Red Tavern

1250 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926

$25 - $50 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
Closed - Restaurant
Tuesday
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Wednesday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Thursday
Inside Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Patio Dining 4:30 p.m. - 8 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.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 09, 2021
Kenneth G.

The service and personal attention are are primary reasons for always coming back. Chris and Rich go the extra mile to make sure our dining experience is the best. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is very pleasant.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Mar 31, 2021
Richard P.

Not cheap, but it’s about the best you can do hereabouts. My favorite place.


Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 25, 2021
Sarah B.

We had a lovely dinner at Red Tavern to celebrate our 52 Anniversary. This was our first dinner out since March of 2020 and it didn’t disappoint. Our evening started with delicious cocktails, followed by entrees ranging from meatloaf to filet, a bottle of Sangiovese and ended with lemon cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. We felt very safe as staff was very professional and attended to covid protocols.


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 21, 2021
Patricia P.

RT is probably the most amazing restaurant we have in Chico. We have always had wonderful dinners both take out and dine in. Rich and Chris do everything they possibly can to accommodate you. Hands down the best!!!!!!


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 20, 2021
Sharon B.

The waiter and waiter in training were great. Think they were Andrew and Brian. Very attentive


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 19, 2021
tom a.

the service was great, the food was as good as always and the drinks were especially tasty


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 09, 2021
Patricia M.

Fabulous dinner, great service, will be going back!


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 08, 2021
Vicki M.

No suggestions. We had a lovely evening. Great staff


Overall: 10/10
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Mar 05, 2021
Matt D.

Wonderful meal and service!


Overall: 10/10
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Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 03, 2021
Sadie R.

The drinks were amazing, as well as the entrees. Our server Arturo was so sweet. The charcuterie board seemed to be lacking a bit. Otherwise a great place I could see myself being a regular at.


Overall: 10/10
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Feb 27, 2021
Ashley D.

David made our evening ammaziing. He is a true delight. And makes delish drinks!!! Our food was flawless and loved our outdoor seating. The heaters were perfect. Loved the whole dinner.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Feb 18, 2021
Tristan B.

Best place in Chico! We have eaten at every fine dining place in Chico, Red Tavern is the best. Thank you for always having superior service, I hope your staff feels appreciated, they do a wonderful job!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Feb 16, 2021
Haley M.

We had a truly lovely time, this is our 5th year spending Valentine’s Day/our anniversary with Red Tavern. It is such a special place.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Feb 15, 2021
EAN V.

awesome service very clean place!!! customer service was amazing I will definitely recommend eating here anytime!!!!!!


Overall: 10/10
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Feb 15, 2021
Alondra A.

Amazing staff Beautiful patio!


Overall: 10/10
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Feb 14, 2021
John O.

Excellent waitress! Excellent food ! 5 ⭐️


Overall: 10/10
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Feb 12, 2021
Hannah W.

I had my dads birthday there last night, it was his first time there and he said we are never going anywhere else!! So happy.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Feb 12, 2021
Bella C.

It was a great place to spend my father's birthday. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was great. The only thing that could make it better is more vegan options.


Overall: 10/10
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Feb 08, 2021
Carol H.

Fantastic,


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Feb 07, 2021
Manuel S.

I am so glad they have a patio, I love how they have done their best to get patio heaters and canopies to help with the cold. The service was excellent and the food was as good as it always is! Thank you Red Tavern, you make our date nights the best.


Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 07, 2021
Grayson M.

I love this place. The owner is almost always there. I admire he work effort and the f and service, food is always top shelve. We sat outside on a rather cold night but we where very comfortable.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jan 30, 2021
April K.

We love Red Tavern and had an amazing dinner!


Overall: 10/10
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Jan 26, 2021
Connie C.

We went to celebrate our anniversary as we have been limiting ourselves to take out. Everything was fantastic. The tents they have erected with heaters make the ambiance warm and welcoming...we felt totally safe. The food was fantastic, as always and the service was impeccable. We can't wait to go back!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 25, 2021
Nona H.

Small town know your neighbors intimacy with big city fine dining taste and ambiance!


Overall: 10/10
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Jan 17, 2021
Caitlin E.

Everything was incredible!!


Overall: 10/10
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Jan 02, 2021
Mark M.

Perfect meal for NYE. Thank you


Overall: 10/10
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Jan 01, 2021
Dorothy D.

Always a treat! Needed blankets to keep legs warm, but cozy with those .


Overall: 10/10
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Dec 04, 2020
Ben B.

Delicious food, excellent cocktails, and great wine selection. Beautiful and inviting outdoor dining experience! Great service from a friendly staff!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 04, 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
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Dec 03, 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 26, 2020
Robert B.

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


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 17, 2020
Jeffrey D.

Great 10 10 10 10


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Nov 17, 2020
Mandi R.

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


Overall: 10/10
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Nov 05, 2020
Davida G.

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


Overall: 10/10
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Nov 03, 2020
Mark M.

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


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 26, 2020
Gustavo C.

Great food, great service and fantastic atmosphere.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 22, 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
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Oct 19, 2020
Jessica R.

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


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

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


Overall: 10/10
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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
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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
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Value: 10/10
Oct 07, 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
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Oct 06, 2020
Denise H.

Extremely accommodating.


Overall: 10/10
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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 17, 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 21, 2020
Nancy O.

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


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 06, 2021
Heather P.

We really enjoyed our Easter dinner here. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was all delicious, from the starter (bacon apple tart) through dessert (sticky toffee pudding). I especially loved my Chico Cosmo- I had two. I had booked an outside table online, but they called and said they only had inside. The outside looked nice. We would eat here again.


Overall: 9/10
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Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 01, 2021
Wendy P.

We love Red Tavern! Thanks Rich and staff for the birthday celebration cheesecake


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 13, 2021
Todd P.

great food and service will be back


Overall: 9/10
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Mar 10, 2021
Carl H.

One of the best restaurant patio setting in Chico. Always great food and service. You will not be disappointed.