Saratoga >Food & Dining > The Basin
14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA | Directions 9507037.256000 -122.035371
Mon. - Thu. 5pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 5pm - 9:30pm
Good food, extra effort – We went to The Basin to celebrate finding out we were going to have our first baby. I made the reservation and we have a very good dinner. The service was good, steaks were very good and to top it all off they remembered I had just made a simple request to have a nice table as we were celebrating. At the end of dinner they made a nice gesture to us and my wife and I appreciated it. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
The first of many visits!! – I must say that my first dining experience at The Basin was nothing less than spectacular. I was greeted by the gentleman at the front door, I believe to be the proprietor, and felt welcomed from the moment we walked in. Our server was very knowledgeable about food and wine to make our experience even more special, this is what dining out is supposed to be like. The ceasar salad is one the best that I've ever had! Hands down the fresh Seared Ahi and Grilled Alaskan Halibut will keep me coming back for more. The fresh ingredients and sauces were out of this world. The atomsphere and service are warm and welcoming, I look forward to sharing this little slice of heaven with my friends and family.
Utterly disappointing! – First of all the food is mediocre and overpriced. Paella was awful (chicken rice with strange taste, no scent of seafood). Service was slow. never again!
Food is nothing special – The food is really very average at best. We ordered the "basin" salad, paella, and the turkey crepes (small plate). All dishes were nothing special whatsoever. I don't think we'll
be coming back.
User review by reedde – We had a fabulous meal, superb service, and overall excellent evening at "The Basin." The food was fantastic, and the price was appropriate (on the more expensive side, but worth it, unlike many places in the same price range). Each of our appetizers, salads, and entrees were so delicious, I was actually sad when I was full! Our waiter was very knowledgeable...when we asked for a Port recommendation, he actually recommended the LEAST expensive port, and it was delicious, so that was nice. Some places would recommend the most expensive...
Andrew knows what he's doing – Our first experience with this restaurant, and it was wonderful. Andrew, the proprietor, greeted us at the door. Todd, our server, was extremely helpful in food and wine suggestions. The food was outstanding (Paella and Barramundi dishes). Ingredients we wouldn't have thought to put together resulted in a perfect combination. The wine list is outstanding. Be sure to ask Andrew about recommending the cheeses for dessert - it was the perfect ending to a great meal.
An Amazing Place! – While the rest of us were enjoying our amazing steaks and superb fish dishes, what would usually have been a difficult situation was turned into an example of what dinning out should be. My daughter, who is vegan, normally has a very difficult time going out to eat. The wait staff and manager at The Basin were totally attentive to her desires and prepared her not only something that fit with her lifestyle, but something that she truly enjoyed. I was amazed at how good the vegan prepared meal really was. What an amazing experience. To know that a restaurant is conscious of its dinners desires, and then excels at it, is what truly sets this place apart!
Great organic food – Price was a bit higher than initially expected, but well worth it. Other than the Basin salad, which was nothing special, everything was very good. I recommend the bread pudding for dessert, not normally a fan of it, but I would get it again. The NY Steak was truly medium well, and excellently flavored, and if you can, get the butternut squash soup. Despite having a lot in back, for a Tuesday evening, it was tough.
Fantastic!! – Looking for a truly unique dining experience some where south of SF? The Basin is the place for you! The attention to detail and heart felt love for the restaurant can be seen in every little thing. The service is tremendous, attentive and knowledgeable staff do not over whelm you. The cocktail list is varied and has some new twists on usual favorites. Where to start with the food! Only the single best and freshest ingredients go into every dish there. There is no dish that is not simply an excellent choice. Fresh local seafood! The best choicest cuts of meat! All of this in an environment that is welcoming and makes you feel a part of the family. To top it all off is a dynamic wine list that has had more attention and care given to it then most places will put into a lifetime of operation.
Best Birthday EVER! – I got there at 7PM, with seven of my best friends, to be greeted by Andrew and his other wait staff in the most professional manner. The area where we sat was decorated beautifully with candles and they had two bottles of my favorite champange already chilling. We started off with oysters from Tamales Bay and they were the best oysters I've ever had. Then we had seven other dishes paired with wine, all amazing. They included salmon, butternut squash soup, excellent cheeses, clams, and more! The ambience and service was exceptional. They really showed us girls a great time with great food! I highly recommend experiencing THE BASIN!
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