Basil Leaf Cafe

(773) 935-3388 | View Website

2465 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions   60614

41.927079 -87.641355

Open Hours

Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Restaurants, $$, Date Spot  more

More Tags: Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining, Romantic Dining

Cuisine: Italian

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days, Shop Online

Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, North Side

Fresh Mozzarella Caprice, Meatball Sliders, Baked Portobello Mushroom, Fried Crustini Ravioli Filled, Fresh String Beans, Sauteed Mussels & Calamari, Fried Calamari Served, Cajun Style Georgia Wild Shrimp & Crab Cakes, Polenta Topped, Shrimp Cocktail... more

Reviews for Basil Leaf Cafe

over a year ago

Great place – I have been a regular at the Bas Leaf Cafe for years--ever since I can remeber, really. There is amazing food ( i would particularly recommend the butternut squash soup and the gnocci with sun-dried tomatoes) and great service. I have almost never had to wait for a table. My father knows the owner and he is a very nice gentleman. The deserts are also fabulous. They are smll enough so that you are not too full or overwhelmed after eating them but big enough to split betwen two people.

over a year ago

Best italian I ever had, very friendly service. – My favorite italian restaurant as of last weekend. I've been there a few times and have never been disappointed.

over a year ago

This cozy Lincoln Park date spot specializes in original, flavorful pasta plates. – The Scene
The Basil Leaf's dining room is small and haphazardly decorated in a European country style. Every sizzle from the kitchen is audible, and the place buzzes nightly with dating couples and gathering families. Servers are cheery and attentive.

The Food
Dozens of creative pasta dishes are the draw here. Original sauces include Alfredo and basil oil, but also pesto, dill, clam, soy ginger and creamy gorgonzola, teamed with everything from prosciutto and scallions to salmon and asparagus. Fettuccine with crabmeat and peas hits its mark, with a lovely interplay of lemon and dill in the light, creamy sauce. Butternut squash ravioli boasts a subtly sweet center, chunks of garlic and richly sauteed spinach. Sauteed calamari appetizer can be tough and underdone--stick with chunks of rustic bread until meals arrive. Finish up with triple chocolate cheesecake, smooth up top with crunchy chocolate crust below.

over a year ago

great date place – Basil Leaf adds some creative to italian staples and always has great specials. I almost always order their specials which are always great. Service is much better than anything else i have ever seen at a moderately priced restaurants. servers are attentive and know the menu. complementary bruschetta is great as well.

over a year ago

Simple but good – Basil Leaf Cafe is an exceptional Italian restaurant in the Lincoln Park area. The service in this restaurant was superb, the food was moderately priced, and atmosphere was relaxed and simple.

over a year ago

Excellent – Basil Leaf is easily one of the best finds in Lincoln Park. Everything from the complimentary Bruschetta when you are seated to the fresh fruit water adds the extra touch that makes this dinning experience one you'll remember. The wait staff is impeccably trained - which is a very pleasant surprise considering the very reasonable prices. Try the grilled vegetable pasta - excellent. The outdoor seating is one of the best in chicago.


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