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Chalet Basque

4.4
587 reviews
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$30 and under
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Basque
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Basque, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 479-1070
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roger Minhondo
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking Lot Parking. Street parking directly in front of restaurant.
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Public transit
Public Transit is located in front of restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 587 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0
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.

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Michael (San Francisco)
5.0
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!

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pickydiner (San Francisco)
4.0
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..

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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!!!

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Girimoe (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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Foodie50 (Central Coast)
5.0
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.

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