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Basque Norte Restaurant

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3355 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973-0205
+1 530-891-5204
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Nortre Califonkneeonee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good basic food, served family style for a hard drinking fun loving crowd. The only downside is the owner/hostess always seems a bit put out by it all. This is not fine dining this is good old time Dinner House original. I cannot even say it is Basque! Great steaks in their own marinade that are huge, even Minnesota Fats... More 

Thank ManOfC0nstantS0rr0w
Paradise, Ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This family style restaurant is great. The cocktails are good. The steak is amazing. Its a comfortable, casual atmosphere. A family owned restaurant. The more people you have in your party, the better. My favorite meals here have been with big groups. Enjoy!

Thank Kaibacha
Chico, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The owner cuts his own steaks and the 14 oz New York Steak is the best we have ever had. We often aren't able to finish it so we either get the steak for 1 of us and the prawns for the other. If we get 2 steaks we take the leftovers home and it is still great for dinner... More 

Thank the4ms2014
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Basque Norte has been around a long time. Wonderful owners, family style sides, just don't order the halibut. Not good, dry, no flavor, portion size horrible. Plus, it was very expensive! I know, I know, why would you order fish? Heard it was good and husband had steak the night before. Won't be going back for awhile!

Thank Claudine L
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. I can't visit Chico without stopping here for dinner at least once. The food is great! The Tapa Sampler (2 shrimp, 1 beef skewer, 1 porky shank) is delicious. Sangria is the best. The owners are great!

1 Thank mrcleanjj
Penn Valley, California
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Many moons ago when we lived in Lancaster we would make the trek over the hill through Tehachapi to Bakersfield to the best Basque experience in the area at the Wool Growers. Community dining at its best, good food and always an experience. When we came across Basque Norte on a trip from Portland to NorCal, we wondered how it... More 

Thank WilsyPV
Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Basque Norte offers some of the best cuts of meat in Chico and the family style dining will satisfy everyone's tastes. Tapas and the best drinks in town are offered in the bar area! Bring the whole family and enjoy!

Thank LoriA964
Chico ca
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Basque Norte has been serving the same great food for many years. The quality is always good and it's always exactly what you expect. The food is served family style in generous amounts. One of my all-time favorite restaurants in Chico.

Thank Llynny
Portland, Oregon
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328 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Tapas are all the rage, lots of small plates and variety. This kind of food is the absolute best. I haven't had Basque food since I was a teenager. When I spotted this place, I knew that was it for me for dinner. As it turned out the rest of the group agreed. We took 16 people to eat here.... More 

1 Thank shewholovestoeat
Chico, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Exquisit, food prepared with attention to detail, variety in selection of foods to satisfy, colorful and savory tapas. Best cream brûlée ever! Delightful music and bartender was delightful. I have already made plans to return with my friends!

Thank nancitabryant999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse, Spanish
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3355 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973-0205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: +1 530-891-5204
Basque Restaurant with plenty of parking and handicap access. Full bar and tapas. Specials and reservations accepted. Closed Monday and Tuesday. (530) 891-5204

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