Chalet Basque
Chalet Basque

Chalet Basque

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://chaletbasquemarin.com/
  • Phone: 4154791070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Basque, French
  • Executive Chef: Roger Minhondo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Public Transit is located in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot Parking. Street parking directly in front of restaurant.
A word from Chalet Basque
Welcome to the Chalet Basque restaurant, a family style restaurant serving dishes inspired by the Basque regions of France and Spain. Located in San Rafael, California, the owner and proud staff would like to invite you to come join us for our delicious cuisine, full bar, and outdoor patio. Our restaurant is also available for Banquets and parties upon reservation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Chalet Basque reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)great for outdoor dining (43)great for lunch (18)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (15)romantic (14)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Service!
    JAG8386
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Let's start by saying a server can make or break an evening. Our server Linda was fantastic. Loved her sense of humor. The menu is amazing. Loved all of the different choices. It was hard to decide with so many. We were a party of 6 and everyone loved their meal. We loved sitting outside on a warm summer evening. We will go back. Great find in a cozy corner of a quiet neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dinner party
    locallady
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had 10 people for a 90th Birthday dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated immediately and served drinks & appetizers. Our waitress (whose name escapes me) has served us previously & we just lover her, she is friendly & helpful as is her assistant, she & the food keep us coming back. The only negative comment I could make is that the soup is a little salty, but I have never ordered anything that I haven't liked and I will continue to go back for both lunch & dinner. We brought a cake for dessert & unlike many restaurants we were not charged a fee for them to cut & serve the cake. Maybe a small thing, but I appreciated it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite what I was expecting
    JoeFremont
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were staying in the area and found the listing, not being familiar with basque food we thought it would be nice to try. Its in a neighborhood away from the center of town, They sat us at a nice outside table. the service was very good, only disappointment that the style of food was mostly french, and I would say for a high end french restaurant the food was average, still tasty and better than any corporate chain and we very much enjoyed our dinner,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, tasty and value!
    family
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Old time charm with fresh and well prepared food items. from soup to chocolate dessert --- we enjoyed the meal with family. No fancy garnish and towering of food. Wholesome and balance --- it's a must do again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to Chalet Basque for over 20 yrs on special occasions. It is one of our favorite restaurants and is almost always wonderful. This last visit was very disappointing however, as a dog was allowed to be in the dining room at the table of a very loud guest. This was NOT a service animal, which we would have understood. There were plenty of tables available on the patio. We will rethink coming again if that is going to be acceptable in this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long-time neighborhood favorite
    Lori
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been coming here regularly for over 20 years, and last night's dinner was one of the best ever. Thank you, Roger, for continuing to give us wonderful, personal service in our quiet little neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Party4
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Party of 4. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Excellent Caesar salad!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Experience
    Shastagirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was definitely an off night. The food took forever coming and was obviously left under the heat lamp because my rice was hard on top and my sole's breading was soggy. The waiter was impatient and sloppy, and did not satisfy our needs. The bees attacked my brother's paella. We were there celebrating his birthday. The food was very expensive considering the quality, preparation and wait time. It was my third visit. The first was okay. The second was quite good, and this was pretty bad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Guteeltern
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    returned to the Restaurant after 40years. Still wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little bit of the Basque in SR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We drove over 300 miles to eat here and it was worth it! This is a family run establishment and it is clear they care a great deal about how the place is run and how good the food is. Everything was perfect, the service was excellent, the place was very clean and the food was wonderful. It is a little out of the way but this gem won't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre/post theater dining
    pickleVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is a great restaurant to go to before or after a show at the Marin Center For the Performing Arts. Being a basque-style restaurant, the food is solid and plentiful, with wonderful warm garlic bread to start the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gary Kirschner
    Gary
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    At one time it used to be our favorite restaurant. This time the service was awful,we were not happy the way our waiter treated us and the food was not like it used to be. I even had to go back to the kitchen to ask for a refill for my coffee because the waiter never showed up, and it was not in that crowded. We will wait a while before we come back, maybe things will improve.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Server of thirty-three years was warm, friendly, attentive. She's a keeper!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Request Not Honored
    Candybear
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Special birthday dinner for two, requested "nice" table, arrived a little early, but table given away -- sat in the bar which was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to find dishes
    Alleycat
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Unique Tastes from the past - sweetbread, frogs legs as well as traditional favorites: shrimp scampi, veal piccata - perfect for before a civic center event.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Glass of red wine, veal (chalet basque) dinner and flan, my fiance had our usual filet with peppercorn sauce dinner. I decided to finally try something diffferent after several filets! Everything (potato soup and light salad) was good. I especially like their flan not too sweet an ending.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Troutman
    Special
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great food prepared to your personal specifications. Can't wait to go there again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    NewAlbionOmnivore
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We arrived for an early Saturday dinner. There was a high school graduation party in an adjacent room but it did not interfere with our enjoyment of Le Chalet Basque nor adversely affect the service. Most of the diners in our room appeared to be regulars. There is a nice outdoor patio. The food was French-Spanish inspired and quite good, but we did not find it particularly Basque. The first course was an excellent pate. That was followed by a watercress soup and very tasty salad. For our main courses we had a lamb shank and a veal chop with mushroom sauce, both of which were very flavorful and well-prepared. The wine list had a number of well-chosen and reasonably priced wines from both the old world and the new. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • J. Paulsen-Auburn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Exceptionally busy night. We were seated within 10 minutes after our arrival (after making a last minute reservation) Notwithstanding the fact that it was packed, the service was excellent, neither late nor rushed. We would eat there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great San Rafael institution!
    zminister
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    When we first moved to Marin our hairdresser recommended Chalet Basque and we've been going there for the last 15 years. Great Basque food and friendly service have been its trademark and it hasn't changed over time. Truly worth a visit if you live in Marin.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Mother's Day
    Anita2020
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband, brother in law and sister in law celebrated Mother's Day this past Sunday at Chalet Basque. My mother-in-law passed two years ago and was from the French Basque region. We were fortunate to celebrate a birthday with her a few years ago and she said the food was very authentic. Watercress soup and pate maison could not be better. We sat on the beautiful patio with the Spanish/French music and was transported to Europe without the jet lag. The chef even came out to say Hello and Thank You for coming. Such a nice touch. Merci Beaucoup to Chalet Basque for another great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Been going here for years.food is always excellent and the staff is very experienced and friendly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 257 reviews are from the Chalet Basque reviews archive.
  • authentic Basque food
    NancyLu
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Hadn't been in a few years but the food is better than ever. A lovely salad with crumbled blue cheese and our meals were all fresh, and full of flavor. Special of the day Beef Bourginon was a delight.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Naima
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had gone there for years with my father - just took a friend for outdoor lunch. Delightful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I've been coming here since I was a kid... so about 30 years now... A lot of folks don't realize this place is here... kinda out of the way, but once you find it, you keep coming back. Not flashy just good solid Basque style food.. country French. Not heavy handed with the sauces... know how to cook meat.. Just really good food.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a disappointment
    FineDine
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food, service & atmosphere are always great. I always feel welcomed and whom ever is dining it becomes community at some point as people are enjoying themselves so much.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive Feedback
    Bugsy
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Love eating outside. We are never rushed. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the fact that I could
    foodie
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Loved the fact that I could get sweet breads though prefer it as a starter since the dish is so rich, The salad was very refreshing and was perfectly dressed. The duck was tasty and tender. The potato leek soup was also quite light which was a surprise. Am going to be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice for an outdoor dinner
    Derekwh
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the patio. The dinner and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beaucoup de Basque bien
    Koko
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My first visit here, but surely not the last. The menu is varied and quality of food was excellent. Service staff has been there for a long time, and their desire to make dining pleasant is very evident - but not overdone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were greeted by the owner enthusiastically, the table was great, the waitress was friendly and professional. Escargot were hot and delicious. My wife had the petrale which she loved. I had the lamb shanks which were cooked perfectly, but the sauce, to my taste was a little bland. The salads were fine, a little too much dressing, but that is a taste issue. The soup was perfect. Enjoyable dinner, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've eaten here many times
    NorthstarVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I've eaten here many times before, and it is always a satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and comfortable
    KiscoQVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Lovely little place on the edge of San Rafael. Our server, Linda, was most accommodating and amusing. The specials we had (sole and duck) were outstanding! Chocolate mousse lightest and tastiest I've had in a long time. Nicely stocked bar. All in all, everything you want from a nice night out to dinner and not TOO pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A long tradition
    OggieVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Chalet Basque has been in San Rafael for a long while. The food and service has always been great. We had moved out of the area nine years ago. This was one of the few times that we have been able to visit during that time. In fact, our server was the same one that served us in the long past. I had lamb shank which was very good. My wife also enjoyed her salmon. If you are looking for a dependable restaurant in Marin County, this is it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant Quality
    Canefire
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This place is like having dinner at a good friend's house. The service is great and everyone is friendly. The filet mignon my wife ordered was outstanding. My NY steak was great too. The house made pate was some of the best I have ever had. The wines are reasonable and there is a good selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been going there for
    Marmaduke
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We have been going there for years. That speaks for itself. We keep going back. Wait staff are all super friendly as is Roger himself.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a bit expensive for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Food was a bit expensive for the quality. Salad needs more than greens an a slice of tomato - wouldn't tak too much to take it up a notch. Rice or potatoes bland . Vegies over cooked. I'd suggest they Cut back on the number of choices and up the quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little Piece of Basque Country
    Chris
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was excellent, service a little slow at the end, warm welcome from the owner. We will go back, and in warmer weather look forward to dining outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm & cozy
    Curli
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food is always excellent. I believe it has changed hands but they still have the same menu and it's always good. A lot of French items too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great price!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was superb and was the service! The cost is very reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.