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  • Address:
    42 Columbus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Bask Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.BASKSF.COM
  • Phone: (415) 392-2275
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: M-W 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Th-Sa 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Basque, French, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Suzanne Cot
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: November 17th: Singer Carol PETERSON
    November 24th: Spanish flavor finger style guitar with John CLARKE

    December 1st: Spanish flavor finger style guitar with John CLARKE
    December 9th: BASK in Flamenco special event $15 at the door, cash only
    December 15th: Spanish flavor finger style guitar with John CLARKE

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 2 public parking on Columbus street, closer to the restaurant
A word from Bask
Bask restaurant welcomes from Monday to Saturday, lunch (Monday through Friday) and dinner (Monday through Saturday). We specialize in dishes passed down from authentic chefs of the Basque country and feature a happy hour of daily prepared pinxtos spread across our bar. The drink menu offers carefully chosen wines from France and Spain, small production domestic selections, along with house made red and white sangria. We invite you to come pair your choice of wine or sangria with any of our specialties - Squid cooked in it"s own ink, Roasted Lamb Shanks, Paella Royale, Grilled Cod Filet, or the Basque Burger - among many others. But, save room for dessert; the Euskal Pastela (Basque Cake) is not to be missed.

We also offer a large selection of gluten free dishes.
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Diner Reviews
  • "First and foremost our waiter, Cesar, was awesome. Second, a great date night or night out with friends. The dinner special is great for sharing. Order a few more tapas beyond the special and share the main and dessert and you're set. Great food!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The first two tapas we ordered were winners (white beans & meatballs). The crab and cod croquettes were horrible as was the lemon tart. I suspect they were relying on an outside vendor for frozen goods. We were excited by the restaurant concept but sadly will not return. Fortunately, SF has great alternative for tapas."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening at dinner with my brother and his family (they were visiting form NY). Attentive wait staff. We started with beef & lamb meatballs, crab croquette, cod cakes, and white bean tapas dishes for our appetizer. They were great. Even better were our entres - grilled king salmon, grilled angus ribeye marrow bone, and black seafood paella. My niece and I had perfectly cooked salmon - the accompanying vegetables and wild rice were delicious. My sister-in-law and nephew both had the angus ribeye and were delighted with it. My brother thoroughly enjoyed his black seafood paella. Bask is a great neighborhood gem. Check it out. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Really underwhelmed. It's billed as a Basque/Spanish tapas bar, but very few of the tapas seemed to have anything to do with that region. It was also fairly salty."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times. Every time it has been wonderful. The service is great too. The tapas are my favorite we have almost tried them all. The lamb shank and paella are outstanding."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Not much to say. Food was horrible and overpriced. Will never go again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Bask is a lively tapas restaurant which tries hard but doesn't always deliver. Service was friendly but erratic. We had too many different servers and twice were brought things we did not order. In general the tapas were good--stand outs were the cod & cheese stuffed peppers and the meatballs. The tortilla was only so-so. The paella was fine. Portions are very big. For dessert we had the flan and the gateau basque. The flan was fine (not a rave) but the cake was terrible. The crust was like cardboard and the almond filling overly sweet with no cherries. The waiter had highly recommended this dessert so it was a big disappointment."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was not a good restraurant The food was marginal."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A fun find in San Francisco as we looked for Gluten Free dining options. Felt like we were back in Spain with the Tapas. Enjoyed the goat cheese with honey, and artichoke heart but found the beef tongue somewhat lackluster. The Paella and Halibut were very nice. The creme brulee was overdone with the sugar topping burned. Affordable with a nice wine list,will return to try more on the menu."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "4 of us visited Bask for Dine About Town and we had mixed feelings overall. Our server was informative and attentive. Our food arrived in a timely manner, but dishes were under salted, underwhelming, or even inedible. Veal sweetbreads - great flavor, but should not have chopped them up and left them intact to preserve their delicate texture. Jamon Platter - decent flavor, tough texture. Not spectacular for the price. Paella - probably our favorite dish of the night, but a little greasy. Veal Shank - good idea, but under salted. Ribeye Steak - small portion for the price. Almond Cake - better used as a frisbee. Flan - spongy, unpleasant texture. Churros - best dessert. Too inconsistent to visit again, sorry."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had both of the paella main courses & about 5 or 6 tapas (party of 3). Tapas: anchovies, excellent; pimientos del padron, tongue, goat surprise, ok; ham croquettes, dull. Black seafood paella, ok; paella royale, dull. Wine by the glass choices limited but quite acceptable. We're locals & have tried anything even remotely Spanish or Basque in the Bay Area. Thus we would not return here because it simply isn't interesting enough & there are better options. However waitfolks were terrifically pleasant and rushing about to do whatever at all moments plus fortunately for us (not for Bask) on a weekday night the place was way less than half-full so the noise level was fine. I do think Bask probably needs valet parking to attract some folks."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I went to Bask for lunch with a friend and I was very impressed with everything! We sat outside as it was a glorious day and the food and wine was perfect! I recommend that you start with the Squid in Squid Ink tapa, so good! We both ordered a salad and they were the flavorful salads. I drank a delicious white wine from the Basque region (it is a Basque restaurant after all!), while my friend drank a red from the same area. A note on the service: it was exceptional! Granted, we were there in the afternoon and it wasn't particularly busy, but the waiter and the owner who served us were most attentive. They were always around at the right times and timed our courses just right. In all, I will return very soon and recommend it highly!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I can't wait to come back and try their happy hour!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a good dining experiance. Serivce was great the waitress was REALLY friendly but towards the end no where to be found. BUT I really really really LOVED their white sangria!!!! it was SO delicious!!!! We should of just order a pitcher!!! Some of the food was a let down. The octopus tapas sounded great but the octopus had no taste what-so-ever. A little salt would of been great instead of burned onions and bell pepper's. The seafood Paella wasn't what expected, rice didn't have that burned bottom that i wanted so bad! It also seemed like it was rushed. Dessert was great I always wanted to try churro's with the hot THICK chocolate dip!! It was to die for!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My friend and I split the Paella Royale, which was large enough for two and delicious. Perhaps the best paella I've had in SF. Large party in the bar area was noisy, and the hostess came to our table and apologized for the noise. Restaurant was much quieter after the left. Good restaurant for a date."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our first time to Bask and we didn't know of anyone who had previously dined here. We had a Fantastic experience, the Tapas, service, quality and proportions of food were very very good. The calamari, the fritata, and the cold cut plates were above average. We would definitely recommend this restaurant as we will return. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I was in town on business and this was close to my hotel. Read it had good reviews so gave it a try. Straightforward tapas selection and good wine choices. Friendly staff definitely give it a try."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Bask was fabulous. Great small plates that had enough food for 4people to share each one. Loved the meatballs and warm cheese with pistachios and carmelized onions. Great service too by Cesar our waiter. I'll definitely return."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "A friend and I could not get into a restaurant of choice so we used Open Table to find an alternate place within walking distance. We were excited to try Bask as we are fans of tapas menus. Unfortunately the vegetarian options were almost non-existent and what was available was not good. A tortilla with eggs that was breaded and fried....no bueno. Potato wedges with some supposedly spicy sauce....no bueno. The one saving grace was a burger for me that was decent. We will not be back but hope our experience was no representative of the food available from this neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I like the food here quite a bit, and the service is generally friendly. Still, something feels missing from this place. Maybe the energy in that it has been slow most times that I have been in. That said, this is a great place for friends to enjoy food and a drink on the way out for the night."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We went to Bask for lunch with a group of ten people and had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly and everything we ate was very delicious. Must try the sangria, avocado surprise salad, roasted mushrooms and the camembert. I just wish they had the paellas on the lunch menu."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "One of the things I love about Tapas is that they are cheap so you can try lots of different plates - while the menu is a little expensive, their Tapas Tuesday special allows you to try a select set of tapas for $6 each. All were really yummy, especially the Filo Cheese! Many wines from Spain and California, also allow you to bring your own bottle for a $15 corkage fee."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was variable in quality and flavours. Some dishes - charcuterie plate for example - were very good with solid spanish flavours but others - as in spanish tortilla - were rather bland. The location was convenient as we were staying close by. Service was thin and patchy as the restaurant was busy with walk-ins and impacted by the build up to St. Paddy's Day. Given the wealth of wonderful spanish wine we rather disappointed by the mediocre wine list although the pricing system - mostly the same price - was simple."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "we had tons of fun! we had a large group and Bask was wonderful in accommodating us and our last minute changes. we went on a rare warm night in san francisco, so with the doors open, it was wonderful. food is yummy, service is with a smile and we never had a water or drink glass empty! that kept us nice and happy :) cute place - go visit!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you don't know Bask, you don't know Basque. Advertised as authentic Basque food in the reviews, brought a friend who grew up in the Basque region of Spain/France to confirm. A definite YES. He was thrilled to see dishes he grew up with, including the blood sausage and the baby eel (angulas). Food -- at least the ones we selected -- made for wonderful comfort food. Although we selected the 3 course prix fixe meal for $39 (one tapas, one entree, one dessert), let me tell you, just tapas alone was filling (we selected beyond our set meals). I had selected the black seafood paella for my entree and that was way too much after all the tapas. Fun, warm place. Great alternative to the old burger place that used to be here. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I can't get enough of this little gem. I brought friends from Sacramento to try the food and they loved eveything!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Fulia is amazing. The food delicious. Thank you for everything!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We ordered the crab croquettes, paella, artichoke bottoms, patatas bravas and the goat surprise. crab - excellent! paella - I was not aware there was squid ink in it, and on top of making the paella taste very pungent, the whole dish was black! and not really appetizing to look at artichoke bottoms - there was so much stuff going on that the taste of the artichoke itself was lost. for something as delicate as artichokes, there's NO NEED to cover it with cheese. patatas bravas - excellent!!!! goat surprise - was good! I wanna go back there and order other types tapas, as I'm sure there's a lot of tasty food in their menu."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Outstanding variety and I loved our meal. A bonus for us is most of the menu is gluten free. We are now regulars"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The tapas dishes were unique and I can always tell a real Basque restaurant from a wanna be, by seeing if the traditional tapas items are on the menu , e.g. angulas, calamares en su tinta and croquettas. Bask had all of these and many others that I dearly remember. The staff were very attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We brought visitors from Europe and they enjoyed the comfortable environment without too much fuss. The service was very attentive and accommodated kid requests for changes to the burger. The tapas are wonderful with good variety. A very enjoyable experience and we will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This is the one and only real Basque restaurant in San Francisco. The food was pretty authentic and the service was super friendly. We were an hour late to our reservation due to horrific traffic in the city and they found us a table for four anyhow."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "i made a reservation for valentine's I was late but the give a table right away, great! the food was incredible good!, and the price was pretty good, the service was fast, and the sangria great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a fantastic place! This is our second time at this little gem and both server and chef remembered us from our last visit in 2013. They even remembered our table and orders, which is pretty impressive. We ordered different tapas, all super delicious, but the mussels were the highlight. That broth is just to die for... dunk some of the gluten free bread on it and you will remember it forever! My mouth just watered thinking about this. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Most of the Bask menu is gluten free. My wife is celiac, so we have to be very careful where we eat. The food was great. The service was attentive and friendly. And, the next morning my wife felt fine!!! So, we now have a new place in the FiDi where we can have a nice gluten-free dinner and then walk over to see a movie at the Embarcadero. Thanks Bask for providing an enjoyable place for Celiacs to have a delicious dinner. Oh, and the sangria is delicious!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The menu looked great and the food was well prepared. Dishes and drinks kept coming! Not a dressy restuarant, but the ambiance is warm and welcoming, and the service was friendly and attentive. We arrived at 7 and were allowed to eat and linger past 9. I'm sure that will not be the case as this gem of a restaurant becomes more popular, which I am sure it will! Reasonable priced. We will be back. w"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Wide ranging menu including a full page of tapas choices. The paella that I had was a bit on the salty side, but tasty and good amount of seafood."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Awesome food, great service, and fun ambiance. Highly recommend and this is a super-cool spot that people don't know about!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Everything was good, My only slight complaint would be that the service was a bit slow, although the server was very nice and tried to do his best. He seem like the only person waiting tables, plus a bus boy. All in all a very good meal."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Came to Bask for a Dine About Town lunch. Their portions were very generous and the Dine About Town offer was very flexible. ANY tapa and any entree. Not bad!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014