Basin Seafood and Spirits

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Seafood
The idea for Basin began several years ago when Chef and Owner of Baru, Edgar Caro, along with his friend Antonio Mata, decided to open Basin, a seafood restaurant serving modernized, lighter versions of traditional Louisiana dishes. Basin sources the best possible ingredients from local sources, highlighting seasonal vegetables and Gulf fish in our daily specials.
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Basin offers sidewalk seating along the busiest sector of Magazine Street. We also have a lush courtyard for additional seating and a relaxing escape from the city.
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J
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food was amazing. Would definitely recommend it.

CW
Little Rock
256 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

First of all, it was a birthday but was acknowledged.
Shrimp remoulade— 4 small ( not jumbo) in a flat plate covered with a very oily mayonnaise sauce with a slight color. A handful of arugula. I didn’t want the green fried tomatoes , thus the arugula. $15
Soft shell crab poor boy// the crab tasted strange. Frozen , fried , reheated. Chemicals? Taken off the bill
Chicken tenders ( pink in the center), fries cold.
Fried oyster// I didn’t taste but the person who ordered was surprised with the fried anchovies mixed in.
One theory was that the oil used for frying was rancid.
Server attempted to make things better// he should probably work at a better restaurant.
Will not return

h
New Orleans
68 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff~ charbroiled oysters little overcooked and expensive otherwise everything good, would go there again tonight!!

NA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great - service was great. One of the only places in New Orleans serving steamed Royal Red Shrimp, so always a consideration for dining. On our last visit, the waitress/bartender created a mixed drink just for me that was delicious.

AP
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great lunchtime meal selections, good wine list and great waiter. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

ES
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the beignets are out of this world

JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this place. I eat here every time I come to New Orleans, and it always exceeds my expectations. Such an amazing menu! I'm already looking forward to returning!

NG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was pretty early so we didn’t have a problem getting seated right away. Our server was attentive and very familiar with the menu. Our food was delicious (the Chicken and Waffles were my favorite), and even after the restaurant filled with people, we didn’t feel rushed to leave. I would definitely recommend this establishment!

FB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff and fun to be at. The service was excellent, friendly and positive.

AA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Menu is very limited. I paid 14.50 for a side of red beans and rice. Dinner was over 100 for an up town eatery. More expensive than something better in Frenc Quarter. I would not eat there again or recommend.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a wonderful experience here! Highly recommend!

BG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was ok, but I wasn't terribly impressed. Our waiter, however, was great.

A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

The gumbo left a lot to be desired. Service was kind and attentive but the kitchen was super slow.

M
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great un-rushed lunch with good food and great service!

M
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My entire dining experience at Basin Seafood and Spirits was great. I went for brunch and our server Chris provided excellent service, and made sure that our bottomless mimosas ever hit the bottom . For my entree I ordered my favorite brunch item, the shrimp and grits and as always was, and I also tried the crab and crawfish beignets for the first time which I loved and will definitely order again. I love going to Basin the whole dining experience is always enjoyable.

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing cocktails and best charred oysters, ever! The Duck Ragu was also outstanding!

KT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner for 4 on a Saturday night. Enthusiastically welcomed and promptly seated for res. At 7.......our waiter was attentive and friendly on a fairly busy night...enjoyed the Brussels sprouts and a delicious red snapper dip.....catfish dish and duck ragu were delicious as well as the chocolate flan and banana rum cake with ice cream....happily recommend that you stop by and try......

JK
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 9 was well taken care of and the food was excellent! Great value|! Oysters were awesome and the Jambalaya and Gumbo fantastic! Server was great and was willing to assist with everything! Great time!

DB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the most memorable meals we have ever had! Char Grilled Oysters are our new “best thing we have eaten” item! Get out of the French Quarter and relax in the Garden District!

D
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Although raw oysters were good, remainder of meal was definitely sub-standard. To spend $80 for bad meal for two was VERY disappointing. Should have gone back to Superior Seafood Restaurant! It was terrific & better value!

r
Shreveport
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over one hour & still no food. When we ordered we were informed of everything they were out of so mods would be made-should have left then. Have tables so close together you are basically listening to others convocation. We watched the waitress & cook argue repeatedly. Extremely disappointed. Was so good last time.

CF
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Our experience was mixed and (hopefully) unusual. I'll start by saying that the food was delicious. There was something going on with the staff/kitchen that made the experience underwhelming and a bit frustrating. Our appetizers took forever to come out (one being gumbo, which finally arrived after we said we needed to go and received the check...but was still on the check, despite us saying to forget it - we'd been there for almost 2 hours at that point and ordered it to come out with the appetizer). Our server checked on us after a while to make sure our app had come out...it hadn't. The appetizer finally came out, and the entrees were a little quicker. We asked three different people about the gumbo and it didn't seem like anyone cared or checked on it (I could see the kitchen counter from our table). Staff was frantically running around and one woman looked really upset/angry. It was just not a great experience from a staff attitude perspective, but added in with the time it was just overall a frustrating and time consuming experience. When we ordered, the restaurant was may 1/3 full, so they weren't overly crowded. Our server alluded to an issue, but we obviously didn't know what that was.

Again, the food was great, and if that service/experience is indeed unusual for them, I'd definitely recommend it as a good option. Though it did seem that there should have been some sort of compensation (or at least we shouldn't have been charged for the Gumbo...).

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.
Will be returning before leaving New Orleans.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Trip to New Orleans

JH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table for 4 that grew to a table for 8. I modified the reservation at least 2 times with no hiccups. I called just to make sure 8 would be okay and it was perfect! They made us feel very welcome and the food was wonderful as always. I really enjoyed the evening and my guests were all from out of town and said they loved the place and the food. It was a good experience and I won't be afraid to book a larger party there again.

AR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The baked oysters are a must have. Excellent jambalaya too.

j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was 3rd visit to Basin Seafood, and it was just as excellent as the other two. Wonderful takes on the region's food and priced perfect for ordering multiple courses.

PL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I highly recommend the shrimp roumalade served on a fried green onion. I also really enjoyed their bourbon cocktail (called Jacksomething - I can't remember the name). Nice and potent which of course made the food taste even better.

My only wishful thinking was that they have more than 1 bartender as it took awhile to get our drinks.

L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Mother's Day or any day! Food was fabulous, endless Mimosas were marvelous!!!

GC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!! Only complaint was the waiter gave us a Mac and cheese after explaining we wanted fish tacos twice but they came out very quickly regardless and everything was so delicious! Chicken and waffles might be my favorite food of all time!

l
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Oysters were a dream!

L
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We have been to Basin Seafood several times and it has always been very good but this time it wasn't, primarily because of the slow kitchen. Our server was very good but for some reason the kitchen was extremely slow; it took over half an hour to get our entrees after we ordered them. The restaurant was half empty and our server apologized several times for the wait. Not sure why it took so long but when our food did arrived it was very good. In spite of this one disappointing experience we will go back.

HG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant, good food and drinks. Service was a bit erratic and at times, too slow or too rushed, which was not conducive to enjoying the excellent dishes that were served. I would return though, could be better next time.

SS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for happy hour. I’ve done thousands of Happy Hours all around the country and this one had an amazing value for what was offered. $6 for a dozen of fresh gigantic oysters? Um, can’t beat that. And the rest of the food on the menu was delish! The waitress was super cool and fast too! We appreciated it!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in New Orleans and happened to come across this gem!! Charbroiled oysters were delicious and the chicken and waffles were enough to feed two!! Basin is definitely on my list to visit again when I'm back in town.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Basin to have their char-broiled oysters...they did not disappoint! Our party of four had 2 dozen, plus a few appetizers & beet salad for dinner. Perfect! Service was great. Thanks for a wonderful meal. We turned our dinner companions into char-broiled oyster fans. ( You can't get these in San Diego!)

RH
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Mediocre fried food served by unfriendly unprofessional staff. Very noisy. Could not reccomend.

TA
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So well seasoned and delicious. Great location and service. Renato was great. Cocktails were terrific too.

S
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot! Sat on the patio on a glorious evening. The brussel sprouts - holy crap! I don’t even like brussel sprouts, and these were on a different level! Crab beniets, red snapper dip...soo good! Highly recommend!

A
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I go there for the best fish tacos in the world, but recently went for dinner and they do not have the tacos for dinner. I was so disappointed I ordered out of the menu the fries with pork debris and crawfish! OMG, what a treat. Finally had chargrilled oysters and Ruby Reds and I'm telling you, this is as good as it gets. Strongly recommend. Everything in the menu is delicious (and off menu as well).

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