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Le Bar Basque

22, Boulevard Thiers, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
05 59 85 16 63 ‎
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Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The restaurant opened in 1920 and still serves very good basque fooa. The foie gras is marvellous, the assietes are plentiful and the brochette de lotte with chorizo is typical of the basque food mixing spanish and french flavours. The ambiance is cosy and nice with locals eating their meals while reading the newspaper but during the high season things... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

The food was excellent at competitive prices with great service and suggestion of accompanying wines. Friendly and homely experience. We thought it worth recommending since it's away from the tourist-area restaurants of the harbour area; we stumbled upon it quite by accident. Despite it being a week day evening it was busy and for us it was the first positive... More

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Madrid, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Bad expensive food Worse service the only thing worth seeing is the decor inside It is a pity as the Bar Basque was once THE place to go and to be seen in the 50s and 60s, it was double the size it is now and there was a great ambience. It has changed hands many times since then, but... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Very slow service and somehow our main course order was lost in the system on what seemed to be a relatively quiet evening. What is worse is that the staff hadn't noticed we had been waiting for a long time. An compensatory glass of wine each was offered and accepted. When the main meal finally arrived, the duck with honey... More

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UK
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We recently were lucky enough to spend a short break in St. Jean de Luz and Bar Basque almost became our 'local' as it is located away from the real tourist area and the food and service was relaxed and it is a great place to sit quietly for a morning coffee, afternoon apero or evening meal. The lunchtime menu... More

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Austin, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We went to Bar Basque twice in our 3 days in St. Jean de Luz - once for drinks (5 stars), once for dinner (3 stars). It's a great place to relax mid-afternoon for a drink or a coffee on the outdoor patio. There is great people watching. Dinner, however, was a different story...the service was horrible. The waiter admittedly... More

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france
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Set back from the seafront, the bar is on the main street and it's very pleasant to sit outside and watch the world go by. We've been here at different times of day, and had a good variety of things from the menu. Service is always good, and the menu has all the traditional basque fare plus a few inventive... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

this bar was very typical of the area. the food was excellent, and good value.

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South of England
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

This restaurant is situated just in from the sea front on a not too busy road. We sat outside on the terrace. I had the best chipirones that I have had in the Basque country. My partner had mussels which were also outstanding. Neither of us usually eats pudding but the Basque Creme Brulee was not to be missed. It... More

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Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

We had an aperitif there on the first evening of our holiday and the atmosphere in the bar was good so we went back later for dinner. The bar was almost empty but the waiters were friendly and professional. Food was not exceptional but fairly good average bar food which was exactly what we were looking for on a rainy... More

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