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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

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Comfort Food (16)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Fun (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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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food4
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service5
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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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food4
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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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food4
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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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food5
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always a favorite of ours and it never disappoints

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I had purchased 2 Groupons and this was the second time I went and enjoyed both times. The wait staff is really outstanding , so on top of their service for every customer.
I have to say the soup was very very delicious. I had pasta and vegetables with shrimp and it was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch. I had seen something on their dinner menu which was NOT on their lunch menu. The owner said "no problem, we can make it for you." He told me it would take about 20 min. A lot of restaurants will not adjust, but Le Chalet did!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

One of my absolutely favorite neighborhood gems. Love to bring my friends here

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A eligible ambiance and outstanding cuisine. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys European cuisine and comfort.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Chalet Basque was exactly what we were after for a lazy Sunday dinner. The weather was perfect for eating out on the patio, which is small enough to be cozy but large enough to not feel cramped. The staff was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive and the food was delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Very good food with reasonable portions (not too much) but nice complete meal. Friendly staff, reasonable prices

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

This was a completely enjoyable time. Great food, excellent service. Great advice from our waiter on our choices. Owner stopped by to say hello. Will absolutely go there again.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We had a wonderful "date' night and since my husband is handicapped the waitress (Linda)
was very considerate in giving us the perfect table to fit our needs. Thank you Linda! The food was excellent and so was the service. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Love the place food is great and staff is great too!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great place for special occasions or daily meals. Great menus and very affordable for the quality.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Our Server Linda has been here for more that 30-years and is the best. Great personality and service!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

It was very good. We sat in the bar, so it was a little noisy.. Great food and service.

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