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The Basin

4.6
1589 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Spanish, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(408) 867-1906
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Welch & Roberto Juarez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Street
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Parking details
Public Parking lots available nearby.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1589 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
service
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had an amazing event for our anniversary with 3 other couples. We had the whole outdoor patio to ourselves since it was a slow night. Service is terrific! Food is wonderful. We love seeing Andrew and his team who always make us all feel so welcome.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Quite expensive for you get. The food is good but for the price you get very basic french fries with the meat.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

¡Muy bueno mis amigos!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food at this Saratoga gem. Wine prices are high, so bring your own bottle or enjoy one of the fabulous cocktails. The food here is extraordinary, and the menu is varied enough to please even the most persnickety foodie. Friendly and attentive staff. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Awesome restaurant! Great place Andrew! I have been coming here for years now and I love everything about the restaurant. I have a hard time hearing usually in places like this but the carpet dampens down the high frequency noise sound and it is very easy to communicate. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great Dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This is such a great "farm to table restaurant" - the atmosphere is so welcoming and food is amazing! Also nice wine list...

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We ordered Argentina steak. It was not good. Small portion for the price and no vegetables. I can cook better at home!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great, as usual. Our go-to spot for a special date night, like a birthday celebration. Love it. Amazing drinks, delicious food, and knowledgeable/friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bruno and Tristan did a great job of serving us and keeping us on time for our concert. Good wine recommendations.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always a wonderful experience at the Basin...

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We will not be coming back to the Basin. We eat out once a week and this is the worst restaurant we have ever attended. Most noise we have ever hear in a restaurant. So dark
one cannot read the menu. It took forever for the food to arrive after we ordered. We have
been at the Basin three times. This was our final visit.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I have been dining here since it opened many years ago. Normally love this restaurant. But, on this occasion the food was only average. I was here with a friend from out of town and we both agreed that the meal was not special. Somewhat disappointed this time. We ordered the special for the evening which was halibut in a pernot sauce on a bed of kale. The halibut was nicely prepared but bland. The kale was almost raw and inedible. We also ordered a side of cauliflower- That too was tasteless and undercooked. Not particularly enjoyable this time......

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Most wonderful dining experience! Amazing service and food incredible! Our favorite Saratoga restaurant!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Truly a prize in SARATOGA. It's sort of a neighborhood place, but has real food chops. One of the pourers at a local wine bar said it's the best restaurant in Saratoga and I don't doubt it. FYI the best restaurant in the whole valley (according to this person) is Nick's Next Door in Los Gatos. Again I wouldn't disagree. But if you're in Saratoga, go to The Basin.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very solid, friendly restaurant with attentive service and excellent food. The place runs like clockwork.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great restaurant. Everything we had was perfectly prepared and our server Tristan was awesome.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food arrived very late. Had to push waiter to do his job. Rigatoni over cooked. Al dente and chewy are not the same thing. Will not return or recommend

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Food was great as ever, but I went with a date hoping for a romantic evening. The place was aroar when we arrived, and we could hardly have a conversation over the other, towering conversations in progress. It was the first time I ate in the front room, and I will hope never to do so again.

Meanwhile, the Forest Pizza alone was worth the trip: a sweet hint of honey from the glazed onions, earthy lushness from the truffle oil, exotic mushrooms, and gorgeous aged Spanish ham with a mellow Manchego! I will go back, but bring a crowd of my own next time.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Service was slow and no one found anything on menu that was excited to order.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

my trout is cooked to perfection, love the kale as its side too. My father in law's pork chop is good too, tender and juicy, just a little bitt bland to my taste. Mushroom Rigatoni is delicious!

Service is very good, the restaurant is very romantic and cozy

Strongly recommend

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was our first time at The Basin. The bread was quite nice. We were eating early before a show, so only ordered entrees. I like liver - once every 5/10 years. It was perfectly served pink (not overdone) and was melt in the mouth good! My husband's duck was also perfectly served pink - it was wonderful! We both had the sauteed spinach, which was very good. The wait staff as attentive - w/o hovering. And they had black napkins - which always earns brownie points from me!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The staff was fantastic and very attentive. The food was wonderful as always!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Restaurant was great although the reception could be nicer...

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I had the crab with pasta special and it was fresh and flavorful. My partner had the Bowl of Soul and it was delicious. Caesar salad starter was tasty and they split it for us. The apple pie w house made ice cream was light and excellent. Service was great and the pace and friendliness was appreciated. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Bus service was really slow to remove plates. Standard has dropped substantially. Food was exceptional.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

It was hard to find anything on the menu that I actually wanted to eat! The wine list was very expensive and I’m used to there being a range but there wasn’t much range, just expensive. Not a repeater for me! Can’t figure out what others enjoy about it!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This is a great adventure for fine dinning. This is our third adventure to the basin and loved each visit. Good food. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. great place. Would go back again

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The Basin has been our go-to for special occasions for years. Their service is always top-notch, as is the food. The focus is on great ingredients and the style is a modern california-style cuisine. We love the mushroom rigatoni and the new york steak, which is gigantic.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food. Large medallion sized callops and very thick rectangular steak were both awesome. mushroom side dish was also very tasty.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Our go to place for special occasions. Excellent service and food that is well prepared.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2018

I don’t normally leave negative reviews but and I don’t want to be “negative” here ... all I want to say is : don’t expect much from the food there. Soup of the day was so tasteless and bland thatvafter one spoon I wasn’t even bothering, beet salad the same ( no taste whatsoever) ... fish - totally bland and boring, scallops were okay and one thing that was okay were the shrimps from the appetizer menu ( sauce was good but shrimps were just like you yourself make from the frozen bag ). Bread was really good and super nice service. Ambiance was okay ( but don’t go there for date if You know what I mean. Prices were .... uhmmm - Fair local prices for this kind of restaurant.
Would I go back ? No ... until and unless all other places are closed and I’m starving.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We love your food and the atmosphere. Most of us ordered the Halibut special which was amazing.
We were having dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday and ran into three groups of friends (none of whom live in town) who were having dinner. That's a testament to how great this place is. Can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We always have a great meal. Service is wonderful. One of favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Perfect balance of martini bar, upscale casual, and a creative menu in Saratoga Village.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The Basin is a well deserved local favorite

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Second time at the Basin. Loved it so much the first time I couldn’t wait to return. Beautiful, warm atmosphere. Appreciated that we were seated in the back room where it is a bit quieter. Food was amazing and each starter was so good we all had to share. I high recommend the truffle fries. Great service and overall evening.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Had a great time here. Brought in a bottle of wine, food was great, and our waiter had great food recommendations. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had another great meal here as usual. My friend and I both ordered fish dishes which were really good. Our cocktails were excellent too.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very nice meals. Good meet-up spot for friends coming from different locations. Nice wine list, good menu. Enjoyable evening with friends. Very good service, very friendly wait staff, greeter and bar staff.

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