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Le Chistera

€€ - €€€French
42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
+33 5 59 59 25 93
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good50%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“miso soup” (4 reviews)
“piperade” (4 reviews)
“bayonne ham” (4 reviews)
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42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Another great restaurant recommended by our host. We met up with family and friends for a table of 6. We thoroughly enjoyed our selection of meals and enjoyed a lovely aperitif to start. I experienced tripe for the first time and the flavours were well...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sue R
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Warm place, from the staff greetings to the end. Delicious food and very attentive service. We have dined here two times during our 8-days stay in Bayonne. À ne pas manquer: la piperade, la terrine de truite, le tournedo Rossini. Once again in Bayonne, we...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Alina S
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Named for the wicker scoop used in jai alai, this restaurant offered a combination of Basque and SW French traditions and was deep in the old quarter. We began with a shared plate of white asparagus, poached egg, and a slice of Bayonne ham, a...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank patandmaryjo
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We ate here twice whilst in bayonne as it served vey good quality food. The meat was lean and good quality, and the fish dishes fantastic. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank b1002018
Reviewed 3 July 2018

We dined here our first night in Bayonne and it set the mood for our Basque country tour. The décor is interesting: pelota baskets and classic posters everywhere. The proprietor, a former professional jai alai player, came by to chat and knew our area of...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank ChrisABeaune
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

This restaurant deserves the 5* rating I have given. It was recommended by the owner of the AirBnB I was staying in Bayonne. The fish soup brilliant,the garlic Hake superb and the Basque cake sweet and coffee as good. All in all at €35 including...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank melnev11
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

This small restaurant came recommended by the bar next door who told us that we would be unlikely to get a table. We telephoned and were granted a table at 7.30 on a Thursday evening. By 8.00 it was full and little wonder. Great family...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank rogerbeale_bim
Reviewed 23 September 2017

It is not easy to find a table for six for lunch in a very busy restaurant on a rainy day, we were asked to check in in an hour and sure enough the table was ready. The food was excellent, I had Bayonne ham...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank henryborgbarthet
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Lovely food. Great staff. Wonderful salad, hake dish, dessert. No complaints. Except the noise level can be immense. Avoid or eat outdoors when the group's are in the place.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Helen R
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is well located and reasonably priced.Dinner was great: delicious with a lot of flavour. The serving staff were friendly. All in all, a good experience and recommended!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Laura B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$46
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:15 - 21:15
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Bayonne
  • Phone Number: +33 5 59 59 25 93
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Downtown, between the Cathedral Sainte Marie and the town hall you'll find the famous " Chistera" . Sixty years ago the Marmouyet family created this restaurant , a must in Bayonne. In 1990 Jean Pierre Marmouyet and his wife Maite came back from the USA ( he was a great Jai Alai player in Connecticut and Florida) to take over the family basque restaurant.You'll find it in numerous guides (GaultMillau, le Hubert, le Petit Fute, le Pudlo, le Bottin Gourmand, le Ballarin, le Lonely Planet, Michelin guide vert, le Routard,rough guide… The house spirit: a traditional basque cooking harmonized with fresh products and very kind prices . The fresh hake"koskera", the "piperade", the farm chicken "a la basquaise", the basque cake home made ...should not be missed. same flavors, same courses revisited as the years go by. Jean-Pierre was a professional Jai Alai player, their son Jean Jo is a professional rugby player and guess what ? He 's playing in Bayonne a" l'Aviron Bayonnais" , he began 17 years ago in Bayonne...and never played somewhere else . You know now why you you'll meet so many regulars , you better have a reservation but be sure that anyway they always welcome you with open arms. The place to go : Le Chistera !
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