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Chalet Basque
Chalet Basque

Chalet Basque Details

  • 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.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Server of thirty-three years was warm, friendly, attentive. She's a keeper!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Special birthday dinner for two, requested "nice" table, arrived a little early, but table given away -- sat in the bar which was quite noisy."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food prepared to your personal specifications. Can't wait to go there again!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Been going here for years.food is always excellent and the staff is very experienced and friendly"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had gone there for years with my father - just took a friend for outdoor lunch. Delightful."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Love eating outside. We are never rushed. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the patio. The dinner and service were excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've eaten here many times before, and it is always a satisfying experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was superb and was the service! The cost is very reasonable too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It is a Basque treat: Great food, wonderful wait staff and a multi tiered wine list with something for everyone. Began with the artichoke hearts with hollandaise sauce...a must have, by the way...and then enjoyed the leek soup family style, the chilled salad for all, some with cheese and some without, followed by our favorite main courses: Sweetbreads and Veal Piccata. Our Valentine's Day guests both had the Chicken C... Bleu. They loved it. I had a perfect Manhattan from the bar to begin and we shared a lovely bottle of red wine at a reasonable price All four of us agreed that we will be back sooner than we usually return because this is one of our favorite spots in all of North-Central Marin."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My main course, rack of lamb, was over cooked and the sauce almost smelled like it was burnt. I have been at the restaurant before and the food is usually fine. This time very disappointing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Chalet Basque has solid food & service, but as a 50-something I think I was about the youngest person there. Perfect for folks of a certain age who enjoy this sort of thing, but I prefer a more modern style."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is such a nice surprise as the food is really excellent, while the decor is stuck in the past. We have returned several times in the last few months. The food is consistently cooked perfectly. Service can be slow if busy as there seem to be only two servers for the entire restaurant. The bar area has several booths for diners who enjoy the bar scene. We love that area, but maybe the servers are spread too thin to serve both rooms well. We shall continue to return and work our way through the menu. The liquor choices are very up to date and the bartender is great! Martinis fab and Manhattans made with all the best ingredients. Maybe we should go now!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my all time favorites. Quality all the way."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I had an enjoyable dinner this past week and would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Overall the food was good but I didn't feel it was exceptional. I eat Duck confit but the meat was not falling out of the bone like I believe it should. Plenty of quantity though. Great selection of wines."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Cafe Basque and we enjoyed it very much. The menu was definitely different and gave us chance to experiment with some new dishes. Our waiter waiter, Charles (?) (from Guatemala) was very helpful and really friendly. He helped make our experience very pleasant."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I hadn't seen beef tongue or sweetbreads or rabbit offered on a menu for a long time and loved the idea that they were avaialable along with other more usual fare such as salmon, pasta, chicken or vegetarian options. I had the sweetbreads and loved them. The service was very friendly and we enjoyed ourselves a lot. We definitely would go back."
    Dined on 1/17/2014