The Basin
The Basin

The Basin

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebasin.com/
  • Phone: (408) 867-1906
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Welch & Alejandro Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful private dining room is perfect for a quiet dinner for two, a power meeting, corporate event or celebration. Room seats up to 30 guests and is equipped with all your state of the art AV needs including DSL access, 100" flat projector screen and audio & data conferencing. Please call for pricing and availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Terese Olague 4088671906

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public Parking lots available nearby.
A word from The Basin
Fresh, delicious, and innovative American cuisine in a hip and comfortable setting. The Basin serves modern American fare utilizing farm-raised, hand picked fresh produce, international cheeses, and dry-aged meats. The wine list is as dynamic as it is diverse, including numerous selections from the Santa Cruz Mountains, rare French vintages and hard to find wines from around the globe. A full bar with over twenty signature martinis. In addition to the elegant main dining room, The Basin offers outdoor dining under a magnificent oak tree and a state of the art private dining room - the ideal setting for a business meeting, a presentation, or your next celebration! Dinner nightly from 5:00pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Basin reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (61)romantic (57)notable wine list (51)great for outdoor dining (45)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Our "go-to" restaurant
    greenthumb
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We've been dining at the Basin since it opened. It's our favorite place for delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. It always seems like it's been too long since we've been there. If it's dry, sitting on the patio is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had great service.
    WineandSpineFoodie
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We celebrated a birthday and The Basin was a great place for this. We decided to be seated in the outside area since it is a much quieter area than the general seating in the front of the restaurant. Even though it was late November, the space was comfortable with the heaters. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. It was a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome locally sourced food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We shared a seasonal starter of fried Sardines that was just utterly mind-blowing. The taste combination with the greens it was served with wasn't accidental at all. My wife had the trout, which was astounding as well: perfectly cooked and flavor balanced with the Kale and raisins, and the Tuna seasonal special I had was just perfect in temperature, and perfectly seared, combined with a stunning white buttery sauce. The entire menu is locally sourced, and the seasonal specials are really local as well, our sardines coming from Monterey. The service was fantastic: attentive waitress tending to our every need, and the food came out really quickly. Highly highly recommended, and we'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night place.
    MrChow
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place in Saratoga. Place was packed for dinner so good to make reservations for dinner on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the beaten path but a great find
    ScottyBVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Sat outside in their enclosed courtyard. Plenty of heaters so the cold evening was not a problem. Server was well trained and friendly. I had the lamb shank and it was one of the best I've ever had. My wife had the exotic mushroom rigatoni and really enjoyed that as well. We went early (6:15) and it was not very busy, but by the time we left, almost every table was full. Didn't review the wine list as we brought a bottle from our cellar and paid the market rate $20 corkage. Split the panna cotta for desert and it was also very good. $8.00 valet parking charge was the only mark against an otherwise perfect dinner outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant dinner house
    pgrey
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The Basin is a pleasant dinner house to go to for special occasions or when you're feeling like you're in need of a good meal. The wine list is very extensive so you might need to spend some time checking it out. The soup we had was wonderful, butternut squash. 3 of our main entrees were fish and all were excellent (tuna special, scallops, fish stew) and the fourth dish was the mushroom rigatoni which was super excellent! The front room was a little loud so we sat in the interior room which was definitely quieter. Nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the Basin
    BCFSanJose
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Everything is delicious! The wild mushroom pasta is to die for. Very well priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Basin, Saratoga
    TomM
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoy the Basin as the food is generally excellent, the service is prompt, courteous and friendly, excellent wines and a pleasant sitting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good experience but...
    Nell
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The menu had several intriguing items but the actual results were sometimes not very good. The cauliflower and the creamed kale casserole were both very good. The four scallops were good but not sufficient considering the price. The spiced butternut squash salad was just OK. The dessert ice cream was good but the bread pudding and chocolate bomb were bland. The service was very good but I don't think we'll come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Saratoga Favorite
    SeattleWineX
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I revisited The Basin recently after moving back to the area, and was delighted to find that it is just as wonderful a place as it was. Andrew and his team continue with their European deliciousness, and the wine list is as thoughtfully considered as ever. The braised lamb shank was tender, flavorful, and eased gently off the bone. Paired with the 2009 Vieux Telegraphe CNP, it was sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A nice little neighborhood restaurant, quite noisy in the main dining room, great service and food. Parking is a major problem in Saratoga unfortunately, good choices on the menu and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    food4thought
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Love the white anchovies. The Monterey sardines were fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite
    PLMK
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Still and will continue to be one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    bbergVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We enjoyed our meal as always at Andrew's neighborhood gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Treated like a VIP
    LGfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    What an unexpected surprise to have such a memorable meal here. It was Wednesday night, and we were looking for a quiet dinner out. The evening was warm, and the patio provided the perfect ambience with twinkling lights circling the large central tree trunk. Our waiter was friendly, attentive, and helpful with menu selections as the offerings were all appealing. Then the Chef came out to serve our courses. He took such pride in his delicious creations - including the best cauliflower I've ever had - and we were blown away by the flavors. Every dish was delectable. We even managed to make room for a Paris-worthy cheese course at the end. The special attention and excellent food made us feel like VIPs - though we saw it repeated throughout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    choosychomper
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were the first to arrive when the restaurant opened, so it was quiet and we got the pick of all of the tables. We ate outside under their large oak tree and the setting was comfortable. The service was attentive and friendly. Everything we ordered was very well prepared, tasty and made for an excellent dinner. It was a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saratoga's finest!
    PdozierVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Basin is one of the finest restaurants in Saratoga. Excellent cuisine, service, and ambience for a comfortable dining experience with family or friends. A favorite among the local Saratoga crowd, so you must make a reservation, or your out of luck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic specials
    Born4wine
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place is a South Bay gem. All the dishes we had today were excellent: The house cured salmon appetizer, wild mushroom soup (delightful cheesy center and Tabasco kick), scallops with black rice (surprisingly rich flavor), and albacore tuna special. The cocktails were great as well. We expected mediocre fancy looking food, but it turned out this is really delicious and wholesome food. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service always outstanding
    Queenie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Basin never disappoints with regard to their food and their service. On this particular evening, however, there was a screaming child sitting at the table next to us. The whole experience made me feel like I was in a McDonald's. I could barely hear our waitress when she was telling us the specials over the screaming. Not sure what restaurants can do in such situations, but I don't go out to dinner to listen to kids screaming. That part was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first time here and it was AMAZING. The drinks, appetizers, and entrees were delicious. There was also a fabulous "buzz" to the restaurant. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ivorytowers
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First night out together since we had our baby, and we couldn't have happened on a better spot. We booked late and when we arrived, we were seated at a high table inside. We were perfectly happy with this, but as soon as we were seated the manager came and asked if we'd like to move to a table in the romantic courtyard, which had just come free. From there, the night got better and better - fabulous service, atmosphere, wine and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The Basin is a great neighborhood restaurant. Staff are experienced and friendly. Bold Spanish/Mediterranean flavors. Great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not welcoming for young people!
    ThePhamssisters
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It caters more to older folks than young people. The host didn't seem pleasant to serve us. We have our reservation for a Bday and not even a happy birthday from the waiter. The waiter checked in other table very often but skipped us most of the time. We had to wait awhile to get our check. Not recommend and will not be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in Saratoga!
    DebRVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Saratoga! Always great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love The Basin!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I love this restaurant. I live in Saratoga and frequent The Basin. I love sitting at the bar and watching the game or sitting the dining area. The Argentine steak is my favorite. But the housemade soups and icecreams are also absolutely delicious! I recommend The Basin without hesitation. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great resturant
    Chaz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been going to the basin for years and it keeps getting better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the hype
    Raeleen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I wouldn't go back! For spending $100 on a meal, i expected way better service and much better food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Basin Saratoga
    love2munch
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was excellent however, the front area where we sat was a little cramped. I didn't realize until later that there was another section in the back. All in all it was a great dining experience, one which I hope to repeat soon. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite
    NeilVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    As always, the staff is attentive, the food great and the ambiance is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and personalized service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As always great seasonal menu and always enjoy the conversation with Chef Vu about the dishes being served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    TinaAndSteveVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had dinner and it was our first time at Basin. We have finally found a local favorite! Food was great. Service was great too. We WILL return😀!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    HappyClam
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Pork and Clams were to die for. Service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent experience. Seated Quickly. Attentive waiter and staff who know their food and can answer questions and make excellent recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    Chad
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love coming here! Great atmosphere, excellent staff, and the food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Saratoga!
    DebRVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Love the Basin! Best food by far in Saratoga! Great service, great food and we always feel welcome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really love the Basin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is my go to "nice place" in the Los Gatos / Saratoga area. There are several good options within a couple miles but for me, the Basin is the best. It's the right mix of really good food, great service, and comfortable scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ehhhh?
    datenitehero
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was supposed to be a romantic date but we were seated by the door, not given a wine list, they couldn't make one of our cocktails and didn't get the apps on the table for over 30 minutes. On the other hand, our waitress was very nice and the lavender pound cake was the stuff dreams are made of. I would give them another chance. Another bummer....a lack of diversity in the dining room. Looking around we saw white baby boomers and that's about it. I guess it's the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    Foodieforever
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We like this place and frequent it often. I would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeps Me Coming Back
    Cindiemac
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I recently took my mother to the Basin for her 84th birthday. We sat at on the deck under the large oak and enjoyed the lovely late summer evening. The food was perfectly suited for all tastes. The fresh summer vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, corn, squash made the meal special. I especially enjoyed the seasonal melon salad for a starter. Mom was treated to a special dessert complete with candle to top the evening off. I think my mom left feeling like her birthday was a special treat and one we'd all like to repeat in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As I always say about the Basin, it's one of those consistently good, friendly restaurants we don't hesitate to recommend and enjoy for any occasion, where we know we're going to get a wonderful savory meal and warm friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.