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!

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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

4.83 out of 5 stars based on 1062 votes

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Oct 17, 2021
Wendy W.
We love Red Tavern-we've dined there several times, and everything is excellent. Great service, food is fantastic, sitting in the patio is quiet and peaceful. Thanks RT for giving us great experiences!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2021
David S.
This is a true gem. Fantastic food, outstanding service and a awesome outside dog friendly patio. Faith, our service was wonderful and the owner came by our table to give treats to our dogs .

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 30, 2021
John C.
Great dining experience for my wife's 65th birthday. We sat outside on a patio distanced from others. We both had the petite filet, and it was excellent! One of the best I have ever tasted. If you haven't been here before, I highly recommend giving The Red Tavern a try...

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2021
Michaele T.
It was a perfect evening outside on the patio. We were set far enough away from others to feel very safe. The service was A+! Food and drink..delicious. Still wanting lamb on the menu...three beef offerings with no lamb or pork...

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Sep 27, 2021
Kenneth G.
We loved the flavor of the short ribs, but they were not as tender as last time we had them. The buretta caprese was very good. Nice patio atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2021
Nan M.
Our group loves Red Tavern. Food was delicious and our waitress was outstanding! We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 6/10
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Value: 6/10
Sep 24, 2021
Laurie M.
Tried of seeing restaurant staff with masks. They don't stop transmission of anything and are simply theatre - read the science about it and stop it or you will have that diaper on your face forever Love the atmosphere but this is the 2nd time several items we ordered were not very good. Salad with too much dressing and pasta dish with greasy sauce. I know companies are having a hard time getting staff but again this was the 2nd time we had a marginal server.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 24, 2021
Donna P.
We enjoyed our dinner on the patio. Service was good and they were using safe protocols for covid. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2021
Lis P.
It was our first time at Red Lantern and the staff - particularly the lovely hostess - went out of their way to get us seated outside. The food was amazing, the cocktails were delicious and everyone we came into contact with was kind and helpful. I highly recommend this spot!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 18, 2021
Janet B.
As always, the staff is friendly and professionally attentive. We continue to experience Red Tavern as the best fine dining in Chico. We tried the Caprese for the first time and it was delicious. Full flavored tomatoes and wonderful ricotta-type cheese. The potato gnocchi, also a first time, far exceeded my expectations, marvelous flavors. And the seafood feuda, husband's fave, did not disappoint.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 13, 2021
Maggie Z.
Every single dish was divine! A truly memorable dinner celebration!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 12, 2021
Charles C.
Red Tavern is an oasis. So happy that your establishment has survived the Dark Times for us. We shall return again and again. The 9 on food is relative. I chose the duck, which was fine. Guess my experience with duck in Montreal had been forgotten. Ducks are colorful but wild.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 11, 2021
David P.
Wonderful service and great food in a very pleasant setting.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2021
Edwina L.
We had a great time

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Sep 04, 2021
Aldebra S.
Bring back gazpacho

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Aug 30, 2021
Julia M.
Food and service was great. It was our first time there and will definitely be going back!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 30, 2021
Steve D.
One of the best restaurants in Chico. Always, great food, great drinks and great service!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 26, 2021
Teri L.
The food and service were excellent!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 18, 2021
Barbara K.
We all truly enjoyed our food . My Filet was excellent the best I have had in Chico! The Service was great and ambiance was wonderful. My husband is hard of hearing and it was such a treat to have him be able to hear the conversation with our guests. Thanks for the lovely dinner!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2021
leslie M.
Excellence, as always!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 8/10
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Aug 11, 2021
Melissa M.
Red Tavern was everything we hoped for on our anniversary. The food was amazing and the wine selection was superb. As with everything these days it was a little spendy (was over $250 with tip) but we got everything we wanted and it was delish. Our server was a bit inexperienced, and that's ok! Waited a bit for our drinks from the bar but we were able to get in the same day for late service. Amazing and will be back for sure. Thanks!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 06, 2021
Richard C.
Every trip to Red Tavern has been great. Great food, great service. What more could you ask.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 03, 2021
Nancy B.
I love the seasonal menus and the fact that they change frequently. The specials of the evening have been particularly outstanding. The eggplant soup was a little over salted, but still very tasty. The restaurant was very busy, but I wish there could be some noise buffering. Overall though, an excellent experience, and we will be back again soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2021
Tom A.
One of the best meals of my lifetime, and I have had the pleasure of eating at quality restaurants around the world. To find the right adjectives will require a thesaurus. Mmm will have to due for now.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 26, 2021
Rachelle P.
I loved everything about my birthday meal at The Red Tavern. There were two hiccups however. The website had 2 different menus and one of the starters I had decided on (Garlic Shrimp Risotto) was not on the menu that night and I didn't find out until I got there. The second disappointment was the dress code. Our reservation was for 7pm on a Friday night and on the website, it said "casual elegant" so I ran all over town looking for a new dress and gave my husband a hard time for wearing jeans. When we got to the restaurant, however, the dress code was "casual" to the point of men wearing shorts and ball caps. I knocked myself out looking for something special and I could have come in a nice skort! LOL My husband will never let me live this down, of course. Our server asked if we'd like our service a little slower in order to enjoy the ambiance and we enthusiastically agreed. I thought that was a nice touch. Also, the owner, when she saw that we were taking pictures of each other, came over and offered to take a picture of us against the garden wall. Very sweet. We will be back when the Risotto is back on the menu. If it is as good as everything else we ordered, I can't wait!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 16, 2021
Greg C.
Excellent restaurant with great food and service. the owner is very receptive to customers request. One time I was there and I asked for Negroni it was not on the menu at the time but it was made for us anyway, Very unusual in our busy times. Also great music ion the patio.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 15, 2021
Mike O.
I changed this reservation to August 17

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2021
Pat B.
I was very pleased with my experience. I was hesitant as I a vegan but my team selected the place because of ambiance and good food. They were all very satisfied with the overall experience. I did find a couple of things that I could adapt to eat and the server was very accommodating. I'd come back again with meat eaters.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 01, 2021
Mary O.
First rate with friendly and knowledgeable staff, delicious food and great ambiance

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2021
Idie A.
We enjoyed a lovely dinner on the patio for our 29th Anniversary. The setting was beautiful and the service top notch. Every bite of the food we ordered was delicious and we went home happy, satiated and satisfied.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2021
Charlie M.
A very favorite restaurant. Never disappoint there and always look forward to going back back

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 24, 2021
DJ G.
We've never had a bad meal here. The service, for us, was impeccable, as usual. Our server was very polite and had a smile every time at our table. The owner Richard came to our table to see how things were going. We celebrated my husbands 61st birthday without a hitch. Thank you to all of Red Taverns staff. You made our evening spectacular.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
brooks t.
Red tavern is one of our favorite places in Chico. Food and outside patio are tops.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
Patty D.
Took our out of town friends for a birthday celebration and as always our evening was memorable for the wonderful food, friendly service and relaxing evening out. An added bonus was our favorite wine on their extensive wine list. Thanks for another lovely evening.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 09, 2021
Claire J.
Red Tavern's patio dining is one of the top dining experiences in Chico today. Their service, food and ambience combined makes for a very special evening. Monday evening we also had a bonus treat of getting to listen to Max Minardi, an extremely talented Chico Musician, sing to us while we dined. Red Tavern is definitely a restaurant everyone should have on their top-5 list of places to go in Chico!

Overall: 10/10
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May 31, 2021
Virginia W.
It was the best dinner I’ve had in a long time. Chris was wonderful and made our experience wonderful!

Overall: 10/10
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May 20, 2021
Karen A.
We had a great time great meal. Love the Red Tavern. Everything was great.

Overall: 10/10
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May 19, 2021
Kristina B.
Dinner was really good! The outside dining area and weather was perfect! Andrew, our waited was great!

Overall: 10/10
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May 07, 2021
Daniel R.
Everything was extraordinary with one slight exception, although very good, the Sticky Toffee Pudding is not really a Sticky Toffee Pudding. It is a play on it but is more of a cake.

Overall: 10/10
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May 07, 2021
Lisette J.
Everything was delicious and great service as usual!

Overall: 10/10
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May 04, 2021
Michael H.
One of our first dinners out in over a year! It was a wonderful experience with great food, and service.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 30, 2021
Kasey B.
Wonderful meal.

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Apr 27, 2021
Rebecca A.
Our server was extremely nice and friendly. Food was amazing. It was a little warm in the restaurant but not too bad. Only thing is we went in for a bday and there wasn’t a bday song or little dessert like most places. But over all great place.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 24, 2021
Charles C.
A Manhattan is always served up unless requested to the contrary. Beyond that, RT's has always tasted odd to me ... maybe it's the cherry brand. Guess I'll choose something else next time. Everything else was great! Good service teamwork!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 08, 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
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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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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

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Mar 18, 2021
tom a.
the service was great, the food was as good as always and the drinks were especially tasty