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About Bask

Bask restaurant welcomes from Monday to Saturday, lunch (Monday through Friday) and dinner (Monday through Saturday). We specialize in dishes passed down from authentic chefs of the Basque country and feature a happy hour of daily prepared pinxtos spread across our bar. The drink menu offers carefully chosen wines from France and Spain, small production domestic selections, along with house made red and white sangria. We invite you to come pair your choice of wine or sangria with any of our specialties - Squid cooked in it"s own ink, Roasted Lamb Shanks, Paella Royale, Grilled Cod Filet, or the Basque Burger - among many others. But, save room for dessert; the Euskal Pastela (Basque Cake) is not to be missed.

We also offer a large selection of gluten free dishes.

42 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Basque, French, Spanish

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm

Dinner: M-Th 4:30pm-10:00pm

Dinner: F 4:30pm-11:00pm

Dinner: Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Jackson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 392-2275

Website:
http://www.basksf.com/

Parking Details:
Use the ZIRX app to park with ease at Bask. Ask staff to enter promo and your first park is free!
2 public parking on Columbus street, closer to the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Suzanne Cot

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bask Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was excellent and perfect for our party of 6! Everyone loved the food and enjoyed the casual atmosphere! We will be back on our next trip to San Francisco! Highly recommended!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food, friendly staff, but...they made us wait literally an hour for our reservation.

As "Seinfeld" said, "You see, you know how to *take* the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation. And that's really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them."

Tags: Tapas, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing experience!
Great food and a super friendly staff!

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great Gluten Free options and they take cross contamination very seriously! Plus the food is wonderful!

Tags: Spicy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The Tiger Prawns and Mushroom tapas were excellent. The crab Croquettes were ok, nice flavor but a little gummy. I thought the wine was expensive; $13 for a glass of pinot grigio. This was more than the food cost.

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant for large parties. They will not split the bill and will make the billing process severely painful. Go to barrel room instead.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We were not greeted upon arrival, my friend and I even wondered if we entered thru the wrong door. I had to go toward the kitchen to get acknowledged by a gruff waitress that shooed me away as if she had already told me our table was being set up. Waters came promptly. But the food lacked authenticity. Either too salty (gambas and patats) or too bland (day old tortilla española). The gambas with mussels were totally off, as if they added and orange or grapefruit juice to the sauce, where traditionally it’s just olive oil and slow cooked garlic. Unfortunately, overall I was underwhelmed with my experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food and service as always!! I have been here several times when we visit SF and am never disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

After we waited outside the restaurant for 10 minutes, Bask gave our table away right in front of us even though we had made a prior reservation.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I made a reservation through OpenTable for 7:45pm on a Friday night, and when we got there the hostess explained that there would be at least an hour wait. I'm not sure where the disconnect was between the restaurant and OpenTable, but it certainly was not a good experience. I've heard good things about this restaurant but they need to figure out how to make sure reservations can be honored.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Seems like they have changed the owner and chef. Some of the items we ordered didn’t taste very well. They are incredibly understaffed for a Friday night, we had to walk to the waiter several times asking for our check, will probably not go back any time soon.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful place. Worth going. The happy hour is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Tapas, Casual, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was slow (10-15 minutes to order drinks) at the beginning of the evening and got continually worse as the restaurant filled up.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was amazing, great ambiance and amazing service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Was excited to try Bask as we love Basque cuisine. We were somewhat disappointed. The Boquerones were amazing. Absolutely delicious. However, the Gambas were overcooked that we had to send the dish back. The other tapas were okay but nothing extraordinary. Service was terrible. We had to ask for bread and clean plates 3 times. The waiter and waitresses didn't regularly checked in.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The venue is decent and the waiters are really lovely. Great steak sandwich.

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 (London)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was tasty, but the portions are small. Since the average price for one tapas is 15$ and you need at least 3 tapas for a regular meal, you add the tip and you end up with minimum 50$ bill with no desert or drinks.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service matched. My two favorite Tapas were Goat Cheese and Patatas Bravas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

They really need to work on service level. Second time we are here and service was poor both times. Otherwise it is an OK place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great tapas, everything is wonderful for sharing. Have been there twice to celebrate birthdays and each time it was enjoyable. Service was excellent, they check on you often enough but not intrusive. Tapas are great for sharing and everything was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Met a colleague for lunch based on a recommendation. I had the Serrano ham sandwich with salad. The bread and all the ingr diners were amazing. Delicious, fresh and a wonderful blend of vegetables, bread and meat. Definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant could have been in Europe, bistro feel, all different types of people. The person who greeted me was very nice and energetic, kept telling me that he would be available to get me whatever I needed. Unfortunately, he seemed to never be around when we needed him, and when we asked other people to get something for us they either brought the wrong thing (in one place regular bread when we asked for gluten free!) or never came back. The food we had was from bland to amazing, so it was hard to give it a star. The baby eels, scrumptious ! We ordered the fois gras twice, the first time it was seared perfectly, the second time it wasn't and wasn't cleaned properly. The tuna tartare was completely tasteless. The gluten free bread when it finally came was warm and delicious with the baby eels. The ambiance was lively, the place was packed! All the employees seemed very happy so that's always good. The prices were a bit high for the inconsistency of preparations. That first round of foie gras and the baby eels were so good I would go back just for that!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The flank steak was still mooing, but the French fries were great! The salad was splitable and yummy! All in all tasty! Three people for lunch $75.00 tab.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Such yummy tapas. Did not get to try the octopus - it wasn't ready :(. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food and excellent service. I have eaten here many times over the past 3 years. The food has always been good. The service is excellent and friendly.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

3 New Yorkers on the way to SFO airport and stopped in town/city to eat something other than Mexican.
Reservations were greeted by the Husband owner who seated us. Waiter then took over and made every effort to make us comfortable. Sangria was nice not very high in alcohol so enjoy the fruity wine. Small plates were very good finished by a Paella. The Chef (wife) from Spain yes makes it authentic. Enjoy!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The paella was overpriced and not as good as in the past. But other Tapas were good and our server was wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Ari was the best server I have encountered in SF in a long time. He was attentive, kind and patient. He made it clear we were in good hands. He made the meal fun and relaxing. The food was awesome in its own right and the service was a cherry on top. We had the gambas, the mushrooms and the peppers with cod, we also had the flourless chocolate cake and the creme brûlée. Everything was excellent although the creme brûlée was a bit gummy (only gripe) Ari was very helpful with wine recommendations and I ate like a Spaniard. I would absolutely go back again if I wanted to impress some friends.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Authentic Basque, northern Spanish and southern French food, made with qualit ingredients and reasonably priced. Great for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Delicious food with friendly, timely and accurate service. A delightful luscious dining experience with lots of butter. Bask now becomes a regular go to restaurant for me.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Fun Place with great food. We ordered to much. The paella can easily be shared. Appetizers are great. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Late night dinner. Super fast and friendly service. Delicious food. Highly recommend the roasted mushrooms and the baked camembert.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Small tapas portions so variety is easy for sharing. Ordered few, my favorites were stuffed paprika, and goat cheese. Sea food in general was pretty good. Sangrias were tasty. I was expecting a bit of something "exotic" or more "rebellious" from Bask and after few dishes it was perhaps to predictable . Overall a good experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Delicious tapas in a warm atmosphere with great staff and service. Highly recommend the sangrias and Tchupito too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, People Watching, Organic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

I loved the food and out waiter Ari. I'm excited to go back and share the restaurant with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

I brought some colleagues from out of town. They were delighted by the bask tapas menu. I recommend the baby eels, and the bone marrow.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The owner, Susanna and her husband are lovely host! They make you feel like you're at home. Always welcome us with open arms. This is a fun atmosphere with amazing good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Outstanding food. Look forward to going back to try more of the tapas. The Basque dessert is just great. A real find!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I've been 5 or 6 times. It's always good. The staff are always sweet and the food is spot on. You get what you expect here. Love bask.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Terrific food and wine list. Superb service. They have a tempernillo / cab blend that was amazing. All the food was delicious. Great for sharing. Terrific for large groups we had 9 people. Ordered food and wine $44 per person including tip and tax

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Special Occasion
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