 867-5272
  • Private party facilities
    We have several rooms to accommodate functions from 25 to 125 + persons. We are well known for exquisite weddings, rehearsal, corporate functions, meetings etc.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Masek: (408) 867-5272
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