Horribly disappointed. My husband and I arrived for a late lunch and found staff laying across the benches. Also, it seems like we disturbed some clandestine meeting, because people scattered.Our waiter reeked of smoke, when he brought us menus. He returned within a couple minutes with water and asked for our orders. We hadn't decided yet, so then he disappeared for about 10 minutes. Did I mention we were the only customers at the time?He returned and took our orders. Later he came back to say they were out of the orange roughy I'd ordered but I could have salmon or halibut, instead, still getting the basque tomato sauce. He leaves, and my husband starts cleaning gunk off the outside of his water glass.We get the "setup" first course dishes, though they're brought by a member of the kitchen staff, as our waiter had disappeared (another smoke break, perhaps?). The server is nice but never tells us how we're supposed to eat the items--do you mix the beans and salsa into the soup? Or just eat them individually? Also, we weren't given butter for our mediocre bread. So we wing it. Soup was decent. Other stuff was confusing but tasted okay.Then we get the salad course, delivered by the same guy. I am allergic to red meat so I didn't try the tongue. The rest of the salad was fine.The same staff member brought our entrees. Mine was wrong--they'd brought the right fish (halibut, substituted for the roughy) but with the wrong sauce. So my husband gets through about half of his lamb brochette before I get my correct entree.I got my fish and it was rather bland, even with the basque sauce. Also, there were lots of pin bones in the filet. My husband liked his lamb, though.While we're already disappointed by the dining experience, someone turns on loud country music in the bar area (again, we are the only customers in the entire restaurant). I know Bakersfield has an affinity for it and I just don't, so I wasn't going to make an issue of it. But then our first waiter reappeared at the bar, and the other server started playing horribly profane rap on his phone on top of the country music. My husband had to say something about how distracting it was to have dueling loud music, none of which was for our benefit. The server turned off the profane stuff, and the waiter came for our dishes, smelling like even more smoke.My husband got the check. To add insult to injury, they charged us a substitution fee for my fish. Needless to say, the tip reflected the service.On another day, during a main mealtime, things might've been different. But I have no way of knowing that. All I can say is that I will not be returning to that restaurant. And I am reluctant to try Basque food again (I don't think I've said that about any other ethnic food because of a single experience). What a HUGE blow to an otherwise happy vacation day!