Chalet Basque

4.4
863 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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vipAmyH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linda our server was EXCELLENT!! If I could have given her 10 stars, I would have. She’s very knowledgeable about both the food and the wine list. So much personality. I ordered beef Bourgogne and my husband ordered lamb shank. Food is always exceptional. We’ve been going g to Chalet Basque for over 30 years. Always a good meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Prior to Lyle Lovett concert.

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vipPatB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we are looking forward to returning with our out of town guests.

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BillW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with big portions; great value for old school 3 course meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this restaurant has wonderful food, great service and atmosphere. A hidden gem.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming, excellent service by the servers, classy, delicious food and drinks, overall wonderful evening! I will definitely come again! Makes you feel as if you are in Europe. Comfortable environment, and really sweet employees. Everyone there exudes kindness and commitment to providing an excellent experience! So unusual these days. Love this place!

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DebbieM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this warm & friendly restaurant!

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gracie
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Never disappointed with the quality of the food even on a busy night. Our server seemed to be learning his job as we had to ask to be waited on as well as ask several times for the olive oil. But he was trying and very pleasant . Overall a wonderful meal and will always be a “go to “ place for our family.

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rihallix
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I’ve had good experiences here but tonight was a comedy of errors - out of our first choice of wine , then brought the wrong wine (which they even tried to bill me for after bringing the right wine). Brought the wrong starters (soup when we ordered salads). The steak was fairly tasteless (apart from the sauce).

I want them to succeed- but tonight was a let down.

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vipEllibel
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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CatherineF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice place, fantastic food, very friendly staff. I highly recommend Chalet Basque!

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vipMarinite1234
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely falls in the it hidden gem category. Its been around a long time and we sort of forgot about it. Glad we went. Food was very tasty not to mention reasonably priced. The wine was also reasonable and they make a great Irish Coffee with real cream. Not super fancy, but it does have white tablecloths and a pleasant ambiance. This place is definitely on our list of places we will go out to in Marin County. People are very nice as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, first time. Ran into old friends. Fantastic cocktails and delicious food!

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KathleenS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Definitely a hidden gem with only small changes over the past 20 years which is as long as I've know it. We love the quaint European atmosphere and menu. The service is fantastic and food delicious. Its fun to have the full, separate bar area which feels like a neighborhood hangout, and some interesting antiques throughout adding to the unique character. The white linen, red decor and artwork make it feel like a special occasion spot, yet the service is so friendly they make you feel right at home. It was surprisingly empty on a Sunday night other than the crowd in the bar. On the other hand, I'm glad they were open until 9! We love the pate, salami and peperoncini appetizer and bread basket, both garlic and plain. Its a rustic pate, not at all overpowering. The dinner salad with house vinaigrette while simple is so good. Very fresh. Jury was out on the watercress soup. Tastes a little like split pea and fun that they serve it homestyle from a big bowl at the table, but I think you need a pretty big appetite for the full meal and if anything had to give it was the soup! For entrees, we had two different shrimp dishes which were both delicious. The veggies on the plate seemed like a bit of an afterthought, but tasted good. Our vegan friend was very happy with the vegetable plate she ordered which included artichoke, sautéed mushrooms and a bunch of other things. Last but certainly not least, still dreaming about that spumoni! Choice of either ice cream or rice pudding comes with the meal. We were pleasantly surprised to find a vegan option there as well with a delicious mango sorbet. All in all it was a fantastic birthday dinner and we hope to be back soon - especially now that the weather is nice, lunch outside on the patio feels like a touch of' the continent' right here in Marin!

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DianeC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasant experience. Chalet Basque can be relied upon to provide good food
and attentive personnel.

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vipDaveJ
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly seated, good service, excellent food

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IsabelL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a lovely experience. And such a treat that it is so local and the food is always delicious.

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ChristopherW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful location with great food and people. The table that we requested was ready on arrival

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vipFlowergirl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waitress was very friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

New Years Eve. We expected it to be crowded and busy. We go to this restaurant often for special occasions. They moved in extra tables so it was very crowded, noisy, and warm. Fixed menu, didn’t add anything more then you normally get. They doubled the price. We had reservations at 8, we were seated right away. We didn’t eat our main entree till 10:15. Very disappointing!

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MikeF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

good food. service a bit slow. excellent location.

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CharlieS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great value. A bit dated and servers do their jobs - not professional in watching tables for needs etc

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Fantastic service and great food! Always my go to for out of town guests.

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vipNative
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem! Always good food, service and atmosphere.

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vipEnjoyed
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chalet Basque is a neighborhood gem. They have been around forever and still put out a quality meal. Food is consistently good and reasonably priced. Entrees include soup and salad. We think it is worth the trip to come all the way from Southern Marin County.

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JDVideo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Classic French Basque restaurant with great selection of food and drinks. Thursday's feature paella which is always delicious.

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rone
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Besides all the good reviews, we haven’t found the meals unique. It has a local dining in feeling. Only split pea/ curry soup was okay but the rest unfortunately didn’t taste good.

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vipLinda
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful staff and consistently good food!

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vipExcellentdining
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and awesome food. The waitress was new but so friendly and courteous.

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vipCarlD
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first time there. i felt that I had entered a time warp to a different era with white table cloths, a relaxed atmosphere and a quiet evening. We ordered the duck and the lamb and were very happy with the quality of the dishes at a very fair price.

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kyis
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been coming here for just about 40 years. Not so much the last 20. We moved. Always enjoy the 5 course meal. I highly recommend. Great value also. Our server seemed new and not so on top of things or personal. Linda is an amazing server and is kinda of the heart of the place for me, but she was on other tables. One of the salads had wasn't so sharp. Fettuccine clams lots of garlic if you like and clams great. Overall a great hidden gem. Lively bar. Loved my wine in the ice bucket. Nice touch

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joninslaw
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Warm, charming French Basque local icon. Part of life for us.

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Lovegoodfood
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A locales kind of place that delivers surprisingly good wholesome French/Basque food. We dined for Thanksgiving, always a potential death knell and were pleasantly surprised with a choice of 5 entrees and a 4 course meal. The rack of lamb (+$9) was amazingly tender and tasty.

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DarrenB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent neighborhood restaurant.
It's our favorite place to take friends for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating retirement. Everyone was attentive, funny and made the event most enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place and delicious food. It was fun with a group of friends or would be perfect for a romantic dinner. The outdoor patio looked inviting. Great French/Basque food. We all will go back again.

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Sarah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food and always a favorite

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit “old school” but they have a lot of dishes that you can’t find in many restaurants. Very friendly staff, some of whom have been working there for years.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Not as good as past experiences

Chalet Basque
Responded on November 10, 2019

We're sorry you didn't have a good experience. If you're willing, we would love to know the reasoning behind your review so that we can do better in the future!

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vipSummerliving
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic delicious lunch--first time..will come again for lunch..have been there for dinner

Chalet Basque
Responded on November 10, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit at the Chalet Basque! We look forward to seeing you again!

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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 4.4 stars by 863 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.