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Matxain Etxea

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206 4th St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
+1 831-623-4472
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“lamb shank” (9 reviews)
“paella” (5 reviews)
“soup” (9 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
206 4th St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

What a good choice this was-proper home cooked food in an unassuming and extremely welcoming interior [dont let the outside look put you off]. The waitress was pleasant and attentive without being formal,it was all very relaxed. The first dish was very similar to a...More

Thank seabrighter
Reviewed October 12, 2017

We enjoyed the simple but plentiful meal and good service but felt a bit sad about the tired and dusty decor (inside and out). Unfortunately, the whole town felt like this. Not much civic pride showing in this wonderfully historic town.

Thank sandyldavis
Reviewed August 28, 2017

We had a wonderful meal with friends here while we stayed in town for an anniversary celebration which was held at the Jardines restaurant. Since we spent the night, we read reviews and decided to give this one a try as dining is limited in...More

Thank SusanVM
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

The drinks were brought in chilled heavy glasses - even diet coke! With a carafe of water! The napkins were crisply starched. From the outside out looks like a shack that was once open. The parking is on the street only. Take the time to...More

Thank DaddysMink
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

This was simple country food well done. The shrimp appetizer was full of flavor, and a great dish. The pork shank was good, but not great. I thought it could use a bit more seasoning. But the meat was tender and the flavor was good....More

Thank Verocras
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

I read the reviews prior to going into this place and I trust honesty on Trip Advisor. Y'all did not disappoint!! If I hadn't had lamb twice in the past week I would have gone with that suggestion. However I had the rib eye which...More

Thank Brinbri
Reviewed April 2, 2017

Such a rare treat to discover authentic Basque cooking. My husband and I never pass one up and Matxan Etxea is the real deal. The family style meal includes your choice of meat with all the extras including their Spainish table wine and homemade custard...More

Thank Far2GoB4Isleep
Reviewed December 15, 2016

We started with fried calamari, and had I known how much was in that serving, that might have been dinner! But luckily I powered through to finish my garlicky shrimp and mashed potatoes. Oh, that sauce! Oh, the bread! The place was packed when we...More

Thank kcdenman
Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is restaurant feels like home (wine list = house wine and beer). I was hungry and appreciated the soup (which had so much potato I shared some with my husband). The bread was fine. We didn't order the family dinner, which is even heartier...More

1  Thank Renee002
Reviewed October 21, 2016

Great food, great service, good price. Food was flavorful, fresh and plenteous. Ordering family style is the way to go, as it is "all you can eat".

Thank Mike P
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Third Street
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
1:30 PM - 8:45 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2:30 PM - 9:15 PM
11:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 206 4th St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Juan Bautista
  • Phone Number: +1 831-623-4472
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