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About 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.

14572 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Spanish, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close

Cross Street:
5th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 867-1906

Website:
http://www.thebasin.com/

Parking Details:
Public Parking lots available nearby.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Welch & Roberto Juarez

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Basin Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Special Occasion (34)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (16)
Romantic (16)
Casual (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Healthy (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Authentic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
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Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Happy Hour (2)
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People Watching (2)
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

The best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant. I have been to this restaurant before and I was very impressed then, so I was concerned my expectations this time might be too high. The Basin exceeded my high expectations. In addition to the great service, the food was phenomenal. I highly recommend the foie gras. I don't believe it is on the menu, but they always offer it.

Tags: Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Absolutely the best duck breast I have ever had. Great service. An all round winner!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The ambience was extraordinary and the food just superb. We will be back soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised and pleased with our first visit to The Basin. Our server, Kevin, was extremely attentive and nice, and the food was exceptional. We will refer friends here for any occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

this restaurant is 10/10 the best and unparalleled. we go here for every special occasion. food always incredible and waiter is courteous and everything comes out right at the best time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Never disappoints at The Basin. Excellent food and quick service gets you to The Mountain Winery concerts.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The Basin is one of our favorite restaurants. The drinks are fantastic, the food is delicious and the service is perfect. We haven't found another restaurant that is this consistent with food, service and drinks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We like everything about the Basin, food, service, environment.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 12, 2017

excellent food and service was the best I've had in a long time! Our server anticipated our needs! Was a delightful experience!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Incredible food and first class service. Dined prior to concert at Mt Winery. Will be coming back just for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Amazing meal as always. their specials are so creative and tasty. love it

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The Basin is my #1 go to place, the best food, drinks and people! Steven - bring back the burrata though please!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Birthday and anniversary

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

This is one of our very favorite restaurants, and a special treat for our daughter and son-in-law when they visit. We get the same dinners most of the time, and look forward to them. I love the duck, and my husband loves the trout. The beet salad was delicious. We were both very happy. The other couple with us enjoyed their meals too. Saratoga is fortunate to have such a wonderful restaurant so handy.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Always a solid choice. I recommend it for all occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The food was excellent. We started with foie gras which was prepared perfectly. The salad was fresh and crisp. The duck was exquisite. Highly recommended.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This is one of my go-to restaurants. Friendly staff, great service, unique and delicious food and drink.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Great restaurant. Including food, ambience, ertc. The only problem we had, which really isn't their fault, was that my wife has problems with things in the onion family, and most of their menu items had them in it in a way that could not be eliminated. So her selections were limited.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We started with appetizers: Taste of Spain (consisted of jamon, chorizo, Mahon cheese and assorted olives which was very good/tasty), Paella Penquena (one of the better Paellas we've had, even when compared to the Paellas in Spain) and a Caesar Salad (dressing was different and very good). For entrees, we had the Forest Pizza (unique sauce and excellent cured ham) and Grilled Argentine (nice tender beef with an excellent marinade). For dessert, the Apple Crostata was excellent served with vanilla bean ice cream. We haven't been to The Basin for quite a while for it is now a "favorite".

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Superb as always! Duck was incredibly tender and juicy, the wild mushroom rigatoni rich and flavorful and the service unsurpassed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Welcome back dinner for ACM !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We sat for 60 minutes before our waiter took our order. While he did take drink order he walked by numerous times until we finally stopped him. I was there with 4 ladies we shared a bottle and dinner. No dessert. We got there at 7p and left at 9:30! This was due to horrible service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Service is as good as the great food! Exceptional attention and super good ingredients.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This is our go to place for dinner before a concert at the Mountain Winery. They were able to accommodate 8 of us. Great food, cocktails and wine. Our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was our 30th anniversary. We wanted a nice place to eat that was not too pricey or fancy since we were going to a concert at Mountain winery right after. It was the perfect choice! Great food - we both had the Halibut special. They accommodated my food sensitivities and my husband desire to have different veggies with his meal, all with a smile and attentive service. The setting could use a bit of a refresh, but all in all we loved it and will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was a birthday dinner before a concert at Mountain Winery. Worked out perfectly. Our server was very attentive and efficient. He even brought my husband a molten chocolate cake with a candle. We would go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Love the Basin. Great food and great people. Always wonderful additions to the menu.
We like taking friends. We can be confident that there is something for everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Always one of the better dining experiences. Calamari pasta was excellent. Been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Kudos to our server Lorena - she combines outstanding personal and professional service and was a delight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The Basin is fabulous as always. A real neighborhood gem. My favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

They have been great for special occasions and family get together. They are very accommodating for everyone. And made a great time for my 14 year old, my handicapped mother and everyone in between.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We are regular visitors to The Basin. Food is always excellent. I nearly always order the New York steak - it's awesome but huge. Bruno is the best waiter I've seen in a long time. His knowledge of the food and wine is impressive but he's not one of those snooty types who pretends to know more than their guests.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

My favourite restaurant in the Bay area by far. The food, the ambience and the hospitality you receive is second to none. Great for dining woth either friends or business associates

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We found The Basin a nice place to eat and we will be back. Murphy, our wait person,
was quite efficient as well as pleasant . Food was quite good. It was nosier than
some places but we will return.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 5, 2017

I love The Basin! I have eaten there many times whether it was a date, meeting up with friends or a business meeting. The staff is attentive and friendly and the food is always amazing. It is truly a gem and if you visit Saratoga you'll definitely want to make The Basin your spot for dinner! They have a great selection of food and the specials are always unique and quite delicious - it will be a great night from the moment you walk in the door until you're finished. A must visit!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We had a very nice dinner, our server (James) was excellent- his wine recommendation was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We went for our Anniversary. Sat at the bar with Sarah who is awesome.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a good experience there for my wife's Birthday. The food overall was good but we were there only last month on a Monday and the food was somewhat better then, not sure why.
My Wife had the same food both days and she is a very good cook and she felt that two different chefs prepared the meals, the first one in April was better.

We bought a white wine and brought two red wines, usually we get charged corkage for one but The Basin charged me for two. Overall it has been good but next time I will check my tab more thoroughly before I leave a tip. I was too generous.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Had a good meal here once. Went back a few weeks later had the same dish and it was HORRIBLE. Plus I had the Brazilian steak the second time and it tasted like a dirty ash tree. Made us both sick. Won't go back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

My favorite place to eat
Bruno's the best
Andrew has a terrific establishment

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