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Le Chalet Basque in San Rafael

calalilly Apr 16, 2010 12:33 PM

Does anyone have a recent review? Thinking of taking my mom their tonight. Never been, but it's within walking distance from her house. I know nothing about Basque food either but we pretty much eat anything.

Chalet Basque
405 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

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    OldTimer RE: calalilly Apr 16, 2010 04:27 PM

    Haven' eaten there is a long time, but my daughter goes frequently and loves it. Basque dining is sort of family style. I have heard good things lately...intend to go soon. Web site will give you menu ideas.

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      Sharuf RE: calalilly Apr 18, 2010 07:14 AM

      Haven't been in a while, but always enjoyed the congenial atmosphere and nice food.

      1. Glencora RE: calalilly May 21, 2010 11:05 AM

        Did you go? If so, how was it? I'm looking for a place to eat after a Sunday matinee. Most restaurants seem to be closed, but I see that Chalet Basque opens at 4PM.

        Chalet Basque
        405 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

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        1. re: Glencora
          calalilly RE: Glencora May 21, 2010 02:46 PM

          Our plans changed last minute that day so I never made it. It's still on my list for places to try though. Let me know how it goes if you decide to go!

        2. Glencora RE: calalilly May 24, 2010 10:11 AM

          It might be a good place to take your mother. There were lots of kids, parents and grandparents dining together, and at least two birthday parties. I found the dining room pretty dreary. Eating outside would have been better, if a cold wind hadn't been blowing. The bar area was lively.

          We had the $22 Sunday dinner. The house pate was very good. There was warm bread, some of it garlic bread, standard salami and butter pats in foil. It was that kind of place. The soup was potato-y, I think, and the waitress ladled it out of a bowl and left it there for seconds, though we didn't want more. The salad was a mixture of greens, with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a slice bad tomato and a decent vinaigrette. My SO had a sprinkling of blue cheese, as well. So -- not organic micro greens but not iceberg and gloopy dressing, either. I had the lamb, medium-rare, with wine sauce. It was really quite good, a bit salty, but flavorful. The buttery vegetables and scalloped potatoes were okay, but made me wonder if they're trying to kill off their customers. Seriously, most of them were elderly and not in the best shape. My SO had salmon in champagne sauce and mushrooms, with a scoop of rice. It looked boring, but he ate it all. I skipped desert -- rice pudding or ice cream -- but my SO had a scoop of spumoni. Very old school.

          It was miles away literally and figuratively from the alter-theater play we'd just seen in San Rafael. The waitress was great, very hardworking, and seemed weirdly like Jennifer Aniston playing a waitress. So now I've done that and don't think I need to do it again. SO said it reminded him of Duarte's and I sort of see that.

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            calalilly RE: Glencora May 24, 2010 10:35 AM

            Hmm, sounds like an interesting place. It's literally a 5 minute walk from my mom's house so we will probably check it out one day. Thanks for the review so I know what to expect.

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              Sharuf RE: Glencora May 25, 2010 05:15 AM

              I understand they do good business with the before / after theater crowd from the Jewish Community Center and the Marin Auditorium.

              I've mainly gone there for lunch, sitting outside with a jolly group from work. It's a delightful place for that sort of thing.

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