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“Best Basque Food In Bakersfield” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Noriega's

Noriega's
525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 322-8419
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Ranked #8 of 650 Restaurants in Bakersfield
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best Basque Food In Bakersfield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

A wonderful old tradition of family style eating is the first to expect...after being called into the dining room by the hostess. The groups are called into the dining room by the way each person fits into the family style eating puzzle and there is plenty of food so do not worry. Once all are seated the meal begins. There is a lot of food so be sure and pace yourself. Enjoy the others at the table as that is part of the ambiance of eating here. (If you have children there is a handball court for them to play in before and after dinner. Before dinner is very nice as if the child is worn out they will sit still for dinner, letting the parents enjoy themselves even more.) Highly recommended for a fine dining pleasure.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alabama
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169 reviews 169 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“A must while you visit Bakersfield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

When I annually come to visit family in Bakersfield we always enjoy the Basque cultural ambiance at Noriega's. Family style seating and serving at long tables gives the ability to meet and visit with people from all over the United States. Plus the resident Basque sheep herders who live upstairs in the hotel dine with the visitors!
Generous portions of family style bountiful platters serve salad, soup, pickled tongue (a thinly sliced marinated beef that is delicious), beans, marinated tomatoes, spaghetti, string beans, French fries, and the nightly two entrees that change daily. Endless baskets of Pyrnees sourdough bread and house wine accompany the meal and dessert consists of ice cream with traditional wedges of Blue cheese.
This restaurant is family owned and operated and has been in operation since the late 1880's when the railroad depot across the street was established and brought Basque sheepherders for the local sheep industry. The building /hotel is original, has a wonderful antique back bar, and a Jai Lai court for residents of the hotel.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pensacola, FL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Food, atmosphere and service all good.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Tried restaurant based upon TA reviews. The menu featured fresh food prepared excellently. Yes, it is family style, but the couple across from us from Sacramento were enjoyable. Menu on Sunday was pot roast, baked chicken (both excellent) and spaghetti. Sides were potato salad, (excellent), pickled tongue, baked beans, salad, cauliflower, French fries, soup, cottage cheese and wine. The only weak part of the meal was the bread.,

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lodi, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Hearty food and new friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

A classic family style Basque restaurant with three long tables where you are placed next to each other and other parties. They seat everyone at 7pm and start serving, you don't want to be late. The menu is set, so no worry about ordering and there are enough dishes that unless you are extremely hard to please some combination works for all. You do need to reserve a place, get there a bit early, check in, and have a drink in the bar if you want. At dinner pace yourself as there will be lots of food, meet your neighbors and share the wine. On our night it was cabbage soup, blue cheese salad, beans, bread, pickled tongue, pasta, oxtail stew, broccoli, fried chicken, fries, cottage cheese, ice cream and red wine. All freshly made, delicious, and for $20 per person.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St Martin d' Uriage
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A unique experience for any tourist”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

If you love history and also the chance to eat great family syle food this is the place for you. You sit at long tables with all the other customers and the conversation only adds to the fun if you so choose. Each day they have a fixed menu and serving time so call ahead. The place is full of locals and is rich in old Basque-Bakersfield history and this makes it a MUST for tourists. Food is also great!

Sit down and have a cocktail at the bar before your meal. It really stimulates the imagination and the food is fantastic. As a tradition, my famiy and I go there whenever we are visiting Bakersfield. You can also practice your French with Bernadette. This is a plus for anyone visiting from the Basque country or any francophone country.


What a nice place for food and a nice experience for the family or couples. Just make sure you call ahead for serving times as they generally won't make an exception unless you happen catch them on a day where the dinning room is not full and this is rare. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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