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Basque Norte Restaurant

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3355 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973-0205
530-891-5204
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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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
Wonderful food & family gathering spot

Over many years we have enjoyed this gem of restaurant in Chico. A must for family celebrations. The lamb dishes are my sons favorite. They can always handle large parties. Try drinking wine from a PIRONI.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dave G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over many years we have enjoyed this gem of restaurant in Chico. A must for family celebrations. The lamb dishes are my sons favorite. They can always handle large parties. Try drinking wine from a PIRONI.

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Thank Dave G
Orland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Had a very pleasant dinner with friends celebrating a Birthday. Due some dietary restrictions, management worked with us and provided great service and food. Portions were very large and tasty. This was not the first visit for most of us and we commented that the food and service remains consistently great. Steaks were superb!

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Thank Jeffery S
Chico, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Warm, friendly owners! Delicious tapas served in the bar-the little lamb chops, potato salad, grilled shrimp and stuffed mushrooms are absolutely wonderful and the mixed drinks tops. You will always find some one you know here; this restaurant is a 40 year old landmark favorite institution

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Thank Burgerlover78
Chico, Ca
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have eaten there twice lately, both with large groups. The service has been fantastic, last time, on 8/29 we had a husband- wife team servicing us. They were very attentive and all the food came out so everyone ate together. The food was excellent, my T-bone was cooked just as I asked for, and the side dishes were very... More 

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Thank Rc_chico
Oroville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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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Thank Ron S
California
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
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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Thank havok1314
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank arah b
Chico, California
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151 reviews
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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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Thank TravelGoddess61
Reno, Nevada
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Thank Karen J
Chico, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 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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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: Spanish, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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