Basi Italia
Basi Italia

Basi Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.basi-italia.com/
  • Phone: 6142947383
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Dornback
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering list at Smith Brothers Building. Party trays available for take out.
  • Private Party Facilities: THE VENUE @ Smith Brothers Building
    Displacement charges available for dinning room rental.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Warrick/ Trish Gentile 6142947383

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buttles Ave. and Highland St.
  • Public Transit: Within one city block
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available. Street parking also available
A word from Basi Italia
Nestled in the heart of Victorian Village, Basi Italia is a small, casual, feel-good restaurant featuring clean, simple Italian fare with innovative twists. Basi focuses on being an approachable relaxed dining experience with a strong commitment to true hospitality. Chef John Dornback and wife Trish Gentile bring the importance of food, friends and fellowship that they embrace in their personal lives to the restaurant setting of Basi Italia. Imagine steaming plates of sumptuous food on intimate tables; friends and neighbors eating, drinking good wine and sharing their experiences with one another. Weather permitting, dining is available on the courtyard terrace where wine specialists and tastings are often an option. On chilly evenings, enjoy our heated outdoor bar area. Full service dining, carry out and delivery are all available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Basi Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (129)great for outdoor dining (118)romantic (100)fit for foodies (95)special occasion (89)notable wine list (48)hot spot (27)scenic view (13)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (9)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • 6 out of 10
    DiningCbus
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Parmesan Creme Brulee was exactly as described. It was perfect with the Sav Blanc the server recommended. The sear on the pork belly was non-existent and the texture was like eating a mushy ball of fat. The white bean concoction underneath the pork belly was full of flavor and well prepared. Prosciutto scallops were prepared well, but the strawberry, pea and parsnip mixture was TERRIBLE. Peas undercooked, parsnip was bitter and annoying and the strawberry was too random to bring all of that together. Mustard trout was AWFUL! All breading and couldn't even taste the fish. The veggies were amazing though. It felt like the chef was a contestant on Top Chef that made it to the 5th or 6th round. Great ideas with bad execution.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Basi is a gem!
    Powellfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love Basi Italia and went there for our anniversary and a birthday of a great friend. We always enjoy this place and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves an intimate and very cool little gem of a restaurant! It holds a special place in our heart for the Columbus dining scene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday dinner
    SarahSRigs
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My boyfriend took me here for a nice birthday dinner- we wanted to try a new place we'd never been before. Everything was lovely, from the savory shortbread they brought out to start. The parmesan creme brulee was different and delicious, and the mustard crusted trout was superb. I was skeptical that there wasn't a starch served with it, but it was a big portion of perfectly crisped fish over some incredibly tasty peppers. All in all exactly what I'd wanted for a special birthday meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The appetizer of pistachio flatbread was delicious, as was the eggplant pram. The risotto, however, was undercooked and still crunchy with bland flavor. Therefore, the food is just better than mediocre. The place does have excellent service and a beautiful ambiance both inside and outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    KevinB
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Took my girlfriend there for her birthday. Food was outstanding, good service ; very quaint and romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Perfect little neighborhood spot to sit, relax and enjoy unique delicious food and drinks!! Service as GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was amazing. My fork didn't leave my hand till I was finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic setting
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of the best outdoor patios in Columbus, Barcelona's and Lindey's come to mind. Make a reservation between 5 and 5:30 to snag an outdoor table. The food was nicely seasoned, somewhat creative Italian. The waitress did a nice job pairing the wine with our meals and tastes. Great ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real hidden gem of a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Ambiance on the patio is totally exceptional. Food is fantastic. Service is competent and gracious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Basi is the best
    UAlocavore
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    You can't order wrong here. Everything is high quality, lovingly prepared and delicious. Fresh ingredients, appealing but not overly pretentious presentation, and always delivered with above par service. A restaurant worth returning to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    anne522
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Love this restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious. I had the butter poached cod, which not only tastes great, but is also beautifully presented. Asparagus spears, fingerling potatoes, orange colored grape tomatoes and a generous piece of cod. Yum yum!! I also had the Mediterranean tomato salad, which was exquisite. My husband had the Caesar salad, which he liked very much and then the Shrimp dish, which was awesome. Definitely recommend this restaurant - a quiet little spot with unbelievable food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local find!
    Todd
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I were in from out of twon celebrating our 10th anniversary, and we were lucky enough to have found Basi Italia. The food is incredible, and the ambiance is great. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food great wine list
    MCBfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Treat yourself and your favorite person to a night out at Basi. The food is delicious and prepared perfectly. And the wine list is fantastic! Ask Lisa for her favorite red - you cannot go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    partyo5
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous evening at Basi, food was excellent, it was a perfect evening. Tried their Eggplant Parmesan it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    washburn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    we celebrated our 9 anniversary - it was outstanding - great food, great environment, great staff. Definitely is one of our top spots
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returned to our favorite meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We moved away from Columbus to Cleveland 3 years ago and we have sorely missed Basi. The eggplant is to die for, tender and crispy with a sause you want to pick your plate up and lick off. Service and staff are great and make for a wonderful evening. What a gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We took the waiters advice and we were very pleased with our apps and dinners. Terrific evening at a cozy restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • libra
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had the prefix $30 meal dinner at Basi Italia during restaurant week Columbus. Each course was perfection -- so delicious and innovative! The menu was a perfect example of the type of creativity that can only be found with this Chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ramsey
    Ramsey
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Was a little disappointed in the food this visit, but we will still come back. We love the outdoor patio, and it was a beautiful evening. The service staff seemed a bit over extended but did their best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    gumby
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I'd wanted to try Basi for some time, so Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity. The food was so good - layers of flavor that completely complemented each other. And the service was great too. We had Lisa, who I would ask for again. Attentive and friendly without being intrusive. I definitely hope to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • littoangelVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I really want to like this place after hearing so many people rave about it, but the food is just so poorly done that I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why this is the "go to date place" for some people. While the zucchini appetizer and flatbreads were decent, the entrée and desserts were so plain that it is hard to believe I actually paid almost $100 for the meal. The BBQ short ribs was ok but the sauce tasted just like any BBQ sauce you buy in the giant eagle clearance section. The veal my husband ordered tasted so bland that he didn't even want to take the left overs home.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    MB722
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The panchetta left me wondering if the old time religious powers knew pork could taste that good and didn't want their peoples being tempted by it. I may steal from a baby for the chance to have the panchetta and risotto on a regular basis, or work hard, whichever seems easiest in terms of ability and ethics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Experience
    tenman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was a first visit that came highly recommended. We were seated promptly (with a reservation) and service started immediately with a pleasant waiter. The restaurant is small and comfortable and nicely appointed. The food was excellent with adequate portions. The menu included many interesting items that we wish we could have enjoyed. All in all it was a very relaxing experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatout2much
    Eatout2much
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Perfect evening with friends! Ate outside and had wonderful appetizer of salmon tartare, good choices of wines. Short ribs were exceptional as was the shrimp pomodoro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our expectations!
    italian03
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were very pleased with our dining experience at Basi Italia on Saturday night. The attentive, personable, but not overbearing service, absolutely wonderful appetizers and entrees and overall atmosphere make it worth many more trips. This would be a fun place to go anytime, but especially nice to take guests from out of town due to the food, service and unique neighborhood it is in. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basi Italia never disappoints
    BeardiesRuleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Made our reservation for 5:45 pm hoping to dine on the patio, which is so lovely in the summer. Got the last 4 top table... yay! Food was excellent as always and our server was delightful. Two people enjoyed the eggplant parmigiana, which is our favorite dish there. The other two had linguini with shrimp, tomatoes & cucumber which was light and fresh tasting. The Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella & fresh basil (grown in pots all around the patio) was also wonderful. Don't miss a visit to their patio before the summer slips away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basi July 2014 - Great
    Andy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food. I real find. Highly recommend the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable and Intense flavors
    BonBon
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Basi Italia has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, but after this past week's dining experience - it may be my very FAVORITE! We dined with friends who travel and dine worldwide - they, too, were impressed! Some favorites were the flatbread; zucchini; and smoked salmon tartar appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my first time to Basi and I was very delighted by the food and atmosphere. We had to wait a few minutes to get a spot on the patio as that is first come/first serve, so we sat at the bar for a drink. My negroni was delicious and a great way to settle in for a tasty meal. We were seated at a table next to lovely trees and plants which make you forget that you are downtown. Our server promptly greeted us, mentioned the specials and took our wine order. The wine arrived as we still had half of our drinks left from the bar, but not a big deal. We chose the smoked salmon tartar, I had the linguine with mussels and my date had the prosciutto wrapped scallops. Nothing disappointed except for that they didn't serve espresso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went here on a double date. Never heard of the place. Was happy with everything about it. Patio was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the True Gems of Columbus
    ColumbusRestaurantReviews
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Columbus has a very vibrant and diverse food scene, so it's saying something when I say that Basi is right there at the top with the best restaurants in the city. Whether it's a romantic evening out with someone special, or you just have a passion for great food, Basi delivers on all fronts. The staff is friendly, and are quite knowledgeable of the menu, wine list, and the history of the restaurant. It's tucked away on a quiet street, and the little outdoor patio is quaint and romantic. Most importantly, the food is fantastic! The menu changes regularly, and the food is not only beautiful to look at, but tastes great (and is reasonably priced). Overall, Basi is an authentic, exceptional food experience that will have you coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always
    gmamax2
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner and a lovely time on the patio which we feel is one of the best outside dining venues in Columbus. It is a special place and you can always count on excellent food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent dinner exclusive locaiton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Basi is always our choice for anniversary, birthday dinners in Columbus. The food, atmosphere and service cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Basi Italia has a great patio with a nice canopy of trees. Get there early to get a table under the umbrella. While the menu is limited, the food was very good and served very quickly after ordering. The service was great. They were attentive without being annoying. This was my 1st time there and will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    Good
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We love to celebrate my birthday on the patio. The patio is a amazing. It was actually pretty cool compared to how hot it was outside. The food was amazing. We enjoyed the soups of the day and each got a pasta dish. We really enjoy Basi.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basi was beautiful! we recommend it
    Wonderphil
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This neighborhood restaurant has a good menu. Every item our group of five choose was done to perfection. This included appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Service was informative, friendly and wanting us to have a great experience. We did! We recommend this great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Columbus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We wanted to be seated on the patio, and we made the right choice! Immediately noticed basil growing everywhere and were impressed that they actually use the basil they grow... in their dishes. We couldn't pass up the featured Caprese salad, and the manager told us that the basil we had seen was the same basil that they use in the salad! We don't know a lot about wine, but we wanted something special, so our server suggested a perfect one that complimented our meal. And, we were fortunate enough to be seated at a table near some flowers and ivy that made for a really great picture. The food and service was incredible. So in love with this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Friends had given great reviews of this place. We were excited to try it for date night. We both agreed that we would never go again and we wish we went somewhere else. Food had absolutely no taste. Maybe we ordered wrong but I will not be returning.
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  • Wonderful
    lovefood
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was outstanding. I found a bottle of wine from Napa Valley that is in very few restaurants in the country. The front of the house staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. And of course I have to give my accolades to the chef and his crew. The food was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow!
    anne522
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I can't believe we've lived in Columbus for years and are just finding Basi. It's a great spot for dinner, friendly service and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate