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Located in Santa Venetia in Marin County, California. 

Established in 1962, the Chalet Basque Restaurant is one of Marin’s oldest and most well-respected restaurants. Settled in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Venetia, in the city of San Rafael, the Chalet Basque has been consistently serving the residents of Marin county delicious cuisine inspired by the Basque Region of France and Spain.
In the early 1970s, Roger Minhondo, came from the village of Irisssary, France, to work as the executive chef at the newly founded Chalet Basque Restaurant. After helping to create many popular dishes that helped give the Chalet Basque its notoriety, Roger set out to establish his own restaurants: The Normandy and The Guernica. Though both restaurants became popular destinations, Roger returned to buy the Chalet Basque in 2000. Now in its 18th year, under Roger’s son Patrick's ownership, the restaurant is serving its well-known traditional dishes and new creations inspired by time spent in the Bay Area.
Patrick has always had a skill and passion for hospitality. Having had such a successful restauranteur as a father, Patrick has been in the restaurant business, literally, since he was a baby. Later on, after high school, he took a break from his major in hospitality management at UC San Diego when the opportunity arose for him to travel and work in France. With his added experience in fine dinning in Europe, Patrick returned to uphold the Chalet Basque’s exceptional reputation for delectable cuisine and unmatched, warm, family atmosphere. Entrepreneurs wear many hats, and Patrick is no exception. You can find him bartending, cooking, serving, and stepping into any other role that needs filling, all while making each customer feel special. 


(415) 479-1070



405 North San Pedro Rd

San Rafael

California, 94903



Closed Mondays!


Lunch 11:30a-2p

Dinner 5p-9p

Sat & Sun

Dinner 4p-9p


WF — made, OR can be made, WITHOUT WHEAT

VG — made, OR can be made, to be VEGETARIAN

V — made, OR can be made, to be VEGAN


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Call (347) 555–1234 from 5a – 11p daily, or book online with OpenTable.
Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Looking for a place to host your next birthday party, business meeting, holiday party, etc.? We’ve got you covered! Below is our sample banquet menu. We can alter the menu to suit your dietary restrictions, budget or anything else. To book a party, please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to working with you!