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The Basin

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American, Contemporary
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14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 (5th Street)
(408) 867-1906
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Food and Excellent Service

I received a recommendation from a friend to dine at The Basin, one of their favorite restaurants in Saratoga. I had avoided the place for years due to the exterior of the building looking like one might find for a tacky dive bar....and I am very happy to say that the experience and food exceeded... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Ono O
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Fremont, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Fremont, California
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I received a recommendation from a friend to dine at The Basin, one of their favorite restaurants in Saratoga. I had avoided the place for years due to the exterior of the building looking like one might find for a tacky dive bar....and I am very happy to say that the experience and food exceeded my expectations. The interior is... More 

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los gatos, california
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Basin has always been a neighborhood "go-to". Every thing from a quick meal, organized sit down dinners for 20, or meet-at-the bar.. always consistently good, friendly with the desire to make your visit worthwhile.

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Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Love the "local, wild and organic ingredients" philosophy. We sat outside on the patio - enclosed on 4 sides but open air on top. It was a romantic setting with a beautiful tree as the centerpiece, strung lights and heating lamps. Very cozy. Service was friendly and attentive. Food and wine were delicious. We enjoyed the arugula and roasted beet... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The trout was exceptional. I was encouraged to try the beet salad and am glad I did. Even if you are not a fan of beets - this is prepared fresh and full of flavor.

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Cary, NC
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113 reviews 113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

First, the service was attentive and there when you need them. The waiter went over the menu and the specials with great descriptions. The atmosphere was nice, but a bit loud until there were less people in the room. The beets salad was refreshing and the dressing just right without being overpowering. I had the Coq au vin that was... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This place used to have pretty good food but has gone down hill as of late. I recently dined there and both my entree and that of my friend were just barely warm, not hot. Then the dessert came and it was inedible - a panna cotta that was a gelatinous, flavorless blob. When I told a friend who frequents... More 

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Loyola, CA
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a charming and intimate place. It is always lively. They feature steaks and chops but the sea food is equally good. Pay attention to the specials. The sable fish one night was beautiful. Crisply seared still moist and beautifully dressed. The wine list is short but quite interesting. The servers are knowledgeable and helpful.

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Morgan Hill, California
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64 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I had the opportunity to have dinner here with business colleagues, who are also close friends, and it was a fabulous evening. The ambiance is upbeat (yet not overly noisy), the service was first-rate, and the food was scrumptious. Sure, it's a tad pricey, but that's not surprising; after all, the restaurant is located in the charming "village" of Saratoga.... More 

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Saratoga, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We've gone a couple times every year and had a great dinner. The service is very good, very knowledgeable about the menu items and the wine list. The food has always been fresh and great flavors.

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California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

always crowded, sometimes you can sneak in for a two seater table in the corner. The owner is a doll, and the ambiance is vibrant.... a must go@!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
    (5th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
  • Phone Number: (408) 867-1906

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?