French Bistro Deals in Oakland
Jetting off to Paris on a whim requires deep pockets, a few couture outfits, and the ability to pull off a chic beret. Fortunately, savoring divine French cuisine in Berkeley doesn't require international travel or a wardrobe overhaul. With today's deal from La Rose Bistro, spend $31 (regularly $63) for one appetizer up to $9, two entrées up to $24 each, and one dessert up to $6. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this cozy, sophisticated spot is just moments away from the UC campus, and serves up starters such as French onion soup and pear salad with candied pecans, Parmesan cheese, and maple cider vinaigrette. Main courses range from pan-seared salmon to mussels marinated in a cream, onion, and white wine sauce. Top off your feast with strawberry profiteroles or flourless chocolate cake, and enjoy a real French meal without trading in your A's cap for a beret.
You may be a cooking machine, but that's no reason to move through your kitchen like a ladle-wielding robot. Take a break from tired recipes, and try today's deal from Saavik's Bistro: For $18 (regularly $36), you'll get a prix-fixe chicken dinner. Or, pay $15 (regularly $31) for a prix-fixe vegetarian dinner. Based out of the Guest Chef, a shared culinary space in bustling Rockridge, Saavik's Bistro serves up progressive French-American fusion cuisine created by chef Rhonda R. Wilcox. Enjoy a refreshing spinach salad, then customize your meal: The chicken dinner includes roast chicken with heirloom potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cranberry coulis, plus crème brûlée for dessert; while the meat-free menu includes a grilled vegetable tower (sliced and grilled eggplant, zucchini, and portobello mushrooms in a balsamic vinaigrette) and red velvet cake. Reservations are available Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m., so you can go off autopilot and enter culinary bliss.