Since Bascom’s was opened in 2001, it has been generously rewarded every year with kudos from critics and multiple Best of the Bay Awards that celebrate the fine dining and traditional steakhouse fare that is always served with graciousness and style.
The menu is a wonderful mix of the expected array of steaks, chops, and seafood. Modern additions such as fine wagyu beef and delicate tuna complete a menu that is sensitive to serving organic, hormone-free and environmentally conscientious meats and locally grown produce.
Bascom’s offers a glorious bone-in ribeye, served charred outside with that intense, rich, steak flavor that is often so hard to come by. The menu also offers a delicate but richly satisfying veal chop that redefines tender while it melts in your mouth. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there is a weekend special that offers a filet or a prime rib with sides at a distinctly approachable price. Be sure to ask your server about it.
Service is a word that has been tossed around until it has little meaning and everyone claims to have it. At Bascom’s the word has true relevance. Your white shirted and bow tied server will move quietly and efficiently, anticipating every need you might have. Steak knives are immediately provided, napkins either black or white are offered according to your clothing, drinks will be refilled and each server is your knowledgeable guide through the menu, the wines and the specials. They are gracious, pleasant and able to handle a crowded room so masterfully that each table feels that they are indeed, the only one.
Polished dark wood, subdued lighting, blindingly white, starched tablecloths, weighty cutlery and plantation shutters provide the elegant backdrop for not just a meal but a dining experience that will be relished for hours afterward. The bar is usually lively, with the capable mixologists serving up Mad Men style cocktails or trendy drinks. It is hard to find a place with such core elegance that is neither stuffy nor outrageously priced and welcomes casual diners for both lunch and dinner.
This is the place to go to celebrate, to meet up or to simply enjoy a great meal. There are private event rooms and catering available offering the same quality of food and service that the Bascom’s tradition upholds.