We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Basin

14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-1906
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 50 Restaurants in Saratoga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Reserve with OpenTable
The Basin is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Price range: $20 - $30
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 5th Street
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mountain View, California
Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a good pick for a special occasion, anniversary, special guest or business conversation. It's quiet, with good service and top quality food and drink. Our fish was cooked perfectly, and the cocktails were superb. The wine list is outstanding. Pricey.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boulder, Colorado
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I used to eat here frequently some years ago; indeed, one of my most memorable and romantic meals was here, outdoors beneath the huge live oak, featuring osso bucco and quite a bit of splendid Oakville Cabernet. Delighted to see they still deliver the goods, although they have - predictably - become somewhat more expensive in the past 5-6 years.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

four of us, two teens and two parents had a great meal in the patio-gorgeous setting, with tree and night sky. food excellent (though white gazpacho disappointing--too thin) waiter very solicitous to the teens. however, he came and regaled us with speed-talking info, but then would disappear for extremely long periods when we needed things

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saratoga, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great little place, seating both inside and out in a courtyard. Fantastic food! We just had a few Appertizers and they were all great! Service was excellent would definitely go back again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

But once you're inside, its "all class". Love the ambiance, you can sit inside or out (but better make reservations for those tables) or at the bar. Our meals were excellent, halibut special and scallops. Both were so tender, succulent and tasty but not overly sauced or spiced. Wait staff knows their menu and were really helpful in assisting us... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I have been many times to The Basin in Saratoga and have never been disappointed. Food, & libations will always be exactly what you would expect delicious. Staff is courteous, experienced, & the bartenders make a delish Spaniard martini

Was this review helpful? Yes
Emeryville, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The duck, the oysters and the service were all wonderful. We made reservations the first night liked it enough that we returned the next night without reservations and they found us a table. It's still a little early in the season so you probably want to make reservations. There is out door dining, but it's looked like the place where... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Unfortunately, it seems like The Basin has seen better days. Dishes are over-sauced and overwrought and delivered with a kind of "high-end service" that would have been better in the days of the speakeasy. Not to mention that for average tasting food, it is extremely overpriced. So, if you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, The Basin... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aspen, Colorado
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The wine and food were excellent. The private room was a bit too cool temperature wise for my taste. The menu was varied and although the trout I ordered was great, the pork chop looked even better and I regretted not ordering it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saratoga, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Basin is my favorite restaurant. The food is always delicious. There are regular items always on the menu as well as new items each time we visit. The specials are so good that it make it difficult to choose which delicious dish to have. I would classify the menu as California cuisine with a Spanish flare. I also love... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Basin also viewed


Been to The Basin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Basin, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing