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About Louis' Basque Corner
Welcome To Louis" Basque Corner, home of the famous Picon Punch! Dinners served family-style with authentic specialties such as chicken and tongue Basquaise, oxtails, tripas callos, lamb chops, New York steak and many daily specials. Fish served daily. Banquet facilities hold up to 125 people. Located east of the Bowling Stadium and the downtown Events Center. Free Parking!
Reno, NV 89512
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-Sa 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm
Dinner: F-Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Music after dinner hours.
Surface parking lot adjacent to building.
Located kitty-corner from the main downtown bus station.
Private Party Facilities:
Multiple private party options. The back private dining room can hold up to 55 people while the main dining room can be reserved for up to 65 people. In special occasions, the two rooms can be combined to seat up to 120-125 people.
Private Party Contact:
Craig Benson: (775) 323-7203
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Louis' Basque Corner Ratings and Reviews
This is an experience...dining at la Basque! We enjoyed the meal and found out we really don't
like tongue...not because of the tastes..just the idea of it...oh well! But, the lamb chops were tender and really flavorful, the soup delicious. You should try it!
We have dined at this restaurant a number of times. Unfortunately, it appears a bit tired and that perhaps the attention to detail isn't what it once was. The food quality was only so-so. The wait staff was pleasant, though the person checking folks in seemed to have had a bad day. I suspect we will all continue to frequent this restaurant out of respect to its rich history in Reno, but as other restaurant locations become available, I suspect this option will be less and less.
We went on a Sunday night at 8pm. It was dead quiet. But the food and service was great. Looking forward to going back and seeing what it is like when it's packed with customers. Long communal table seating which is fun to chat and meet new people. Would be a completely different experience on a busy night.
I was disappointed overall with this trip to Louis' Basque Corner. The salad was not good, just too much oil and vinegar dressing and it could use a few more ingrediants. The soup tasted more like they had combined two soups together and it was suppose to be beef barley, but it hardly had a piece of beef in it. We ordered the sweetbreads, because we can hardly find them anywhere else, but they tasted like chunks of beef that were overcooked. Sweetbreads are delicate and their preparation is a lot of steps. It tasted like they skipped a couple. The beans were basically tasteless, as we added alot of other table sauces and salt to give them some flavor. The best thing on the table was the chicken dish that came with the dinner. Nice and tender, even the white meat. Lastly, the bread was absolutely tasteless...please find a better source for that!
The first time I ate here was with my parents in the 1950's. Every time since that I have visited Reno I have made an effort to eat here because of the delicious dinners, the variety of offerings, the opportunity to visit with folks from all over and the great ambiance. I don't think you can find another place offering such a variety of Basque entrées, offering seconds if you want them (I can't imagine taking seconds since there's such ample servings to begin with - we couldn't even finish those). Try the beef tongue served with typical Basque-style with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. I love the leg of lamb and especially the huge lamb chops. And you won't find better French fries anywhere.
This is a fun place to go with a group (with folks ordering different entrées so that you can share). Don't forget that a sizable glass of wine is included as is "dessert" (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce or some very dry but great jack cheese). You simply can't find a better deal: soup, wonderful green salad, first course (changes often - in our case it was the beef tongue), great beans with Spanish chorizo (nothing like Mexican chorizo), main course-several listed on menu PLUS daily specials (prime rib, salmon, shrimp, and oxtails the 2 days we were there), dessert (see above) and wine. Try their special cocktail - Picon punch for $5 ($4 during "happy hour"). I can't wait to get back to Reno.
Entrees are kind of unnecessary, you can fill up on all the good family style eats first. Our table ordered five different entrees and I think the consensus was the beef tongue was the best. Loud parties going on in both rooms but that's what happens there!
A very typical basque restaraunt with group seating. We enjoyed our meal and our table mates were great but it is not the place to go if you need to discuss personal matters. The lamb chop was cooked just right and very tasty. Crisp fries and a good salad. The soup average. All in all a fun experience with good food but nothing extra ordinary.
Took my kids here (4) for my oldest daughters 21st brithday. We had a reservation and showed up early. Had to wait for our exact res time, even though it was 80% empty. When they did seat us at a family style table of eight, in an empty back room next to the swinging kitchen doors that kept hitting the back of my sons chair throughout the meal. They wouldn't even let us move over to the other end of the table that was empty the entire time we were there. Food was adequate, but plentiful. Wait staff was good, but the busser was excellent. Will only return to visit the bar!
I had forgotten about the Basque tradition of being served family style and eating with people you have never met. Even though that is not what we were expecting our dinner was amazing. I had a NY Strip Steak that was cooked perfectly, and much more then the I could ever eat. My friend had Sweet Breads, something I have never tried but I now might order for myself. The wait staff was wonderful, and helpful. We will definantly go again!
We've been dining at Louie's since the mid 70s. Seen it under go an ownership change as well as an interior redesign. Food is always consistent and very good. One of the best traditional Basque dinner houses in the area. Be prepared for a great meal and a possible wait even with reservations. If you go try a Picon to get the evening of to a good start.
Louis' is an old tradition in downtown Reno, just a few blocks from some of the major casinos. The seating is at long tables and are seated with people who have just recently come into the restaurant whom you likely do not know. But, you get to know them quickly. What a nice experience, becoming acquainted over some of the best home-cooked comfort food around. It is traditional Basque food, the style brought with the Basque people settling in the Reno area from the Basque region of Spain and Portugal, I believe. Just a great overall experience.
We were moved from the family dining area to the bar area because we wanted to order sandwiches and salads. We were served bread without having ordered it and then told we would have to pay for it. We had to ask for silverware and napkins and were given four place settings for five people. After 45 minutes, our sandwiches had still not been started. The resturaunt was not half full. We were told we could leave or wait and get our food half price. When we got our bill, only about 15% had been taken off. We asked why and the waitress said her manager had told her to do it. We asked to speak to him and she said he wasn't available. She eventually gave us the discount.
Food was great. Good variety and delicious. More than we could handle. Really enjoyed meeting the people seated next to us (this is family style dining). Almost did not want to leave at end of dinner. This is not a fancy upscale restaurant, and the location is a bit rough....but food was great. Highly recommend.
We've been to Basque restaurants in Europe, East Coast of the U.S., Morgan Hill and San Francisco in California and a number of other locations. The food tasted good and it was served family style, but fell short on the entree selections. Other Basque restaurants also give a bottle of wine not just a glass of wine with dinner.
What an outstanding restaurant! By far the best grilled lamb chops I have ever had! Matter-of-fact everyone in our party of 10 who had Lamb stated it was the best Lamb ever had. The family style service was a bouquet of delicious vegetables and starches, all uniquely season and extremely savory. The service was second to none. Also for the pricing standpoint, there was none of this automatic gratuity for large parties embedded in the bill-truly a best value meal! We are all looking forward to our next trip to Reno to eat at this restaurant.
Louis' is a fun place to enjoy dinner with friends. Our group of 5 found it to be a great friendly atmosphere. Had dined there many times before, but it was fun to share it with someone who hadn't been there before. Love the casual, family dinning experience. Bar area can be noisy, but it adds to the character of the place. The food is plentiful. Diner came with soup, salad, beans, fries. They even filled an individual request for garlic fries. Four ordered the Prime Rib, and one ordered the salmon. All thought it was excellent. Service was great - very well trained. Picon Punches from the bar were a favorite. We will return again.
Terrific ethnic food from the Basque region. Basic courses of soup, salad, bread, french fries, and braised oxtail served family style followed by the main course of your choice for slightly more above the base price. Seating is also mostly family style so you're likely to meet some new friends and in Reno that could be interesting. All and all an interesting and wonderful evening with old friends and a few new ones we'll never see again.
Always a great place for dinner or to take someone who is visiting. The historic nature of the business and building add to the experience. And the Picon Punch is not bad too! Good place for a party especially with the upstairs location. However, a smaller meeting group cannot use now during the lunch period since a staff person has to be present. But the large family style tables are perfect for small meetings.
Perfect place to bring our friends who were newcomers to Reno. Introducing them to traditional Basque food was much easier in a family style setting. You're sat with other families/groups and conversation just flows - quite like the wine. The full dinner meal includes a protein (steak, sweetbreads, etc) and salad, bread, chicken and rice, beans and a glass of wine. Everything was extraordinary and the service was spot on.
Louis' Basque Corner is a Reno tradition. The Basque restaurants in Nevada are diminishing in number, but Louis' seem to be here for the foreseeable future. The menu is somewhat limited, but the quality is outstanding.The service is also excellent. It's a family style restaurant so you won't get a private table. If you're into this style of dining I highly recommend Louis' Basque Corner
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