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Benji's French Basque Restaurant

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French, Spanish, Basque
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4001 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA
661 328 0400
Tuesday
Closed
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
great food will come back again

We used to come here when we lived in Bakersfield, now we went back as we were on vacation in Bakersfield. My daughter just love the set up they have, especially the soup, she just cant get enough of it. All in all the set up is really nice, good food. I had the orange Roughy and it was great.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The food was life sustaining but not had good. My wife and I both had steaks which were over cooked and tough. The mushroom sauce was good but had almost no mushrooms. The salad was over dressed. Not having a choice of sides was strange. Make sure you read the menu before you go.

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Bakersfield, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My wife and I along with our daughter and son and law go there most Friday nights. We love the restaurant. Benji is the incredible owner who makes sure everything goes well. The waitress we always have is Tonya. Ask for her; very special lady.

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Bakersfield, Ca
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I love the tongue at Basque's restaurants, but Benji's uses a cream base and I hate it. I'n sure others like it so that is no reason to stay away. i have a favorite Basque place so that does a make my review a bit biased. The service was slow at noon, and I missed the comfortable feeling found at... More 

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Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

Had been awhile since I tried Benji's so decided it was time again. Service by Andrew, our waiter was not so good. He was inattentive and acted like he was being put out of his way to serve us. Some of the food was very good, the Basque soup, salsa, bread, salad, tomatoes and french fries. The pickled tongue was... More 

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katy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We used to come here when we lived in Bakersfield, now we went back as we were on vacation in Bakersfield. My daughter just love the set up they have, especially the soup, she just cant get enough of it. All in all the set up is really nice, good food. I had the orange Roughy and it was great.... More 

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Bay Area, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is simple: We called on a busy Friday at 6:00 and got a 7:00 reservation., We were seated at 7:02 and this was, bar-none, the best dinner I've ever had in Bakersfield! The fact that there were about 200 locals there at the same time is testament to the quality of the food. You'll be impressed!

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Bakersfield, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The place can get a bit noisy at times. They have a good selection on the menu and this is regular service versus "family style" with a fixed menu like some of the "true" Basque places in town.

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Bakersfield
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food was good, service was pretty good. Bar drinks are great other drinks are a little behind the times with small glasses refills few and far between and I think I got charged for a soda refill.

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La Porte, Texas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Let me tell you i almost eat out every nite , I have never in my life had so much food delivered to my table i could have feed 4 people I ordered Orange Ruffey Fish 1st they brought soup and bread then roasted tomato's then beans then cow tongue and salad then the fish i know I left some... More 

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Sacramento, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Did not know that when you order your main course this also includes a variety plethora of other food. So bring your appetite! Ordered the lamb kabobs. This meal, apparently like all others, also includes bread, salad, corn, French fries, soup, beans and pickled tongue. Not too much of a picky eater so tried the tongue and it was not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4001 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: 661 328 0400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Spanish, Basque
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?