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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Chalet Basque reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (23)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (20)special occasion (19)romantic (14)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Annie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Return a Bit Disappointing
    marty
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    We went back to Chalet Basque after a long absence, lured by the unusual items on the menu (tripe, tongue, sweetbreads, frogs' legs) and a special four-course offer for $21.95. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the convenience to Marin County's Civic Center, but were disappointed in the food. The frogs' legs were too rich, with so much garlic that this garlic lover was overwhelmed. My husband's sweetbreads were "terrible," according to him. The delicious house pate came with unnecessary salami slices rather than the traditional cornichons and mustard. We would think several times before going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    JnAfromNorthBay
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basque
    Marty
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service and the food was
    willie
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why Did I Wait?
    BJTraveler
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old school marin
    tikidad
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marin gem
    FNTJr
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    iQuack
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    FrannyWhit
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorites
    Curli
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The special was delicious
    Jaxxy77
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    i had the duck confit and the duck breast, it was delicious-could do without the orange peppercorn sauce . My partner had the filet mignon....it didn't look like a filet mignon and it was smothered in a madeira mushroom sauce without the mushrooms...I am not a big fan of covering up an entire steak with a thick sauce and calling it a filet mignon...we were very disappointed with that...The french onion soup was actually very good. The caesar was heavy on the dressing-which i like, but my partner didn't. If you ask me, i thought the food was good...if you ask him he didn't think it was worth the 80 bucks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderfull place to dine
    funwfood
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time dining there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch
    oregonhorsegirl
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant has been a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This restaurant has been a fixrure for years...glad to see the food was as good as I remembered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a visit
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An al fresco gem
    Greatspot
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We ate outside on a balmy evening and we could have been in Southern France. Service and food were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long Wait
    Bobby
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    The restaurant was short one bar person and one wait person, which we didn't find out until I paid the bill. We had to wait 25 minutes for a waitperson to come to our table and that was only after we complained. When I paid the bill and commented to one of the staff about the bad service, I received an apology, but no concessions of any kind. However, one member of the staff did say that the owner showed up with his family, and instead of helping the over-burdened staff during a difficult evening, sat down with his family and enjoyed a relaxing dinner. I ordered the lamb shank, which was tasty and my date chose the filet, which she was disappointed with. We shared the Gateau for dessert, which was probably the best part of the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly great food.
    Napa
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We have been eating year for many years and they never dissapoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of our favorites
    sunflowerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    We always look forward to our visits to Chalet Basque and are never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1950's Time Warp
    Mark
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I was really surprised by how inaccurate the reviews on Open Table were for this restaurant. The restaurant was probably decorated in 1950 without change. The food was mediocre at best. Tellingly, mostly elderly people were there, who were probably going there for the last forty years. They probably have enjoyed their time there, and more power to them, but most younger people looking for a little bit more sophisticated restaurant, unfortunately will not.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day
    basqueluv
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Glad we had reservations for Mothers Day. It was busy. We had the Chicken Cordon Bleu. Wow. Best Escargot in Marin!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The potatoe leek soup is so good.
    Manny123
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I have been coming for years and the environment, food, and service was always good. !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day dinner
    Bets
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Foodies
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Our waitress was outstanding, she was friendly and excellent at her job. The food as always was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go again.
    Lvgdfood
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marin's best French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Feels like a family French restaurant. Focus is on quality, authentic, traditional food, not trendy visual displays to see how high you can stack the food on the plate with artsy patterns in the sauce. Try the sweetbreads-exquisite!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a great spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time with a
    out4theday
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We had a great time with a party of eight, and the restaurant was very accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Marin gem...consistant over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    A Marin gem...consistant over the years. I always take a freind who has not been before and they RAVE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Little Local Restaurant
    MartySmarty
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a trip to France
    MissJuneVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful menu. Good is always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There is an atmosphere of
    zman911
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    There is an atmosphere of being in a foreign country. There is a wide selection of Basque dishes, however they are small and do not always complement each other with the side dishes. This is not a place for one who is on a budget. Overall, it's a fair restaurant if you want to have something to eat and are not worried about the getting your moneys worth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Go for the paella special
    PenguiniVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience from our pre-dinner
    Finedineandwine
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Our experience from our pre-dinner cocktails through desert was exquisite. Our corner table provided a quiet, romantic spot for my wife and I to enjoy each other. The service was beyond reproach ... unhurried yet timely. (.. and the dessert ws marvelous!)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average meal, crass service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Average meal, crass service and terrible decor. My family comes here often because it's the most convenient but certainly does not deserve it. Google around, you can find better in the neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate