The Basin

4.5
1818 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We are always more than satisfied with our dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always good and service is helpful. However, the Kitchen always seems slow.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the tree and the service

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f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, fun neighborhood. lovely for a night out w friends

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a neighborhood gem. We've been coming to The Basin for years and every time, the food & wine list is consistently top notch, and the service exceptional. Always our first choice for special occasions. Hats off to the staff for always making the dining experience so wonderful!!!

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O
San Francisco
331 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Basin is consistently one of the best restaurants in the area. Wonderful food and great service. The seafood is always fresh and perfectly prepared. Every dish is prepared just the way you request it.

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VL
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently a great place to go. Great service, extensive wine list. Nice ambiance. A neighborhood favorite.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Excellent service. Happy to know they are pouring Spanish wines. I will return and recommend .

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun bar, beautiful patio, great food. A very nice spot for a special dinner in a pretty neighborhood, too.

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h
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu, some dishes much better than others.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Spot for meeting over very good food in a quiet setting.

Prices a little high but ok.

Felt a little rushed when we did not order dessert.

Will definitely use this spot again.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

My date and I had two very different experiences with our meals. She ordered a lightly breaded trout with sautéed kale and pronounced it one of the best meals she's had. I ordered a NY strip, medium rare. 20 mins later, I was served a medium well steak. I immediately pointed it out to the waitress and she brought it back to the kitchen. A few minutes later she returned with the same steak, saying the chef said to check the center as it's often different than the inside (hmm, had a few steaks in my life, kinda get that...). I obliged, and indeed it was medium well - barely pink inside. Rather than wait another 20 minutes for a properly cooked steak, I ordered a pasta dish. The sauce was wonderful, but the noodles were a bit overcooked and soft. They apologized for the botched order and explained the chef was relatively new but offered no compensation. TBH I feel silly I didn't demand it, but I was rather taken with my date so I didn't care at the time :)

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DA
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wait service was very nice and kindly gave us a table in the back, as we are old with hearing aids!
The pork and Argentine steak with fries was very good, the featured halibut was good but not Great!
Thanks

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have high expectaions but was disappointed. I felt that their menu was fairly limited. Neither my dish or the one my wife ordered was more than average.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic. Everything we ordered was delicious. The NY strip steak that my husband and I shared was enormous, so good thing we shared. We even had extras to bring home.
Only one slight downside was that it was pretty loud, but there’s no real way to control that.

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TH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love it here!! Inside is great but noisy they do have a great patio that is great for date

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Wine not chilled

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FL
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated right away but it took awhile for our drinks order to be taken and then 2 of the 3 drinks were served when we ordered 3 of the same thing. The drinks were brought, but our server didn’t ask if we needed anything else or if we were ready to order.
The beet salad was good and full of beets, the pork chop was juicy and cooked just perfectly. The scallops and risotto was good, but the 4 scallops were very small for $39! The trout was good and crispy but swimming in oil.
The lava bomb cake was really good and hit the spot.
All in all good food, but lacking experienced server and bartender.

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p
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

food meet your expectation. good for family and friends gethering

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VA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have visited The Basin many times over the last 30 years we have lived in Boulder Creek and unfortunately this was the worse experience we ever had. Even though we had made our reservation awhile back and am a regular patron, we were placed in the very front table near the door, of which we were not happy about. Next, the timing of drinks, items to share and first courses were very poorly timed with myself not receiving anything to eat for at least 1.5 hours as we had a 730 pm reservation with food finally showing up at 9PM, totally unacceptable! We shared our unhappiness with both our waiter and lady busser, and were comped about half of our total meal for 3 people in our party. We were told the kitchen was very backed up with our own order "mistakenly messed up". It will be awhile before we return.

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b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender knows her trade exceptionally well....Food is ALWAYS amazing!!!

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Noise level was low because we were seated outside under the oak tree. It would have been higher if seated inside.

Food was great... paella appetizer and halibut main course.

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D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We love The Basin and have been there numerous times. The ambiance was great, food was good, but our server Joe was unfortunately horrible. The service was SO slow it was *almost* comical and he never came to check on how our food was or if we needed anything. We had to flag him down to order drinks, order dinner, get pepper for the salad, literally everything (after waiting a LONG time for him to appear on his own like a normal waiter would). It sort of ruined our otherwise nice evening! What a disappointment.

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O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had visited The Basin several years ago shortly after they opened and wasn't all that impressed with their food, although the ambiance and service was excellent. We returned here again on an impulse, and all in the party were extremely pleased with the quality (and quantity!) of their selections. We will certainly be returning there again to try the other wonderful dishes on the menu.

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BB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first dining experience at the Basin and certainly will not be our last. The food and service were excellent.

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D
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, upscale, good menu

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Basin is delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the NY steak which was huge! I had a great time there with friends.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

good food but not outstanding - service was painful slow with apps taking over 40 min to arrive at table - entrees were also slow - food was good

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good overall service and food quality. A bit dark making it difficult to read the menu. Took a bit too long to receive our check. Would like to see an additional steak option, maybe a ribeye.

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JF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had heard many positive things about The Basin but unfortunately our experience did not meet what we had hoped. We were seated right away, but then waited easily about ten minutes before anyone came to our table or offered water. The delay in service was consistent throughout our experience at The Basin. The waiter was friendly but all of the waiters seemed quite busy and we noticed that we were not the only ones waiting long periods of time to order or have plates cleared. The noise level was very high and the ambiance was shabby and did not match. There is old track lighting on the ceiling that does not appear to work. Artwork does not flow. There are fish sculptures on one wall, a large picture of a dancer on another wall, a modern painting that is much smaller on another wall, and a large black and white photo of a tree on another wall. The lighting is so poor that the table next to us was using their cell phone light to read the menu and their check. The bar has old pink rope lighting above it and appears old. I had the scallops and my husband had the halibut special. The scallops were chewy and the risotto underneath was salty and the display was nothing special. The halibut was pretty good. We each had one mixed drink and a glass of wine with dinner that were very good. There are no linens on the table and the chairs and tables do not match. Our table had the sleeves folded underneath so that it could be made into a larger table if needed but the hinges stuck out on all sides and clothes could easily snag. We elected to not wait any longer or try the dessert and decided to go elsewhere for dessert. Certainly not what we had in mind. Glad we tried it, but there are many other nearby options that far surpass the food, venue, and ambiance.

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BT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistent, and pretty much everything I have tried there is delicious.

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HM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale restaurant with fantastic service. We were 3 people ordering different things with different wine pairings. Great food & wine all around!

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PL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the crab pasta special and it was delicious!! We went with another couple and each of us had a different entree, and each was equally delicious! We have been dining at the Basin for many years and it never disappoints. We will dine there again soon.

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O
San Francisco
331 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is wonderful as is the service.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite over the years that I can always count on with fresh menu items, great atmosphere, and fantastic service.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed and seated in fine fashion by Jason who even shared some menu favorites with us (the trout cake appetizer was over the top!)
Our young waiter Joe was on it with beverages and menu recommendations. The Sea Bass was perfectly cooked and elegantly served with just the right amount of flavorful sauce.
Love these guys!

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CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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NH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a delicious restaurant with an ever-changing menu of fresh ingredients. In good weather you can dine outside. The service is excellent. This restaurant is not cheap so good for a special occasion. I highly recommend a fine dinner here.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in bay area, I tried their home made cheese cake for the first time and man I have no words that can describe the pleasure I experienced.

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b
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always!! Lovely atmosphere, great food, and friendly staff!!

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