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13432 S Central Ave., Chino

Rustic Basque Cuisine at Centro Basco (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

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Originally opened as a boarding house for shepherds in 1940, the restaurant endures as a bastion of the area's Basque-influenced heritage

Customer Reviews

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family style
rack of lamb
lamb chops
Socratestop reviewer
14 ratings9 reviews
March 13, 2015
Good Food, Service & decent prices on wine list!
1 ratings1 reviews
March 12, 2015
wonderful treat
julietop reviewer
10 ratings6 reviews
October 17, 2014
It's great food and the prices are very fair. It's a good value. Go & enjoy a real dining experience.
1 ratings1 reviews
October 17, 2014
Four of us order different entries on the menu. They were all excellent. The facility is dated but staffs were attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the evening.
2 ratings1 reviews
October 10, 2014
If you go on Thursday night, you might be lucky enough to get lamb shanks left over from lunch. Love the beef tongue in vinegarette. Get extra to take home.
1 ratings1 reviews
October 9, 2014
Great place
1 ratings1 reviews
September 22, 2014
A wonderful, unique French Basque experience. It is family operated, the best food, and great service. Much of the meal is served family style with the first course of soup being one of their highlights. I know of no better soups anywhere. I especially like the petite cut of the rib eye steak and my wife can't survive without the roast chicken. (When she had morning sickness the only thing she could eat at all was the roast chicken.) I would say they are known for their lamb with the chops and rack of lamb being a real treat. The main course is served with hot french fries and vegetable, both also wonderful. Don't miss this experience.
Vickitop reviewer
20 ratings10 reviews
September 10, 2014
The flat steak is great! I order a side of blue cheese and they bring a big chunk that is great on sourdough bread and on top of the flat steak. The staff is friendly and have been there for years in some cases, very friendly atmosphere & fun eating family style.
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About This Deal

Professional chefs generally know more than the average cook, including how to remove the poisonous glands from onions. Dine out with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $12 for $20 worth of rustic Basque cuisine for lunch
  • $19 for $40 worth of rustic Basque cuisine for dinner Tuesday–Thursday
  • $17 for $30 worth of rustic Basque cuisine for dinner Friday–Sunday
  • Visit the website to see the full lunch menu, dinner menu, and hours for each.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid for boarders table or any holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Centro Basco

Densely packed conversations flutter across long, communal tables packed even more densely with hearty courses of sourdough bread and blue cheese, homemade soups, and oxtail stew. Platters of rustic, European-inspired cooking pass from person to person. All the while, the house wine keeps flowing. This is a typical scene at Centro Basco—a historic restaurant and inn devoted to capturing the vivacious and independent spirit of the Basque region. A fiercely autonomous region of Spain along its mountainous border with France, Basque Country has its own distinct climate, its own language (one of the few in the world with no known relationship to any other language), and its own unique approach to food.

"Opened in 1940, along with a boarding house for shepherds, this sprawling restaurant is one of the last remnants of the local Basque population who once herded sheep in what is now fully suburbanized Chino," notes Gayot. The Berterretches—a family with strong genealogical ties to the Basque countryside—assumed ownership in the 1970s, and they continue to embrace the region's culture today. Their cozy, lodge-like eatery features large dining rooms devoted to spirited family-style feasts complete with special menus, as well as a separate area for guests looking to enjoy a more private meal.

Myriad cultural influences appear throughout the menu. Dishes such as the oven-roasted lamb with a kick of garlic and the grilled calamari steak with tomato-pepper sauce clearly embrace the restaurant's distinctively Basque roots. At the same time, French and Italian entrees—including chicken cordon bleu and veal parmesan—lend a pan-European vibe to the selection.