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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

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (35)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
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Fit for Foodies (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Business Meals (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Casual (18)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Healthy (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Authentic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Everyone loves the Basin except me, I just don't get it. The service is slow and average, we had to refill our own wine glasses. The salads were worse than average they tasted flat. The entrees were fine, but I could cook the same meal at home.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Andrew's The Basin has been my "go-to" restaurant for years and will continue to be 1 of my faves!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. The ambiance is lovely; the food is superlative, the service flawless. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious paella and pork chop! The special crab pasta was super!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food: ok
Service: seat, serve, turn over table seemed to be the service protocol

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food, friendly staff

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good food but service was a bit mediocre. The New York steak was incredible!! I expect the server to pour your wine once it’s uncorked but ours had a different agenda, we were on our own. Our server made sure he took care of his friends next to us but neglected to make sure we were ok with everything . Bit of a disappointment although the food was good.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is our third visit and the food was outstanding...oysters,steak,scallops,chicken..all were first class preparations and fresh. The sauces are first rate and leave your taste buds exploding. Get appetizers as the food takes time to prepare...but is absolutely worth waiting for. Don't forget to try the dessert cocktails!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We got engaged! Bruno is a great waiter and knows his wine

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was an 'ok' experience. Value was not consistent for all dishes: while my daughter's duck entrée was the most meat we'd ever seen in any duck entrée, my small 'bowl of soul' we thought was pricy at $36. My husband would have liked his Argentine steak to have come with grilled vegies instead of fries which he thought was too casual for the venue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food and great service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was a pleasure to dine on a satisfying herb roasted chicken (new the the menu) served on a bed of tasty garlic mashed potato accompanied by sautéed spinach. The food was hearty and the chicken well cooked and nicely seasoned. The Pellegrini Chardonnay paired well. The Basin is a local gem and is consistent, but a little predictable. I picture the chef in the back dying to try something with a little more wow. Try this place, you won't be disapointed. Recommended!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good meal and the service was great. The kale that came with my salmon was cooked perfectly.
The atmosphere is great with a patio area for summer dining. Good value for the quality.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great selection of interesting of dishes with a Spanish twist. Cocktails were inventive. Unusual to see liver and onions on a nice dinner menu—maybe you won’t like that but I did. Great apps and choices for mains from fresh fish, veggies, meats etc. friendly staff, excellent service. I’d go back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waiter was amazing. Recommend a great bottle of Italian wine that complimented our dinner beautifully. Can't remember his name but he was very knowledgeable in the wine Dept. Thank you!!!

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I was really surprised by the poor service. We waited more than 25 minutes to order drinks and a lot longer to be able to order the meal. We had to ask for bread, though other tables got their's. Also, the outdoor heaters go on either full blast or not at all. The food was very good, but there are a lot of other restaurants that have just as good food with better service. This was a special occasion and the restaurant did not live up to the occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was excellent. Sat out in the courtyard which is much quieter than the main dining room.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My husband, daughter and I came for a late Sunday night dinner after a day's road trip, and had a delicious meal! Our tastebuds were very, very happy! We all ordered different things, so we got to taste each others, and each dish had a wonderful flavor!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our entire experience at the Basin was spot on. From our initial greeting, to the great craft cocktails and friendly bar service (Sara) to our delicious dinner served by Sara #2, and the special dairy free dessert prepared just for me.

The Basin has been a go to spot of ours for years and will continue to be.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Sadly, The Basin fell short of expectations. Indifferent service from the get go. Had to ask for water (10 minute wait for that), had to ask for drink menu, etc. Food was fine, albeit uninspired and nothing I couldn’t make at home. I suppose it is an okay option if you live close and know the staff but I won’t be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always love this place. Never have disappointed me in the food that is served. Love, love, love this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent we had a wonderful time great food superior service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hands down one of the best restaurants in the South Bay. I'm officially addicted to the exotic mushroom dish; anyone going there must order that. I promise you will not regret! Everything we have tried over the last five years has been great. Steak, liver and onions, cheese plates, tuna appetizer ( with arugula and pistachios). The special cocktails are great as well. We go to the Basin if we just want a reliable,wonderful meal, for special occasions, it's that type of place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had a party of 8. Six ordered the trout. Two ordered the Bowl of Soul. The food was good. However, the trout came with cooked Kale that covered half of the plate. Too much ! We all commented on it. It would have been better to have a smaller portion of Kale, or another vegetable, and either small red roasted potatoes or wild rice on the plate as well. We had 5:00pm reservations and got out of there around 6:45pm.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had a great seasonal meal, and service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service was fantastic!! One of the guest said she was going to suggestion The Basin for a family birthday dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

WE FOUND THE FOOD DELICIOUS AND THE SERVICE OUTSTANDING WORTH EVERY DOLLAR

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great restaurant. Consistently good food, wonderful service and nice ambiance.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fantastic Food and Service...Great Variety of Wine and every single part of our
meal from beginning to end was Amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Healthy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wonderful service and delicious food. Price was very affordable for the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We love The Basin! Had wonderful cocktails. Taste of Spain appetizer, New York Steak, Salads, Trout, yummy desserts.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My friend recommended this restaurant so we were excited to try it. Unfortunately, after the person who would be our server failed to hold the door open for us (we were following him in), our experience deteriorated. On a very dead Monday night, it took 20 minutes to get drinks. From there, I had to request the "specials" some of which were omitted because, well, he just "didn't" mention them. The food was below average. Wilted lettuce accessorized with impressive brown spots and way too much dressing joined the overcooked fries and croquetas to make this the worst meal I've had in over a decade.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Ever since their chef Steven Vu left, the same Basin items that used to be outstanding are now less so. It's not that they are badly cooked -- they're just subtly not as good. The McFarland Trout, for example, used to be very flavorful and have an excellent aftertaste. (Note I've been ordering that trout for more than five years!) Last night's was properly cooked, but did not have that same flavor and aftertaste. It was bland. If last night's trout had been the first time I had eaten it, I wouldn't have returned to the Basin. The trout's just not special any more 8-(.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything was good .... exceptional service .... nice ambiance .... but the noise level was out of sight. We could hardly have a conversation.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have always liked The Basin but lately the food has not been that good. We are also very tired of the same menu that rarely changes. I had the arrabiata pasta which was mushy and had no spice. My family had the steak which is a favorite. They enjoyed it but thought the sauce was too sweet. Hopefully they will make some changes as this has always been one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was delicious, drinks were awesome, but Bruno our server made our experience that much better!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Sarah at the bar rocks! Our food server and food was amazing. We didn't feel rushed at all. We will back soon!

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Have been disappointed with my last two visits to The Basin. This time even though the restaurant was less than half full, it took over an hour to get our food! We were starving and had chosen The Basin over another restaurant because we were hungry and wanted to get as early a reservation as possible. The waiter gave us no explanations or apologies for the delays or even an idea when we would get our food. I'll think twice before going back. :(

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

My wife and I had occasion to drive down from the north to attend the Steve Winwood concert at Mountain Winery. We found The Basin restaurant was recommended by others on Open Table. So we decided to have a leisurely meal before the concert. The food was excellent and served very timely; I had the steak special of the day and my wife had the hand cut pork chop-amazing!
Let us not forget our server - Sara - an absolute sweetheart! Friendly, knowledgeable and even showed us thew other salons in the restaurant for parties, special occasions-we'll so be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A local favorite for me and my significant other. We will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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