Red Tavern

1250 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926
$$ American Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating

The journey of Red Tavern began in 1997 by then owners and visionaries Craig Thomas and Maria Venturino. In November of 2013, Rich and Chris Garcia jumped at the opportunity to purchase this Chico landmark. Although we appreciate and respect yesteryears, we bring our own style to our restaurant. We are committed to providing innovative, interesting and delicious New American cuisine while using the best in available produce and proteins produced in a sustainable, organic and responsible manner. Our menu changes with the season utilizing the amazing local resources we have. Our chefs are highly-trained, professional and imaginative. We believe in providing the best in service. This starts when you are greeted at our front door. We deliver upscale dining but we are not pretentious. We have a passion for service and we absolutely love our customers. Thank you and Cheers!

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1250 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926
  • Cross Street: 3rd Ave and Esplanade
  • Location: Chico
  • Cuisine: American | California | French | Fusion |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: 15.00 | This fee is for a 750ml bottle only.
  • Phone: (530) 894-3463
  • Features: Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Special Occasion,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Inside Dining 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Patio Dining 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Inside Dining 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Patio Dining 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.81 out of 5 stars based on 1855 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 22, 2022
John M.
Excellent service.Amazing food.Awesome music .Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 19, 2022
Jeffrey A. S.
Red Tavern is a wonderful restaurant. Excellent food, service, ambiance (especially on the patio) and value. We live in the Bay Area and have dinner at the Red Tavern regularly. It compares favorably with good Bay Area restaurants. Don’t change a thing!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2022
Walter K.
Food always the best in Chico! Service always great and ambiance lovely— best patio dining experience in Chico.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 09, 2022
Tom L.
We live an hour away and don’t come in as often as we would like. But for special occasions for sure. The gas prices hasn’t helped. We have never had a bad meal there, alway delicious.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 06, 2022
james B.
Always good

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Jun 03, 2022
Mary O.
Always a wonderful meal with great service! The cocktails, starters, dinner and dessert were all perfect. We were there to celebrate our sons high school graduation and everything was superb.

Overall: 10/10
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May 28, 2022
Jason M.
Loved it!

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May 26, 2022
Anna K.
Great atmosphere and great service! Had a wonderful time listening to the live music on the patio and eating delicious food. The mashed polenta and meatball appetizer was to die for!

Overall: 10/10
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May 25, 2022
Gordy and Pamela O.
My wife said it was "the best meal I've ever had." (filet mignon) My vegetable Napoleon was new to me and it was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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May 18, 2022
Richard G.
It was a very relaxing, delicious and entertaining evening. Thank you Red Tavern for a great birthday dinner

Overall: 10/10
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May 16, 2022
Karen A.
Perfect. Wonderful. Only want more.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 6/10
May 03, 2022
Susan O.
I love Red Tavern but thinks it’s a bit over priced.

Overall: 10/10
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May 02, 2022
Pam R.
A very nice date night, next tume we will plan a later dinner to take advantage of the romantic outdoor lighting

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 30, 2022
Lechia D.
Best restaurant in Chico! Friendly service, great food, pleasing atmosphere!!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 29, 2022
Cynthia C.
We had a perfect evening with friends listening to live music, eating delicious well-prepared food and sipping wine.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 28, 2022
Astrae D.
Beautiful patio with plenty of space to feel comfortable. Attentive wait staff, interesting menu and delicious food served without a long wait. 100% satisfied!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 23, 2022
Sheron B.
Everything was beyond excellent. My son and I had a great experience. We will be back the next time he is in town.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 21, 2022
Cassandra B.
Best filet I’ve had in a long time ! They are so good. The experience , the food, the staff! First time trying it and would Definitely go back

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Apr 18, 2022
Nancy O.
We are never disappointed with our dining experience at RedTavern. Food delicious, service excellent, ambience comfortable.

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Apr 15, 2022
Billy R.
The very best food in Chico. Calm atmosphere & great service.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 13, 2022
Kimberly R.
Fantastic. Mouth watering amazingness.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 06, 2022
Charles C.
Our server demonstrated ultimate professional service. We are ready for a change back to salmon entree option, & healthy appetizer such as crab cakes. RT, my home away from home.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 06, 2022
Mark N.
Great place! Always great hospitality, always great food and very reasonable prices. One of our favorite places to dine.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 06, 2022
Will K.
Octopus was delicious and so was my pork chop. Great cocktails and beer selection too.

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Mar 29, 2022
Flaco R.
Heard great things about Red Yavern, so me & my girlfriend had to finally check it out. It did NOT disappoint! Great customer service, great atmosphere & great food! Will definitely be back.

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Mar 24, 2022
David S.
The owners, Rich and Chris are excellent hosts and both very engaging. It was like eating dinner with old family friends, post Covid. My wife and I are making plans to return with a another couple for a second wonderful dining experience.!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 23, 2022
Roger B.
It was perfect!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 18, 2022
Linda O.
We had a lovely dinner, thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 16, 2022
Tanya S.
I think I was just expecting more. Red Tavern has been open a long time and has always had a great reputation. Nothing was bad, but only one thing was excellent. I would give the value a 10 because I thought the prices were very reasonable, but they substituted Petrale Sole for Halibut at the same price. The service was friendly and timely, just unknowledgeable about the menu and drinks. The Bolognese was excellent!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 6/10
Mar 15, 2022
Robert F.
The good is delicious. I loved ths meatballs with polenta appetizer. The service was impeccable and the patio was perfect for cool night with heaters. The music was beautiful and mot overwhelming. The staff was attentive and the food was perfect.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 23, 2022
Robert S.
Excellent Meal - we will definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 22, 2022
Kathy P.
Everything was a 10! Always a pleasure to dine with you and never a disappointing experience! The only odd thing was that this time we noticed the air inside smelled strongly of too many mingled or maybe stale perfumes. First time we noticed that, wish folks could be a little more sensitive to how much fragrance they apply when they're going to be in an enclosed space. Yikes!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 16, 2022
Lani M.
The food, the service, the staff, the flavors…an absolutely extraordinary evening! Thank you, Red Tavern!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 15, 2022
Tracy M.
good service, good food, excellent night out, would repeat.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 11, 2022
Dawn K.
Food the best in town and service always great!

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Feb 03, 2022
Larry D.
We had a great evening . Staff were attentive, food was delicious. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 31, 2022
Julie A.
Red Taver is my favorite restaurant in Chico. It's always a great experience in all ways.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 29, 2022
Janet L.
We love Red Tavern! It was great as always. Only hiccup (very small) was my 6:30 reservation here was accepted but when I called to confirm, 6:15 was the reservation time open.

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Jan 29, 2022
Bill V.
Can’t wait to return and try something new on their menu!

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Jan 28, 2022
William B.
Felt really nice to be recognized by the owner when entering. Servers were spot on with the specials and the food was excellent!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 28, 2022
Lynn M.
I had a burger. I never thought I would go to a nice restaurant and have a burger but I can hardly wait until I can come back for the same thing. Absolutely the best! My husband had meatloaf. He can hardly wait for meatloaf again! These are two things we never cook for ourselves and they were delicious! Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 22, 2022
Chuck/Nona G.
Love this locally owned gem, always great food, service and beautiful ambiance, so lucky to have this family business!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 20, 2022
ROSANNA P.
very pleasant atmosphere; great food and service

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jan 15, 2022
Karen F.
Red Tavern has excellent service, food and drinks. The owner helped us choose the perfect bottle of wine to go with our dinners. The outside seating under the tent with heaters was great.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 10, 2022
Kay C.
Your coffee needs some improvement, it was so totally weak with very little favor . Our waitress took it off the bill which I was very happy about. Loved our dinner very delicious we will be back again. We live in Yuba City and we don’t have many choices for fine dining.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 07, 2022
Michael F.
Great dinner. We recommend Red Tavern as the best in Chico when friends visit from out of town. MFindlay

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 01, 2022
Larry D.
Loved the attentive, friendly staff. The food was delicious. It just took a bit too long to get our check and leave when we wanted to.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 30, 2021
Deborah G.
Great food, service and overall experience!!

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Value: 8/10
Dec 28, 2021
William K.
I changed the group # on your website and the restaurant didn’t get that change. That was embarrassing.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 25, 2021
Kelly N.
I love the opportunity to make reservations on line. The food and drinks were outstanding. The service was excellent!