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
Basin Seafood and Spirits Ratings and Reviews
Basin Seafood and Spirits was amazing! ...
Basin Seafood and Spirits was amazing! Such a great brunch choice. I went with a group of 6 and no one had a bad meal. The food was incredible and the service was fantastic. We went for the bottomless brunch and our mimosas were never empty. I would absolutely return to this restaurant.
Second time here. Both times I wanted to ...
Second time here. Both times I wanted to love it more than I did. Great cocktails and super attentive service. It was too loud for us to hear our own conversation. It seems the appetizers are where this restaurant shines. The Octopus ceviche was amazing. My risotto came in a pool of oil which was visually off-putting despite the nice flavors. husbands dish also had more oil on the plate than necessary. We probably won't be back unless it's for oyster happy hour and we can sit outside. It's a shame.
Basin Seafood & Spirits was a very pleas ...
Basin Seafood & Spirits was a very pleasant find. After searching on Open Table for my husband , myself and a friend, I came across the Basin.
The place was awesome!!! Great Food! Great Atmosphere! And... Great People!!!
After ordering drinks and most all of the appetizers, we each had a cup of gumbo and corn & crab bisque. "YUMMY" to say the least.
The most pleasant surprise was to find out that the same person who owns and is the chef for Basin also... OWNS AND IS THE CHEF FOR BARU!!! Our FAVORITE NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT!
What a coincidence! He and his family prepare all the meals and desserts for their guest. The recipes are a combination of Columbian & Cajun. What a GREAT combo.
Thanks to Basin Seafood & Spirits and too BARU for serving New Orleans! We LOVE You!
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob
We found Basin Seafood & Spirits on Yelp ...
We found Basin Seafood & Spirits on Yelp- and we were not disappointed. I reserved a table for a business dinner (was in town for a conference). Our party was initially for 5, but only 3 were able to attend- they were completely flexible and that worked out with no issue. The food was AMAZING. I cannot recommend highly enough the Crab & Crawfish Beignets, the Crawfish Macaroni & Cheese or the softshell crab entree. We also enjoyed the arugula salad- which was fresh and delicious!
Service was terrific and ambiance was spot on.
I took my parents there last weekend bec ...
I took my parents there last weekend because they were interested in a seafood restaurant. The waitress was extremely attentive and helpful (although the restaurant was almost empty when we walked in so that may have made a difference). We didn't order any drinks so I can't speak to any of their cocktails but the crawfish and crab beignets were absolutely amazing. They're very decadent. We also ordered the crawfish mac and cheese which was also to die for. Lastly we ordered one of the specials which was the whole red snapper. Their menu is decent, but it's not one of the better options if you're looking for seafood. They have pretty generic options such as a burger and a fried seafood platter, which you can get just about anywhere in the city. The apps are the best part about the restaurant for sure. I wouldn't recommend this place if you're looking for good seafood, but to sit down and enjoy a simple meal, it's very nice.
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.
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