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Red Tavern

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1250 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3329
+1 530-894-3463
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Chico, California
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244 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's in an unobtrusive block on the frontage street east off the Esplanade, but the store-front location belies a wonderfully intimate dining room and an expansive back yard that brings relaxed dining together with great landscaping and bocce ball. You will be hard pressed to match in any other restaurant in town the elegance, low noise, quick access to the... More 

Thank JoelZ195
Paradise, California
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This is a wonderful place to dine for special occasions or when you just want great fresh food dishes. I have dined her a several occasions and the food is consistently good. The outdoor patio is pretty with twinkle lights and a bocce ball court. They have a full bar and a nice wine selection.

Thank Claire A
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to sit back and have a drink with friends. Recommend summer time when you can relax in the open air back patio. Great atmosphere with occasional live music. Has a limited menu with decent food. It's a great local hangout when you want a drink somewhere nicer than a local pub

Thank mhieb
Chico, California
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151 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The food is good. Atmosphere is good. People are friendly. BUT -- if you have a large group I do not recommend Red Tavern. They did not seem to have the ability to handle it. Took over 3 hours to eat. So stay with 2 couples or just a romantic dinner for 2 and you should be okay. If you... More 

Thank Craig M
Georgetown, Colorado
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254 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

The food was decent but the staging was absolutely horrible. Drinks started at 6pm with 6:30 seating. The bar was unprepared for a party of 15 and the waitress was as overwhelmed by a party of our size. Deer in the headlights would be a kind way to describe her ability to take orders, know what items were no longer... More 

Thank Paul S
Chico, California
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244 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

The proprietors have hit the sweet spot in creating a must-visit destination for northern California dining options. The location is unassuming along the old Chico Esplanade. But thoughtful interior decor and colors, together with a rambunctious offering of signature and classic drinks, as well as a beautiful outside dining area steps from the bar give patrons a wonderful range of... More 

Thank JoelZ195
Lawton, Michigan
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

Went there for happy hour and were pleased. Good drinks, good process, and good small plates. We had the mushroom potstickers, meatballs, chicken, and pizza. It was all very good and plenty to share for three of us.

Thank Lorraine S
Chico, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Restaurants need to price their product per the location. There should not be in restaurant in Chico that is more expensive then places in San Francisco and Europe that are serving the same thing. Over head, view, labor and cost of product should all be considered. This restaurant is over priced for what you get.

Thank Deverie J
Knoxville, Tennessee
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98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

We have eaten in this restaurant several times...the quality is not consistent. Food is pricey but the outdoor area is great.

Thank Jeffrey C
Glenn, CA
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

The atmosphere was great, the service was great, but the food was beyond great. I had the filet and my wife had the salmon. My steak was cooked perfectly, but what made it special was the sauce or light gravy that was on the potato garnish. The flavor was exceptional. There was live music for Valentine's Day and I was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3329
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: +1 530-894-3463
Redefining American and Mediterranean Cuisine Based on influences from all over the world, the Red Tavern menu is renewed every six weeks utilizing the freshest, locally grown, seasonal, organic produce and meats. We have Chico's best outdoor patio, featuring a bocce court, twinkling lights, and mature trees. Our full bar offers an extensive wine list, exciting craft beer selections and creative, signature cocktails, served in a warm and charming atmosphere. We host a wine tasting on the first Thursday of each month. We feature a Prix Fixe Dinner on the last Thursday of each month. From April 1st through October 31st we feature smooth jazz out on our patio. Come to Red Tavern to dine, drink and play

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