James Syhabout at Commis


James Syhabout is the chef/co-owner of Commis and Old Kan Beer & Co. He is the the only chef in Oakland with a Michelin-star restaurant — first learned about food, taught by his mom in the language of refugees, in a culture of kin related by circumstance. His food relies on quiet gestures: the subtle juiciness of chervil stems in a pork dish, or the gilded scent of caramelized onion in a savory financier cookie.


  • One Star (Commis)
    Michelin Guide
  • Nominee for Best Chef: West
    James Beard Foundation
  • 10 Best New Restaurants (Commis)
    GQ Magazine
  • Four Stars (Commis)
    San Francisco magazine
  • Best New Chefs
    Food & Wine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

My Restaurants

  • Commis
    3859 Piedmont Ave
    Oakland, CA

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef James Syhabout reviews  at post.venue.name
"For a snack lies a single snap pea coated in pistachio oil with Comté cheese."
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Chef James Syhabout reviews  at post.venue.name
"Spring flounder salted with laurel bay blossoms, elderflower vinegar and safflower oil. #atthepass #springtime"
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Chef James Syhabout reviews  at post.venue.name
"Pork jowl cured then grilled directly on embers, oats braised with mustard and maple. #atthepass"
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From My Menu

Chef Bridget Batson reviews Duck with figs at Commis
$$$ | Modern, | American
1 Review
"This was a great tasting menu. My favorite course from Commis was the duck with figs and roasting juices with lemon verbena and vinegar."
Chef Ross Wunderlich reviews Tasting menu at Commis
$$$ | Modern, | American
3 Reviews
" I've gone a handful of times and the food is always executed perfectly and the service is flawless."

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