Go for the paella special
Went on a Thursday and had the paella special. It was chock full of meats and seafood which was cooked just perfectly. Had enough for leftovers the next day. Dinner came with fresh warm bread, salad, and a very good lentil soup. Service was excellent.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful menu. Good is always
Wonderful menu. Good is always served hot from the kitchen. Unique dishes are available. Basque food at its finest. The service is terrific and the setting is also lovely.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Take a trip to France
One of my all time favorites. I have come off and on for the last 40 years. Great place to meet people from opposite ends f the county, middle ground if you will. The full dinner for an extra $4.00 is amazing, pâté, homemade lovely soup, excellent salad, main course and save room for dessert, flan, rice pudding and the best Spumoni ice cream. Loving wine list and the Argentinian wine at $24.00 is delightful. Great evening anytime of year. Linda our server has been part of this legacy for as long as I have been coming here. For many years she was voted the best waitress in Marin and because she won every year there was no need to continue. I love Linda and this place. Oxoxox to all.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Little Local Restaurant
Really good restaurant, we have visited several times. I ordered the duck, which was excellent, my wife had sweetbreads which was just OK.Service was great, and all the staff very pleasant.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Marin gem...consistant over
A Marin gem...consistant over the years. I always take a freind who has not been before and they RAVE.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great time with a
We had a great time with a party of eight, and the restaurant was very accomodating.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was a great spot for
This was a great spot for our early dining 10 party group. We had the private room to ourselves for the first 1-1/2 hour so that was a treat and even after another large party came in the noise level was fine. Service was spot on. Wine was excellent. We'll be back.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would go again.
Always love their special spinach salad. Tried the special pork chop, done perfectly, but thought the tomato based sauce overwhelmed the delicate dish. Very friendly, great service.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waitress was outstanding, she was friendly and excellent at her job.
The food as always was delicious.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day dinner
We chose Chalet Basque randomly as it was between Novato and San Mateo, had a good reputation, space for us .... and our grandson is a pescaterian.. eats only fish. They offered a variety of good fish dishes. We were a party of 8 and really enjoyed our meal. Our seating was a little tight near the water station but our waitress was terrific and really took care of us, especially the two children in our party. Food was delicious.. watercress soup and shrimp, lamb stew and veal all prepared very well. We would recommmend it!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad we had reservations for Mothers Day. It was busy. We had the Chicken Cordon Bleu. Wow. Best Escargot in Marin!!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of our favorites
We always look forward to our visits to Chalet Basque and are never disappointed!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistantly great food.
We have been eating year for many years and they never dissapoint.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
An al fresco gem
We ate outside on a balmy evening and we could have been in Southern France. Service and food were great.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place
I've been going to Chalet Basque for years and have always enjoyed it. It hasn't changed...still excellent with great food and super service. I find it very comfortable.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a visit
Great Place for all occasions, especially for the outside seating when the weather is agreeable which is most of the time
. The French onion soup and the sole were great!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice and romantic
We had been there one year before. That was when we first met. This was an aniversary of sorts. It brought back wonderful memories of that first meeting. Very special.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was in town for a funeral. While I was in CA, I had lunch with my 2 best girlfriends. It was a great choice for our lunch. We were coming from all directions in Marin and it was easy for all of us to get thru. Our food was wonderful and our waiter was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time dining there.
Second time dining there. We really enjoy it and the waitress is very entertaining. We chose to eat inside because of a dog that was with others eating out front that was barking. Some like bringing their pets, but I am not a big fan and not for me. Other than that I would still go again and would suggest others to go.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A wonderfull place to dine
We have 2 birthdays and an anniversary in our party. We were greeted quickly, and got to choose our table. The server was fabulous! He helped us pick our wine, and described the special very well (2 of us had it). After our meal we were treated to free desserts to help us celebrate.
This is one of our favorite places to come for dinner.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of My Favorites
Soup, salad and entre were all excellent. They make wonderful sauces. There were four of us and everyone loved their dish. The lamb is exceptionally good. Service is good too - not too fast and not too slow. It has a cozy atmosphere.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!
I have driven by this gem and have known for years it was there, but visited for the first time this week. WOW - excellent service, delicious food and presentation, and real "family-run" feel. It's evident that they are very proud of their establishment and want to provide diners with a welcoming, enjoyable experience. Menu offers regional Basque favorites that are a little out of the ordinary for most, but also delicious almost "country French" or something choices, i.e. the Poulet Chalet Basque that I enjoyed along with the most yummy creamed spinach ever.
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Food and Service
Food and service both very good. Helpful, cordial waitperson.
Full dinners are favorably priced--plenty of good food.
Was quiet because our group had a separate room all to ourselves--not too busy on a Tuesday night.
There is outside dining but we didn't eat outside. Would be pleasant eating outside in good weather.
Lamb dishes for 3 guests were excellent, and my fish was quite well prepared; rock cod with a delicious Béarnaise-tomato sauce on it which I'd strongly recommend.
Nice place for groups.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
old school marin
we have aten here twice and each time we feel like regulars. It is a basque restaurant,but they don't really do the family style thing. The service is great,the dining room is vital and noisy. The food is really good.
I would go again for the sense of community and that dose of old style service that has gone by the wayside.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location near Marin Civic Center for concerts. A quick find through Open Table in need for dinner before music.
Thanks OT for this location find! Basque food without the family style tables but definitely great food and friendly atmosphere.
Inside and patio dining plus bar dining if you wish with a view of the antique beer fridge. Even my Marin friends didn't know about this one. Thanks OT!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why Did I Wait?
I've lived in San Rafael for 16+ years, passed Chalet Basque many times, know people who have enjoyed dining there... I wish I had not waited so long to check it out! It was fun and delicious! I will add to my stable of often-visited Marin restaurants.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service and the food was
The service and the food was great. It was a relaxing enjoyable dining experience. Our waiter (Alejandro) was very attentive and he knows his job well.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Close to the Civic Center and secluded enough in the neighborhood, this restaurant provides excellence. A distinct variety of dishes to choose from prepared well. An outdoor area for dining on a nice day in Marin also a plus.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Located in a residential neighborhood. Chalet Basque has great food and friendly service, this was a great experience. I had the duck in orange sauce and my wife had the cordon bleu, both were excellent choices. All dishes were plated well and full of flavor. We will be back and bring friends.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went to this restaurant before a concert at the Marin Center. Both my friend and I loved our meal. The food was delicious. We both ordered the fish and ate to the point of being stuffed.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Going back soon
It was my first visit to Chalet Basque though I heard good things for years. The Sunday special with filet mignon was to die for. Thick and juicy cooked to perfect medium rare that I requested. The duck confit my sweetheart order was equally delicious and well prepared as were the veggies and the pâté. I was was thoroughly satisfied and can't wait to return.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service, food and atmosphere were all terrific. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sitting outdoor on a sunny day is a BIG plus! It was very quiet. I highly recommend any soup here, you get a big bowl( not a cup) included with many of the non salad entrees. This time it was a perfect potato leek served hot! My friend had mussels and linguine with their excellent sourdough bread. Though quite an ample portion, he finished all of it, even the delectable garlic scented broth. I had the (recommended) chopped steak which was delivered perfectly medium rare and had thoughts about bringing some home, but finished the entire plate! Then we shared a proper, not too sweet, rice pudding with raisins. Our ice teas never ran dry. Service was just right! We'll definitely be back!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant was remarkable from the service, to the delicious delectable cuisine. 5 Stars!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was great. Reasonable
Everything was great. Reasonable pricing and great choices.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite place
Whenever we have a chance this is our destination. We love Chalet Basque!!!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waitress and staff were
The waitress and staff were extremely nice and accommodating to any requests for something a little different. I think the food was delicious and so did everyone else. What more could one want?
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining at the Chalet Basque
The Chalet Basque has remained one my primary dining destinations since leaving the Bay Area 30 years ago. The personnel treat me as if I were an old friend who had never left. The informality and warmth generated by Roger, the owner, and all his staff make you always feel special and welcome. Mostly importantly, the cooking is superb. The Chalet Basque gets five stars from me.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a party of 7 getting together the nite before the larger Thanksgiving party at home. The waiter was very helpful, knowledgeable, attentive. We each found something we liked on the menu- from liver to prawns and a delicious boeuf bourginon. The salad was fresh and none of us had room for dessert, the portions are very generous. The only part we thought was mediocre was the potato leek soup. I want to go back in warmer weather- they have a great patio for outside seating. Parking was easy, too.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dine in Europe w/o leaving Marin
Chalet Basque reminds me of all the wonderful village cafes and restaurants I've encountered in travels to Italy, France, Spain, Germany. It's casual and neighborhood friendly, but there is pride in the food being prepared. The bar is like an international version of "cheers". There's a sense that you're a friend not a customer. On a nice day sit in the patio. Otherwise a booth in the bar is my favorite. We went for Thanksgiving and had a lovely 4 course meal at a very reasonable price. I had rack of lamb -a generous 6 rib serving cooked to perfection. Another in my group had a wonderful boeuf bourgignon, and of course there was turkey. The soup and salad were excelkent. The service was attentive as always. I'll be going again soon.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM