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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
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice place but average

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
G95030
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Los Gatos, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
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Los Gatos, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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
53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Ketchum, Idaho
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I have lived in this area for many many years and I have never eaten at The Basin in Saratoga. What a shame. Several of my friends recommended The Basin to me so we decided to check it out. It was delicious! The food was outstanding, the service was professional, helpful, and knowledgeable, and the overall atmosphere was a nice... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I visited this restaurant on a Tuesday night whilst on a business trip. I was surprised to find that the place was packed for midweek, a sure sign of a good restaurant. I ordered rock oysters and Ahi for main. The food was delicious, flavours well thought our and executed. If I'm being picky, there were a couple of minor... More 

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Fremont, California
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490 reviews 490 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Vegetarian & vegan friendly. Service overall good though one of the hosts had a rough edge to her. It is a high end restaurant, probably for the location as well in high priced Saratoga. Good atmosphere. Food was good overall. Watch out for extra charges that they did not inform us about for splitting a pasta & for extra sauce... More 

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Saratoga, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We're semi-regulars at the basin. The owner, Andrew, is spectacular as is his staff - waitstaff, bartenders and chefs. Always a great meal in a terrific atmosphere in a place that works hard to earn your repeat business.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Had a business dinner with a few people @ this restaurant. Great service, great food, and the right amount of ambiance made this a wonderful dinner spot. Nice drink and wine list. Definitely worth the drive from San Jose.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?