About Christian Michael's Ristorante
A unique downtown dining experience. Located on the corner of Third and Wall Streets in downtown Chico, Christian Michaels prepares California Cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and other seasonal dishes to tempt your palate. Selections include fresh seafood, steak, pasta, salads, desserts, a full bar and an extensive wine selection. Allow us to host your next business luncheon, reception or any other celebration.
Chico, CA 95928
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 6:00pm & 11:00 - 6:00 Fridays; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00pm
Reservation are for "DINNER ONLY" No bar tables or small plate menu reservation.
First come first serve " BAR ONLY"
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Early Dine Chef Dinner is $20 for a 3-course meal served everyday from 5:00pm – 6:00 pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:00pm - 6:00 pm with small plate menu also served in bar all night. Bar food extras include Mama Mia Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays with 25% off all wines. Monthly wine dinners and an extensive wine list with 28 offered by the glass or in flights. Join us to cool off before and after great downtown events including Thursday night farmer’s market and music in the park.
From just appetizers to full service meals we are here to help. Lunch and breakfast drop-offs and set-ups available. Great for pharmaceutical or office meetings. Please contact us for more information.
Street and public parking lot which is metered until 6:00pm only and free on holidays. Plenty of parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Our private banquet room holds up to 31 people and has a full audio and video system.
Private Party Contact:
Kristen Carlos: (530) 864-0421
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners- Come enjoy a six course dinner paired with exquisite wines.If you wish to be added to our wine dinner invitation list you can like us on face book or ask to be added on your reservation in notes.
Christian Michael's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
As usual, the food at Christian Michaels was great. I had a lobster ravioli which was delicious accompanied with a side salad...very tasty. My friends had the filet which they said was cooked perfectly. Our waiter was superb....very helpful and very good!
I'll be back!
Met a friend for lunch at Christian Michaels. My first time there for lunch; her first time there ever. It was a quiet afternoon due to stormy weather, which lended itself well to an extended lunch get-together. Service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some excellent recommendations. He was attentive but not intrusive. The food was beyond our expectations for lunch. Both the bisque (tomato jalapeno) and the salad (charred romaine) were innovative and extremely tasty. The caramel turtle cheesecake was the perfect finish to a very enjoyable lunch experience.
The filet mignon was unfortunately tough. The kitchen agreed with this assessment and removed it from the bill. Everything else was very nice, and the service was outstanding, which isn't always true in other Chico restaurants. I enjoy happy hour at CM's several times a month and will return for dinner again but not for beef.
Menu didn't match website. We selected this restaurant based on vegetarian options but all vegetarian entrees had been removed. Salad description did not match what was served; romaine lettuce is not field greens. Should not include the wine's year on wine list if that is not what is served. We ordered a 2006 but were served a 2009 at the same price.
Thank goodness the waiter was awesone; that is the only thing that saved the evening.
The service and staff at Christian Michael's were excellent. Our waiter was very friendly, helpful, and thorough. We first ordered an appetizer of crab cakes. These were the best crab cakes I have ever had. For the main dish I ordered their Filet Mignon, which featured whipped potatoes, and asparagus. This meal was delicious and everything was spot-on; 5 star for sure. For desert I ordered a slice of caramel and almond New York style cheesecake. I was very surprised with the quality of the cheesecake, and how you could taste every flavor in it. This place definitely deserves a 5 star rating for sure.
We met friends for lunch (birthday lunch). I ordered a cosmopolitan and think it's the best in town. My friends ordered the turkey sandwich and loved it. My mother and I ordered the crab melt on croissant. It was not great, I have to say. I usually love my lunches there but this had more cheese than crab and was kind of a mess - way too much cheese. The service was great - lots of attention when we needed it. This is the first time I had reserved a table using the Open Table reservation system and was impressed. I got immediate feedback and confirmation.
This was a business dinner on Monday night. It was perfect: got a quiet table in a cozy area, the service was not intrusive, the food and presentation exceeded expectations! We had the swordfish that was the special addition to the menu that night. Who knew that "inland" seafood in Chico could be so fabulous?! We come from the Bay Area and thus are self-described snobs when it comes to fresh fish. Both my business colleague and I commented on how moist the fish was, and it was free of those dark spots that are sometimes not well-trimmed from swordfish and have a strong taste. This swordfish was perfectly trimmed (all-white center cuts), and the flavor was superbly fresh. Our thanks go to the kitchen staff for this! The fish was topped with a sweet-tart chili glaze (Southeast Asian style), and was presented on steamed bok choy and mashed potatoes. California comfort food! Yum. Our chardonnay by the glass, though not any well-known name brand, was the perfect companion to the dish. I don't ever write restaurant reviews, but I do often appreciate and benefit from the reviews of others. So, it is time to repay some gratitude for the effort that other diners make in sharing their experiences. I also think it's important to support the work of those in the restaurant business who are doing a good job. Thank you to everyone at Christian Michael's for making the road trip of a business traveler a bit more comfortable.
My friends and family gathered at Christian Michael's for their Sunday brunch. Bottomless champagne is only a $4 addition when you order an entree. This was a great deal for the champagne lovers in my family. I ordered the breakfast pizza and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is a unique dish and it was the largest of all the breakfasts at the table. I had plenty of leftovers! Other people at our table were slightly disappointed with the smaller portion size; however, everyone was pleased with the quality of the food. I wish they served brunch on other days besides Sunday! Thanks to Open Table, we were able to reserve a table for 10 and enjoy our own private room. This is truly a hidden gem as far as brunches in Chico go.
I'm always pleased with my experience at Christian Michael's. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. This time there were not very many people so it was nice and quiet, until the baby that someone brought started crying loudly. Who brings a baby to this kind of restaurant? Thankfully we were able to ignore it for the most part. Otherwise, another very pleasant and romantic dining experience.
Good is consistently good, with a few exceptions. Lose the charred lettuce salad! Wine list could be better. BYOB if you want exceptional wine with meal. A true "table cloth" setting with great décor and window seating. Bar is lively, and there is private room for large groups. Would like to see more "specials." How about a tasting menu? Great spot overall.
Food was well prepared with creative sides such as polenta, and different types of mashed potatoes. Portions were large and cooked to perfection. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was cheerful, efficient, and assured everyone was well taken care of. Atmosphere was elegant yet relaxed, lively but not too loud. Excellent playlist for background music. All of us enjoyed our food and the evening.
Usually food is fabulous at CM.
On this night it was quite average. Large 2 inch lumps in the mashed potato. Very little sauce on the filet. Other diners next to us were offered "specials" we were not offered. The hostess tried to seat us in the banquet room instead of regular dining....which we of course declined. I think they just had an "off" night.
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