Basque Matxain Etxea Restaurant

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206 4th St., San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 206 4th St., San Juan Bautista Directions
+18316234472
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Report | 3 days ago
Come hungry, and if you don't want to wait to get a table do make reservations especially on the weekends.
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Report | 8 days ago
If you like Paella, call ahead, the night we had dinner they were out of seafood, paella and vegetables.
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Report | 9 days ago
Family style meals a great buy - soup, salad, main course, house wine, coffee, and dessert. Generous portions.
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Report | 16 days ago
Food is very good and reasonably priced. Our dinner was absolutely perfect and excellent service too and people very friendly. The music was good too. ANDRE
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Report | 16 days ago
Go for the family style meal. It comes with very nice soup, beans, salad, lamb stew besides your main dish.
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Report | a month ago
Phenomenal food! Made fresh (no warmed up can food here!) Lamb Chops and shanks will melt in your mouth! Steaks and fish too. Truly authentic Basque fare. We will go back here a lot in the future!
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Report | a month ago
The family dinner is a great bargain!
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Report | 2 months ago
A lot of food! Everything we had was very good very tasty no salt or other spices needed. Want to take our friends who have travelled a lot.
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Report | 2 months ago
Take a crowd. Great family style dinner.
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Report | 3 months ago
Fun for large group. Can order "Family Style". So much food plus wine and dessert included. Guitarist played music.
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Basque Country in northern Spain may not be well known, but it does have a well-deserved reputation for culinary excellence, according to Food & Wine. The chefs there rely on the region?s bountiful surroundings, using local seafood and farm-fresh produce along with more rarefied ingredients such as forest mushrooms and wild boar. The result is a unique cuisine that is not commonly found outside of Basque Country, and is the singular specialty at Basque Matxain Etxea Restaurant, which has been serving Basque-style cuisine for more than a decade. Head chef Guillermo Matxain learned the craft organically during his childhood in San Sebastian, a major city in the Basque region, and years spent in the kitchen at the family restaurant.

Today, Chef Matxain cooks elaborate and authentic Basque dishes, such as shrimp, mussels, and seafood paella according to family recipes that have been passed down and absentmindedly folded into paper airplanes over several generations. He crafts small tapas for diners to share, including baby calamari in garlic, oil, and paprika, and woody mushrooms saut?ed with parsley. His rich traditional Basque dishes include Cazuela Easo, a mixed seafood dish cooked in a secret family recipe creamy cheese sauce.

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Many people described the Lamb as Good.
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