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About Chalet Basque

Welcome to the Chalet Basque restaurant, 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. Our restaurant is also available for Banquets and parties upon reservation.

405 N San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Basque, French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 479-1070

Website:
http://chaletbasquemarin.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Lot Parking. Street parking directly in front of restaurant.

Public Transit:
Public Transit is located in front of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Roger Minhondo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Chalet Basque Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Casual (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Authentic (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Live Music (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Been before…love the old school ambience…My son's food was underdone and took 20 minutes to come back out. We liked our food,but it put a huge damper on the evening…We are actually pretty easy,but it was an off night,I guess.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2015

We had a different server, who was somewhat neglectful. The French food is always great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2015

We were there on a Sat. night. The place was packed and tables were very close together. It is the first time we have been there but it looked as if extra tables had been added or added on to existing tables - there were several parties of 6 in the room we were in. Consequently the noise level was quite high with people trying to be heard over their neighbors. The food was delicious and was different than you see in most places. Service seemed slow but we were with people we had not seen for awhile so were happy to not be rushed. Our server was very helpful and patient with us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Prix Fixe 5-course:

Crabcakes ok, soup good, salad blue cheese ok (prefer blue cheese dressing not flakes of cheese), NY steak peppercorn sauce delicious and flan the best!

Fiance had grilled prawns yummy, soup, salad, salmon & crab meat and flan (couple of glasses of red wine).

Experience was overall a nice, low-key NYE dinner. Hopefully, we'll be seated in Freddie's section next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner for 12 of us here for my husband's birthday. Patrick was most gracious, and Linda, the waitress was great - masterfully coordinating the always challenging job of getting all the orders straight for a large boisterous group. Her wit and humor always intact, and patience too. The food was very good, especially the poached salmon, the duck, the chicken cordon bleu, etc. Always great soup AND salad included, for a very reasonable price too. Love the cozy, family, comfy atmosphere - like being in an old European (Basque) town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2014

If you are okay with 1970's decor of the French countryside, come eat at this tucked away spot. The french onion soup is perfection and the artichokes in a lemon butter sauce were divine. Basque chicken was delicious too. Sweet spot indeed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2014

Every time we come here we feel the warmth of the staff and owners. Our waiter was wonderful, coming up with gluten and dairy free meal for one guest. The special salmon was prepared beautifully. I love the Basque menu including pate, and other options. A place to return to.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2014

Three couples joined for dinner after matinee Christmas concert. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and had a great evening. Sunday evenings they have specials that include pate, soup, sadad, entree, and dessert. Smaller portions, but plenty of food and great tastes. They make their own pâté that is excellent. All three couples would go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Took an old friend visiting from out of town to dinner at Chalet Basque. Great food at very reasonable prices. Love the place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2014

a short drive from home, friendly service, good,food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2014

My family, my friends, my Lions Club are repeat eaters. Chalet Basque is a touch of the old world which I resemble. Have dined here for years and will continue. Friendly staff, excellent food and the right degree of ambience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2014

Our family has travelled about 50 miles to have Thanksgiving dinner here for several years. The restaurant really is way out in a quiet neighborhood. I like the casual dress, the festive lights, the cheerful staff, and the Basque take on a traditional turkey dinner. My brother always enjoys the salmon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2014

Especially like the menu, with things you seldom see (e.g., frog legs),
though we had more usual items. Service was very efficient. Entree
selections include soup and salad, making it a good value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Wonderful french food and service at this delightful restaurant. The menu is varied from sandwiches, burgers, salads to frog legs, rack of lamb and coq et vin. Every time I dine there is a delight (and I dine there frequently). This restaurant is out of the way, so it feels like a secret to be cherished.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Good food, charming ambiance and friendly staff. The lamb shank and caesar salad were delicious. Don't go here if you want chain restaurant food! Wine selection was good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2014

This place has been open since the early 1960s and the bar looks as if it has never been renovated. The dining room looks like it might have been re-done in the 80s -- so don't expect to be blown away by the decor! The food is simple and old-fashioned/home-style. Make sure you ask what is being served that night that is NOT on the menu -- it appears that locals are offered additional (delicious looking) options. The price for two at dinner (with a bottle of house wine) was incredibly reasonable. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2014

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and service was at just the right level of attentiveness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2014

A varied menu, with many items not found easily elsewhere, such as sweetbreads, tongue and tripe. Soup and salad are included in all dinners. Very reasonable prices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2014

food was excellent. better than I thought it would be. highlights were the rabbit, braised lamb, and beef bourguignon. service was a little slow but the place was packed. lowlights was the salad. I will eat here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2014

As written before I keep[ going because it is my favorite Marin Restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2014

My most favorite restaurant in Marin County, repeat my most favorite,

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2014

You'll feel like you're transported back to another time and place. Loved our server's accent. Food is always fabulous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent lunch at Chalet Basque. We dined on their lovely garden patio. The food was delicious (I had steamed mussels... so good!). After the main meal, we had sorbet and coffee... partly because the environment was so relaxing we just didn't want to leave!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2014

I love Chalet Basque! I have had dinner here several times over the past 17 years. I brought my family from out of town, and they loved the Sunday Special meal. The pate was a bit chunky but everything else divine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2014

We could have been sitting in Italy!! We had the best table, food, waiter, warm night. It was a special evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2014

I have eaten at Chalet Basque many times over the years - both for lunch & dinner. I keep coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2014

I love Chalet Basque- has been around many years! My father was French-Basque so i love walking in being well-greeted by friendly staff, hearing Basque music playing, Basque decor & especially the homemade delicious food. House wines are very authentic too. I feel right at home.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Happy to have found this very tasty restaurant. Located in an unlikely spot - suburban - it has casual but wonderful food. Service was great
Prices were reasonable- Will be making this a regular stop.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2014

It was 2 birthdays and a wedding anniversary that brought us here. Our waitress was incredible! Very skilled, with a great sense of humor. We all had something different, and everything was delicious. This has become our place to celebrate, enjoy a beautiful table on the patio and enjoy wonderful service and food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Let's start by saying a server can make or break an evening. Our server Linda was fantastic. Loved her sense of humor. The menu is amazing. Loved all of the different choices. It was hard to decide with so many. We were a party of 6 and everyone loved their meal. We loved sitting outside on a warm summer evening. We will go back.
Great find in a cozy corner of a quiet neighborhood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2014

We had 10 people for a 90th Birthday dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated immediately and served drinks & appetizers. Our waitress (whose name escapes me) has served us previously & we just lover her, she is friendly & helpful as is her assistant, she & the food keep us coming back. The only negative comment I could make is that the soup is a little salty, but I have never ordered anything that I haven't liked and I will continue to go back for both lunch & dinner. We brought a cake for dessert & unlike many restaurants we were not charged a fee for them to cut & serve the cake. Maybe a small thing, but I appreciated it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2014

We were staying in the area and found the listing, not being familiar with basque food we thought it would be nice to try. Its in a neighborhood away from the center of town, They sat us at a nice outside table. the service was very good, only disappointment that the style of food was mostly french, and I would say for a high end french restaurant the food was average, still tasty and better than any corporate chain and we very much enjoyed our dinner,

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2014

Old time charm with fresh and well prepared food items. from soup to chocolate dessert --- we enjoyed the meal with family. No fancy garnish and towering of food. Wholesome and balance --- it's a must do again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to Chalet Basque for over 20 yrs on special occasions. It is one of our favorite restaurants and is almost always wonderful. This last visit was very disappointing however, as a dog was allowed to be in the dining room at the table of a very loud guest. This was NOT a service animal, which we would have understood. There were plenty of tables available on the patio. We will rethink coming again if that is going to be acceptable in this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2014

We've been coming here regularly for over 20 years, and last night's dinner was one of the best ever. Thank you, Roger, for continuing to give us wonderful, personal service in our quiet little neighborhood!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2014

Party of 4. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Excellent Caesar salad!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2014

This was definitely an off night. The food took forever coming and was obviously left under the heat lamp because my rice was hard on top and my sole's breading was soggy.
The waiter was impatient and sloppy, and did not satisfy our needs.
The bees attacked my brother's paella. We were there celebrating his birthday.
The food was very expensive considering the quality, preparation and wait time.
It was my third visit. The first was okay. The second was quite good, and this was pretty bad.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2014

returned to the Restaurant after 40years.
Still wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2014

We drove over 300 miles to eat here and it was worth it! This is a family run establishment and it is clear they care a great deal about how the place is run and how good the food is. Everything was perfect, the service was excellent, the place was very clean and the food was wonderful. It is a little out of the way but this gem won't disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2014

This is a great restaurant to go to before or after a show at the Marin Center For the Performing Arts. Being a basque-style restaurant, the food is solid and plentiful, with wonderful warm garlic bread to start the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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