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“Lunch on a rainy day”
Review of Le Chistera

Le Chistera
Ranked #30 of 319 Restaurants in Bayonne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$19 - US$47
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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 !
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 for starters and followed with mussels, The mussels in this part of the world are tiny but flavourful - Service was fast and friendly, total bill for six €136.00

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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.

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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!

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Very cozy restaurant, good food and service, our waiter was a young friendly guy, which spend some time talking to us. The wine from Touraine was good, excellent "jambon de Bayonne". We were lucky to find this place for lunch.

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Thank Claude B
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Located in Bayonne but I felt I was in Spain. Very cozy and traditional restaurant. All the food was great. Fish soup, piperade, roasted chicken a la basque, gateau basque, all very yummy and enjoyable.

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