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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

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    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
local, loyal, customers

We live in Saratoga for over 40 year, absolutely our favorite dinner place! I have my usual Liver and Onions or Fish Special, and my husband always the "Special" of the night or the delicious NY thick steak the best in the bay area. I love the freshness of the food, so clean and tasty! Hard to find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We live in Saratoga for over 40 year, absolutely our favorite dinner place! I have my usual Liver and Onions or Fish Special, and my husband always the "Special" of the night or the delicious NY thick steak the best in the bay area. I love the freshness of the food, so clean and tasty! Hard to find this unique... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I wanted to like it. Like a pretty girl who had no substance. Service at the bar was fair to poor. Bar tender had an attitude and never refilled water unless we asked. Liver was overcooked and tastless. I sent it back and it was still tasteless. Never asked if I liked it the 2nd time. Ingredients seem to be... More 

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Saratoga, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The Basin is hands-down my favorite restaurant in Saratoga Village. It's easy to find something for everyone on the Spanish-inspired menu, and it's always executed to perfection. The atmosphere gets a little crazy and crowded, with a lively bar scene for such a small bar. Reservations are definitely recommended. The wine list is outstanding, and the cocktails well-crafted. I wish... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We walked in on a Saturday night around dinner time with no reservation, but they were able to accommodate us. I had the shrimp appetizer (really good) and the seafood bowl (really salty). My mom had the lamb and thought it was alright. My friend had the steak and it was huge (20oz). Prices were reasonable for the quality of... More 

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Fremont, California
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100 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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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79 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Additional Information about The Basin

Address: 14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: (408) 867-1906
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic
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?