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Chalet Basque, San Rafael, CA
Chalet Basque, San Rafael, CA
Chalet Basque, San Rafael, CA
Chalet Basque, San Rafael, CA
Chalet Basque, San Rafael, CA

Chalet Basque

4.5
4.5
1041 Reviews
$31 to $50
Basque
The Chalet Basque restaurant is 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. In keeping with traditional Basque culture, our restaurant has an old school, comfy feel. We serve hearty Basque dishes and make a different fresh soup each day. Dishes such as escargot, frog legs and rack of lamb keep us anchored to our deep Basque and French roots. While our vegetarian plate, and similar dishes, show our influence by Northern California. Join us for a romantic first date, a night out with the guys, a relaxing end to a stressful day at work or a wedding rehearsal and everything in between. Our restaurant is also available for Banquets and parties upon reservation.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Basque, French, Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–8:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 479-1070
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Roger Minhondo
  • Catering
    Call or email us to inquire about having us cater. We’d love to be a part of your special event!
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a place to host your next birthday party, business meeting, holiday party, etc.? We’ve got you covered! We have a basic sample banquet menu available on our website. We can alter the menu to suit your dietary restrictions, budget or anything else. To book a party, please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to working with you!
  • Neighborhood
    San Rafael
  • Cross street
    Mabry Way
  • Parking details
    Parking Lot Parking. Street parking directly in front of restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Public Transit is located in front of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,041 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,041 Reviews
  1. PamelaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual. It is our favorite restaurant. Plan to eat there again soon!

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  2. Blondie

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Like many years before, we’ve eaten Easter and Mother’s Day brunches here. It’s been a few years but returned yesterday for our Easter brunch. My goodness things have changed! Only one brunch item on the menu ($29 omelette). The remaining offerings were dinner-like entrees at exorbitant prices. Ordered the traditional pate we’ve eaten for years. 2 very small dry slices for $18. No wonder the restaurant was empty but for a few other tables of guests. It’s too bad. We won’t be returning.

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  3. LisaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and great food. A winner of a restaurant!

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  4. AmyD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great meal and great service at Chalet Basque

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  5. BrianF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and great service. We had a wonderful evening.

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  6. DavidL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good even excellent. Just a good evening altogether.

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  7. ChezKP

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Have always loved coming to Chalet Basque and it never dissapoints. However the prices have jumped considerably, $39 for a meager NY Strip steak was over the top, and the wonderful watercress soup tasted, well, watery.

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  8. Andy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Send dabs and frog legs were the selections of the evening and were absolutely excellent. Steve, our waiter was impeccable. We have been here several times before, and this was our usual experience.

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  9. DM415

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Does not disappoint. Great choices throughout the menu. Always a great experience!

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  10. StacyH

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, great service. The pounding on the wall from the kids playing on the other side became disruptive at times.

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  11. MadelineS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m angry that apparently it’s being sold to new management… this is a gem that should not be altered in anyway. Last night was perfection.

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  12. KarenRae

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They were really busy, our service was good and attentive. My petrale sole was wonderful, just right, and the lemon sauce was right on.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and food as usual!! The chicken cordon blue was exquisitely yummy!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chalet Basque feels like a little European gem in San Rafael. What they do they do it right! We will assuredly be back.

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  15. Myreview

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. They do charge a 3% service fee and charged $2 up charge for cosmo without disclosing the charge or asking.

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  16. FebrinaR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service fee 3% on top of tax 😬 Food was decent and service is good. Freddie was very attentive as our waiter. We are celebrated birthday and the birthday person receive a dessert on the house

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  17. Cookie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little hidden neighborhood gem, with excellent food and ambiance…

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  18. None

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very nice evening -- good food, good service and not too noisy.

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  19. IreneC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was Thanksgiving, busier than doo doo, so for that night with a prix fixe menu, they did a heckuva job. I hadn't been there in 30 years, and after last night, my hubby and I will be back and enjoy drinks at the bar and hope to have their boef bourgignon (sp) since they ran out on Thanksgiving. I don't blame them though. It hasn't changed in 30 years, and I would have some recommendations for cheap aesthetic improvements. Regardless, we will be back and while we didn't sit outside on their patio, I would in the future!

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  20. DanaD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We love Chalet Basque and were hoping for a dining experience like we have always had there. However, Thanksgiving dinner was not as good as expected. Food was below par for the fantastic restaurant and the price per meal of $57.00 was not worth the experience. I love this restaurant and would recommend it for its usual menu, but not for special occasions. I am sorry I even need to say this, but I was disappointed by the food quality.

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  21. Patti

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably our favorite restaurant. Menu is consistently delicious, with many entree choices and great value. Service is super-friendly and we enjoy the atmosphere. Outside dining fun option in warm weather.

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  22. TaraF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After reading other Thanksgiving reviews I was a little worried but we had a wonderful experience today! We had a total of 7 (including 2 with walkers). We sat outside and the weather was perfect with very little restaurant noise. The food was great. We tried the traditional turkey, beef bourguignon and steak. The soup and salad were fresh and flavorful. The cocktails were on point too!

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  23. IntoGreatDining

    San Francisco

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious and a fun place to be. we were surprised that there were so many people there and now understand why. the food was great. The service was great and it was a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday.

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  24. Jack

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Over the years we have occasionally dined at CB and enjoyed the consistency of its food offerings. On our first visit this past week since the change of ownership, our party of six were generally disappointed in our respective entrees. Several of us that had the Veal Piccata were served Luke warm meals. The Pate Masion was extremely small and tasteless.

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  25. DanP

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Always a great spot and you never leave hungry. I deviated from my chicken cordon Bleu this time for a less caloric salmon option and regretted it, but but you can't go wrong here. Marin classic.

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  26. SkaterAl

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The outdoor patio is very pleasant and we were there on a warm evening. Service was friendly and thoughtfully paced, allowing us to linger over cocktails before serving our dinner so we could enjoy our gathering. The food was plentiful and tasty.

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  27. DELISA

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The waitstaff was excellent , nice setting outside. Very easy to deal with getting there and parking. The food was good but very expensive.I asked for a vegan gf option which they very nicely accommodated.I have celiac. They brought out a plate of veggies and rice- very simple with some canned beans. It was okay but they charged 35 $ for it which seemed really high. Again I know it is a pain to accommodate people like me and they were put on the spot-I just think I probably won’t go back.Too bad because it has a nice outdoor eating area.

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  28. Cookie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden little neighborhood gem in Marin. Doesn’t get better than this. Wait staff attentive and food out if this world. Don’t walk, run to take in a great dining experience…

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  29. psdrali

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A NEIGHBOORHOOD FAVORITE Reliably good with some interesting and relatively uncommon entree choices such as frogs legs and sweetbreads...but a variety of other choices for those who are less adventuresome, served on a quiet outside patio with heat lamps when needed, or their inside dining room. Prices are very reasonable and include soup and salad-the soup was a watercress/potato puree, again relatively uncommon and delicious.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Le Chalet Basque has been a favorite amongst locals for years. The food is very good, and when you consider entrees are served with soup and a salad it is an excellent value. The service was more than acceptable. We were exceptionally impressed with the bartender who researched a cocktail for us when he didn’t have the specific ingredient for the cocktail we originally requested. We had two orders of the sole and one of the salmon - and both were pronounced to be very good and generous portions. Although we ate indoors, the patio area was clearly the favored location for customers.

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  31. Mel61

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice neighborhood restaurant with efficient and respectful service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going to Chalet Basque longer than any restaurant in the area. I live in SF. Yes, it’s worth the drive and parking is easy. As for the restaurant, I never had a bad meal here. I think the value is very good for the whole experience. Excellent service, delicious food, lovely atmosphere. This is a go to place for special occasions or just to have have a nice night out.

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  33. Stefi2015

    San Francisco

    168 reviews

    5.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best experience ever, food - steak dinners delish! Minestrone, healthy & yummy, salad with blue cheese crumbles 😋 and NY steaks - never enough of those buttery, creamy potatoes gratin, merlot and end on a sweet note with a flan 🍮 Thank you Patrick, Freddy, Diego & cooks for a lovely evening before a month in Venice IT.

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  34. William

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Why nickel and dime in adding a mandatory 3% "service" charge? This 3% is added not only to the food items, but also calculated on top of the sales tax.

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  35. William

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Party of 4. Unfortunately, except for one entre, all the others were very good. The one exception was the Chicken Cordon Bleu. The outside was crusty and burned. Inedible. When served, I said that it looked burned. The server said ALL were like this in order for the inside to be cooked. Obviously, the outside should be golden and edible. I had to cut off the outer layer in order to eat. I was quite disappointed with his answer when served. If this is normal, they should take it off the menu. If not, they should be honest and own up to the fact that my serving was not up to par.

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  36. Andy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat in the bar. Although it was busy, it was always relaxed. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Entrées were excellent. We had sweet breads and veal conte. Watercress soup was wonderful, salad, excellent. In other words, it was a great evening.

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  37. MatthewG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time. This time especially with my dad in a wheelchair and how they accommodated us.

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  38. SteveM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It was like 2 hrs before our entree came ! They said they forgot we were there ? The soup was bad , a split pea Curry ! Salad was saturated in dressing! And my entree was Linguine and prawns in a SpaghettiO red sauce! Horrible!!

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  39. KarenT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten here several times, one of our favorites. Food is delicious, wait staff is pleasant. We never feel rushed. Only downside was some annoying flies outside, otherwise a beautiful evening.

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  40. GregoryS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Le Chalet Basque multiple times over the years. We keep returning because it never disappoints. This visit was to celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary. Drew was our waiter and was so attentive, friendly and helpful throughout the evening. It was also Father's Day so there was a special, limited menu for the occasion - fortunately, our favorites were included on the list. The food, as always, was outstanding. Altogether, we could not have picked a better place to celebrate our special day.

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FAQs

Chalet Basque offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 479-1070.

Chalet Basque is rated 4.5 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chalet Basque

405 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mabry Way
  • Neighborhood
    San Rafael
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–8:15 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Basque, French, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking Lot Parking. Street parking directly in front of restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Public Transit is located in front of restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Roger Minhondo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 479-1070
  • Catering
    Call or email us to inquire about having us cater. We’d love to be a part of your special event!
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for a place to host your next birthday party, business meeting, holiday party, etc.? We’ve got you covered! We have a basic sample banquet menu available on our website. We can alter the menu to suit your dietary restrictions, budget or anything else. To book a party, please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to working with you!
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