Atlanta >Food & Dining > Basil's Restaurant & Bar
2985 Grandview Ave, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.836047 -84.375951
Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 10am - 11pm; Sun, 10am - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Garden Hills, Northside, Northside
WORST SERVICE EVER!!!! – I have never had a worse dining experience in my life! We made a reservation for lunch at noon on Mother's Day. We all arrived on time (some even early...there were 12 of us). We were not seated until 1pm & were not even seated at the same table. Half of us stood around the other table & waited for the other table to open up. All this time not a single person working there said anything to us about the wait or the fact that they sat many other tables before us that had arrived later than us. To top it off, we were charged a ridiculous amount of money for mediocre food. I really think some of our bill could have been comped, but not so much. The rude waitress even ran out behind us to make sure we had paid since another server handled our check. I'm amazed at how rude the people there were & will highly recommend that people NEVER go back to this place. They don't deserve any recognition for anything but being rude. Thanks for making our mother's day one we can't forget...and not for good reasons.
Quaint, Romantic Atmosphere – I came across this restaurant when I was trying to find a quaint, romantic spot that was not crowded, was quiet, and had a cozy, intimate atmosphere for Valentine's Day weekend. This place really hit the spot. When it comes to a nice, romantic evening, I care about atmosphere probably more than the quality of the food (as long as the food is still decent); I want the mood to be just right.
If you want a sophisticated restaurant with true fine dining and expensive prices, then maybe try out the numerous other places that Atlanta has to offer like the Sun Dial, Bacchanalia, Aria, etc. However, if you're looking for a peaceful and romantic atmosphere at very reasonable prices (all entrees with the exception of the $26 rib-eye are from $15-$20 for an idea), this place is really the spot, nestled inconspicuously in a residential neighborhood. Definitely worth the money.
That night, it snowed in Atlanta and created icy conditions on the road, so after about 9PM, we were actually the only couple in the restaurant on a Friday night (though it was Feb 12th and not 14th) . I do not know what attendance is normally like during normal conditions, but I plan on finding out soon enough. Unfortunately, that night the Spanish guitarist could not make it because of the weather, so I cannot comment on the music though it had been much anticipated, and I hope to go again during a night where he/she plays. I'm sure it would add even more to the cozy setting.
The service was friendly and helpful, but allowed us to enjoy our evening without many interruptions. The food was well-prepared, and for the price, the quality was excellent. I had the Mediterranean Chicken Breast, and it was very flavorful. It was exactly what I had been looking for: a quiet, romantic, and cozy little restaurant to share an intimate evening. I highly recommend it if this is what you are looking for, and I definitely plan on coming again. Thanks to Basil's for an excellent dining experience.
Will not return – We have been to Basil's many times over the years, but our visit last evening will be our last. The food quality has deteriorated to where even the nice atmosphere on the patio does not make up for it. The waitress forgot to tell us about the specials, maybe they would have been better, but the two dishes we ordered off the menu were terrible. The chicken dish was extremely salty, tough and lacked any other flavors. The paella was more like a bouillabaisse and was mediocre at best.
Really bad service – We took a co-worker to lunch on Friday, March 20th for her birthday. The day was gorgeous and we asked to sit outside, well that started the downhill slide of our service. The waiter did not want us sitting on the patio - maybe had too many tables? One of the members in our party had water spilled on them, we asked if it could be replaced and he returned 20 minutes later. We waited another 20 minutes to place an order because he conveniently never passed the table. Order comes out and one of the meals was completely incorrect. He indicated it was the kitchen's fault and reassured us that it would be taken care. Everyone in our party had finished their food and the lady waiting on her pizza had yet to get her replacement order. He would not look at our table, did not come back or even try to pacify us by letting us know that he apologized for the delay. I guess he thought if he didn't acknowledge that maybe we would forget. The food was great, but it's hard to go back when your first time was miserable!
My favorite restaurant in Atlanta – I love this restaurant and I've been going there for years.
The staff is attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is kind of European to me - intimate, whether you sit outdoors or in the cozy interior.
The food is always wonderfully prepared. I brought a girlfriend and she agreed with me that Basil's house salad is the best anywhere. It is always pretty to look at and then, wow, delicious! It has mixed baby greens, walnuts, mandarin orange slices, cucumber, tomato, green and orange pepper slices, garbonzo beans and plump raisons with a Basil special basalmic vinegrette dressing.
Prices are reasonable. This is a really fun place to go!
Also, if you arrive before 6:30 pm they offer an early bird special. Fantastic - since I go there quite a bit and like to eat early.
Great place! Bring friends.
Unique and Intimate Restaurant – I went here with my husband for Valentines Day. It was such a cute and intimate little restaurant. Our server was Bo and he was great! When we arrived, they could'nt find our reservations and though-they were very busy and had alot of people waiting to be sat, they fit us right in with no problems! The Host, I think he was the owner, was delightful. He offered to hold our newborn so we could both eat dinner at the same time. The food was delicious as well! Everything about our experience at Basil's was great-though it was a bit overpriced, still worth it!
Highly recommended – My boyfriend and I went there on a group date and it was one of my best memories to date. Everytime I think about it, my heart flips. The atmoshpere was excellent and they had a live singer who's voice was breathtaking. The food was delicious and the weather was perfect. I would recommend this restaraunt to anyone!!! They also have the restaraunt in a perfect place...like they say off a beaten path in a small cottage. I plan to go back very soon!!
Awful service.. – We are avid food enthusiasts and love to try new restaurants. We visited Cafe Anis, which happens to be across the street from Basil's. Love the food, service and ambience at Anis, so we decided to check out Basil's. It was by far one of the worst experiences we have had. My glass of water had a mosquito on it and the server rudely replaced it. We were pretty hungry, so decided to go with entrees without appetizer's which again seemed to make our server upset. The manager (atleast that is who he said he was) was extremely rude when we commented on the service when he came to ask us about the food. In addition, we had a gift certificate from restaurant dot com which they refused to honor because it was 25 cents of the limit or something...to add insult to injury the manager stood over our head and continued to go on and on about the latter, which was very embarrasing. We are definitely not going back or recommending this place to anyone....like someone else said too many great restaurants in ATL to patronize this business...
HORRIBLE Service – I found Basil's on opentable and a friend and I decided to try it last night. We were seated on the patio and then....nothing. It took almost 15 minutes to even get menus, which also meant we waited that long for drinks. We finally ordered a bottle of wine and when the server brought it out we asked him what he would recommend. He rattled of the specials, we both ordered the red snapper and I got a salad. About 25 mins later both of our entrees came out. No Salad. Then our waiter never came back to check on us until we had both just about finished our food (good thing we didnt need anything!). I then asked the gentleman beside me what he had ordered bc it looked amazing and found out that we hadnt even been told the complete specials list!
I told the waiter I thought the service was below par and he said "ok, great" and gave me two thumbs up! He didnt even care at all that I was dissappointed.
I spoke with the owner and he blamed the salad on a problem with tickets not printing right to the kitchen. I can understand that, but that does excuse the fact the that the waiter tell us all of the specials, never apologized for not bringing out my salad and didnt check on us at all. He was nowehere to be seen most of the evening. The tables on both sides of us also had bad experiences with him.
Im upset because the food was actually fantastic. There are just too many restaurants in Atlanta to return to one where I will be treated this way.
Great Romantic Dining – Basil's has become one of our favorite restaurants in Atlanta and is a perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic Friday night after a long week. The outdoor porch with live music is great and the food is excellent based on the prices. The only con is that the wine is marked up significantly but has a relatively limited selection. Otherwise this is one of those hidden gems in the Buckhead.
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