Louis' Basque Corner
Louis' Basque Corner

Louis' Basque Corner

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://louisbasquecorner.com/
  • Phone: 7753237203
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-Sa 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: F-Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Basque
  • Executive Chef: Frank Vargas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Multiple private party options. The back private dining room can hold up to 55 people while the main dining room can be reserved for up to 65 people. In special occasions, the two rooms can be combined to seat up to 120-125 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Craig Benson 7753237203
  • Entertainment: Music after dinner hours.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Evans Street
  • Public Transit: Located kitty-corner from the main downtown bus station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Surface parking lot adjacent to building.
A word from Louis' Basque Corner
Welcome To Louis" Basque Corner, home of the famous Picon Punch! Dinners served family-style with authentic specialties such as chicken and tongue Basquaise, oxtails, tripas callos, lamb chops, New York steak and many daily specials. Fish served daily. Banquet facilities hold up to 125 people. Located east of the Bowling Stadium and the downtown Events Center. Free Parking!
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Louis' Basque Corner reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Try Basque, you'll like it
    NVBuzz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been to Louis' several times and have never had a bad meal. The restaurant is in an older building with brick walls, which reverberate the sound. Dining is separated into several rooms, so you can be insulated from noisy parties as we were this last visit. You are served family-style with soup, salad and a first course provided in bowls to pass around. Entrée are a choice of steak, pork, a fish and, of course, lamb (Basque are known as sheepherders). My party of four ordered four different entrees and each was cooked properly, served hot and tasty. Dining is an experience and you get to meet and eat with strangers which can be fun. Every visit yields an interesting conversation over sharing the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We visited Reno for the rib cookoff and on our first night visited Louis'. Lived being served family style and the rabbit and chicken was excellent. Will visit everything we're in Reno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a stop in Reno
    Judith
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Old time Basque dinner. The place to go if you love lamb in particular!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food and hospitality!
    AlexfromSparks
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All of the entrees were excellent and the sides are tasty and filling. Service was friendly and efficient. Good value for the quantity and quality. Not a lot of parking available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mid week dinner out
    SFgetaway
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great mid-week meal with the family. Shared the family style table with 4 other people from out of state. Good conversation, great service and wonderful food. Always a fun night at Louis' Basque Corner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for group
    DebbiemVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Only concern is we were in our hot rods at hot August nights. Not the best neighborhood for parking We hadn't thought of it ahead. Restaurant put us near a window so we could watch the cars.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basque Less
    Ladyfunk
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Medium lamb chops arrived almost raw. Med rare steak really raw. Leg of lamb tough. Salad wilted. Soup Luke warm with no taste. Dessert ridiculous. Beans OK. Paid a lot of money for really good fries...the only thing that was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere.
    easytoplease
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good, but not as good as it has been at other times. Great bread and salad. The beans have been better in the past. Fries were fantastic. Prime rib was a little tough. Overall, everyone had a good time, we enjoyed our food for the most part and the wait staff was very, very nice. Pican Punch just a good as ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fun time we had!
    AnniversaryVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Extremely friendly and efficient service staff, delicious food and lively setting.......we will definitely be back and recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the great Basque Restaurants
    2ssapps
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They are all good. The food wonderful. From Bakersfield to Boise, Reno to Winnemuca to Elko...you can't go wrong at a Basque restaurant. (Ooops, you can go wrong, the Basque restaurant in Alturas, CA!) Louie's is top notch. Service was superb. Food excellent. We still rate The Star Hotel Restaurant in Elko number one, but Louie's is a VERY close second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basque dinner
    New2reno
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The restaurant was a little more casual than I expected, but we enjoyed our meal. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    DiningdetectivesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Met some new BFFs at this Family Style Dining Venue
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louis' is my favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My friends and I have always enjoyed our time and food at Louis' - and this time was especially fun and delicious! The lamb chops were cooked perfectly to temperature, the wine and mushroom sweetbreads were as decadent as ever, and the prime rib was a perfect medium rare! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Louis' Basque Corner reviews archive.
  • Unexpected and great
    ORG1
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Eight golfers went to dinner here on Sunday night. The place was really a welcoming restaurant with superb food. The oxtails and the Basque soup were hits. We are definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was pleased, & that ain't easy
    louis
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I have not 1 negative thing to say. The food was excellent & the prices were reasonable. The service was good. The drinks were good, the wine excellent as was the beer. I have been in the Basque country, & this was as good as anything I had there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!!!
    Lulubug
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have always loved this place!! We bring out of town guests and they always ask to come back whenever they are in town! Great food! Louis never disappoints! Can't wait to go back again!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow start.... overall great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our reservations were at 5:30, we were seated by 5:40, however it was after 6 before we were approached by a waiter. The evening special was Prime Rib, however by the time we ordered around 6:15, there were only two servings available. The food we did order and receive were outstanding. The Lamb was cooked to perfection, the side dishes were wonderful. The only thing would have made it better for us would have been more prompt service after being seated and a shortage of the advertised special dish of the evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meet new friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had a delightful dinner, as usual, and the bonus, as usual at Louis' was that we were seated with people we hadn't met beforeand had interesting conversations with them. Another "as usual" in Reno--we had friends in common. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tired of Reno's hotel buffets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Louis' Basque Corner is a gem. They can accommodate groups. Best to make a reservation before showing up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Basque!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Love love love this incredible find. Beat all expectations for food and drink!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time Basque
    napaBud
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Awesome time! Food was great. Food served family style... We were lucky and sat wth 3 other couples who all were friendly. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Locals Hangout, family style,
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Locals Hangout, family style, prime rib was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First time eating here. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    First time eating here. We will come back and try lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Wonderful
    ClaraandJimVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    We ate at Louis' Basque Corner for the first time just a few days ago. We liked it so much that we came back for a second time even though there are hundreds of restaurants in this "Biggest Little City in the World". The food is excellent, served family style. The staff couldn't be friendlier and more attentive. We highly recommend this restaurant as a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Old Gem
    NevAndy
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Louie's is an old Reno standard that has been given new life by it's new energetic and customer-conscious owners. The menu is much the same, with old favorites like sweetbreads, oxtail, and beef tongue, and the head chef, Frank, is still supplying diners with the same delicious fare, but the place is much more upbeat now, and the ambiance has a more hip and vibrant feel. A must for anyone in the Reno area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    ClaraandJimVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner at Louis' Basque Corner tonight. It was our first time at this restaurant (and Reno). The food was served family style and it was delicious. My husband chose the lamb chops and I chose the lamb shank for our main entrees. These were part of a multi-course dinner that included soup, salad, appetizer, vegetables and dessert, plus house wine. We sat with 6 other people and enjoyed great conversation. We even got to share some of our lamb dishes in exchange for sweetbreads that someone else had chosen for his entree. The service was excellent and the price unbeatable -- $24.95 per person for a wonderful dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    nvfamily
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    As usual the food was good and the restaurant was pretty noisy but we knew the would be the case when we made the reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must stop in Reno
    Luvwineanddinr
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    By far a favorite for the entire family. Great food, fun atmosphere. Love the family style dining with the salad, soup, mussles, rice,bread, French fries, and then your meat of choice. Always a great meal. Always a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Life's still good at Louis'
    CLfromCC
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Had not eaten here since the change of ownership. It was great to find a good crowd, even on a weeknight after Christmas. The bar was crowded, the noise level high but not obnoxious, and drinks were prompt and without fuss. Dinner was as good as we'd remembered: flavorful dishes, lavish portions, and the chance to get to know the lucky (?) couple who got seated at the end of our table of 6. The only hangup was in their reluctance to seat us until all of our party had arrived, which spread our time in the bar out over a good half-hour--our fault, not theirs. If you've never had a Basque family-style meal, great place to start!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Carl
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We have been eating at Louis for more then forty years. I don't think we have ever had a bad meal. The new owners are continuing a great tradition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, Food and More Food
    SactokarenVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Wow - we wanted to try something other than casino fare and this was a great choice. They were hosting a large party, so even with reservations, we cut it close getting back on time for our show. We started with a glass of wine (it came with the family style meal.) There was bread and butter, salad, soup, mussels and rice (a very generous portion,) entree (I had salmon and my sweetie had a steak,) and ice cream for dessert. All for $25 apiece. Everything was filling and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Louis is a great venue for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Louis is a great venue for an entertaining group lunch or dinner. You cant find their renown Picons anywhere else! The food is aways perfect and the staff is outgoing and engaging. A GREAT time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place always
    Pjspice
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Louies is one of our all time favorite when we want a big gathering, we had 15 people this last time and it was so fun. their food is always fantastic and prices are reasonable. Definitely recommend to anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way to loud to enjoy
    Robert
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Was way way to loud to enjoy the meal. We were a party of 7...the waitress had to yell in order for us to hear the specials. None of us could hear each other. The food was good...but will not return. Miss the old days when this was a place we looked forward to going to. Since the remodel....whatever was done...the acoustics are terrible. To bad they are unable to do something about it. We should have known better....last visit was last year...were hopeful problem was addressed. Brought friends who had never tried a Basque experience....we were all disappointed in the noise level.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a Reno Institution !!!!!
    Basquooooo
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Food and Bar is just Great!!!!!! Good place to see old and new friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louie's is back
    dijon1
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    After declining for several years, the new owners have brought the place back up to standards. Food is good Basque style food. Fun for the family. Noise level is high and bothered our elderly mother. She still enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not That Great!.
    newfoodie
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    7 course meal sounded great and I'm a foodie and was looking for something different. Sides are bland especially the salad which was welted and brown and just tasteless. Oxtails were great actually the only real good thing my husband had the lamb lion which he enjoyed, I had the sweetbreads that was supposed be served sauced but there was no sauce and sweetbreads were very dry and I did not enjoy. maybe the bar food would be better especially for the price. Not impressed with the service either. Doubt very much will be going back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely delightful
    rocor
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    There was so much love and care put into every dish. We thoroughly loved every dish presented from start to finish. A fun, memorable night with our extended family. Everyone there is in a good mood, waitstaff, owners, patrons. This has to be the best value in town too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    luvsfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We had reservations for 7:30, arrived at 7 for some drinks at the bar. A friend joined us 5 minutes later, they didn't ask him if he needed a drink for almost 10 minutes. We didn't get seated until 8:15 to our table, as the host sat texting and finally said, "Are you ready yet?" Yeah, we are ready, we have been waiting 45 minutes and had reservations. No apology at any point for the wait. When they sat a large group at 7:50, who arrived after us, we were told, "they had reservations before you, your table will be ready in a couple minutes." After being seated a server didn't show up to our table to ask about drinks until 8:25. The food was decent but not worth the service we received.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a historical landmark.
    lovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    I hadn't been to Louis' for over 15 years. It was just as good as I remembered. The house wine was very good and reasonably priced. I very much enjoyed the shrimp main dish. Do not go to this restaurant unless you are very hungry! It's a lot of good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate