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“Not Quite Basque” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tenth Street Basque Cafe

Tenth Street Basque Cafe
249 Tenth Street, San Miguel, CA 93451
805 467 3141
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Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in San Miguel
Cuisines: Basque
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Tenth Street Vineyard Cafe
Beaumont, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not Quite Basque”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

There is some good and some bad with this restaurant. First, I was born and raised in Bakersfield and have eaten at authentic Basque restaurants many times. This is not one of them. The only thing Basque about this place is the family style dining and that is hardly limited to Basque restaurants. If you want real Basque go to Bakersfield.

We went as a group and they opened that night just for us. That raised an issue with the price of the meal. There is one bill at the end of the night and that includes any wine that anyone ordered. Everyone pays for the wine, like it or not. The good thing was the wine was not that expensive. And, with the tip and all, it was somewhere around $50 apiece.

Aside from that, the food was good. The service was good and the owner/chef told a good story. If they had not opened that night just for us I would have felt the dinner was overpriced. They did package up the left over food and we took it with us and had another meal the next day. So two meals for $50 was not all that bad.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Los Angeles, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Time, Great Food, Great Experience overall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have been here many times now and absolutely love the place!

1. Chef Dallas is extremely welcoming, funny, witty and makes sure every guest has a great time.

2. Food is amazing! Way more than a normal human being should eat - but it is just so good that you cannot stop.

3. One trip we had some guest who did not eat meat (since Chef has a set menu), but Chef quickly whipped up an amazing chicken dish as a substitute and offered it to the entire table!

4. On New Years Eve, Chef accommodated us between his regular seatings and treated us in STYLE!

5. You cannot get so many courses of excellent food for this price!! I'd pay 1.5 to 2 times and not feel pinched for this food / experience!

This is a must go place if you visit the Central Coast - but go hungry !! :)

  • Visited January 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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SAN SIMEON
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I was there last week with a lunch group I belong to, it was fun, the food consisted mostly of a gian bowl of paela, ribs advertised consisted of 2 skinny ribs per person, the price was fixed, $22.00/person which magically went up to $25.00 during the lunch.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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So Cal
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“I wish I could give this a 2.5 stars”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a party crowd to dinner for a birthday celebration. As usual, there was good and bad here which gives it the "average" rating. To start with the good, the place is perfect for a party type celebration. It's loud and people are having a good time. The inside of the restaurant is nicely decorated with fun little "Basque" and old time items. If you're looking for a quite romantic evening for two, this is not your place. But if you're looking for a fun evening with a crowd, this is great for that. The one thing you will have to endure is the food. While not out of a can, some items come close. There's lots of coarses but I'm not sure how coleslaw is a coarse. Secondly, there was only one dish that had any meat in it and it was a small amount such that the last person only had noodles. Two people went hungry since they don't eat mayo and several dishes had mayo in them. Go for the fun, not the food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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San Fransisco, CA
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Poor customer service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Came inside about lunchtime and two men are sitting counting money at a table, ask if we should go into the other room for lunch, they said sure. We sat at a table, other diners were finishing their meals, all the tables were set for famiy style dinning. We waited. And waited. Finally we got up and asked the money counters if we were to get menus ourselves or what we should do , since it was our first time there. Old guy counting his money said, lunch was over (why did'nt he tell us that when we ask for a table?) but he would russel us up a pulled pork sandwich. Considering the service so far, I wouldn't have him russel us up a glass of water which we never got anyway. We left. Check out their web site and read between the lines, but from want I saw from being there, it isn't all that.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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