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

From My Menu

Chef Bridget Batson reviews Duck with figs at Commis
$$$ | Modern | American
"This was a great tasting menu. My favorite course from Commis was the duck with figs and roasting juices with lemon verbena and vinegar."
Chef James Syhabout reviews Fries with cheese, ham, scallion relish, and cornichons at Old Kan Beer & Co.
$$ | Pub/Gastropub | Full Bar | American
"Kan-nibal Style Fries are topped with melted pimento cheese, pulled smoked ham hocks, charred scallion relish with cornichons. On the menu and a signature @oldkanbeer #goforoldkanbeer #playingdirty #dirtybutsogood #craftbeer #oaklandeats #guiltypleasure #iwilleatthat"
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