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Chalet Basque

4.6
4.6
955 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

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Basque, French, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–7:45 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

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What 955 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

  • Marin

    Best Food

  • Marin

    Best Service

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    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. J

    John

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Chalet Basque because of the relaxed neighborhood atmosphere and the wide variety of hard-to-find menu choices, such as frog legs, sand dabs, and escargot. The owner, Patrick, ensures the service and food are perfect. Many times we have noticed Patrick in the kitchen preparing our favorite entrees. Another welcoming experience at Chalet Basque is the wait staff. All of whom have been serving here for decades. Linda, Freddy, Fernando, and Diego (the busboy) ensure our service is timed and accurate. We are grateful to have such a world-class dining experience in a small neighborhood. Thanks to everyone at Chalet Basque! Your long-term, loyal customers, Dr. John and Nancy
  2. M

    Mbk333

    San Francisco

    176 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to have such a stellar dinner, beginning with warn bread, satisfying watercress potato soup and bright vinaigrette with blue cheese crumble salad. Entree of grilled lamb chops ample with delicious potato gratin and a fresh vegetable blend.
  3. d

    drali

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Unpretentious, reliably good food with some surprises on the menu (sweetbreads, frogs legs) and THE BEST sand dabs anywhere. It is the go to restaurant for delicious food in a cozy but straightforward setting for locals in the Santa Venetia area of San Rafael.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect summer evening outdoor dining
  5. L

    Laura

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Reassuringly welcomed ! Service was as usual GREAT! Food quality quantity and deliciousness not waived in all these years! Lamb chops (favorite) still outstanding! Prices gone up considerably (?+20%) Still comparatively ely great value for soup salad enter with potatoes and hot vegetable bread and butter. Still serve exotics like sweetbreads, frogs legs.
  6. JP

    JayP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner on the outdoor area is charming. Much like being at a excellent country inn in France, without the long plane ride. An the food is not expensive for these times. Had the Sand Dabs last night, which were very fresh and as good as you would find anywhere.
  7. J

    John

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Linda, our waitress, Kelly our bartender, and Diego our busy boy were courteous, friendly, and efficient! They are the reasons why we have been choosing Chalet Basque for many years! Thank you Patrick for having the best crew! Continued success! John and Nancy
  8. c

    cookingharold

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I had passed this restaurant for 15 years and said, "gotta try that place sometime". My daughter and I finally went there. We sat outside - the inside is a bit dated in appearance. The food and service were a very pleasant surprise. We will be back again.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All good! Wonderful outdoor patio; courteous waiters.
  10. F

    Foodie22

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration! Perfect evening sitting outside on a summer night with excellent food and wine!
  11. TS

    TonyS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Sat outside. The owner came around to see if everything was good.
  12. SB

    SueB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to find anything negative about Chalet Basque…everything is always spot on. Service, food, ambiance are wonderful! Will keep on going back and recommending to friends! Love the place!
  13. BN

    BarryN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to The Chalet Basque often. Last night we took 4 friends with us who had not eaten there previously. We ate outside and it was packed! The service was spot on and the food excellent. Our friends loved the spot and said how lucky we were to have it in our neighborhood. Our hats off to the staff!
  14. C

    Califaloha

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I went for our Anniversary. We reserved a table outside and we’re seated promptly upon arrival. We started with a very good IPA beer and a glass of Cabernet. He ordered the chicken cordon blu and I order the fettuccine with chicken. The soup and salad that was included were both very good, as was the cordon blu. My linguine was overall tasteless even with requested extra tomato sauce. The chicken on top was done perfectly and very good. The portions were generous so we had no room for dessert and needed a to go box for leftovers. The waiters are always cheerful and helpful but ours was a little over stressed trying to serve too many tables so the service lacked some of the time. Overall we were satisfied, but will not make this restaurant one of our “regulars”.
  15. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tucked away in the Marin hills, this local gem has great food, ambience, and a stellar menu/bar.
  16. JP

    JayP

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very good food at modest prices. And the outside is a lovely bit of France in Marin.
  17. D

    Daba

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a Marin icon. The service is excellent. The menu appeals to all tastes. The food is delicious. Watercress soup was the soup du jour which none of us had ever tried before. It was amazing and we were all so pleased to have enjoyed it. The combination of the sourdough and garlic sourdough bread was also much appreciated. We feasted on a selection of lamb shank, prawns, sand dabs and frog legs. All entrees were well prepared and served flawlessly.
  18. R

    Rudolph

    San Francisco

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden local gem I’ve been meaning to try many moons ago, finally made it a little up North from SF. With so many Bastille celebrations in the city I grew up in, everyone tells me to come to San Rafael. Thanks to all my foodie friends for telling me about this place. Love my spontaneous self for convincing hubby to go on a date night with me. Although, the menu was limited for the special evening, we enjoyed our 3-course meals. Chicken Cordon Bleu is a must, the soup was divine, as hubby is super picky, and he loved it. The fresh beautiful salad was on point. Corkage fee is $20 a bottle. The ambiance transports you to another world, yet you’re in Marin. Extremely chill and relaxing. Hubby thanked me for a lovely date night, he was indeed pleasantly surprised. Merci Beaucoup!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bastille day
  20. EA

    EpicureanAdventurer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Chalet Basque is always a wonderful experience. The ambience, servers and owner, Patrick are all top notch. They make us feel like family. I’ve been coming her with my family for over five decades. It’s our go to for anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and of course Bastille Day! We’ve been here the past two Bastille days and it is like being transported to France. The rack of lamb and Chicken Cordon Bleu are outstanding!
  21. JH

    JimH

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    A great spot for ambiance. We sat outside in the courtyard area, not on the other side of the hedge. A guitar player added to the environment. Menu had a variety of items as did their wine list. Staff while friendly didn't seem to get the job done all the time. Food was okay, the sauce on one of our dishes was congealing when it was served. We were in the area for the county fair, we wouldn't make a trip to go here.
  22. PD

    PatD

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress Linda, is the best. Veal Piccata excellevt
  23. JP

    JudyP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter’s birthday (45!) wonderful service, food was excellent, as always. We come here for all our important occasions.
  24. TL

    TonyLo

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic. Old world. Fresh. Savory goodness. Staffed by experienced, smart good people.
  25. D

    Donna

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A reunion of a group of friends who have not been all together for over 2 years due to the pandemic. The weather was perfect and dining in the patio was lovely. The food and service great, as usual. A good time had by all!
  26. KT

    KarenT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to celebrate our anniversary. We have been here before. Food is excellent, great service. We sat outside. It was very comfortable. Will definitely come again.
  27. IA

    IvyAnn

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We don’t eat here often, but when we do it’s always terrific. Entrees come with soup and salad and portions are very ample. Linda, whose been there for many years, is a delight and a perfect server.
  28. S

    Stefi2015

    San Francisco

    155 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bit of a mix up with reservation then seated. Delicious bread & split pea soup and salad with blue cheese crumbles. My NY steak bit overdone not medium rare as ordered. Server never brought fork, flagged Diego down for one. Thank you Diego! Busy night (Roger would be pleased this Father’s Day weekend!) Ended with delicious flan. Two nice glasses of red.
  29. N

    Nancy

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is excellent! Our waitress was really great too-fun,knowledgeable, sharp humor. Nice live, ambient music. Our party of 5 all loved our food. The split pea soup with curry was delicious. The flan was perfect. I will recommend highly.
  30. S

    Sebastopolwino

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great choice of entrees. Soup and salad included.
  31. C

    Cynz

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was wonderful, as usual. Loved the scampi! Linda was our waitress. Always appreciate her.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and friendly, attentive service
  33. m

    marcg

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great waiters/bus service. Very attentive and thoughtful. Went for my daughter's birthday and truly enjoyed the food. We sat outside and loved the fresh air and garden setting. Even had live music. When I went through the restaurant to use the bathroom I couldn't help but notice the decor of the dinning area inside is tired and needs to be remodeled.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family bday…had a great dinner…8 of us all happy with our choices. Great service as always. So welcoming & next to cooking at home, feels like home. Love Chalet Basque❤️
  35. E

    Elle44

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time visit.... really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere Hoping next time for more attention from the waiter he gave others the specials of the day...not us... Will be back--may even be "regulars"... All in all a very good meal and a nice experience... Thank you...
  36. j

    jimbill

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great environment. Energetic and motivated staff. Great food.
  37. DP

    DanP

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This page is great. Solid food, good service, good vibe. Really great value. You never leave hungry!
  38. n

    northbayfoodie

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The food and service have gone downhill. After dining here for more than 20 years, we won’t be back.
  39. K

    Kath

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and fantastic service! Our waitress and bus boy were amazing--super helpful and knowledgeable and fun. We were here with my 97 year old mother to celebrate my husband's birthday. They accommodated my mother's "warm spot outside" needs beautifully. Terrific split pea curry soup (and I don't normally like split pea soup). Our teen loved the lavender lemonade.
  40. DM

    DanM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Food service extremely slow

Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Chalet Basque is rated 4.6 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
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–7:45 pm

  • 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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