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
We ate our way through New Orleans for three days...and this was our top pick, even up against much more "acclaimed" and "formal", fine dining atmospheres. The silverware is cafeteria grade. The decor is nothing special, but nice enough. The food was flawless. Perfect. The quality of the food and drink is clearly the focus. And for tourists like ourselves who wanted some local fare with a focus on quality, this place was gold.
Tho I had enjoyed Basin previously, I hadn't been there in a few years--happy I returned. I had the Crab & Corn Bisque topped w/ Chilled Crabmeat Salad--thick'n'creamy and absolutely delicious (almost wish I had ordered the bowl instead of the cup). For my main course, I had the duck confit special which was excellent; I especially enjoyed the accompanying pureed/mashed potatoes, the greens, and the mushrooms, three items that don't always thrill me. And the minced nuts with citrus glaze (or something like that) over the duck was divine!
My friend, who had been a Basin virgin, had the Seafood Gumbo and the Shrimp & Grits, and cleared cup and plate, respectively.
Service was lovely and attentive.
Hope to return soon!
I’ve been to Basin multiple times..always for brunch. Food is always great. It tasted even better today. Everyone’s meal was super tasty. The fried pickles were AMAZING! And our bottomless mimosas were always filled. Never had to find our server to get refills. He was on it. Will definitely be back. It’s my official favorite brunch spot.
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.
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