J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room – Gardnerville, NV

The J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room in Gardnerville (Douglas County) is a 125 plus year old building originally built in Virginia City and moved to Gardnerville in the 1890s. It has served as a staple in downtown as a hotel, saloon and dining hall. Unsure about the hotel functions at this time. However it is still certainly a local’s dining favorite for lunch and dinner.



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Originally established in 1955 as a sheepherder hotel, bar and dining room and named for the owners at the time, the Jaunsaras and Trounday families, the J.T. In 1960 it was purchased by ancestors (Jean, Jean’s wife Shirley and Jean’s brother Pete Lekumberrys) of the current proprietors, it has operated and has remained in operation since and many times “Best Basque Restaurant” in the Carson Valley.

The Lekumberry brothers immigrated from the Basque Pyrenees Mountains area in France. The Lekumberry family restored the building’s facade to look as it did over 100 years ago. So even if you don’t get the opportunity to enjoy the cuisine, photography buffs will love the building as subject for their portfolio and tourists will want a picture in front of the historic building for their memories. Please note, the hitching post and the horse are not currently available.

Menu includes: (menu subject to change without notification)
Basque Family-Style Lunch

    1. Entrée Options:

    2. Top Sirloin Steak
    3. Lamb Shoulder Steak
    4. Basque Chicken
    5. Sweetbreads
    6. Pigs Feet with Tripe
    7. Lamb Chops
  • Includes: Soup, Salad, Stew, Beans, French Fries, Bottle of Red Wine, Coffee & Ice Cream

Basque Family-Style Dinner

    1. Entrée Options:

    2. Top Sirloin Steak
    3. Lamb Shoulder Steak
    4. Basque Chicken
    5. Sweetbreads
    6. Pigs Feet with Tripe
    7. Lamb Chops
    8. Shrimp Scampi Fri. & Sat. Night Special
    9. Roasted Rabbit Fri. & Sat. Night Special
  • Includes: Soup, Salad, Stew, Beans, French Fries, Bottle of Red Wine, Coffee & Ice Cream

Please call for lunch specials and menu options.

Hours are limited, so plan you day accordingly to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy old family style dining in a truly authentic setting. Monday – Friday: Lunch – 11:30AM ~ 2PM; Dinner – 5PM ~ 9PM and Saturday: Lunch – 11:30AM ~ 2PM; Dinner – 4:30PM ~ 9PM. Seating is family style with people at long tables much like your typical holiday dinner at home. While the family style is available, lunch sandwich specials are also an option. The multi-course family-style meals are plentiful and palate pleasing.

Large groups up to 100 can be accommodated with reservations and patio dining is available in the summer.

The Lekumberry family is committed to supporting local farmers/ranchers and reducing their carbon footprint by using locally sourced options when available to reduce transportation requirements. The family raises beef in the Carson Valley plus purchases natural cuts of meat from neighboring ranches. Potatoes are purchased in Winnemucca and onions from Smith Valley. .

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Courtesy S. Ward – Inside Lehman Caves