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Le Bar Basque

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22, Boulevard Thiers, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
05 59 85 16 63 ‎
Today
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious

On a flying visit to the town this place was recommended by the proprieter of the hotel we were staying in. It was quiet when we arrived but we had been on the road all day and were eating a little early. Waiters very attentive and made some ood recommendations which we went along with and were not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Jammin70
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

On a flying visit to the town this place was recommended by the proprieter of the hotel we were staying in. It was quiet when we arrived but we had been on the road all day and were eating a little early. Waiters very attentive and made some ood recommendations which we went along with and were not disappointed. Would... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Bar Basque is great. The service, ambience and cuisine is straight forward and authentically very good. The regulars are there nightly if not for dinner then an order of tapas and their famous drink, la Macca B. Yes it is addictive. We stY in St Jean de Luz yearly for 3 weeks in September and without Bar Basque we would... More 

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california
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109 reviews 109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Hire another few people. Although the food was just average, it took a long time to even get a look at the menu board. I had to get up and ask and was embarrassed to do that. I felt bad for the guys who were working as hard and as efficiently as possibly human. We sat outside and thought inside... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
26 helpful votes 26 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
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Senior Contributor
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22, Boulevard Thiers, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Phone Number: 05 59 85 16 63 ‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Spanish
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?