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Basque Boulangerie Cafe

460 1st Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476-6702
+1 707-935-7687
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Ranked #15 of 107 restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Bakery, Dessert, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Description: The Basque Boulangerie Cafe opened on the historic square of Sonoma in 1994 and offers two generations of baking excellence. "The Basque", as it is affectionately known by locals and return customers, specializes in lightcrumb, crisp sourdough breads and assorted sweet French or Parisian style breads, Danish pastries, morning rolls, cookies and cakes in its lively cafe, as well as delivering these fresh products daily to its wholesale customers. The Basque Cafe offers an extended cafe style menu available all day.
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English first
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The freshly cooked daily breads/cakes are a must. Very popular with the locals but worth the wait (no too long as staff work very hard)

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Baton Rouge
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

When in Sonoma we always stop here for breakfast or lunch and even get pastries to go. The food is wonderful and the service is helpful beyond belief. The pastries, my mouth waters just typing this review. It does get quite crowded in the early morning, but it is all part of the experience. The reason for the crowds is... More

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Marmarth, North Dakota, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Best Cappuccino I had in Sonoma. Croissant breakfast sandwich was excellent. Gets pretty crowded in the mornings. Some outdoor seating.

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PALM SPRINGS, CA
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126 reviews 126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A young woman working behind the counter seemed as though she was stoned out of her mind- she was overly friendly and insisted knowing my name, where I was from and if I was married or not--she had clearly been hitting some sort of pipe. she was disheveled and disorganized as was the rest of the staff. Cheese on my... More

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Mercer, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is a wonderful spot to sit outside and watch the world go by with a great cup of coffee and a pastry. Very friendly staff. Tried the multigrain buns which were delicious but my favorite was a multigrain bread with sunflower seeds that they only bake on Saturday. The soup and sandwiches look wonderful; I'll have to try them... More

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Lakeville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stopped and had breakfast paninis and coffee in the morning. Also grabbed some sourdough. All were very tasty. Highly recommend.

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Eagle, Idaho
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Used to live in Sonoma. Use to be the French Bakery. Was back and made the stop. Still good but somehow not quite the same. Coffee was fresh and good. Went back for lunch and it was good. Maybe I just wanted to see some of the old faces? It has been sold.

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Cloverdale, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

OK, I hate to say unkind things about this place- it seems that most people like it. We stopped there for cookies to add to our picnic- they were so sweet that the flavors (coconut, citrus, etc.) were indiscernible. In fact, I think even the cookies from the Costco bakery are better. We also purchased a loaf of olive bread,... More

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milpitasca
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205 reviews 205 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stopped in for a light lunch on a Tuesday at 1:30 PM and there were no crowds but a steady stream of customers. We shared a very juicy and tender Reuben sandwich on their rye bread and a small salad of baby greens. The items were prepared quickly. Prices are very reasonable for the quality presented. We also had... More

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San Jose, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The bakery was good and the staff was friendly. I made a joke that I wanted to take the free samples and they put them all in a bag and gave them to me. All the time I keep saying I was joking. They said they have more samples to put out.

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