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Le Chistera

42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
+33 5 59 59 25 93
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good50%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish soup” (3 reviews)
“bayonne ham” (3 reviews)
“piperade” (2 reviews)
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42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
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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...More

Thank henryborgbarthet
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.

Thank Helen R
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
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.

Thank Claude B
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.

1  Thank surftravelerpr
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Neat restaurant located in the heart of the old city. The staff was very friendly, the food ample, the wine delicious and the ambiance wonderful. The fish and the duck were both very good. Very easily accommodates large groups. Try the local favorites.

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

A busy, wet night in Bayonne and the restaurant was busy. Staff very helpful and pleasant when rushing about. House red to be recommended, food simple and delicious.

Thank Gperth
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to eat. Only steps away from Hotel Port Neuf. Good prices and the chocolate dessert was fabulous. Bayonne is famous for the chocolate. Very friendly staff and clientele very chatty and helpful.

Thank linda_whittle1
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Not the first time there. This time I had a fish menu. Trut from Banca and red tuna. Excellent. Vegetable were average. All in all a good meal at a reasonable price. Bette book in advance il you don't want to wait

Thank Alain-Geneva
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Had a fantastic meal the first night in fact so much so I booked again for the following night. Very friendly staff and the food was really good, specially price and very good house wine also.

1  Thank Roger S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$20 - US$49
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Rue Port Neuf, 64100, Bayonne, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Bayonne
  • Phone Number: +33 5 59 59 25 93
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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 !
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