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Red Tavern

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1250 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3329
+1 530-894-3463
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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San Francisco
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Creative food selections, warm and friendly staff, terrific owners on site every meal, make this dining experience a must-do if you are in town, or a local foodie. Locally sourced ingredients add to the excellent quality of their meals.

Thank Bob K
Chico ca
Level Contributor
29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

A little pricey and portions not very big, but the quality is top notch,. They use fresh, often local ingredients in a wonderful, tasty way. It's great fun to sit on their tree-shaded patio and play Bocce ball -- or just watch the fun.

Thank Llynny
Belmont, California, USA
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Almost want to keep it a secret...located on the lovely Esplanade only about 1/2 mile from the Main Street end of campus, this restaurant was a last-minute gem for us. The bistro/cafe is elegant but not stuffy, and on a Thursday night about 7 pm we found a table for 3 with no wait. Service was good, although the longest... More 

Thank love-2-travel6319
Chico, California
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361 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

My wife and decided to try a different place and have not been here for 5 years because we didn't like the food, Walked in met the new owners who seemed super nice, had a few cocktails at the bar which were awesome and the bartender very friendly ordered dinner and couldn't believe how tasty if was, so good we... More 

Thank Michael B
Chico, California
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326 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

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 

1 Thank JoelZ195
Paradise, California
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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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167 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 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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287 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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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326 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
American, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?