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“Better than average considering the location”

The Basin Restaurant
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located at the heart of the ancient Rose City surrounding by the magnificent ruins of Petra . Offering daily B.B.Q., lunch buffet of wide range of salads, hot dishes, fresh pasta and desserts . Open daily from 11:00am - 4:00pm Free WI-FI Spot
Reviewed May 13, 2014

The guide on our Jordan tour said that he always ate here when visiting Petra. We looked inside the front door of the alternative place and decided to join him.

The Basin was pretty busy, so speed of service for drinks was a bit erratic. But not annoyingly slow, and after a long morning's walk, we were happy to sit. Service was very friendly and helpful, and assisted us move tables as more of our group came in.

The place was clean and the beer was cold. There was a reasonable choice of food. I was happy with what I chose. This where I learned to eat houmous with chilli and olive oil.

Perhaps, the price was a little high for the quality, but you have to remember where you are. I would give this 3.5 stars.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Service was pleasant enough but completely overstretched. The restaurant was packed, and the buffet is just so-so. It is not extensive, and the food is only "fine". If you can get a table outside it would be much better - inside is very loud and chaotic. 17JD (maybe $25) is expensive for what you really get. I would try one of the other restaurants inside Petra if I had it to do over, or just buy a box lunch from one of the shops inside Petra that sell them and find a shady rock to sit and enjoy a picnic at.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Lovely extensive buffet lunch. Options to sit inside or outside. Clean. Perfect location to break the day between the main site and the climb up to the Monastery after lunch.

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Why Crown Plaza puts their name on this sorry place I'll never know. The food's mediocre and the service is awful. Multiple requests for silverware and drinks were forgotten. No one seemed to care. Service charge was mandatory. What a joke.

Prices are outrageous: we got fleeced USD 84 for a very average buffet and awful service for three people.

They’ve got you though, if you didn't pack a lunch this is the only place to eat in this corner of Petra. The outdoor seating is nice and it does feel good to find a place in the shade with a cold drink (once you get it) after a long day of hiking. I'll give 'em a C. Better to pack your lunch.

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Thank Rahdim M
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We headed to the Basin Restaurant for lunch on our first day at Petra and found that its central location, great buffet lunch, and good service - as well as shady outdoor seating and good toilets - was ideal for planning the afternoon's activities and having a great lunch. Bit more expensive than a lunch box from the hotel. but worth it.

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Thank AntonyHurden
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