Bask
Bask

Bask

  • 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,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque, French
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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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Bask reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (6)romantic (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Fabulous food. Every dish we tried has fantastic flavor and not to mention Patrick who we had an opportunity to chat by the bar with while waiting for our friends. Will definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Love the crab sandwich and tapas! Will come back for more - delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lalaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We dined there on Halloween night, and as we arrived at 7:00 p.m., the chef departed. Hmmmm. Perhaps that's why our dinner was only fair. However, since so many of our friends in the neighborhood have only good things to say about Bask, we will try dining there again.
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  • A wonderful addition to the hood
    MadeleinetpVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Bask is a very nice addition to the Financial District. The food is delicious as are the beverages and moreover the price is right. The Bask couple that runs the restaurant are very friendly, speak French and we all decided we would make this restaurant a favorite.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Pricey entrees with no flavor
    Honestopine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Disappointed. The best was the goat cheese tapas - and it went downhill from there- Lamb - described by my husband was probably the worst meal he's had in years. Paella - was too greasy ( bottom of pan was a layer of oil)and Vegetarian tian- no flavor just baked veggies with herbs thrown in
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    goodine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Firstly, the architect transformed a ho hum Clown Alley space into a charming little Basque bistro. The food was delightful and even though I'm not fond of lamb I ordered the lamb shank and thoroughly enjoyed it. The peppers stuffed with potatoes and cod were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foodnwinelover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The owner showed up shortly after we got there to take the order and he is a pleasant person. Food took a while to arrive. We ordered 3 tapas dishes (there were 2 of us) and as it works with tapas, we told the owner that we will start with these items and get more plates later. The food was very plain and blend. The wine was not bad. They only had a small card of a handful glasses of wine. After that, nobody came to check on us. We kept looking at the one waiter and the owner to get their attention so we could order more food. Since we could not get their attention for about 1.5 hours, we decided to order more wine. We got the wine and the tab was placed on our table after that! Bad service & dull food. Never going back
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  • Great food, great service
    RobS
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Bask reviews archive.
  • Tapas: 3 out of 5 were losers
    Toots
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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  • A Wonderful Basque Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Meh
    dktahara
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
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  • Cathy
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Food was horrible
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Not much to say. Food was horrible and overpriced. Will never go again.
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  • Hits and misses at Bask
    MenumavVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobbVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It was not a good restraurant The food was marginal.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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  • Potentially great, but inconsistent
    ZayEats415
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
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  • Good not great
    nurealam
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing food, great service
    fitfoodie79
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sangria - a must try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I can't wait to come back and try their happy hour!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining at Bask
    Bask101
    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!!!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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  • First time at Bask
    Rick
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice tapas place
    JulesNC
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
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    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Yummy
    Eats4me
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Last minute decision
    Hotspot
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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  • Good tapas
    WestOaklandTechyFoodie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Meli
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Tuesday
    kimber
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit hit and miss
    mosseeVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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  • Very Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Basque Treat
    FrancesKVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experience!
    Gaby
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I can't get enough of this little gem. I brought friends from Sacramento to try the food and they loved eveything!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fulia is amazing. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Fulia is amazing. The food delicious. Thank you for everything!
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  • The food was ok
    Cristina
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and gluten free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bask was typically Basque fabulous
    Fernando
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great
    Ziva
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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  • Basque Cuisine in San Francisco
    LupeMamaVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    ulam
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
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    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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