Chalet Basque
Chalet Basque

Chalet Basque

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://chaletbasquemarin.com/
  • Phone: (415) 479-1070
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Chalet Basque reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (42)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (19)great for lunch (17)romantic (14)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Very good meal
    nmhteacherVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Especially like the menu, with things you seldom see (e.g., frog legs), though we had more usual items. Service was very efficient. Entree selections include soup and salad, making it a good value.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Bit of France in Marin County
    sunflowerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Wonderful french food and service at this delightful restaurant. The menu is varied from sandwiches, burgers, salads to frog legs, rack of lamb and coq et vin. Every time I dine there is a delight (and I dine there frequently). This restaurant is out of the way, so it feels like a secret to be cherished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes!
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good food, charming ambiance and friendly staff. The lamb shank and caesar salad were delicious. Don't go here if you want chain restaurant food! Wine selection was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Worth a Drive
    kbloodVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This place has been open since the early 1960s and the bar looks as if it has never been renovated. The dining room looks like it might have been re-done in the 80s -- so don't expect to be blown away by the decor! The food is simple and old-fashioned/home-style. Make sure you ask what is being served that night that is NOT on the menu -- it appears that locals are offered additional (delicious looking) options. The price for two at dinner (with a bottle of house wine) was incredibly reasonable. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and service was at just the right level of attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old time restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A varied menu, with many items not found easily elsewhere, such as sweetbreads, tongue and tripe. Soup and salad are included in all dinners. Very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chalet Basque
    jweed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    food was excellent. better than I thought it would be. highlights were the rabbit, braised lamb, and beef bourguignon. service was a little slow but the place was packed. lowlights was the salad. I will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par Excellence
    Marmaduke
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    As written before I keep[ going because it is my favorite Marin Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    Marmaduke
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My most favorite restaurant in Marin County, repeat my most favorite,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    FrannyWhit
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You'll feel like you're transported back to another time and place. Loved our server's accent. Food is always fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marin Gem
    CityWoman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our recent lunch at Chalet Basque. We dined on their lovely garden patio. The food was delicious (I had steamed mussels... so good!). After the main meal, we had sorbet and coffee... partly because the environment was so relaxing we just didn't want to leave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family style special
    Marika
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I love Chalet Basque! I have had dinner here several times over the past 17 years. I brought my family from out of town, and they loved the Sunday Special meal. The pate was a bit chunky but everything else divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Bella !!
    Dobee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We could have been sitting in Italy!! We had the best table, food, waiter, warm night. It was a special evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have eaten at Chalet Basque many times over the years - both for lunch & dinner. I keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion
    Aida
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love Chalet Basque- has been around many years! My father was French-Basque so i love walking in being well-greeted by friendly staff, hearing Basque music playing, Basque decor & especially the homemade delicious food. House wines are very authentic too. I feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighborhood gem
    debbieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Happy to have found this very tasty restaurant. Located in an unlikely spot - suburban - it has casual but wonderful food. Service was great Prices were reasonable- Will be making this a regular stop.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occaision celebrated
    funwfood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was 2 birthdays and a wedding anniversary that brought us here. Our waitress was incredible! Very skilled, with a great sense of humor. We all had something different, and everything was delicious. This has become our place to celebrate, enjoy a beautiful table on the patio and enjoy wonderful service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    GuteelternVIP
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 270 reviews are from the Chalet Basque reviews archive.
  • 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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    • 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.
    • Food
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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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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.