Basan-Permanently Closed

4.2
409 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Quality food made by passionate chefs: That’s what Basan brings to the Bull City. Basan’s modern Japanese cuisine, complete with intriguing appetizers, entrees, unique sushi rolls, an extensive selection of sake and more, highlights the best of Japanese cuisine in upscale yet comfortable ambiance. Whether you’re stopping in before a show at DPAC or are planning a private event, you’re sure to be impressed with our fresh seafood, beautifully-crafted offerings and enjoyable atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday
L: 11:00am - 2:00pm |D: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday
L: 11:00am - 2:00pm |D: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday
D: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 797-9728
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pettigrew St.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
ambience
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant has closed and needs to be removed from Open Table!

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TJ
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basan has always been a very special place for us to go on special occasions.
The shushi and entrees have been excellent every time we have gone.
Our servers were terrific, Victoria and Molly were very friendly and accurate with our orders.
Unfortunately, Basan is now closed for business so I cannot recommend people to go there.
All I can say is "Goodbye old friend, amd thank you for the great experiences we've had".

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c
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sorry this restaurant is closing. One of our favorites!

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Q
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great final meal. So sorry the restaurant has closed!

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FI
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After work dinner. Very nice. Sorry to hear you will be closing.

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JG
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great, but the menu needs more vegetarian choices

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Basan Sushi was some if the best sushi I've ever had. The sushi was surprisingly fesh and light. My father and I want here for a nice dinner and that's exactly what we got. The only complaint I have is that I reserved a table for 2 using Open Table and went I told the employee working i had a reservation he said it was for three and continued to make a big deal because the number of people was incorrect. Other than the small convince my experience was great. The restaurant was modern style and was very clean. I would definitely recommend.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food

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J
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

As always, Basan's food is really good, especially the sushi. When the restaurant fills up it gets pretty loud, and difficult to hold a conversation with someone across the table. The service this time was not great - I wasn't even offered a refill on my iced tea, and with wasabi that spicy, iced tea is a must, in large quantities. I've had good service there before, so I won't let one lackluster waitress spoil it, but it's definitely been better.

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LB
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

If you avoid the tofu, you'll be fine

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TT
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a meal before a DPAC performance. Offers 10% discount for the night of the performance for attendees

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AT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Sushi was run of the mill... proportions good, but priced a bit higher for the quality/taste. parking inconvenient to access, esp with other events going on in the area. 3/5 - adequate, but will not be going back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always good. One of the best places to get sushi in Durham.

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E
Raleigh
78 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a sushi dinner and the selection was great, the specials board had very unusual fish to try and the regular menu was varied and clearly marked with GF options.
Everything was super fresh and arrived quickly.
the service was equally good with the waitress being friendly and casual.
The food is a bit pricey but the quality is top notch.

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DS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was only our second time here in two years. This was an early Sunday evening dinner and there seemed to be no activity at DPAC or the ball park, so it was quiet and not crowded. The meal however was great. We will be back on another trip to Durham.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I have had in a while. Host staff were very fun. I like this place, will be back soon!

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the freshness of the food and the creative dishes--and the cocktails!

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Best Brussels sprouts I’ve ever had in my life. Fish in the sushi had that awesome buttery quality of quality, fresh fish. Great service.

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BL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We came in for restaurant week and the food is so disappointing! Very small portion with plain taste. Would not recommend!

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DN
Raleigh
82 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner before a show at DPAC. In the past we’ve found service to be good but slow, but we were pleasantly surprised during this visit. Service was both good & prompt.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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Raleigh
185 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Splendid sushi and sushi rolls. However, we were disappointed by the lesser number of fish sushi available not in rolls. Rolls seem to be their specialty, and the two we chose were spectacular. The fish sushi including several from the specials of the day were really very fine as well.

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Best sushi in the area, without question

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d
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was super friendly and the food was excellent. I got the surf and turf sushi, it was delicious! They had a good selection of sushi rolls for varying palettes, as well as ramen for folks who are still wary of sushi. The location is awesome and though we went for a birthday lunch on a Friday, it wasn’t packed to the gills. The menu is a little pricey, however the food is well worth it. The ambiance is lovely, definitely seems like a great date spot!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I liked the Gyoza pork dumplings and seaweed. The Tempura Udon noodle soup was overly salty and the Chanpon had little flavor or unremarkable overall. The large soup Udon did come with a generous side of Tempura though. I would avoid the soup next time and try something else.

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DN
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious but service was slow. This has pretty much been the norm at Basan.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was disappointed with my meal. I ordered tempura shrimp and the Atlantic salmon. The shrimp was greasy and the salmon did not have much flavor.

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B
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

In general, Basan is a very pleasant place for dining. It's bright, causal and comfortable. It's one of a handful of very convenient before-theater restaurants in Durham. My date and I like to sit at the bar where it is lively. There are TVs to glance at, a view out the window and bartenders to entertain us as they fix drinks. The Avocado Seaweed Salad is a great starter, beautifully displayed and very reasonably priced. The sushi is fairly creative and the chef is willing to adapt the ingredients to your particular taste. A favorite of mine, is the roll that is wrapped in cucumber and has no rice in it. Not all sushi restaurants offer this. Also recommended is the Miso Black Cod which is delicious. The plate looks lovely when it is presented with its artistically designed sauce. Only wish it was a little larger portion. Not enough for an entrée really. On our last visit, the service was a little slow and we were glad we arrived with plenty of time before walking to DPAC. By the way, if you let them know you are going to the theater, you will receive a discount.

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NT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food, The hostess is very rude and non-inviting,

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j
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This service was great, but the food was bland. The really could have used more seasoning.

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in Durham:) We had a wonderful dinner and the staff was super nice and very prompt!! Thank you for such an awesome experience!!

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MB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived at 5:30 with a reservation-the host was going to sit us at a 4 top right next to the entrance to the kitchen. The place was almost empty. That set a bad tone but luckily our server was awesome. Food was great, service fabulous and really enjoyed it. Teach the host some common sense.

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TH
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Easy walk to DBAP or DPAC.

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v
Washington DC
170 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Sushi. Maybe a bit too much rice. Loved the Sake Flight. I recommend the Flight to taste the amazing variety that exists with Sake selections.

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GR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice staff and good food- and we made it to the show on time.

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EC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Service was very poor. Very slow service. Took over 30 minutes to get our salads. Brought the wrong wine to the table. Asked for no avocado on my roll, but it arrived with avocado. Usually our experience has been better here. I hope this was a one off.

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RK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I only give 5 stars if the meal have been exceptional, so 4 stars is not bad, it is still a quality, tasty meal. Been here twice now, wouldn't hesitate in coming back a third time.

We were 2 guests, sharing 3 different sushi rolls, as well as a coconut shrimp starter.

The shrimp starter was pretty bland, and the main taste was the oil from the deep fryer. Wouldn't order this again.

Then we had the sushi's and they were all to my liking, especially the one with scallops. Nice variety in the veggies used, for example thinly sliced mango that was not ripe. Added a not-too-sweet mango taste and a bit of crunch. We also had a roll where red bell pepper were roasted and arranged on the sushi as if it was tuna. Nice touch, haven't seen that one before.

The waiting was attentive and friendly.

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DO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unlike my first visit I found the service extremely slow
We waited almost 45 minutes for our dinner

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Our waiter gave us some valuable input on some sushi rolls to add to our "Boat". We so enjoyed.

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