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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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food. I real find. Highly recommend the patio."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went here on a double date. Never heard of the place. Was happy with everything about it. Patio was great!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Basi is always our choice for anniversary, birthday dinners in Columbus. The food, atmosphere and service cannot be beat."
    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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wine - Sean Minor repeatable; the patio was like dinner at home with friends, the tables are nicely spread and conversation levels were very comfortable. The food was average: my salad was over sweet from the honey truffle dressing; the mustard crusted trout was more crust than trout. My partner's cold soup was refreshing and flavorful, her shrimp pomodoro was large and moderately seasoned. We opted off dessert - no lactose free versions. Credits: the parmesean ciabatta and flatbread pizza were excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were so excited to get a seat out on the patio, but that was the high point of our experience. Our server was absolutely awful. We actually got better service from the bus people. She forgot our dinner order and had to come back 5 min. later and ask about it again. We had to ask someone else to send her back over so we could order a 2nd round of drinks. After a long wait, only 1 came because ahe hadn't put the other in. The table behind us, who also had her as a server, received the wrong dinner order. They eventually got the right food, but it was wrong on their bill. When she brought back their corrected check she said, "Ha you shouldn't have told me -- what you actually got was $2 more expensive!" I'm not in a hurry to go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I almost don't want to share how good it was. Amazing food quaint location great value. We will be returning."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "What a gem!! A friend and I are working our way through a list of Who's Who of Columbus restaurants. This was our first time at Basi Italia and I tell you, it truly is my new favorite restaurant. The staff was wonderful and the food was even better. We were going to sit inside, but had an opportunity to sit outside and just had a ball. Cannot wait to go back! I mentioned it to the group of girls we usually go out with and they are eager to try it as well!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything was perfect! Food atmosphere drinks all great! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here for our anniversary (this isn't our first time at the restaurant). We love sitting outside, so we arrived early. The wine list was not overly populated, but it contained lots of great bottles (both red and white). My wife loved the short ribs (and she's pretty picky about meat), while I devoured the mushroom pasta. We enjoyed everything, but special kudos to the waitstaff--they always remembered what every we asked of them even though the place was slammed by 7:00 p.m. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is my third time dining at Basi, and I continue to try to see what everyone is raving about. The patio is very nice, however I find the food mediocre. I had the shrimp pomodoro and my partner had the rigatoni (which was better). We also ordered cannoli's for dessert and they were terrible- dry and lacking flavor. Service was fair at best. Our food came out aprox 5 min after ordering. Last time I checked I did not think I was at a fast food restaurant or Olive Garden. One part of fine dining I like is enjoying a glass of wine prior to the meal. Overall, I view this restaurant as overpriced and overrated. There are many other better choices in Columbus for fine dining- this is just not one of them. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining out on the patio. Great atmosphere! Great food! Great service! Looking forward to returning. Would definitely recommend to others!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Love this restaurant and so happy we have such a cute, NYC like neighborhood restaurant. Service was great, food was great and drinks were great - what more can you ask for? The only thing I would like to see changed would be a couple lighter vegetarian/vegan options in the summer. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I brought an out-of-town friend with me for a nice long lunch and we had a wonderful experience. Fresh ingredients beautifully prepared. Knowledgeable, easy-going servers. Charming atmosphere. Good place to show off the quality and character of Columbus' food scene."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great variety of fresh entrees coupled with long time favorites. Excellent place for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is the fifth time we have eaten at Basi. There were four of us and we all had different appetizers and meals. Everything was excellent. The calamari and the deep fried oysters were fresh and cooked to perfection. Dinners were equally good. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially in nice weather and you can enjoy the patio. Real gem in our City. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We wanted to like this restaurant. We'd heard good things & went here for our anniversary. We had a table for two on the patio. Our chairs were terribly uncomfortable. No backs & small seats, so we kept sliding off. I saw two other tables ask for different chairs & they took the padded bar stools which had bigger seats but still no backs. Some tables had seats with backs, so it was a mix. To top it off our table was wobbly. Thinking about it now, it's kind of funny. They first offered us a table in the alleyway. Not very pleasant. The host was perceptive and showed us another table under the patio, which had nice ambiance. (But the trouble was those darn chairs.) I liked my salmon w/ Spring Rosita. My husband didn't like the menu. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great date night spot, tasty food, romantic ambience, friendly staff. We showed up a little bit late and were not chastised. Parking can be a little tricky if you decide not to go with the valet."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was our first experience at this restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised that they knew the names of the other couple we were expecting ( honoring their birthdays) The menu offerings were very good, diverse, something for everyone , including our vegetarian honoree! We'll go back, maybe to the patio next time now that it's warmer!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I would highly recommend Basi Italia for those who are looking for some unique dishes with interesting and well thought out flavor combinations. It was refreshing to go to a restaurant where the staff truly care about making it a wonderful experience and I cannot say enough about the excellent service. The location of the restaurant and it's cozy atmosphere add to it's uniqueness."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice cute restaurant. Very good food. Nice for couples."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wonderful location. Great service. Excellent food."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Attentive knowledgable staff with great food and awesome atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was amazing and it is such in a hidden gem location in victorian village. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I chose Basi Italia to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary. We had a wonderful time. Our service, wine and food was FANTASTIC! IT was our third visit to Basi and have always enjoyed it. We'll be going back soon."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I wanted to like this place after all the great reviews I heard but the food was just such a disappointment. I ordered the "highly recommended" short ribs, which tasted like your typical beef covered with store bought BBQ sauce and my husband ordered the pasta that was no where close to being authentic Italian al dente pasta. I was mushy and the cream sauce that came with it was just gross."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A perfect place to take my fiancé out on a date! We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed every moment. The service was wonderful, the food and wine were delicious.. what a lovely evening."
    Dined on 5/9/2014