Basilico
Basilico

Basilico

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://basilicomillburn.com/
  • Phone: (973) 379-7020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Claude Browne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Basilico
Basilico Restaurant, located in Millburn, New Jersey was established by co-owners Mario DeMarco and Angelo Delbecchi, formerly of Sergio's, also in Millburn. Both are graduates of the Hotel Management School in Alassio, Italy. Both from Italy, they have brought their original and authentic Italian cuisine to Millburn.

Basilico has a definite New York look and feel, which reflects in our food items. We use the best of ingredients. "Casual and chic" is how we have been described by reviewers. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and energetic. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of hospitality, remembering that you are the guest, and it is our ultimate goal for you to leave thoroughly satisfied. Special requests can be accommodated.
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Basilico reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (33)good for groups (27)romantic (21)hot spot (12)great for outdoor dining (9)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    fantastic! always reliably delicious and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • plantluvr
    plantluvr
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This is the second time I have been here for lunch. Both times after touring Greenwood Gardens. This time I brought a friend as a treat for her birthday and was very happy that she enjoyed it too. The Garden Menu is a great value!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was excellent. the service very good- especailly since we brought a number of different wines and the server di an escellent job changing and filling glasses
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LG10
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our dinner was outstanding. Our food was delicious. It was very friendly and a place I would go to repeatedly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience
    Maplefoodie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We've come here a few times and always have been pleased. This time we came with our 6 yr. old daughter. We weren't sure how this would go over, but everything turned out well. Surprisingly, they had a kids menu, but of course we knew that she would be able to order meatballs and spaghetti; one of her favorites. I usually get the Osso Bucco, which is always great, but I was in a fish mood, so I ordered the grilled whole fish. Nicely done, although I would have wanted it to be a bit more flavorful. Ah, I guess you can't hit a home run all the time, but we can't wait to go back. Next time I hope to sit in the back patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food ok- but get the dessert
    GraciesMom
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Someone had a piece of plastic in her salad from the goat cheese- they gave her a brand new one. My salad was supposed to have colossal crab meat- and that didn't happen. I ordered the scallops and shrimp dinner- don't order that! Learn how to prepare & cook scallops properly! Someone else in our party ordered the halibut special which came with potatoes- she said they tasted old! lol! Now the best part of the whole meal was the dessert- please if you order anything from this place make it the dessert. They have a special pastry chef and they should also look into getting a special regular chef. The dessert was amazing- they were actually out of their dessert of the day, so they gave us an extra complimentray one. Get the banana crostate!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Millburn dining gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Excellent food, deserts AND service. Every dinner is just wonderful, with many delicious choices of appetizers, entrees and desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So. Amazing.
    watersa1
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I can't believe how good the food & the service was at this restaurant. We don't drink, so we can't say how the wine is, but the food was amazing. I wanted to go back immediately & so did my friends. They had vegetarian meals (he had gazpacho & a beet salad, she had pear & goat cheese ravioli) & I had seafood (frutte di mare pasta). We exchanged bites & oohhs & ahhs the whole time. I thought these delicious curls in my dinner were pasta, they were so tender, but they were actually my calamari. This restaurant is a GOLDEN FIND. GO THERE NOW! :-D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent!
    CrazeelilemVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Service was outstanding,extremely on point.brought a bottle of champagne and 2 bottles of wine.champagne and white were taken to be chilled immediately while glassware was placed on our table.The champagne was poured while the 4 of us enjoyed their bread assortment with butter,tomato spread,white bean spread.The server was very knowledgeable of the menu and specials. We shared the mushroom soup(one of the best I've had),eggplant/mozz/red pepper app. Then on to our white wine,served just in time for our 2nd course,carpaccio, steamed mussell and clams, crab cocktail. Red wine with our entrées, Osso buccos and skirt steaks.We shared a brûlée and sorbet trio with espressos.Great experience! Will reccomend and be back ASAP! DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!!
    BOIfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Overall this is a great Italian restaurant and definitely worth the trip. I would go back for sure, but there was really nothing giving this place a "wow" factor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Marvelous food and a great place for meeting friends. Not too loud, friendly and always feels special ... A real gem in Millburn!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Lakeryan
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Go there whenever we go to papermill. Wish it was closer to our house. Been there about 10 times
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Lunch Spot
    Faith426
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I went here for lunch before a matinee at PaperMill Playhouse. We were the first ones there at 11:45am and had a nice seat in the front window. We were the only ones there for a half hour and the staff was extremely attentive. The "little plates" were great appetizers and it was the best bruschetta we ever had (and we eat a lot of Italian food.) The music playing was typical Italian restaurant music (ie. Belle Notte, Boccelli, etc) which was a nice touch. It was a BYOB and the staff made sure our glasses were never empty. It was disappointing that by the time we left there were only 2 other couples in the restaurant as this was such a nice Italian restaurant in the heart of Millburn. We definitely will be back.
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    Romantic, Great for Lunch
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  • Excellent Dining
    sisters2dine
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My sister and I had a wonderful dining experience. The appetizer "Arancini di Riso alla Siciliana" and pasta dish "Gnocchi alla Sorrentina" were both incredible, as were the other dishes we ordered. The service was excellent and the restaurant very relaxing. We are both from Staten Island, New York, and will definitely dine there again with family/friends. We both highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Delicious Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We come here every time we see a play at the Paper Mill, and it is always fabulous. Lovely menu with extensive choices, delicious food. The goat cheese ravioli is phenomenal. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Lovely Restaurant
    kcqbinVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant that you can count on for consistency. I applaud them for being willing to experiment. One of my friends ordered a soup that was made up of items like kale and other greens that we are all urged to eat for out health. She said ti was very good. Maybe I will try it on my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleases As Usual
    NastyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Great neighborhood place that always pleasess. Friendly service, inventive specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in Millburn
    BeeMoVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Basilico has a wonderfully varied menu that hits all the spots on your palate. The goat cheese pear ravioli are one of the best things I've eaten. Ever. Veal and mushooms. Delicious. The seafood specials, a grouper and a seafood garganelle were delicious and well priced. Fresh pastas, lovely salads, all great! A small, reasonably priced wine list or BYO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dessert Ever!!
    Misha
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The Trio Di Dolci is unbelievable! It's Creme Brulee, Baked Alaska, and Chocolate Banana phyllo wrap. The presentation was beautiful and every dessert was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Joel
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Atmosphere was really pleasant and comfortable. Noise level was low so there was no shouting or over talking . Service was good and food was wonderful. The restaurant is boy if you wish which makes cost of dinner more manageable. Highly recommend this restaurant .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    TexasFoodies
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Food was fantastic. Great location in downtown Millburn. Definitely give it a try!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BASILICA, MILLBURN, NJ
    Dotti
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Loved this restaurant..especially for lunch and the theater (Papermill Playhouse is right down the block). Great menu, fine food prepared with a little flare! I had the 3 little plates and it was quite filling. Unique iced tea selection and presentation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My fish was way overcooked
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My fish was way overcooked and the risotto was like paste and was uneatable. The food was not good
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  • TERRIBLE SERVICE
    dillybarbabeVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Lived in Millburn years ago and decided it would be a good place to take a friend to celebrate her birthday. I have good memories of dining here. Not so last week when we had to flag down a waiter to take our order ask for anything we needed including a dessert menu and our bill. The best part of the experience was the dessert, which was outstanding. I would not go here again because of the simply non-existent "service". If I could, I would give it a minus poor for service!!
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  • Basilico was s'wonderful!
    LRazze
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    We were visiting the Milburn, NJ, area and needed to find a great place to eat on a Monday night. Basilico would be a great option any night of the week. Everything about it was creative and yummy. We will definitely go back...many, many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diverse Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal. We started off with 2 different salads and a fried calamari appetizer. The salads were delicious, although I was a tad disappointment that some of the lettuce in the Caesar was brown, it was still very good. Entrees were Lasagna, Goat cheese & Pear ravioli, a skirt steak and off the "specials" menu Monkfish. All were simply delicious, with no complaints at all! Dessert was the kicker for me, the menu was decent sized and quite difficult to choose just one item (and there was a trio item that sampled 3 desserts), but we went with the frozen banana split, baked Alaska and strawberry napoleon! The presentation was so good we hated to break into them, delicious was an understatement! Highly recommend this place!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious! We especially love
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Delicious! We especially love the sun-dried tomato spread on the bread.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Packed at 9:45 on a Saturday
    Jwa1VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Packed at 9:45 on a Saturday night. Food and service were excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service - Average food.
    JoeNJ
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Four of as went to Basilico this past weekend for an early dinner. The service was very good but the food was just average. I had the sardine appetizer special which had 3 small sardines with a lot of vegetables. This was the theme of all the dishes. Overload with vegetables and it looks like you are getting a big portion. The other appetizers were alright and the same with the entrees.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    MLopezVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Everything was absolutely wonderful. food was great and plentiful, price was appropriate, service was outstanding, from the manager who greeted us at the door to the busgirl, to our server. everything was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snowy Sunday night
    Harry
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Food and service were excellent overall. Skirt steak was nothing special, a poor choice on my part. Veal was much higher quality. Weather kept people away so back room was nicely quiet.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Visited with friends from
    HocmommyVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Visited with friends from California, everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD, NICE AMBIENCE
    JOSIE
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    A friend recommended Basilico, and she was right as it was a great choice. We arrived a couple minutes late for an early Friday evening dinner, and was seated promptly. The service was great. My entree lobster/shrimp ravioli was a great dish. The beet salad was also delicious. The atmosphere was perfect… By the time we left the restaurant had filled up, and yet the noise level was moderate. Will definitely come back again with my husband and more friends.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We went their for lunch and really enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious, they were very attentive and it was a really nice restaurant. Would absolutely go there again. It was a wonderful afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The fish was excellent as was the dessert as always. See you again soon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The waitstaff was absolutely fantastic -such kind and attentive service. Unfortunately, the food was a bit disappointing. Perhaps it was an off night -but everything we had with the exception of the Napoleon, was average. The Napoleon was fantastic.
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  • Great dinner, wonderful dessert
    doctormom
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Went to Basilico for an anniversary dinner. Service was friendly but not intrusive. Our appetizers were delicious, as were our dinners. For dessert, we had both the chocolate and the Gran Marnier souffles. They were just the right size for one person and they were absolutely wonderful. I can't wait for a reason to go back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • innovative menu
    tamtam
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    As vegetarians, it is sometimes difficult to find innovative and delicious places to eat, but Basilico had a huge variety of options for us to order from their menu (in addition to many meat, fish and chicken options), including many small plates to mix and match. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious! The atmosphere at Basilico was elegant and welcoming--it felt like a taste of Italy, complete with Italian music playing in the background. The staff were friendly, helpful and responsive. It was a bit cold inside the restaurant (snowing outside, and we sat near a window) but this was our only complaint. I would very happily return and simply dress warmly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Meeting
    Bobby
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The manager provided us with an excellent environment to hold a casual client meeting, timing the order taking and plate deliver in perfect timing with our need to present marketing materials. The food and presentation were a great success together. We look forward to our next lunch meeting at Basilico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining and theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    My wife and I came here for our anniversary. Although we were late on our reservation, they accommodated us and ha d everything ready so we could make the show at Papermill. (Only a 10 min walk). We even stopped back for dessert. Excellent smoked salmon app, lasagne, and gnocchi. Huge desserts! Friendly staff. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.