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“The one and only” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Le Chistera

Restaurant Le Chistera
42 Port Neuf, 64100 Bayonne, France
0559592593
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Ranked #38 of 201 Restaurants in Bayonne
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Paris
1 review
“The one and only”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

One of the last restaurants in town to be 2nd generation family run and serve only the freshest local ingredients.The service is very friendly and helpful so we all had a wonderful time together with a delicious lunch from starters to mains and desserts.

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English first
Bordeaux, France
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“good local food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We enjoyed a good local dinner at Chistera on a sunday night. The atmosphere is in phase with the name of the restaurant and the service was prompt. The specialty of the Basque region are multiple and the price is correct. I would come back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I will just talk about the food in this review.

The duck is awful - don't order
The Chicken Basque is good, but I did not see anything special in this dish. It is a more or less simple sauce with a simple chicken and simple rice.

The so called "Tuna Tartar" tasted and looked like it made of salmon.

The tuna dish was the only tasty one.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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marmouyet, Gérant at Restaurant Le Chistera, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear Ilya,
Please don't play the perfect gourmet while your lack of knowledge in gastronomy is striking. We perfectly remember you, you and your bad mood . We really don't understand what's in your mind when you go to the restaurant since you and your family spent most of the time playing with your mobiles and did't pay a lot of attention to the food .
We don't have any « tuna tartar » in our menu but « trout tartar ». and it' translated in english ! You don't seem to be aware of it, but it makes a hudge difference. It is true that the taste of trout tartar is close to the taste of salmon tartar, but it has very little to do with the taste of tuna tartar.
You also complained about your « magret de canard » and the chef payed a special attention to your request and had your dish tasted by the entire kitchen staff. Verdict : they found it delicious. And be sure that we are very open and attentive to our (rare) customers criticisms, because we love our job and work hard to get better at it. Maybe you thought you were ordering turkey ? In that case we can understand : duck has a full-bodied taste compared to turkey, you must have been surprised.
Best regards,
Le Chistera's staff.
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Grantham UK
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97 reviews 97 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Top notch family restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was one of the few places opened on a Sunday in Bayonne and didn 't disappoint. A pretty much traditional French restaurant menu at a reasonable price. All dishes were very well prepared and service was delightful throughout.
Quite a few locals came in during the evening and the atmosphere was very appealing. If you are looking for a good standard, reasonably priced dinner in Bayonne, look no further.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Georgia
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180 reviews 180 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Nice Lunch Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Le Chistera was the perfect place for lunch in Bayonne on a rainy day in May. Shortly after we arrived, the restaurant seemed to fill with locals. The food was good and the service friendly. I enjoyed the fresh asparagus with egg, and my husband like his dish with veal. A pleasant dining experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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