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Le Bar Basque

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22, Boulevard Thiers, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
05 59 85 16 63 ‎
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and portions

As usual, I had the Kir Royale aperitif and G had 50cl Rose. We shared entrees - the plat du tapas (7 items) and the Serrano ham - both good. Main courses I had the brochette of lamb with red peppers and Espagnol red sauce and frites - good. G had the 5 large gambas a l'Ail served with rice.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
maureen2340
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Hale, United Kingdom
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France
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218 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice friendly restaurant recommended by our host. Many places close on a chilly January night. Fairly basic inside and not too warm, but with a glass of wine inside it began to feel better. Good menu choices of meat and fish - I had delicious duck and my wife had salmon. Wine by the glass or bottle. They do... More 

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Thank IanSimpson
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We had a light lunch at the Bar Basque. Delicious tapas and a dessert. Both excellent, but the highlight was our waiter ,the charming Thierry. We only speak a little French, and Thierry's English isn't fluent ( although a lot better than our French! ) But he tried really hard to describe the items on the menu. We had great... More 

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Thank Robert W
Seattle, WA
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The salmon was the best we've ever had - slightly charred on one side, perfectly moist. Amazing! And the side dish of squash with a Parmesan topping was superb. The wait staff is super friendly and spoke some English. Try their MACCA'B cocktail - secret recipe. A wonderful experience we will never forget.

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Thank Creekinwa
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Attracted by the constant busyness of the pavement tables and interesting looking tapas every time we walked past , we went for an evening meal here and we were not disappointed . Diverse and interesting assiette de tapas followed by a shared delicious merluz ( hake) cooked in a spanish style - straight from the oven . Cooked to perfection... More 

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Thank Vari D
Hale, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

As usual, I had the Kir Royale aperitif and G had 50cl Rose. We shared entrees - the plat du tapas (7 items) and the Serrano ham - both good. Main courses I had the brochette of lamb with red peppers and Espagnol red sauce and frites - good. G had the 5 large gambas a l'Ail served with rice.... More 

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Thank maureen2340
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

On a flying visit to the town this place was recommended by the proprieter of the hotel we were staying in. It was quiet when we arrived but we had been on the road all day and were eating a little early. Waiters very attentive and made some ood recommendations which we went along with and were not disappointed. Would... More 

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Thank Jammin70
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Bar Basque is great. The service, ambience and cuisine is straight forward and authentically very good. The regulars are there nightly if not for dinner then an order of tapas and their famous drink, la Macca B. Yes it is addictive. We stY in St Jean de Luz yearly for 3 weeks in September and without Bar Basque we would... More 

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Thank Lindacriss
california
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Hire another few people. Although the food was just average, it took a long time to even get a look at the menu board. I had to get up and ask and was embarrassed to do that. I felt bad for the guys who were working as hard and as efficiently as possibly human. We sat outside and thought inside... More 

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Thank billkhoe
Lisbon, Portugal
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124 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The restaurant opened in 1920 and still serves very good basque fooa. The foie gras is marvellous, the assietes are plentiful and the brochette de lotte with chorizo is typical of the basque food mixing spanish and french flavours. The ambiance is cosy and nice with locals eating their meals while reading the newspaper but during the high season things... More 

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Thank IsabelTM
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

The food was excellent at competitive prices with great service and suggestion of accompanying wines. Friendly and homely experience. We thought it worth recommending since it's away from the tourist-area restaurants of the harbour area; we stumbled upon it quite by accident. Despite it being a week day evening it was busy and for us it was the first positive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22, Boulevard Thiers, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Phone Number: 05 59 85 16 63 ‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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