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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
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!
Made reservations for Sunday Brunch and I am so glad we did as it got pretty busy once we got there. The food was outstanding- my favorite was the shrimp and grits- SUPERB! Chicken and waffles were fantastic, as well. My boyfriend also ordered the French toast which he enjoyed. Bottomless mimosas are JUST that! Our server was on top of topping us off whenever we reached mid glass. Honestly, that's why we chose this place BC who doesn't love bottomless mimosas? We were not disappointed at all and I cannot wait to go back for another Sunday Brunch! Will have to try dinner, too!
Went here for dinner with my father to celebrate my 21st birthday in NOLA. The food was phenomenal. Spectacular gumbo, delicious fried catfish and charbroiled oysters. The staff was accommodating and friendly. Definitely worth taking the drive a little farther from the hustle and bustle of downtown. 10/10 would recommend
In New Orleans for a convention. It's eating experience on Monday was Basins and ordered the Tuna with shaved brussel sprouts on brioche sandwich for lunch
Last day today went back for last meal and ordered exactly the same. Never disappoints. Great ambiance and wonderful menu
Basin has become my go to place for a group brunch because you can always get a table regardless of whether or not you have a reservation. Drinks are affordable. The food is really solid and well-priced. I always leave the place full. I think their crawfish and crab beignets are the best in town (even better than la petite groceries'). Not a single complaint.
Overall I would have enjoyed everything at Basin. It was good but not exceptional. I really enjoyed the flavor of the food but it lacked warmth from temperature. I won't be rushing back. I alone purchased chargrilled oysters, pork and hash, and bottomless mimosas. I paid 50.00 for okay.
There were many reservation options the same evening on the night of Art for Arts Sake which seemed a little odd since most were booked that night. We were seated on time and our server was very attentive & knowledgeable about the menu items. The menu items were hit or miss with with the fried oyster Caesar salad being so very salty unfortunately. The smoked fish dip was delicious and served with potato chips. Sadly when asked for more chips to finish the dip, we were brought saltine crackers in plastic wrap. So with the many seafood restaurants available in our city, this will not be a repeat.
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 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 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- 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 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.
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