Basa
Basa

Basa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.basarestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 5028961016
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Michael Ton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private room 22 guest capacity
  • Private Party Contact: Steven Ton 5028961016

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clifton Ave / Jane St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking including off street parking.
A word from Basa
Nominated as a semifinalist for the James Beard award for best new restaurant, Basa offers modern Vietnamese cuisine with a French infusion. The beverage program has been chosen to complement the cuisine including a well chosen wine list, seasonal cocktails, and beers from around the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Basa reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (21)romantic (16)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)good for groups (8)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Always terrific
    EnjoyDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We really love Basa. The shaking beef is absolutely delicious. They're always very nice about our 2 yr old too. And great, attentive but not obtrusive, service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basa has gone down hill.
    LouFood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We always looked forward to the mussels at Basa--no more. Downsized portions, poorer quality shellfish...overall, the entire dining experience has dropped and prices are up.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Great Experience
    Pryrt1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Made reservations for two as part of a birthday celebration. I could not have picked a better restaurant to ensure a wonderful memory. The food was incredible! The atmosphere was nice and allowed for good conversation despite the full dining room. Our waiter was perfect, never rushing us, but never too far to answer a question or keep our dining experience pleasant. I think this is one of the best restaurant experiences for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    NedA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We do not get to go as often since we moved out of the neighborhood, but we still love it. Calamari was not as good as the last menu but everything else was stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you
    Sandylee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was outstanding Ee had an emergency and had to leave shortly after we were served they boxed our dinner thank you mollie smith
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The best food and service I have experienced in a long time. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    MarymountVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Attending the NSRA show using open table..what a a great place...food and service were wonderful...we will definitely return next year....number one on our list..,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with friends
    Craig
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food expertly prepared and presented ... wonderful place for a great dinner with your partner and/or favorite friends. I find the Asian influence to offer a more healthy menu and options ... vegetarian, gluten free, etc. Leave feeling nourished and satisfied without feeling like I've overeaten and sluggish and weighed down by heavy, difficult food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basa is a 10.
    Drihnen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Smaller restaurant, but unbelievable taste. Highly Reccomend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails and food
    localfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything we ordered at Basa was very good. Our cocktails were delicious and stood out a little more than the food. The shaking beef entree was very good, but for the portion and the presentation i found it to be a little overpriced. The black rice was delicious though. Everything had great flavor
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth checking out
    worthcheckingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Basa -- the soup of the day, caramelized catfish in claypot and salt and pepper prawns were all well prepared and delicious. The Caesar salad and dessert (chocolate macadamia cake with caramel gelato) were also quite good. The waiter was attentive and helpful in describing the dishes. Only downside was that there was a somewhat noisy patron at the bar -- he was on a roll with loud stories and a couple choice swear words thrown in here and there -- who seemed to know the host well but was never asked to please quiet down a bit. Other than that, definitely worth checking out the food. And if you like interesting cocktails, try the Bombay Heat - jalapeno-infused gin, lime, cilantro -- so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Asian fusion
    Betsy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Basa offers an eclectic menu that is far from typical Vietnamese. The French influence is strong, and the variety is awesome. Had a flavorful, fresh salad. The eggplant was one of the best vegetarian dishes I've ever had. Also tasted -- and loved -- my friends' tacos filled with crisp oysters. Atmosphere is fun without being intrusive. I have to say, I loved the bathroom. It's so inviting. Service was a little slow, but that's my only issue. I would definitely go back to Basa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic evening
    lvlfoodie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    had a wonderful dinner with friends. server was kind of scary looking, and forgot to give us our boxed-up food at the end. but overall they took great care of us. food and wine was great, good cocktails. nicely limited menu--not overwhelming, but select. as ferris bueller would say, it was choice. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • basa another awesome dinner
    scherfc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A must place to go for a evening out with friends or family. Lamb chop and catfish in a clay pot were wonderful, including the great service. Thank you basa!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 2docs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent food and great service! Will certainly be adding this to one of our go to spots in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid week dining
    zarel
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My wife and I had been wanting to try Basa, so, on a Tuesday evening we stopped after work. We will definitely be back again. Good food, good service, and good jazz playing in the background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mel and friends..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    First time at Basa. VERY good experience! Excellent food, great server ( attentive to our time for the show!), quiet, clean.. Over all.. “ Will Be Back”!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Gemini1570
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent food, service and very friendly. Awesome experience as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Ton will wow you
    JonathanVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Amazing flavor palate created by Chef Ton. Try as many things as you can and then go back and try some more. Beef, seafood, vegetarian, something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 139 reviews are from the Basa reviews archive.
  • Basa
    drrnw
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great food. Recently revised the ceiling, and made the noise level much more acceptable for those with hearing loss. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    CliftonCrew
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great drinks and lots of good food. Everyone liked what they got. need more vegetarian options. Scallops were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local foodie
    New2LouisvilleVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was wonderful. And our server was one of the best that we have had in a very long time. We'll go back often.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night dinner
    fromLouisvilleVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had an 8:15 PM reservation, and were seated promptly. The food was excellent - the noise level fairly unbearable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    lovefreshfood
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The starters and dinner entrees are beautiful to look at and even more delicious to savor. The service is very good, not pushy, and knowledgeable about the various menu items. It is an amazing dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • swolfe5
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Excellent, creative food presented by a staff that cares. Excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first encounter
    Localdiningfan
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Wonderful aromas upon entering. Attentive--never intrusive-- service. Delivery of food well-paced, not rushed. All food ordered was excellent. Calamari ranks among best we've had anywhere. Flavorful salt and pepper prawns alone worth a repeat visit. Also enjoyed shaking beef. Tasteful, subdued ambience a welcome relief from most of more recent entries into Louisville's vibrant restaurant scene. We WILL be back soon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basa
    louisvillediner
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The menu options were varied and all sounded wonderful, including the specials for the evening. The small plates were delicious including the tuna tartare and curry mussels. As well, the salt and pepper prawns and shaking beef entrees were incredible. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My FAVE
    Cardsdaddy
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Consistently one of the best dining experiences in Louisville, or just about anywhere for that matter. The food is prepared meticulously and with flair. Not cheap, but worth every penny. Cocktails are outstanding, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was awesome! Went with a party of seven and everyone left happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filet Feature was Exquisite
    Sarlips03
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I have always wante to dine at Basa and possibly work there. Now I know why, the food was cooked to perfection! Full flavor not over salted, just enough sauces and dressings. My entire party thoroughly enjoyed themselves. You know when food tastes this fresh and comes out perfect that the food is prepared by Chefs that take passion in what they are doing! Thank you for a wonderful experience and I can not wait to come back for another one!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit, Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food! I wanted to experience some different ethnic foods, and Basa did not disappoint! I love some of the comfinations of ingredients that I would never think to put together (scallops with figs ontop of grits with cheese)... Wonderful! I'll be bringing out of town guests in for a visit to show off Louisville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    jarnow
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I hadn't been to Basa in a while and decided to take a visiting friend there for dinner. It was the best choice I could have made! The food was sublime, the service wonderful. I'll go back much sooner than last time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the ribeye special and
    Rick
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I had the ribeye special and my girlfriend had the Shaking Beef. Both were excellent. Service was very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been to Basa several
    Ashley
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We've been to Basa several times over the last five years and the food has slowly declined each time. The specials used to be "special" , now a Vietnamese restaurant is serving steak and potatoes as a special. I've had everything on the menu and everything is too salty. We really used to love Basa but with all of the great restaurants now open around Louisville it has fallen way behind and I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basa Always Delivers
    MelOnWheelsVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A gem of a place, superior service without being invasive, delicious food, nice people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    UnbreederVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. I got the shaking beef and it was delicious. The service was seamless and attentive. I really enjoyed catching up with friends. When the restuarant got busy, it did get a little loud for such small quarters. I will return again and recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food decent service
    TheNuge
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I would recommend to anyone. Food was out of this world. Service was a bit washy from our main server. But other picked up the slack. Can't blame the whole place for one slow/forgetful server. A must try establishment. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for thought
    Epicurean
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was delicious and promptly served. The portions were quite small and apparently the rice they serve is a ration. I had the shaking beef and loved to mix it with the rice. Unfortunately there was not enough sauce to make it work. My girlfriend ordered the special, which was scallops. They were very well done, but not having enough sauce, they had a rather bland taste.I still believe that the food was tasty, but considering the price (over $80 for two persons) would not recommend it unless it was a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative, delicious food
    Smoon
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    If you like very flavorful meals, Basa is not to be missed. I've never been disappointed with a meal there. Chili lime mussels are a great starter. The eggplant dish is one of the best vegetarian meals anywhere. Definitely recommend this place. Service was a little slow, but other than that I have no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food was great and the service was excellent. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate