French chefs have a flair for the dramatic that compels them to set their desserts on fire and slice their croissants with guillotines. Execute caution with this Groupon.
- $15 for $30 worth of French cuisine for dinner
- See the menu.
A single weathervane squeaks as it sways in the breeze atop a peaked roof. Below it, a building dating back to 1948 houses Montclair Bistro amid fieldstone and brick pathways created in french provincial style. At 7 years old, future chef and owner Henry Vortriede began his cooking career by thumbing through culinary magazines and preparing meals for his family of eight. After going on to earn diplomas in food and wine at Le Cordon Bleu and L'Académie du Vin in Paris, France, he honed his skills as a chef in several French restaurants and created chocolate art showpieces at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.
Today, as owner and chef at Montclair Bistro, Vortriede draws on his culinary background to create a rotating menu that includes organic chicken scaloppini sourced from Petaluma Farms, duck-and-wild-mushroom quesadillas with brown-butter chestnuts, and thick, double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes. Another menu of brunch fare combines traditional favorites such as scrambled eggs with black truffle and eggs benedict with lobster cake.
Vortriede's taste is on display not only on plates but also on the restaurant’s walls, where elegant painted canvases hang. Two hundred bottles of wine stand nearby on storage racks inside walk-in glass covered with the pressed noses of oenophiles. The decor, which includes dark carpeting and dark chairs, white-linen-covered tables, and flickering candles, helped earn the restaurant OpenTable's 2012 Diners' Choice award for romantic restaurant in East Bay.
“Call before going as the times were sporadic. ”
“The food is consistently excellent. The seating is comfortable, including outdoor tables when the weather permits. Ranges are good for vegetarian dishes as well as...”
“The food is consistently excellent. The seating is comfortable, including outdoor tables when the weather permits. Ranges are good for vegetarian dishes as well as meat-based entrées and salads even. The staff couldn't be more attentive, even when they are managing many tables. There is street parking after six for free;also there is meter-based parking immediately adjacent to the building at night. The neighborhood is safe as any neighborhood in Oakland could be. And it is amazing that they have somehow allowed for acoustics that permit you to hear six people at your table.I highly endorse this restaurant.”
“The pumpkin soup was to die for!”
6118 Medau Pl
Oakland, California 94611