The Basin has been a favorite of ours for years. Staff is great, manager is super-friendly and the menu is incredible. The gumbo is my wife's fave and being from Louisiana i can vouch for its authenticity--best I've had outside of New Orleans.
They also serve until 10pm so stop in after a movie if you like and enjoy!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a treat!
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Basin..starting off with the courteous & knowledgabel staff moving on to the to excellent attentive chef that came out & served our food and asked how we liked our meal..the pequena Paella was so tasty , I had the Halibut special was was divine... we finishe dwith teh special house made strawberry & red wine ice cream..this is not oone you wnat to share ..GET YOUR OWN! I will be back for more!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I selected the Basin for my friend, my son and his girlfriend and I to dine at before a show. Dining with my son is always a challenge as he is Vegan. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and preparation of the food and was able to recommend several items on the menu with minor modifications to accommodate his needs. As a foodie, he was so surprised and excited to have so many options! Options are often limited for him and the Basin came through with flying colors!
The Avocado-Cucumber Gaspacho was fresh, bright and not too filling before the delectable main courses. The special seared tuna was perfectly cooked with a delicious sauce of so many ingredients, I cannot recall. The veganized mushroom pasta was savory and delicious!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Basin, Saratoga
Outstanding service. Threw many "curve balls" at our server as I am on a Gluten Free diet; also eliminating many other foods. She was able to come up with a dish that satisfied myself and my diet restrictions.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date restaurant
Went to the Basin before going to a concert at the Saratoga Winery. Staff were friendly. Waiter Chris was polite and attentive. Food was mostly great. We shared the grilled skirt steak with a chimmichuri sauce, and the arribiatta pasta. The meal also came with some freshly made fries, which were good, but the dipping sauce that came with it was too sweet.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely dinner
Having fantastic iberico ham isn't something you can do every day outside of Spain, unless you ate here every day. The food was excellent, and the service was lovely.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as Always
My wife and go here a lot and don't usually write reviews anymore, but I met a good friend here for dinner and was reminded what a gem this restaurant is. Our server was attentive and well-informed but never obtrusive, the entree specials were excellent and the wine list features some lesser known and tasty bottles. We also appreciate the emphasis on sustainability in menu choices. I'll continue to head here every chance that I get.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Little Bit of Spain!
We dined here for a birthday dinner for an Argentine friend. The menu included many interesting Spanish influenced items and he was delighted. An extra plus is the enclosed patio which only has a few tables. This is an energetic restaurant, so the outside was a quiet and leisurely oasis. The complimentary dessert for the birthday boy was a delicious hot chocolate cake with a wonderfully fluid center. Fortunately, he shared!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service is wonderful, food delicious. Basin consistently provides great dining experiences! As a vegetarian, I appreciate restaurants where the chef will make something off menu. Basin provides a wonderful variety of fresh produce for tasty meals.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's really about the food
One of a handful for bay area gems that are not chains where you can get fresh food cooked with culinary skill. Menu has items you don't see everywhere. A little bit of Carmel vibe in the bay area.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine out for any mea
We love The Basin. Their food is excellent, ambiance is great and overall, just a great place for dinner.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm never disappointed when I visit The Basin. The food, the knowledgable staff, the service and the vibe are all superb. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique local restaurant
A nice restaurant with a unique Spanish Mediterranean menu. The food is good. The service is good. The decor needs some work. It looks like a leftover of the 1980s with ugly carpets, wood blinds and barely a hint of its mediterranean roots.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to The Basin for an informal business dinner. The food was excellent and the service was great. It was a beautiful evening and we sat on the patio. Loved it and would definitely come back!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent, the
The food was excellent, the service prompt, polite, and knowledgeable. I bit pricey.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The basin get it's done
I always enjoy the basin, I really can't say enough good things. high lights would be the Manhattans, as well as the soul, this was a great dish.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for pre-concert dining!
Just down the hill from the Mountain Winery concert venue. Very good wine and beer selections. Waiter was very knowledgeable and had the specials down cold. I went with the liver and onions (I know, ugh, but one of my favs) which was very good and the presentation was very appealing. My wife had the skirt steak, which was cooked exactly per her request. Overall, a very nice meal and the prices were very reasonable.
7/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rock solid after all these years!
Andrew and his crew are always great! That's why, when we are going out in Saratoga the Basin is always at the top of our list.
On this occasion I did something I don't normally do and ordered duck. WOW! So glad I did. It was fantastic. The food is always great, but this dish was remarkable.
Andrew works hard to accomodate everyone, and on this night we made a last minute reservation prior to a concert. He made sure we got a table, our waitperson was attentive to the schedule, and the kitchen timed everything perfectly.
Go to the Basin and find out for yourself.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for Spanish food
When it says Great for Outdoor Dining you are on a patio by a big oak tree and the ceiling is covered with canvas blinds - so it's not a great view, but a pleasant patio experience in downtown Saratoga.
The food was fresh, especially the bread. The small plates are quite big. I felt the fish stew could have come under the soup section on the menu. The paella was a bit oily and I used to enjoy fresh green peas in my paellas in Spain as a child - they always seem a bit greasy and sausagey in the US - rather than with crawfish. Nevertheless it was excellent.
The sorbets were home made and delicious.
We enjoyed local wines by the glass from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a dinner with clients here at The Basin and it was outstanding!!!! The food was exceptional and the service was perfect!!! You must try the Manhattan with the "real" maraschino cherries.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great front of the house service with excellent food and killer cocktails. Service can be a little spotty but it is still ok. Spanish influenced food is great. Just wish they had another few main dishes to chose from. Still love this place.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service, casual outdoor atmosphere. Friendly sstaff.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love The Basin, used to
I love The Basin, used to be a very regular. I stopped going because I moved downtown SJ and it just wasn't convenient to go to. We made a special point of going back last week to have dinner with some friends before going to a concert. We were NOT disappointed!
The food was very good, our server knew we were going to a show and made sure everything came out in a timely manner, was always ready if we needed her. We had a great seat on the patio under the huge oak tree.
And after all these years, they still make a GREAT martini!
I may not become a very regular again, but I have committed to go more often.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was scrumcious! Service could have been better.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good local dining in Saratoga
All the food was good. It took me a while to accept that the Avocado summer soup (chilled) wasn't made with cream. After that it seemed pretty good.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Basin was yummy
We had a wonderful meal with friends. Perfect ambiance and exciting food combinations made for a memorable evening. Thank you!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good menu choices and potions.
Good menu choices and potions. We were on our way to a concert and was the perfect stop to have dinner at before.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I usually go to this restaurant once or twice a year just for the liver entree. It is the best I've ever had!!!! Amazing!!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time dining at The Basin.
Service was great - We were asked if were trying to make a show at Mountain Winery (we were). This allowed our server and the kitchen staff to rush our order without compromising their service.
Food - delicious. I love their Gumbo, so that was a must even though it was 90 degrees outside (and we were on the patio). Truffle Fries - yum, and perfectly seasoned (you have no taste buds if you choose to overkill by smothering the fries in ketchup). We also got their featured tuna appetizer, which was so good my husband wished he would have ordered the main tuna dish for his dinner; and the Burrata (cheese)- so fresh it melts in your mouth. The trout with crispy skin was delicious as well.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun place to be!
Best drinks in town! Grab a great drink from the specials while you decide on a tasty treat. The staff is so friendly, really takes that extra step in making the experience special. Too crowded? Grab a seat at the bar. Order some food and experiment with the drink menu. You can't go wrong. Food is exceptional. The famous McFarland Springs Trout is one not to miss. I love the meat/cheese/nuts apps. Great wine list also. Do not miss Steven Vu's ice cream - it's my only dessert I order. Can't wait to get back!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the Concert
This is a charming lil' Restaurant that is indeed bigger than it seems. Loved the enclosed patio in the middle with the Big Tree in the middle. Very convenient for a Pre-Concert dinner right down the hill from Mt. Winery. Several groups in the patio all heading up there as well. Very interesting menu & great service. We'll be back. Found this place on Open Table.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a blind recommendation from a stranger. Great food! The flank steak and daily specials were awesome. The lava cake presentation looked and tasted like it was a feature food magazine dish.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My birthday dinner
My son and I dined at The Basin for my 60th birthday. We had an appetizer which was to die for and two very delicious dinners. I had the petrale sole and my son had the New York state. All were delicious.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
You will not disappointed
You will not disappointed at The Basin. Good food, quality servers, nice ambiance and good customers. This is a well run restaurant. If there is such a thing as a hot spot in down town Saratoga this is one.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Timer at the Basin
The food and service were very good. My wife and I got there very early so we could beat the traffic. The one hour drive was worth it. Saratoga is beautiful and so was Blondie ! OK back to the food - Liver & Onions GREAT ! The Flank Steak was very good but no vegetables. The desert was not very good. The bread pudding was like French Toast and the Ice Cream was very hard and not very sweet. That said, I would give it another go.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh, fresh, fresh!
Food was exceptionally fresh! Everything was so good and the service was excellent.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The heart of Saratoga
I love The Basin. I go here regularly and always enjoy seeing the owner greet me at the door and seat us. The food is delicious and cooked to perfection. With a normal price point it's a place to enjoy good food without breaking the bank. I love siting outside with the huge tree in the center of the deck. I feel I am eating up in the mountains with amazing service and awesome entrees!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Basin has become one of our favorite places to go to unwind after a busy week. Service is always warm and welcoming, and the food, while pricey, is creative and full of flavor. They do a great job with fish and the drinks and wine list are top-notch.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Unpretentious, high quality food
If you're in to clean, tasty foods, this is your place. Organic vegetables, homemade mozzarella burrata, locally caught seafoods, grassfed beef and olive oil from Spain. Endless treat, yet, it won't break the bank. Reasonable, but don't expect bargain either. Owners are hands-on servers too. I'm here every week and I'm very hard to please, can't you tell by my name?! ;)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
The food at the Basin was excellent and the service was really good. The only thing we didn't like was eating outdoors a lot of leaves and nuts were falling on our table and one nut fell in our food.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food just ok this visit
We have been here many times and have always had great food. This time just ok
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience.
Always a great experience. Andrew is the best host . Knows everyone and makes you feel special. Food inventive and good.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here, both times
Second time here, both times on the outside patio. Very comfortable, not too noisy. Food and service were great. Allowed us to sit and have a relaxed meal, did not rush us out. Will be back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
You Made My Parents Very Happy
Looking for a suitable place to take my folks to dinner before attending a show at South Bay Musical Theater, I though they would enjoy the Village of Saratoga and The Basin. I was not disappointed. From the Spanish-influenced menu to the care with which the servers handled my parents' requests, this was a lovely dining experience. I like the attention paid to sourcing and preparation of seafood on the menu, and the wine choices were outstanding.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had several in our party with special food restrictions and there was something for everyone. Special requests were made with no issues. The food was very delicious. Would definitely go there again.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. Was out of
Great service. Was out of a few items that we wanted on a Saturday night but otherwise, an excellent meal and experience.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great place
We love going to the Basin. The food is very good, the atmosphere inviting and service great. We continue to revisit the Basin as one of our favorite date night spots.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
all was good except
I ordered the hand cut new york steak and didn't ask the price--my bad!!!
It was $50-waaaay over priced. I think the waiter should have advised me
before I ordered. I thought $30-$35 maybe
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighborhood find .
Great Neighborhood find . . . Farm to table fresh food - nothing on the menu that is not good - everything is fantastic and expertly prepared.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a good resturaunt.
This is a good resturaunt. A little bit expensive.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM