Chalet Basque

4.7
925 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.

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
What 925 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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fiatfaz
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, the Chalet Basque proves to be a great choice! This little out of the way local restaurant/bar always pleases. Excellent food and our waitress Linda was just the best! Same with her "support staff", always right there with water, extra bread, clearing plates, etc. The cocktails were also expertly mixed.
A top flight experience all around.

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GodricR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long-time local favorite! I will always come back here...New Years or otherwise.

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Basil
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A sophisticated but warm & friendly French restaurant in a residential neighborhood.
Good food, great service, with ambiance at reasonable cost. A hidden gem.

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vipDiane
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our meal was very fresh and tasty. We enjoyed the evening very much.

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Lammy
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great. It was quiet and quaint. Great little spot. Lots of family with kids or seniors enjoying a night out. The food was delicious and at a great price. We didn't even mind the children enjoying their meal.

The watercress soup was a surprise. It was really good. We also enjoyed the Lamb chops and lamb shank. It was spot on. This is the best Basque food I've had in the West.

My only problem is COVID and they allowed a coughing kid walk past everyone eating, to the back of the room spreading his kid germs...without a mask. Since COVID is eh and I don't care much about a mask or vaccine mandate, I suppose it's not a big deal with all the seniors in the room the kid coughed past without a mask.

The food was great, the service was great, the no need for mask or vaccine makes it very convenient. We were able to get in, eat, and get out quickly. Delicious meal.

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MarilynO
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little bit of basque tucked away by Marin Civic Center...friendly staff and excellent service & food. Will stay a favorite of mine.

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musttache
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and friendly, the atmosphere was casual and homey, the menu selections of old favorite hearty dishes like Veal Cordon Bleu, Sand Dabs Meuniere, Salmon with butter caper sauce, Shrimp Scampi, etc. was impressive. The portions were generous, served hot, and rice and veggies accompanied each entree. The pureed minestrone soup starter was delicious, as was the green salad with blue cheese crumbles - both included in the price of the main. We chose to start with Frogs Legs in garlic butter sauce, which were crispy, savory and tender. We sat across from the bar and enjoyed martinis - perfectly prepared and chilled. It was also nice to see that they offered three beers served on tap. In these days of fancy, gourmet and overpriced restaurants it's nice to know there's a comfortable, reasonably priced restaurant that offers hearty meals at reasonable prices in a cozy, family-friendly environment.

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Sweetpea
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were greeted warmly, seated right away according to our reserved time and thoroughly enjoyed the service and the food. The veal was extraordinary.

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vipMaryannC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a pleasure to visit. Cuts of meat are a bit
thinner than is the past. Portions are smaller. Soup and salad with entrees. Traditional style bar- good drinks. Enjoy the unique, authentic dining experience.

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vipCathy
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A,terrific dinner,the duck confit was outstanding!!

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vipDeborah
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linda was our server and she is the best.

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PaulJ
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always enjoy this restaurant and its traditional menu.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what I wanted for a dinner date with my husband. What a delightful, delicious restaurant. Scampi hit the spot!

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Demy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious, classic food. The story of this establishment is amazing and the passion shines through in the food and service. You wont be disappointed.

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vipSuzie
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice staff, nice outdoor setting. The pate was delicious. Drinks were tasty (Manhattan). Prices are reasonable. Will be going back for more basque food sometime soon.

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vipNancy
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food is absolutely delicious. Staff very friendly and efficient. Cocktails are good too.

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Candy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we left happy with our experience. They did not have my regular dish that I have ALWAYS ordered, filet of sole. So, I ordered the sirloin with fries and it was amazingly good although I am not much of a meat eater.

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LizE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were excited to eat outside and listen to music, but their musician did not make it that evening. The waiter as a whole was timely but several times we waited a very long time for bar drinks. The serving size for main meals was less than average compared to other local restaurants.

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vipMarinmary
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Chalet Basque is a wonderful restaurant. The food is dependably very good and authentic. Last night my group needed not instant, but soonish service as we were attending a lecture nearby at 7 pm. Unfortunately, the restaurant is having the same COVID problem of needing to hire more help. So we took our food to go.
I do not hold this against the restaurant and will return for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in the Bay Area I meet with my friend here. It’s always delicious, friendly and has a great outdoor space. It was a favorite of my parents so coming here is both great and nostalgic!

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AlexandriaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely, authentic atmosphere, beautiful table linens, chilled salad plates, excellent service. Jazzy music was a little too loud for us but our accommodating waiter turned it down as much as he could (we were inadvertently seated under a speaker...). Food was very good, freshly prepared; my partner had Pasta Scampi, excellent. My lamb shank was traditional Provencal dish with white beans, lamb a little stringy and over-flavored, but still good, satisfying. The flourless chocolate cake was outstanding and I'll come back for this, also the New York Cheesecake. A good value and a welcome source of a reliable good restaurant north of Larkspur! Thank you.

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CarolB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food and service was excellent. Menu has expanded and all choices were delicious. Will be ack and recommend to friends.

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vipFlowergirl
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Waiter staff very attentive and friendly. Great value and dishes were prepared perfectly.

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PatD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Kitchen was overwhelmed so service suffered. Even though we had reservations it took some time to be seated. Staff was harried. But food was worth the wait. Veal piccata excellent.

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vipNorthstar
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have eaten here many times, and the food is always outstanding. This visit started off badly, because we had reserved at what turned out to be a peak time. Our outdoor patio seating was incredibly noisy, and they switched us to a elevated outdoor space nearer the highway. We had traded noisy conversation for Porsch roar and so we requested to be moved indoors. It was more quiet there, and as the meal wore on most of the tables cleared. As always, our meal was outstanding.
Next time, we will reserve for what the restaurant suggested as off-peak times and recommend you do too.

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JamesE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Basque family style. Excellent food, soup, salad, bread, wine. The night we were there was busy, and, as with many restaurants, there was no surplus of help. Staff hustled, and every thing went well.

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VickiS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fabulous outdoor dining with large menu to choose from. Excellent value since entrees come with fresh soup of the day, potato leek last night and salad. We started with a nice twist on a lemon drop cocktail - a lavender lemon drop - delicious. Will definitely meet up with friends again for dinner tucked into a quiet neighborhood.

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vipTiming
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great experience. I love this traditional restaurant. I’m always welcomed as a friend and the service is great. I love the food, especially the sand dabs.

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PatD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Setting comfortable. Service attentive even though they were busy.

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vipAce44
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a beautifully executed menu served by a knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff in a beautiful setting. We are frequent patrons and are never disappointed.

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RobertB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

fresh well cooked meal at a reasonable price, pleasant outdoor seating

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MikeM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite

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vipParisMelvie
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were seated at a table next to a hedge located next to San Pedro Road... Noisy! Service was slow. Server needs to be instructed regarding how to pour wine. Food was, as usual, good.

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Ohana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. Great service. Very tasty food. We've been dining here for years and have brought friends, celebrated special occasions, and have never been disappointed.

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Lucylocket1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff are really friendly and service is good. Great patio for dining outdoors. The food is OK - not great and not bad. I think they could diversify the side dishes for the main courses - rice and a minute serving of overcooked vegetables are the choice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

When we sat down our waiter told us the kitchen was closing, and we had to order immediately. Maybe we should have left, but we stayed. It turned out to be a rather rushed experience. This was our first visit for dinner, and were wondering, WHY WOULD YOU TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR 8 pm WHEN THE KITCHEN CLOSES AT 8?

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vipStefi2015
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margarita refreshing Minestrone delish salad scrumptious luv dressing NY steak (& house red) & those wonderful potatoes gratin! & veggies flan 🍮 Sooo busy indoors & outdoors! Sooo nice to be greeted by Patrick!

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marco94901
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of longtime friends from high school got together for a celebration. We had a blast: We sat outside on a Sunday evening and it was amazingly beautiful - weather wise.

The food was delicious the people were kind and friendly and we were there from 6 PM until they asked us to leave at 10 when it looked like they were just about to shut the door for the night!

I have not eaten here since I was a kid with my parents. The menu was large the food was delicious and the experience with simply above reproach!

We cannot wait to go back!!!

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jacksonjohn
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this place and frequently introduce other Bay Area residents to it. Basque cuisine may not be for everyone (especially vegetarians!), but I really enjoy the distinctive and quirky experience the Chalet provides. Nice to have soup and salad served with every entree. Even though they had a full house (or, rather, a full patio), we received very good service. We were feeling a little too full for dessert, but we were treated to the perfect little bit of sweetness, on the house, to close out our meal.
With a lot of Bay Area restaurants now starting to include obnoxious caveats when you make a reservation - "You are allowed to be at your table for 90 minutes..." - I applaud Chalet Basque for its generous hospitality. We dined in a relaxed, European fashion for almost three hours.
Keep up the great work, friends!

FAQs

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

Chalet Basque is rated 4.7 stars by 925 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.