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“very good food, friendly staff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Tavern

Red Tavern
1250 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3329
530-894-3463
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Ranked #15 of 277 Restaurants in Chico
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“very good food, friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by the owners of the B&B I was staying at while my son checked out the college and one of their sports teams this weekend. I find it weird to eat solo in a nice restaurant, but enjoyed my experience here. I had a reservation, but opted to sit at the bar. The martinis are excellent and the menu was full of fresh choices. It appears that their menu changes often (maybe daily). The restaurant was really busy, but I was able to order at the bar and talk to some of the locals. It was a very pleasant experience.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Chico
2 reviews
“One of the two (or three) nicest & best restaurants in Chico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Excellent service, delicious dishes -- and bocce! Great as a romanic spot or site for a business dinner.

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Wheatland, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good but not amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Ambiance: we went on Saturday night. We sat under a music speaker and the music was noticable and, for the atmosphere that they appear to be trying to create, brash and inappropriate.
Service: Not all servers are versed on the wine selection. Pacing was avergage to poor. Servers overly informal.
Food: Butternut squash soup was velvety and perfectlt seasoned. Prawns were briney and perfectly cooked, served on a bed of delicious Romanesco sauce. Side greens were bright and crunchy.
Steaks were cooked perfectly to order. Potatoes fried in duck fat were a slight let down. Radicchio salad with pears and Gorgonzola was a terrific side dish.
Walnut tart dessert was okay-walnuts were either not or were under-toasted. Texture a little off.
Coffee was good and strong. Cocktails perfectly made. Bread had a good wheat flavor and boasted an excellent crust (the salted butter was a surprise).
I'd go again, but would lower my expectations.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good restaurant, but quite expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

After living in Chico for more than a decade, I finally had a chance to eat dinner at the Red Tavern on Tuesday evening. It was very busy, especially considering it's summer, but this is not too surprising given the general lack of high-end restaurants in Chico. I was also told that many of these establishments are closed Tuesdays. Ambiance at the R.T. is fine for California. The food was good--well prepared and flavorful and a decent portion (medium sized). I'd have to say service was rather cool and indifferent. Be prepared to pay for your meal...two entrees and one glass of wine ran us almost $80 (including tax and tip). So I'd say R.T. is a good high-end choice for Tuesday nights.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Local Food at a Great Price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

Went here for an anniversary dinner on a tuesday night and the place was packed!!! We sat at the bar and struck up a conversation with the bartender, great guy. We were seated after a while outside in the amazing back patio! Food was stellar, great smoke salmon appetizers, amazing duck and ahi tuna dishes. And absolutely amazing dessert and the best wine selection in Chico hands down, as well as best service in Chico hands down!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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