The Basin
The Basin

The Basin

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebasin.com/
  • Phone: 4088671906
  • 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
137 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (65)great for outdoor dining (56)romantic (51)notable wine list (42)vibrant bar scene (30)good for groups (29)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    i got a gift certificate from my boss for The Basin. i had never heard of it prior. my boyfriend and i decided to dress up and go out on a Friday night date. our reservation was at 5pm, they actually let us in early, after seeing us waiting outside. the host brought us to an outdoor area, under nice shade. the food was delicious! we started with the melon salad, suggested to us by our waitress, which was perfect! something i would have never thought to order on my own. my boyfriend got the salmon and i got chicken. we were both very happy with our meals. everything was great!
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, pricey, noisy
    Clydesdale
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had the halibut, which was the fish of the day. It was absolutely delicious and actually flaky (seemed lightly fried, but I don't recall how the preparation was described, since the server told us and it wasn't on the printed menu) over a summer squash medley. My friend had the trout, which she said was excellent. Before pouring the full glass, the server gave us each a taste of the wines we had ordered by the glass, as would be done for a bottle. We appreciated that, since the wines are pricey. It would be helpful if all of the daily specials were also included on the printed menu, so that details could be better understood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lefthungry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ordered prawns which cost $39 and received 4 half dollar sized prawns with 1/3 cup of mashed potatoes. Received bread with oil only for dipping. Left feeling hungry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    AaEat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tried celebrating an anniversary here and they brought out my wife's trout raw - seared but uncooked - the waiter was seemingly embarrassed. This was not a preference issue but a food safety issue. While they remade my wife's dish for 15-20 minutes they did not offer to remove my meal or bring my wife an appetizer while she waited for the dish to be remade. We got to eat our meals staggered. No offer of a comp dessert or glass of wine for the mess up. Food was okay not great. This is not a cheap place and while mistakes happen it is how they are dealt with that makes all the difference.
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  • Dusty and stale
    BonappetiteVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sat in the backroom fly was buzzing around next to us the entire time as i looked around at the surfaces i could see this place needed a good cleaning. There was a layer if dust on everything windows were smudgy not impressed and go back.high prices dont equal good tasting food here...not fresh...disappointed.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Always
    NeilVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The best restaurant in Saratoga, Los Gatos and surrounding area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneventful meal
    RevKitteh
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We chose The Basin since we had eaten at the sister restaurant Casa De Cobre next door and enjoyed our meals there prior to taking in a concert at the Mtn. Winery. Wanted to try something different this time. Unfortunately we (party of 4) were rather disappointed in our meals. I had the wild mushroom rigatoni and it was way too salty and didn't have much flavor over all. I also tasted my brother's meal which was a pasta with a tomato base which was boring and bland. My husband ordered a seafood stew which was the better of the 3 kinds of meals we shared, but not anything to rave about. The service was very good, too bad the food didn't live up to either the service or the prices of our meals.
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  • I would totaly recommend this
    Foodieforever
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is the perfect restaurant to go to especially before a Mt. Winery concert. We will do it again before the next one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Experience
    JMJM
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service was hit and miss.....it started out great and then fell off. Had to pour wine ourselves when our glasses were low. Twice - dishes served to the wrong people at our table. And then completely forgot to cook one person's entrée that sat with us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • melsj
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We enjoyed the gruyere blanket so much, that we ordered a second one. We had a wonderful meal in the patio. Glad to see this restaurant only improves with age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Good Ambience
    northn8
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went to the Basin for our Anniversary and enjoyed it very much. I had the tri-tip and my wife had a scallops and mashed potatoes dish. They were both good, but hers was better. Wine selection was decent. We liked the atmosphere in the restaurant and the bar looked nice although we did not sit at it. We would come back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay but not special.
    ABayAreaFamily
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Basin is fine overall, but not special. Noise was a problem, and we gave up trying to have a conversation. The inside dining room has the bar area, which had a TV showing sports when we were there. Food was a mixed experience. Nothing from our experience stands out to recommend/return for. Paella was fine. They serve it in an interesting way, with the rice balled together in the center of the dish. Croquetas were really disappointing. Our server was fine, though he did spend quite a long time introducing the menu to us, volunteering in detail how several things were prepared. That would be fine, except when he was going on, describing in detail something we hadn't asked about and had no interest in. We do not expect to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spanish
    JohnInNaplesVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had Taste of Spain, a Spanish wine, and the trout among other things. We were impressed. There is seating outdoors in the back-much nicer than the main dining room as that is a little dark.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expertise
    EatWell
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This restaurant has great training and consistency. Good wine recommendations to pair with food and nice fresh flavors. Go with small plates, you can't loose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basin was a great pre-concewrt meal
    puddles
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have been there 3 times now, and each time the food was enjoyable, the drinks were first-rate, and the service was excellent! Would recommend this for a good quality dining experience. Not inexpensive, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saratoga Gem
    Cliff
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food, great service. My Duck was the envy of the table. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous food / service, but noisy
    Jefra
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The noise level was the only downside of our otherwise fantastic dining experience. My Moscow Mule was perfect and a good size! The lightly cooked veggie salad was so savory. The house-cured salmon paired very well with the Brie. But it was a Monday and not that crowded....and yet not being able to hear each other was a drag. Service was so friendly, left us alone to enjoy our meal (which I like!), and everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mains were average, desserts good
    Alex
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dessert was the highlight of dinner, but everything else was pretty average.
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  • Basin is Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Basin is reliably good food and wonderful dining experience. Service is wonderful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food. Pricy wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We liked our dinner here very much. The variety of entrees was excellent. The execution of the food was excellent as well. My only problem with this place is the wine list. Not enough affordable options. We ordered a bottle of Macrostie Chard at $52 and it was one of the least expensive on the list. It's a very good wine and is likely only slightly overpriced. We noticed that not too many tables had wine bottles on them--people were choosing to order by the glass instead. Seems to me that a restaurant with this quality of food would have a bottle of wine on every table. Some wines in the $30s would probably solve that problem.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typically always good...
    Vicster
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The only time I typically make it to The Basin is just before a concert at the Mountain Winery. This time was the same. We met friends and were seated in the front dining area (I always forget to request the rear rooms or the deck-shame on me). Unfortunately, our server was not impressive. She never asked for our drink order and didn't keep us informed about the timing of our meals. We were not part of the group of people that had to be at the concert at the beginning so I can't attribute the lack of good service to a being there at a busy time. I will go back for another function and hope we have much better service.
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  • Always Great!
    ChefrjVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great place to have dinner before a Mountain Winery concert. The staff will ask if you're going so that there's no last minute rush. Much much better than eating at the Winery. The scallops are fantastic, cooked perfectly with nice caramelization on the outside but tender and succulent on the inside. Served with a jalapeño beau blanc sauce that's just a little spicy , perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before...
    oilpainter
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had reservation through OpenTable for my husband's birthday dinner with friends, but when we showed up on time, the host asked us to wait and it was 20 min. before we get a table... the food were not as good as we had before. The bread came with a dish of olive oil only, no balsamic vinegar or butter till we asked; beet salad was the worst... the take out beet salad from market was better than they served. Tri-tip was 'interesting' (my husband's exact word), meaning bad! Duck and trout were tasty, kale was okay but mushrooms had weird taste... we had no desire for dessert after the meal. We won't go back for a long long while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed impression
    Buff
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Celebrate birthday. Started off with a martini that was so-so and not near chilled enough. I wanted a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and they had none. Limited menu and they were out of scallops at 6:30. There main steak offering is 22 oz which is way to big for most. The other beef was tri-tip which I can do well at home. We split a delicious beet salad. I ordered the Bowl of Soul which was good but could use a little seasoning. "Soul" suggests spices. It had shrimp and halibut with a nice rice in the soup. Wife had the trout. Came out with part under cooked and had a half plate of green stuff (kale?). The manager was very responsive to the problem and offer several solutions. Finished off with a birthday complimentary dessert that my wife loved
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    pvdiner1
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This was our third visit to The Basin and it was a disappointment. The Caesar salads for $11 were small and had an ingredient in the dressing that seemed sweet and out of place. My wife's tri-tip was 3 or 4 small pieces of meat and a pile of kale. My rigatoni with mushrooms was way too salty. Service was OK and we did take a while to order, but then it was a least 20 minutes before we were served our salads. We probably will not return to The Basin. Regarding the wine list, I'm guessing that the decision has been made to make at least $20 profit on every bottle of wine, either through the corkage fee or a wine list that essentially starts at $40.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A romantic dinner under the Oaks
    justineats
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for a special occasion; the food was creative and extremely delicious! We had the scallops, a salad as well as the cauliflower. Everything was wonderful and the outside dining was perfect for a warm evening. Great night overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but overpriced.
    David
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Not a good value. Food good but not great especially considering the price. Wonderful service.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    wilma
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had dinner here before a Mtn winery concert, very convenient. Food and service were wonderful, and we enjoyed sitting next to the oak tree on the patio. Great salads and entrees, we will be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    From the speciality cocktails to the last crumb of the dessert, the evening was fabulous. Our group of 4 had a grand time tasting many specials and selection from the menu. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    ShannahQuiltsVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My son and I left college hungry. We were tired, and I was dusty from my ceramics class. We needed to find a place to have dinner, and chose The Basin. We were treated as valued guests from the moment we set foot in the restaurant. They treated my son respectfully, and didn't seem to take notice of my dusty state in any way. The food was absolutely delicious. We both enjoyed our meals. The staff checked up on us frequently, and made sure we had plenty to drink. We had the molten chocolate cake for dessert, and it was amazing. Our experience was so great that we are taking the whole family there next time. I recommend The Basin, and am sure you'll have a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unimpressed
    DinedollVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It was a Monday night and it was pretty full. The waiter explained the specials and highly recommended their BBQ tri tip. I chose that and my husband the halibut special. The tri tip looked like a steam roller had got to it. It was topped with a BBQ sauce that tasted like ketchup. I think I've had better airplane food. Very disappointed. This was our third visit. Two previous visits the food was good but pricey. Must be the neighborhood. I don't think I would return.
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  • Consistently delicious
    LisawskiVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Fresh, tasty, great service. The food is always yummy. They have plenty if delicious offerings. Their staff is extremely friendly and skilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but very expensive
    nray
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food, but very expensive, service is very slow.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great night out with friends!
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was our second time to the Basin within a few weeks. Both nights were so wonderful. We had really great attentive waiters who offered great wine suggestions and were always checking on us without us feeling like they were hovering. The food was amazing - I ended up having the rainbow trout both nights and it practically melted in my mouth. I would have a hard time not ordering it again because it was so good. The appetizers are on the small side but in the end, it ended up being just fine because we had plenty of food by the time the night was over. We definitely look forward to making this a regular spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another home run
    cjbutcher
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at the Basin. At the top of my short list of places to go when I want a special night and everything to go well. Food was great, martini's still the best. Our server was fun and knew the menu, had some great suggestions and pairing ideas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem in Saratoga
    JJensen77
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very much enjoyed our dinner at The Basin. The menu was varied with some great options and the food was excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. This is a great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great dining choice
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday. We sat on the outside patio which was noticeably less noisy then the inside seating. It's about the only restaurant I found in the area were you can go dressed up and not feel overdressed. The food was fabulous. I had the NY Cut which was cooked perfectly. My wife had the pork tenderloin and it was delicious. They brought my wife a birthday dessert, which was a real nice touch. It's pricey so it's one of those places you go for that special occasion. I would definitely eat there again.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice dinner
    cardman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was our first time at the Basin and we very pleased with our meal and the service. We will return to the Basin on our next trip to Saratoga. The salad and entrees were very good. My steak was delicious and my wife's fish was perfect.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We thought the food was great, however was a bit disappointed with the ambience. I noted it was our 20th wedding anniversary on the reservation and was hoping to have better seating since I made the reservation long ago (they didn't even mention our anniversary). We were seated next to a window which had flies and gnats flying around our food and in our wine, it was very dark (shades were closed), and were in the middle of the dinning area so it was busy around us. Service was okay until the end when it was time to get our check and our waiter seemed to have disappeared for a long time. I would have chosen another place for our special day.
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  • Food and services are good, but...
    Charles
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    we expected more... ordered the roasted duck and halibut (special of the day).. the halibut was a bit brand... the duck and the sauce was soooo delicious!!! however, it comes with some beans that was cold and didn't taste that good. we also ordered the kale as side and it was pretty good as well. we told the restaurant it was our wedding anniversary (from opentable booking) but the server did not treat us any special...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic