Red Tavern

1250 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926

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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:
  • Location:
  • 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
Restaurant | Closed
Tuesday
Patio Dining | Dinner 4:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Wednesday
Patio Dining | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Thursday
Patio Dining | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Friday
Patio Dining | Dinner 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Saturday
Patio Dining | Dinner 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Sunday
Patio Dining | Brunch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Patio Dining | Night 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 03, 2020
KATIE M.

Short ribs and mashed potatoes—the very best I’ve ever had. Service is great and wine list is fun to explore. I’ll be back!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 02, 2020
Aaron B.

Everything was perfect. I had forgotten about this quaint little place. I will be back soon. Excellent food, best atmosphere(especially with COVID restrictions) and wait staff was the best(thanks Andrew).


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 25, 2020
Robert B.

Celebrated our 41st anniversary and could not have has a better experience!!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 16, 2020
Jeffrey D.

Great 10 10 10 10


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 16, 2020
Mandi R.

All aspects of the meal, ambiance and service were exceptional.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 05, 2020
Davida G.

A great experience. Delicious food and the service was excellent. We’ll be back soon!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 02, 2020
Mark M.

Everyone and everything was wonderful. It made our 24th Anniversary even more special.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2020
Gustavo C.

Great food, great service and fantastic atmosphere.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2020
Natalie L.

Andrew was our server and was incredible! He was knowledgeable, polite, genuine, and made the experience that much better! Can not wait to come back, we will definitely be requesting him again!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 18, 2020
Jessica R.

Wonderful dining experience. Great food and all precautions taken. Will definitely return.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 18, 2020
Bill V.

Wonderful experience, great food and top notch service! Thanks Red Tavern.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 14, 2020
Omar S.

We had the best experience!! Thank you for helping me celebrate my fiancé’s 34th birthday. She was very happy and we both had a great time. We will be coming back soon!!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 14, 2020
Nancy H.

My risotto was gummy, but everything else was great. Lovely evening and the outside dining is best in Chico.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 06, 2020
Michele S.

Everything was great except when I wanted another glass of champagne they would not let me have one because they had already boxed up my food. They need to let people know that if they are done eating and boxed food that you can no longer order drinks. Otherwise everything was very very good.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2020
Denise H.

Extremely accommodating.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 02, 2020
marilyn b.

No improvement necessary!! My experience has always been very positive. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. The best place to eat and they have a delightful outdoor dining available. Marilyn Bolen, Chico


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 16, 2020
Ken S.

We had a very enjoyable Brunch in spite of Covid precautions. The patio is well shaded and large enough to allow extra space between tables. We were well served by friendly but still professional waitress. The food was good under the circumstances but not great. We look forward to returning soon.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 20, 2020
Nancy O.

Beautiful Sunday morning in your patio, delicious food and excellent service. Thank you.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 05, 2020
Susan M.

Booking online was super easy. The ambiance is extraordinary. It is good to be in a restaurant where one could actually hear the person(s) at the table, without overwhelming background noise. the server was professional and very friendly. My meal of filet mignon was tasty and perfectly done. My husband thought his halibut was dry and was not as impressed as I was.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 23, 2020
Jeffrey N.

Food is definitely the best in Chico. Our server was very nice and made good suggestions, especially as to wine. The outside seating area was nice and well spaced for the current situation. The only negative is they don't have a waiter station outside so you have to wait until your waiter happens to come out which doesn't happen all that often and none of the waiters for other tables will glance around to see you waving at them. They really need a station outside or at least someone out there at all times to see to the desires of their patrons, most of whom seem to be dinning outside these days.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 07, 2020
Kelly B.

Was our first outing to a restaurant since Covid started. We had a lovely evening sitting in the outdoor patio. Our waiter was super nice and the food was amazing! We felt relaxed and comfortable! Was a really great night out. Thank you!


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 03, 2020
Kathy L.

Our 1st time @ The Red Tavern and can't wait to go again and sit on the patio.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 14, 2020
Tom V.

One of the top restaurants in Chico, the Red Tavern is a great place to go for a special occasion, trying to impress someone or just have a great meal in a good atmosphere. We recently went to Sunday brunch for my adult son's birthday. The food was good, along with mid-day cocktails, a memorable experience. Recommended!


Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 07, 2020
Gannon W.

We didn’t care for the cheese/sauce on the filet mignon. The whole dish tasted the same and was overpowering. The seafood stew, puff pastry tart, and cocktails were excellent.


Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 14, 2020
Jim Z.

The main courses took a long time to be served, and some of the food was very salty.