About Basin Seafood and Spirits
The idea for Basin began several years ago when Chef and Owner of Baru, Edgar Caro, along with his friend Antonio Mata, decided to open Basin, a seafood restaurant serving modernized, lighter versions of traditional Louisiana dishes. Basin sources the best possible ingredients from local sources, highlighting seasonal vegetables and Gulf fish in our daily specials.
Basin offers sidewalk seating along the busiest sector of Magazine Street. We also have a lush courtyard for additional seating and a relaxing escape from the city.
Seafood, Fish, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wine, Wine Bar
Basin Seafood and Spirits Ratings and Reviews
Gem for Brunch
What a great experience! Mimosa's crafted with care and bottomless at a great price. We started with Crab & Crawfish Beignets. They were light and fluffy with a great remoulade sauce. I ordered the Grilled Tuna Steak Sandwich, which had a large and very well seasoned filet. The brussles sprout slaw could use a bit more vinegar for my taste, but I was overall pleased. Great bargain at brunch in an often overpriced area.
The food was very good overall. We Start ...
The food was very good overall. We Started with the crab and crawfish beignets. They were very good. We also had the crawfish Mac and cheese. I had the seafood gumbo, which was good. I have only had seafood gumbo one or two other times so I'm not sure how it compares. The entree was the fried catfish. The catfish was fine. The accompaniments were delicious. The grits, creamed crawfish, sausage, and kale made the dish.
The service was excellent. Great friendly and attentive staff. I would definitely go back.
Excellent happy hour
I went for dinner but arrived in time for happy hour. Really good deals on appetisers at $4 each. Highly recommend the octopus ceviche.
Fun cocktails too: the Good Times and Nola Mule were delicious.
The service was really superb: very accommodating.
The food was good, but not great. Our wa ...
The food was good, but not great. Our waiter was inattentive and there seemed to be some confusion in the kitchen. We noted that both of our food orders sat in the kitchen window for 5 minutes before being brought out to us.
Expensive food that is rather mediocre
I felt the food was average at Basin, compared to other options in the city, it just did not justify the price point. The oysters were good as were the crab beignets, but beyond those options, I wasn't impressed. For the two of us with just one cocktail each the bill came to over $110 for brunch! There are many other better dining venues in the city that deliver better quality food and better value.
Fabulous charbroiled oysters
Enjoyed Basin on a Friday night during Lent. Charbroiled oysters were fantastic. Ruby Reds were okay, not as good as on a previous visit. Fried oyster Caesar salad was delicious- oysters were fried perfectly. Catfish was also very good. Will return.
BASIN SEAFOOD AND SPIRITS
The food is terrific. All the local dishes New Orleans is noted for. The oysters were big, fresh and delicious.
The night we were there they were understaffed I guess because there were several large groups, we arrived at the end of Happy Hour, and they just didn't have the staff to cope with it.
They were very apologetic about the experience and the quality of the food and the preparation made up for it.
Excellent fare, good service and the presentations are very polished. The beet micro greens topping the risotto was a really beautiful touch. The grilled oysters different from most in our area, but really, really good. Edgar is doing an outstanding job here.
Not quite there yet.
My daughter choose this place for her birthday dinner...which turned into a brunch. Staff was friendly, service slightly inattentive (I think our waiter was rather new) and the food was inconsistent.
Appetizers were very good especially the crayfish mac & cheese! My entree has a poached egg which was actually chilled in spots and warm in others. The one on my wife's plate (which she gave to me) was actually very warm...almost hot.
I get the impression that they are still working out some "kinks" and I may give them another try. But it will be dinner next time.
good food and value
The brunch menu has some creative twists on dishes and the cocktails are very good. It was completely full, and a bit noisy. They should consider hiring another bartender if they are always busy for brunches, as it took a while to get our drinks - we could have had two over the meal, but one was enough because it arrived so late. Minor issues won't keep us from returning.
My wife and I love brunch, and we've eat ...
My wife and I love brunch, and we've eaten everywhere in town, but we haven't had a meal as amazing as brunch at Basin Seafood in a long time.
Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food and drink menus, and got our food to the table exactly when we were ready for it. But the food would be worth going back for even if the service wasn't so great, that's how delicious every bite was.
We started with the charbroiled oysters, which might not have been as plump as at places like Kenton's or Pêche, but the flavors were perfectly balanced. The same can be said for the tasty croquette-like crawfish beignets and the grits with oyster mushroom.
For entrees, the pork and hash was flavorful, and the fried green tomatoes with poached egg and hollandaise were perfectly cooked in a lightly seasoned breading that didn't overpower the dish and wasn't too salty.
Best brunch in the city right now, and we'll be back for dinner soon, I hope.
Very good find!
My husband and I wanted to go to a seafood restaurant, but didn't want to go to the same one's we've been to. I decided to do a google search and this restaurant popped up. I pulled it on through YELP and once I saw all of the pictures I was totally sold. Only criticism...YELP needs to be updated because a lot of the food pictured is no longer available. We will definitely go back!
We lucked out and snagged a reservation for 5 on New Years Eve through Open Table, and we really enjoyed it. Great service and excellent food overall. Highly recommend the duck ragout, crawfish mac and cheese, and flank steak. Wasn't a big fan of the gumbo, but everything else was great.
Food is absolutely amazing. Every bite w ...
Food is absolutely amazing. Every bite was delicious. The biggest problem we had was the SLOW SLOW SLOW service. I'm talking 45+ minutes in between courses. It took 25 minutes for soup to come out??? Server never wrote anything down so he had to come back the our table multiple times to re check orders. If it wasn't for the awesome food, I would not recommend this place.
The steak that we had was absolutely amazing.
The food was what we came to try and the only thing that stood out for me was the portions. I found it was rather smaller than I was used to. It was overall okay as far as taste. Everything was good. I wasn't crazy about the octopus cerviche. I thought that it could have been more tarte instead of the orange juice that was used. On the otherhand, the steak that we got was perfect, and I don't know if it was the cut but I found that it was rather a small portion. Overall, I was still hungry after three appetizers and one entree, and I did tell the waiter that their soda machine was low on CO2. When we did get the bill, It was $52 dollars which wasn't a big deal. It was before our $25 gift certificate. I think that the best two things that we had was the oysters and the steak.
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