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Red Tavern

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1250 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3329
+1 530-894-3463
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri 16:00 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Chico, California
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350 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Another wonderful dinner in the upper dining room (a little more quiet, and a little less traffic) the other night. Exceptional seafood dishes--petrale sole and shrimp--along with great white wines. The salads are alway crunchy and fresh. And service is attentive, understated, but always on target and friendly. Listen to your waitperson when they make recommendations--I've benefitted from their insight... More 

Thank JoelZ195
Chico, California
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends as the food was delicious, our server Lisa, is so personal & professional and the 3-piece combo music was so enjoyable.

Thank Scott C
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Our group of work colleagues ordered a family style meal and it was fabulous. We had a choice between two salad types (we chose a Caesar) followed by two entrees (chicken/vegetable dish and pasta) and a plate of a variety of desserts--all for $25 per person. But this was not your typical Caesar, chicken, or pasta. Each was prepared with... More 

Thank Mimi M
Chico, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We always enjoy the red tavern we almost always eat in the bar area. It is fun to have dialog with the bar tender and get better service, food is always very good and the wine section very well done We try to go twice a month. One of the owners is always there and some times both.good service good... More 

Thank terry p
Arnold, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Always eat here when in Chico. Awesome food, service and very nice people! Year or so ago, my wife ended up in the hospital in Chico from a bicycle accident, and they insisted on sending over a dessert on the house! Atmosphere is great inside, at the bar and on the patio. Had dinner during the holidays, and they were... More 

Thank Ladd S
Sacramento, California
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

This is a beautiful farm to fork fine dining experience...truly enjoyed one of the best meals and service EVER. Outstanding food and comfortable white tablecloth atmosphere with no pretentions....just delightful.

Thank VJKirk
San Francisco
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2016

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
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 September 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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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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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420 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
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

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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$34
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 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
Based on influences from all over the world, the Red Tavern menu is renewed every season. Our cuisine is New American and we utilize the freshest, locally-grown, seasonal and organic produce and meats. Our dining room is upscale, yet comfortable and charming. Our large patio is absolutely stunning. It features a bocce court, twinkling lights, and mature trees. We offer an extensive wine list, which is balanced with New and Old World wines from both largely-popular wineries to small, interesting boutiques. We offer over one hundred selections at any given time to include wines locally-produced. Our talented bartenders create exciting signature cocktails based on classic recipes but often with a twist while utilizing seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs. Come to Red Tavern to dine, drink and play.

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