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Basi Italia
Basi Italia

Basi Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.basi-italia.com
  • Phone: (614) 294-7383
  • 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 (614) 294-7383

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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful food. Extremely small and crowded -- good way to meet new people, if that's your thing!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Had dinner saturday night and sat inside since the patio had a long wait. Our server was a bit brusqe and forgot some of our orders. The food itself came out really quickly though and it was all really good except dessert. We had the crispy oysters, mustard crusted trout and the short ribs which we really liked. The lemon cheesecake was really dense and the crust was not that great but it was decent. I think I'd come back for the patio which is always nice."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Tough decision but we decided to eat inside only because it was chilly after the sun set....we had just as much fun inside, our server was amazing, made our experience even that much more enjoyable. We shared a ceaser salad, lobster bisque, fried oyesters. My husband had the short ribs, I had the trout. Everything was beautifully presented and amazing in quality and taste."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Love the outdoor patio. Fresh food, with new great drinks."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Basi always does it right! Food is the freshest and more originally prepared. We were there a bit early in the evening and service was a tad different than usual but overall just so outstanding! I only wish they had the chocolate balls for desert that night I was there!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I went to celebrate my birthday. The food was delicious and the service was so friendly and helpful. It's small and intimate. Great for a romantic dinner for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Cozy, small, quaint, authentic Italian ambiance. Wonderful service, awesome menu...good wine list. A must try, very enjoyable dinner out. We will go back. It was hard to choose because there was so many enticing items on the menu, including several specials."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As soon as my friends and i finished our last bite, we all agreed that we could never eat again....that there will never be another meal that would top this! We all had different appetizers and entrees. Each of us raved about our meals and had to share. It was unbelievable how delicious and perfectly prepared each dish was. And the Sea salt caramel creme brulee...there are no words to describe this. Our server, Matt was knowledgable and charming and fun. My one friend is very hard to please and she was blown away. We will be back for sure. I will come alone if i have to!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We spent our 1st anniversary at Basi. Very cool vibe, food awesome. Our only issue was that our special entree (meatballs on polenta), was cold by the time we ate it. Other than that, great experience and we certainly will go back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for the first time for our anniversary. We actually live very close so it was a lovely walk. We were seated right away and the Host and our server all wished us a Happy Anniversary which we thought was a nice, personal touch. Food and drinks were amazing. Definitely going to be going back soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I love this restaurant for an impressive dinner that is delicious every time and within walking distance. I love Italy and consider Basi's Italian cuisine unique and upscale with quality ingredients and creative presentation. I can count on Basi for any special occasion. I have found it difficult to carry on business due to high noise level. That's my only point of negative criticism."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I had heard good things about Basi for years but some reason never went until recently. The location is a little strange, the entrance is off of what I would consider an alley, not a main street. We were seated immediately and our server was great - she told us about the history of the restaurant and the specials that day. Our food was inventive, cooked properly, and delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. It is a tiny restaurant though and the tables are right on top of each other, so it felt a little cramped. After dinner, we retired to the bar area for another drink. I asked for a Jack Daniels and the bartender told me they were out - how does a bar run out of Jack Daniels? Overall, a very nice experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A friend and colleague frequents Basi Italia and recommended it. Once per year, my bride and I enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant of this type and Basi Italia was our choice this year. I had read the backstory and listened to interviews with the owners. It was the kind of place I wanted to visit. What surprised me the most were the prices, in a good way. You can easily rack up $75/person at Basi if you drink, enjoy an appetizer, and splurge for desert. But if you don't, you can also eat here for as little as $17/person. My wife and I are teetotalers, but I had the lobster bisque and we both had desert. Our bill was $68 and the food was worth the money. We're already planning to return with friends."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Basi continues to consistently provide amazing food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food here is right up there with the best (and priciest) Italian I've had in NYC. It is such a friendly, loving place, and the dishes are innovative. However, they do still carry a few old favorites like the eggplant parmesan. The waiters are obviously a part of the restaurant family. It is a very small place when the weather does not allow for patio dining, so it can be close quarters. Make a reservation or you probably won't get in."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Very close quarters, which is part of the charm, unless you a large person or hard of hearing! We had a wonderful dinner and a terrific waitress. My 6'7" son admitted to feeling a bit squished but we will definetely be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Italian ambiance and met the chef in person at the end of dinner very personable and quaint place thanks! will be back"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Took my mom for her birthday. We all had a great time. Did was excellent. Salty Carmel brulee was to die for!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Basi is one of my favorites. The food is always amazing and the service is great! I can't wait until it warms up enough to sit on their great patio!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful early dinner before a show! Waitress and entire staff were very friendly and energetic! They loved their work and believed in the product! So wonderful...no wonder this place stays on the top! We will be back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This off the beaten path restaurant was excellent! All three of us had different meals: I had the special of salmon wrapped in bacon with pesto cream sauce and roasted vegetables. Not sure I was going to like the bacon on salmon. It was delicious! It had just the right mix of flavors. I also had their soup- vegetable minestrone with was excellent. One of us had the short ribs and one the prosciutto wrapped scallops. Both were excellent! It is a very small restaurant which can make for a noisy evening. Ask for a table by the window. The outdoor patio looked delightful but not fof our cold evening. Service was excellent and fast! Definitely a great restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner! A great place to get reasonably priced food in a friendly environment."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a wonderful Chef-owner restaurant in the heart of Victorian Village that I couldn't recommend enough. It is a great "foodie" restaurant. The food is amazing and there a wonderful bar. The back patio is wonderful even in the dead of winter!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent and the noise level was tolerable. The only negative is how small and tight the space was. Not even a place to wait to be seated. Don't know how the waiters get to the tables with food and drinks without spilling on someone."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, very SoHo like in ambience and energy. The patio is enclosed and open almost year round, great dinner inside but the patio after was even more fun. The Owner, John and his wife attending to customers is always a treat! Highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Restaurant was recommended by my daughter. Food and service did not disappoint. Received good recommendations from waiter on meal choices and a great recommendation on a single malt scotch."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "BAsi is one of the best restaurants in Columbus. I prefer o eat here in the warmer months as there is little space inside and it is crowded ands noisy. Good service and the menu looked great as usual. Appetizers were good but I had the trout and the kitchen burnt the entire side of the fish (breading) and simply served that side down on the plate. FIsh is easy to burn but should not have been served at a good restaurant like this. Server apologized but no discounts. Mistakes can happen anywhere but when a kitchen burns something like your entrée, apologize for the delay and make a fresh one, don't serve it."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant for our Valentine's celebration. All the reviews said it was a great place, but when we got there I was surprised at how small it was. It was really cramped and I felt like we right on top of the couple sitting next to us. The food was amazing though and the service was great. I would probably would visit again but not on a weekend night, and definitely not on a holiday."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was very good all around and also very New Yorkish. Small and loud but a cheerful loudness....everyone around us was having a good time as were we. The food was terrific and the server, who has a difficult job navigating, was also terrific.."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Tremendous food and service. Great ambiance. Best cocktails in town. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "While Columbus Ohio sometimes seems to lack any real food stars, Basi Italia is well on its way. Creative menu, attentive staff and well thought out wine selections made our February 15, 2014 dinner a real treat. This is not your neighborhood pasta palace, but Italian food prepared with simple recipes and fresh ingredients. Try the eggplant parmesan, fried oyster appetizer and anything on the dessert menu. Well done Basi Italia!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The last two times I have been there, someone in my party had a problem with food temperature. The kitchen needs to be sure they send out hot food. I don't want to fall out of love..."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This continues to be one of the my favorite restaurants in town. Creative, strong flavors, local, healthful ingredients whenever possible, and actually quite reasonably priced for what you get. I've never been disappointed at Basi - except when they're out of the Special, but even in that case my disappointment is always short-lived. They're also quite flexible about bending the menu on request to make almost anything gluten-free. It's hard to go wrong. Negatives for some - space is tight, sometimes hard to get a reservation, can be a bit loud at times because of small space (but all part of a positive neighborhood ambiance for me)."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food , service and atmosphere is second to none! Very intimate dining room. We love it and highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the service was terrific. Given the small space, they have done an excellent job of making the place pleasant, but the tables are very close together...you can't help but completely hear your neighbors' conversations. The closeness also contributes to a high noise level. I'd love for Basi to move to a larger space."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Lovely, tiny little restaurant. Have been twice now and it's always a special event."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This is by far the best and most original restaurant in Columbus. If you want fantastic food that can't be found anywhere else...this is the place for you!!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our food was very good - my Caesar salad was delicious, our portobello mushroom appetizer was really, really good (sadly, it was a special). My entree was a shrimp carbonara - but I am positive that mine didn't have any bacon on/in it! If it did, I certainly couldn't taste it. Very disappointing. My wife got bacon wrapped scallops (another special) and they were very, very good. The most annoying part of the trip was that we were seated near the door (really, every table is near the door), and every time it opened, a blast of arctic air smacked us hard. Don't go when it's very cold - wait until the spring."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I loved basi in the past recommended it to many of my friends but this last time it missed the mark for me. Staff was great as usual. We were seated by the window and it was cold I did not take my coat off the entire meal except to use the restroom which was also freezing. My boyfriend sent his first meal back (short ribs) which we never do because they just didn't taste that good the sauce was too sweet and his replacement meal was average at best. I received the wrong dish at first which they quickly corrected the error. My mushroom risotto and endive salad were both very good. It was just a rare night out and missed the mark a little bit this time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Sat at a table where every server and customer ran into us. The restaurant was very cold as was the food. The clams were cold and under seasoned. The scallops were also cold and somewhat underdone. Don't waste the calories on the dessert. Service was poor. Diners arriving long after our table were served first? I use to rave about this place, but they have definitely lost their mojo."
    Dined on 1/22/2014