We went with a group of people to Centro Basco in Chino last Saturday night to celebrate Mom's birthday. None of us had been there before, but were intrigued by a positive review in a recent Westways magazine, so we decided to give it a try!
The restaurant is family owned and run for at least the past 40-50 years of so, they also own a small motel next door. The buildings look their age, not much atmosphere, but everyone is very warm and friendly. We arrived first, so waited in the bar for the rest of our party. It was comfortable, and the bartender was very friendly and told us all about the place.
It was quite busy, but once the rest of our party arrived, we only had to wait about 5 minutes to be seated. Since it was busy, the service was verrrry slow, but it was OK, since we were all talking and enjoying ourselves. It occurred to me that this is a great place for a leisurely meal with a large group of people. In fact, there was a banquet going on in an adjoining room.
The food was wonderful! Everything was delicious! They have various entrees that you can order, and they all come with soup, salad, bread, pasta and appetizers that are served family style in large bowls, etc. for the table. The appetizer consisted of a platter of sliced tomatoes and tongue, and cheese. We had never had tongue before, it was like very tender roast beef and was wonderful. I wished there was more. The soup was a thin split pea, very tasty. The pasta was spaghetti with marinara sauce and cheese. I had the roast lamb entree, as did others in the group, and 2 people had whole grilled trout. the entrees came with choice of potato and vegetables. Everyone loved their food and ate it all. As you can imagine, this was quite a lot of food and we were all stuffed! Had a very nice conversation with the current owner just before we left. We will definitely go back there, I'd like to try them for lunch sometime.