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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

3.9

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Casual (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Sports (3)
People Watching (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Very old school. It was Valentine's Day and I know all restaurants have a very hectic time on this lovers' holiday, so we didn't expect a lot. But it took them about a half hour to find out that they did not have any splits of champagne, so I ordered the house sparkling, which had a lot of sulfites in it and caused me to have a stuffed nose. The waitress really was doing her best to accommodate. The table next to us had a screaming toddler who turned out to be the chef's son, apparently. The artichoke appetizer with lemon butter sauce had mostly lemon, almost no butter, so, very tart, and that was true for the scampi, also, almost all lemon juice with a little butter. White rice, mixed veggies were OK but nothing to write home about. Chicken Cordon Bleu was basically deep fried bread on the outside; this is heavier food than we normally would eat. This is not a restaurant for foodies. The cheesecake was excellent, but I'm guessing they buy that elsewhere. Then they forgot to take the split of champagne off the bill so I went back the next day and they graciously paid me for it.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Great time for Valentine’s Day, food and ambiance were perfect.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoined the wonderful food and great neighborhood flavor of this restaurant almost as much as we loved the service, definitely going back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Recommended by friends; can’t believe we hadn’t been there before. Neighbor find, very friendly welcome and service. Everyone loved their entree choices. A bit noisy in the room we were seated in but everyone was having a good time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Hidden marvel, lovely place, impeccable service wonderful food and promotes great conversations-- it just has that sense and we are testifying that we had a great family talk, and every time we go there, it's always memorable for us all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food. Great service. Enjoy it every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was okay. The service was awful. We went for lunch on the 31st and were looking forward to returning to an old favorite from years ago. Based on the reviews we had read we were expecting friendly, excellent service and got anything but. This is the first time in literally years that we have tipped less than 15%. Even with good food, bad service definitely detracts from the dining experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A 40 plus year record - food is comfort food at its best. Service terrific. Ask for bar or when weather warms - outside. A hidden gem off San Pedro Rd.

Bruce & Karen

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Lovely place with very good food and service. Nice quiet, out of the way location, like you're on a road trip and stumble upon something authentic.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went after seeing so many positive reviews and the place was packed for a reason. Reasonably priced, consistently good food and great service. The owner Patrick is a great guy who obviously cares greatly about service and giving people a good experience. I am not going to say that I was blown away by the innovative food...It was pretty old school as was the decor, but that’s the charm. Places like this with a history and dedication to really good service get a pass, it’s important to have them alongside places that are trying to blow your mind with gimmicks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

EXTREMELY LOUD party of 6 next to us; couldn’t hear myself think

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was great. The waitress who served was not. Her attitude from start to finish was quite poor and her knowledge of the food and wine, especially the wine was poor. Not sure why her attitude was so bad but I would have complained about her if the food was bad which it was not.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Le Chalet's back room is "top notch" for groups. The ability to order from the menu is a real plus for different diets, palates, and the service is amazing.

We also enjoy lunch or dinner at a hospitable neighborhood restaurant. We come dressed casually, sometimes just finishing a project--no problem.

There are lots of favorites on the menu, and the chef knows how to cook fish. The petrale or sand dab special is wonderful. So fresh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My wife & I found our new spot! Our server Linda was helpful and attentive. The soup, salad and main course were full of amazing flavors.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 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 20, 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 17, 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 16, 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 13, 2017

Food was devine!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 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 8, 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 29, 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 23, 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 23, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 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 22, 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 11, 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 2, 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 29, 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 29, 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 28, 2017

Sloooooooooooooow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 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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