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The Basin

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American, Spanish, 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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 69
  • 44
    Very good
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  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Energetic local favorite -- excellent food

It is a great place for dinner. Always busy, so make reservations. Good menu, quality ingredients, good service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alex F
San Francisoc
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Business meetings
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English first
San Francisoc
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a great place for dinner. Always busy, so make reservations. Good menu, quality ingredients, good service.

Thank Alex F
Level Contributor
75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently visited The Basinwhile attending a business meeting. Very professional staff and well-maintained facilities. Enjoyed a private dining room with some outstanding wine and great food. The lamb is a must when visiting The Basin. We had the sampler dessert was was interesting as well as very good. If you're in the area I suggest you stop by and enjoy... More 

Thank David R
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will see many locals here with another couple, tables of four, and larger groups two, as well as young people seated at smaller tables, often two women who are good friends. Parking is by valet ($8.00) or hunt for a place. Food is fresh and very good, plus a wine selection, not overprices, especially for Saratoga. A hint if... More 

Thank Kit M
Saratoga, California
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food here is wonderful, as is the intimate atmosphere. The outdoor patio is lovely all year round. Service is excellent and not rushed. Sometimes we share all of our dishes, and other times we each hoard our own. The food is always well prepared and nicely plated. It's hard to get a reservation, so call days ahead, especially on... More 

Thank Lynda F
Saratoga, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small town feel. Great bartenders. And the trout is amazing--skin is crispy and flavor is worth the visit. The gumbo may not be on the menu but if available is great as is the shrimp appetizer. Enjoy.

Thank mikemaia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Best place for a first date. Wonderful ambiance and staff. Loved my hand cut steak. It was tender and I recommend it to anybody visiting Saratoga.

Thank Nickie A
Level Contributor
84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a neighborhood gem. The food is just wonderful, as is the knowledgeable and courteous wait staff.

Thank Valary M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level Contributor
58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We started with mushroom soup; then two of us had sea bass, and one, trout; we finished with house-made ice cream. Everything was excellent. I will visit this restaurant again the next time I am in California. Sit near the tree, if possible.

Thank A2Russ
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Very good food and wines in a nice restaurant. There were 11 of us in a privite room for diner. Food is fresh and well prepared and dresses. I recommend this restaurant.

Thank walescot78
Saratoga, Ca
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Our go to place, food great, great people, atmosphere lively without being over the top, you can still carry a converstion.

Thank Benzarch

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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, Spanish, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?