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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.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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
Dinner on a business trip/vacation, we went twice! Truly enjoyed the delicious fare--appetizers and main courses both outstanding. Local beers tasty. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable--we asked for him again the second time. Chefs are superb! Thank you for a delightful experience! When back in NOLA will definitely stop by!
The food tasted good and the experience started ok. However, while my normal on the menu choice came out just fine and tasted very good, my wife's special order was all messed up. Side item not included and never arrived, the order was not to specifications. The waiter seemed flustered didn't place a drink order. Left the never arrived side on the bill. The manager did offer the never ordered drink on the house. Maybe just a bad day for the waiter. Still with multiple choices in NOLA one expects better.
The food was spectacular and seasonally appropriate so it was incredibly fresh. The menu will have changed by the time you read this review but I love fresh and local ingredients especially in a place line NO LA because there is a rich food culture. That is not say this was typical or cliché if fact it was inspired use of that culture and flavor profile in new and inventive ways. I highly recommended the wine list is decent but not overly expensive and great accoutrement to the cuisine.
This is one of our favorite restaurants in all of New Orleans. We got off the plane and directly went to Basin. The charbroiled oysters are by far the best oysters in New Orleans. Those that say Dragos charbroiled oysters are the best obviously haven't been to this amazing restaurant.
Really really great food. I actually was not in love with my initial dish. Everyone else at the table was raving about their food. The waiter must have seen me take my first bite and not smile. He came over, suggested something else, left the fries which I loved to munch on until my new dish came out. He put a rush order on it and the new fantastic dish was out before I new it. Great service.
Came for a birthday brunch. Started out great. Gio was nice and attentive. Things got really special due to 2 other parties that were celebrating birthdays as well. The restaurant even allowed us to play music and it turned into sort of a nice brunch party but when another 2 people came in, it almost seemed as if we were bit of a nuisance and they wanted us gone. They immediately cut the music off and promptly cut off the mimosas as well telling us at 2:20 PM that they carafe they were giving us would be our last one. Despite us seeing them come out with more bottles that were allegedly for the "dinner service". This was a really disappointing end to what started out as a super fun brunch.
Great spot! My reservation was for 3, but I had 2 additional surprise guests. The hostess at Basin were kind enough to find us seating outside. The food and drinks were excellent. The chicken and waffles was a hit amongst the table, as well as the crab and seafood balls. I had a watermelon margarita and that was refreshing on a hot summer day. Excellent low key date spot or for a group of friends. And...BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS! That is all
Wanted to try a different restaurant that I had never had so I chose this one after reading the reviews. It was quiet, we went approximately 1.5 hrs prior to closing and there were only two parties in the restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. We had the charbroiled oysters, corn and crab bisque and crab and crawfish beignets and I would not hesitate to get any of the above again. It was all very good. I found the oysters the be flavors without being overly buttery. My husband felt they did not have enough butter but I felt they had just the right amount with a wonderful smoky, charbroiled flavor. I can't wait to go back and have some more.
We had a real assortment off the menu and enjoyed it all. My personal disappointment came from the whole grilled fish that was explained to me to have a crisp skin. It was obvious the skin was once crisp but for some reason they elected to dump a slaw on top of the fish turning crisp desirable skin into uneatable rubber. The selection of Chardonnay wine was also non-existent with only one choice that is normally $10 a bottle at Costco. Everything else was great.
Jay, our server was wonderful! We all ordered bottomless mimosas for $15 (what a steal) & he kept our glasses full! A hard task for a group of gals that love to brunch.
The food was absolutely unreal. So delicious. We had the charbroiled oysters for our appetizer & they didn't disappoint. Then I had the chicken & waffle for my meal & it was probably the best chicken & waffle I've ever had. Seriously. It doesn't have the super sweet taste of a typical C&W, but was so hearty & rich & good. The poached egg was a nice touch also!
My friends had the Pork Hash & the Broiche French Toast & we all cleared our plates. This place is super cute, with great service & great food!
Our server was warm, friendly, and helpful. We arrived for brunch and were able to secure an order of delicious red royals.
The octopus ceviche, catfish po boy, & grilled tuna sandwich were tasty. The fish taco was fair. Unfortunately, the person who ate the ceviche had an upset tummy several hours later. I'm not saying the cause was something served and eaten at Basin, but nothing else was eaten later that day.
We enjoyed the meal and plan a future return visit.
Wow! I have been to Basin for dinner, happy hour, and brunch and I am always so impressed by the service and the food. Every server has been so accommodating and always prepared to give great recommendations. The food is also incredible and they do a great job crafting creative dishes with different seafood. Their cocktails are also fantastic - which is great during happy hour! I would absolutely recommend Basin to anyone looking for a great seafood-centered restaurant on Magazine, or someone looking for a great happy hour!
We eat at Basin weekly for the Oyster special. I've never been disappointed. Last Monday was between Jazz Fest weekends and they were unusually busy. The servers handled it like pros and made sure we knew our orders were taken care of. They even anticipated our refills so we didn't have to wait. Great staff!!
Kitchen was slow and in chaos. Servers did there best to keep things rolling, but it was slow...it took more than 30 minutes to get our oysters Seafood gumbo and crab bisque were okay. Sent back the shrimp remoulade which was awful. Crawfish mac and cheese was good.
Our waiter took about 5-10 minutes after being seated to come introduce himself to us. It was the start of happy hour at 3:30pm but the restaurant itself wasn't too busy, several empty tables. We had reservations for a party of 8 and was only given one menu when we were seated.
Fresh oysters, tasty bisque. We ordered a bottle of Cava and shared the red beans and rice, which we enjoyed. However, the beignets were not as crispy as we would have liked. The service was very good and it was nice to be able to dine outside and people-watch. I would definitely return.
This was some of the best food we had in a city of amazing food. Located in the heart of the adorable shops on Magazine St in the Garden District, this gem has it all. Hard to describe the ambiance of a restaurant that uses an old box spring as a wall hanging lamp and where the waitstaff seems to know 1/2 the patrons. They didn't know us but treated us like royalty.
Service was well-paced.
Food- husband had jambalaya that he and my kid fought over. The octopus seviche- never had anything like it. The lobster was extremely tender with fabulous flavor.
We had the drum fish as well. Tender, flavorful and, again, prepared in a fashion that I have not tasted before.
We love this restaurant and wish them great success.
As a side for you gals- the bartender is a hunk!
Wanted a good seafood read to take friends from out of town that would pull them uptown and this was a hit! The drum dish was fantastic and their chargrilled oysters were among the best in town. The Brussels sprouts were also amazing. The menu had a good range from heavier comfort food dishes to lighter fare. Service was attentive and well-paced. Excellent meal!
Dinner started out great. My husband and I had a two seater table near the back it was quiet. Then they sat a huge table right next to us. Extra people then showed up in that group and they were practically sitting at our table. They were so loud we couldn't even hear each other. So we were pretty annoyed with that. Food was delicious though. Our 2nd time there. I'm sure we will visit again.
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