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Chalet Basque

602 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
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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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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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 602 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFrankie (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

DougK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

AmyG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

No one makes Sweetbreads better than Chalet Basque. That is the main reason I go to this restaurant.

vipNick (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Great service. Enjoy it every time.

Disappointeddiner (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipTvconsult (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 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

Discerningdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 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.