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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
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Casual (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Live Sports (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been going to Chalet Basque for 12 years and obviously we’re still fans. We now live in Florida and found time in our schedule to stop by again. My wife is French and just loves to come here, so French foodies should give this place a try. It is moderately priced and the menu has a variety of main courses. My favorite is the duck l’orange, which is served with au gratin potatoes and vegetables. All entrees are served with salad AND soup AND wonderful bread. I always start with the escargot and some red wine.

A very notable thing about this restaurant is that the same staff as when we first started going to chalet Basque is still working there. This tells me how well the management has treated their employees, and we love the staff at this restaurant. Always happy to serve you with a smile!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

No restaurant in the Bay Area does sweetbreads like Chateau Basque...superb and the dish is relatively inexpensive! Where else can you get a great martini for $7.00? Please note that Chateau Basque caters to the elderly (including myself), and average age of attendees must be over 70 years. I love kids, but youngsters can ruin a quiet lunch and supper.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were here on New Year's Eve and they had a price fixed menu. We had 4 kids with us and they were nice enough to charge us a lower price for the kids and added a few items they could order. The noise level was really loud but I'm not sure if this was only because it was NYE or if it is like that normally. We were visiting from out of town. The service was great and we really enjoyed the food! I would love to go back next time I'm in the area.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great New Years Eve fixed menu selections! Always a fun time, like going home again! Patrick and Christina always make it lively and welcoming! See you soon!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Year's eve. Tables bunched together which made for a high noise level. Food was very well prepared, no complaints about that. We'll go back on another occasion when the ambience is a bit more peaceful..

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went with friends. They did their best trying to accommodate our special requests. The lamb shank was the best choice followed by the Gateau Basque desert. Ask them to serve the ice cream separately since I found it detracted from the delicate almond cake. You may also ask to have your entry sauce served on the side if you want to enjoy the protein as it was cooked. Our server was attentive checking back on a regular basis. They serve classic dishes. You will recognize them on their menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I loved the dish I got: Sweetbreads financiere. Something unusual which you can't find on the menu in most restaurants. This restaurant offers other unusual dishes as well. Very tasty and well prepared!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

for 15 years i've brought all my freinds there. I love there menu and European ambiance in the bar and outdoors - like being on vacation in the Basque country - AND by now, with still the same staff Linda, Alexandro and Patric taking over for his dad - they make me feel like family!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always reliable always delicious! This restaurant always satisfies the palate and experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Disabled Access, People Watching, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I love this old place, every meal I've had here has been over the top yummy! I'm a big Lamb lover and they have the best Lamb Shank and Rack of Lamb, my mom had the New York Steak with Béarnaise sauce, WOW. We had the full meal, which includes the Basque favorite appetizer of Pate, Salami and Peppercini's and garlic bread. Ice cream at the end. We left with no room in our tummies for anything.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was devine!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our waitress was excellent and worked diligently to get our orders out so we could get to the concert in time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first visit. The host and entire staff were very pleasant. We felt like they were welcoming us into their home. We had some good drinks in the bar first and ended up choosing one of the bar tables because we liked the lively scene there. I liked that soup and salad was included. The food was very tasty and the portions were good (rare these days). We both left full without room for dessert (but they had a lot of good options). Pricing is reasonable and they clearly have a lot of "regulars."

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very friendly service. Waitress was attentive. Had sweetbread, grilled rock cod, and escargot.
Good portions and seasoned and cooked nicely. Soup and salad comes with the meal but nothing to rave about. The potato leek soup was a bit watery, needed to be creamier and smoothy in texture. Overall a pleasant old school french dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Over all the meal and service were good. However it was Thanksgiving and they seemed to want to fit every table that had into the dining room. Can't total the number of times I was brushed and bumped in the back. Was very annoying and loud. Never again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have now experienced our third Thanksgiving dinner at Le Chalet Basque, and it gets better every time. Our table was in the perfect place for us, and since it was a warm evening, we were able to open the window next to our table. The food was outstanding, and the music was kept low so that we could enjoy each others conversation easily.
Thank you Chalet Basque!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent !! Great food. Great taste. I recommend !!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice Thanksgiving meal, with 4 options for the main course. The staff here is very professional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Classic Marin County old time restaurant with great service and delicious food. There is a wonderful bar area too.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Consistently delicious every time I come to this restaurant

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our first meal here. We went for lunch. Everything was very good. We ordered some items from the dinner menu without any problems. Nice bar, good service and great ambiance. We sat inside on a rainy day, but the patio looked very inviting. Easy parking. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I revisited the Basque for the first time in many years. My husband and I used to be regulars.
I was pleasantly surprised at the improvements in the decor department. Still great food and very friendly atmosphere. +++++

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Took out of town friend for dinner. She loved it. Sat in bar. World Series on. A couple service glitches but not serious and service overall excellent, attentive. Veal Piccatta was delicious. One of my favorite spots for good food reasonably priced

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very good From start to finish !!!! though a little disappointed the didn't have Creme Bur lee :(

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Sloooooooooooooow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband ordered the Rack of Lamb and I ordered the Duck. Both were deliciously fresh.
The prices make it possible to eat out more frequently and the atmosphere makes you feel as though you really are in Basque Country. The wines are priced very reasonably as well.

A real gem!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Warm and cozy Spanish/French comfort food. More charming than "Gee Whiz!" Good bar. Good outdoor seating for summer/spring/fall. Incredible large antique working refrigerators in the in the shape of a bottle.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had not been to the Chalet Basque for many years, and decided to go when I saw that they were one of the first restaurants to agree to donate a percentage of their profits to help people who suffered loss from the NorCal fires.
One dish I rarely have is rack of lamb, and they did a wonderful job of cooking it exactly to my order. The side dishes were scalloped potatoes and the BEST creamed spinach I've ever eaten.
The service as attentive but not rushed.
I'll be back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Organic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Had enjoyable lunch on patio. A beautiful weather day and important to be outside . Chalet Basque has a lovely ambience on patio with umbrella covered tables, flowers on some tables. Food was good, and serving size /presentation quite adequate. The staff was attentive and accommodating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Delicious food, wonderful service, great ambiance!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Linda is always the best! We planned a birthday dinner for my wife and arrived a biy early before our guests They were slammed, but Linda came out and said that she would have our favorite window table by the reservation time... and true to form, she did! The food is always exceptional. Roger used to carry our Starry Night wines 20 years ago when we sold them in California, and we have been coming here much longer than that. In fact, Linda has been serving here for 37 years!... and has written a book about those experiences. Happy wife, happy life. If you are looking for a fun party, call Patrick, and tell him that you want Linda as your server!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We live in Florida and this was first time back to the restaurant in 40 years. Great evening and wonderful food and setting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Not a great experience. I will say that the bartender tried to compensate for our service being so bad. I don’t think I’ll go back though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Good food, good value, relaxed setting...the way a restaurant used to be years ago. Different items on the menu if you want to explore something different. The Chicken Cordon Bleu and Rack of Lamb are always winners.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a great time. More food than you can eat at one time.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Chalet Basque. I regret not coming to this restaurant sooner and will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wow, wow wow! Family run business with attention to detail. Comfortable and classy all in one. Delicious menu throughout!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing meal and service!! We love this place and will continue to be back!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Just right for a special husband/wife date. We will definitely invite another local couple to join us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food lovely patio, wonderful service!

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