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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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (16)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Romantic (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (9)
Organic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
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Hot Spot (5)
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Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A delicious meal as usual. Everything was served hot.

Tags: Business Meals, Organic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

I had lentil soup which was good the Halibut Special which was very thin and so salty I couldn't eat it all. My husband ordered the chicken which turned out to be a leg and thigh meat which
he does not like to eat and he ate very little. Our friend ordered the seafood stew which he said was great.

Across from us the person had ordered their New York Steak which looked like it was well worth the money. It was probably 5 inches long and 4 inches deep. If I go there again that is what I'll order.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant in the area. I love this spot. The food is always spot on! Never a mistake. Thank you Andrew for creating such a gem. You put Saratoga on the map for FOOD!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was our second trip to The Basin. It was just as excellent as the first time. The portions are just right and the food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I chose this restaurant for my mother's 90th birthday celebration with our family. The host staff welcomed us as we arrived with happy birthday wishes to my mother, and provided us with the perfect round table in a quieter corner of the restaurant. The wait staff was very attentive, wished my mother happy birthday throughout the evening, which really meant a lot to her and us. The pre-dinner drinks, appetizers, and main course entrees were all delicious. I selectied this restaurant also because of the variety of menu options which allowed all the members of our dinner party to have exactly what we wanted. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. In fact, my entire family has been telling all of our friends about it already.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A table for four with our college age kids in town and started out with the paella- simply delicious. We each enjoyed different entrees- duck, scallops, Argentina steak and trout. One of those rare times when we each thought we had the best meal. Portions are enough to satisfy and share. Wine list offers enough options and pricing is remarkably fair. Definitely a place to enjoy again and again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We just moved to the area and our new friends (who are regulars) recommended the Basin to us and we LOVED it. Our first time was last Thursday night and we're already making plans to go again this week. It was THAT good. Our server was incredibly likable and knowledgeable, and our meals were nothing short of amazing. Highly, recommend.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Pretty good overall but way too expensive relative to atmosphere, quality, etc.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent restaurant, unpretentious yet delicious and warm
Whenever we go we comment that we should eat at Basin more often

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Portion size much smaller than previous experiences. Disappointed charged for both corkage fees even half though half of one of the bottle was spilled on my sister. Would think twice about returning.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was great - a bit pricey but tasty. Small casual atmosphere. Would definitely go back and try another dish.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ordered the following dishes: mixed greens, foie gras, crab meat pasta, black cod, and Argentine. The pasta had great al dents texture with generous amount of crab meat. The black cod was cooked just right with tender meat and crispy skin. The Argentine was very flavorful and cooked just perfect for medium rare. The only drawback for the dishes we ordered was the mixed greens. It tasted a little dry and could use a little more dressings.

Overall, The Basin has once again given us a impressive culinary experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I like this place very much. The food is well prepared and interesting and the personnel very Nice

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We haven't been there for a while so it was my choice for my birthday dinner. The food was good, unfortunately the service was not. I believe we simply had a waitress who was not as experienced as she should have been. She forgot to order my husband's pre-dinner cocktail and came back a second time to ask if he wanted anything to drink.....after I had already had my cocktail for 20 minutes. We reminded her he had already ordered. Then, she neglected to tell us all of the specials because we heard a few more from the waiter at the table next to us was telling his guests. Then she forgot one of our side dishes until we were half way through our meal and had to ask for it again. Three mistakes in an hour is not a good dining experience.
I know for sure this is not the norm at this restaurant because many of our friends go here regularly and have never complained about the service.....it is just unfortunate that it was our experience on my birthday evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We thought that the place was very noisy. It was very hard to carry on a conversation due to the noise.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I love this restaurant especially Andew’s warm reception every time we come

Tags: Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always worth a visit. One of my favorite places to eat!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Food is great

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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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