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Basque Norte Restaurant

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3355 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973-0205
530-891-5204
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Basque Restaurant with plenty of parking and handicap access. Full bar and...
Basque Restaurant with plenty of parking and handicap access. Full bar and tapas. Specials and reservations accepted. Closed Monday and Tuesday. (530) 891-5204
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  • 25
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hands Down Best in Chico

Sure, there may be newer, more trendy places to eat in Chico. If you are looking for something near the bar scene downtown, this isn't the place you're looking for (although they do have a very nice bar in the restaurant). If you are looking for a place to impress a date, show off for out-of-town... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Oroville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Would have given it a 2 rating but the large shrimp were soooooo very good. Other than that, it was a 1 or 2 rating. This was our 3 visit in about 5 years. Way too expensive for us to go often. I wanted to take my husband out for his birthday and we remembered the shrimp were really good.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Sure, there may be newer, more trendy places to eat in Chico. If you are looking for something near the bar scene downtown, this isn't the place you're looking for (although they do have a very nice bar in the restaurant). If you are looking for a place to impress a date, show off for out-of-town visitors, take the wife... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Old style Basque ambiance. Staff are attentive and dress in black on white semi formal slacks. Be sure and make reservations if your going after 6pm. We arrived at 5, there were already cars waiting for opening. I lost count of the number of courses. You order the entre and then the food keeps coming. Starts with appetizers of veggies,... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This restaurant has been in business here for 40 years. It is a great place to go as the food is served family style so the portions are very large. Go hungry. I would recommend eating slow and what you can't eat take home with you. The food starts with a small appetizer followed by family style soup, bread, and... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My first visit to Basque Norte was in the 70's and the food was wonderful then, and it has never changed, I have never had a bad meal there. I like my Mom love lamb so I ordered it the last time I was there and let me tell you they serve you ALOT! : ) and they were 2... More 

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Chico, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We celebrated a birthday and the Sangria got things off to a wonderful start! The tapas menu is fantastic and the portions on each item are good. The skewered beef was so tasty and tender. The salads were generous. I would love to go back and taste everything on the menu. Our group was sizable, 18, and they gave us... More 

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Chico, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

After hearing great reviews from friends, my family and I wanted to try this restaurant again. I love their family style service and they used to have the best steak in town. The servers were unattentive and forgetful. Must of us ordered steak and seafood. The steaks were loaded with fat and grisel. The prawns were overcooked and rubbery. This... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We enjoy several meals a year here because the steaks are cooked to perfection. The bar drinks are a little pricey compared to other places in town, but the meals are wonderful.

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Chico, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Coming from Bakersfield which has numerous basque restaurants , I was hoping to find a restaurant to fill that void. This restaurant did not even come close. Food was bland and luke warm at best. The only bright side was the ribeye steak which was actually very good. I guess my search for good basque food in the north state... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This restaurant has a very loyal following and has been around for decades. The dinner menu is heavy on meats, if that's what you're looking to eat. I prefer a more diverse menu, so I tried their tapas, which were delicious!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3355 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973-0205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: 530-891-5204

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Spanish, Tapas

Description

Basque Restaurant with plenty of parking and handicap access. Full bar and tapas. Specials and reservations accepted. Closed Monday and Tuesday. (530) 891-5204
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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