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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.
Saratoga, CA 95070
American, Spanish, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Public Parking lots available nearby.
Andrew Welch & Roberto Juarez
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Basin Ratings and Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-(.
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.
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. :(
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!
Lots of loud people The menu said the burre blanc sauce for the scallops had chilies in it so we asked if they could be removed. We were told they could put the sauce on the side. After a long wait, the food came and sauce was covering the scallops, quite hot. They did offer to send it back, but since everyones food was ready we declined. The New York Steak was supposed to be medium rare but was very, very thick and disappointingly tough. It was only pink in the very center. Quite pricey for the quality.
Dining at the Basin was a very enjoyable experience! The service, ambiance and food were all superb. My friend and I each ordered the halibut special that evening and it was delicious! We would definitely go back and highly recommend it! The staff was aware of our timing with attending a concert at the Mountain Winery and worked flawlessly to serve us within ample time. All in all, I cannot say enough positive things about dining at The Basin!
Good for a dinner before a Mt. Winery concert, let the staff know and they are sure to get the food out timely. The foie gras was excellent would highly recommend. We had the scallops and halibut and they were very well prepared. Although there were only four scallops and they weren't the large ones, so a bit pricey for what you got.
I haven't been here in ages and came here for my birthday. I love the crispy trout dish. I'm glad it's still there after all these years. The food is generally very good there. The service was lacking at first that night, but another waiter made up for it and I was really happy with her.
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