Basil's
Basil's

Basil's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.basilsminneapolis.com/
  • Phone: (612) 376-7404
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday - 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday:Closed for Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Kovacs
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Basil's restaurant is located on the 3rd floor of The Marquette Hotel.
    Windows on Minnesota located on the 50th floor of the IDS building also hosts special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: self parking in IDS parking ramp , Basil's now offer Valet Parking directly in front of THE MARQUETTE HOTEL on 7th street, at Marquette Avenue, $ 11 with Basil's validation .
A word from Basil's
The iconic balcony that overlooks the Crystal Court, Basil’s is the home of the Mary Tyler Moore and Harmon Killebrew tables.
Locally infused cuisine by Executive Chef Tim Kovacs and Chef de Cuisine Mark Lowman.
This talented and award-winning culinary team will craft a spectacular experience, offering a carefully selected menu choice for any occasion.
Chef Tim and Chef Mark present imaginative, boldly flavored dishes in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, where you will enjoy their unique take on American cuisine in a casual atmosphere with an elegant flair.
Located on the 3rd floor of The Marquette Hotel, Basil’s is the Downtowns “Best kept secret” for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving both traditional and chef’s favorite creations like our signature Steak Au Poivre or Shrimp and Andouille Jambalaya.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Basil's reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (42)fit for foodies (32)scenic view (29)great for lunch (25)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (12)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Fancy restaurant worth going to with a promotion
    BCY12
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Really good French style cuisine. Can be pricey without a dining deal. The indoor patio was really nice when we went. But I could see when there is a big event in the building the noise level could be pretty high on the patio with all the echo. Server was really nice as well. We went there for our anniversary and we both agree it was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant evening
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Had a large group. It was a quiet place to eat and have a conversation. Food was good. Could use an upgrade on the wine list. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StPaulguyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Went to lunch for a business meeting the server was respectful of your conversations
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    bk2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great time at Basil's. The ambiance and lighting were perfect. The wine was great, and the basil butter was very good (best butter my wife's ever had). Thanks!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    Dinnerguest01
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was decent and well presented. However, my steak was rare when I ordered medium and had way, way too much pepper for seasoning. Other flavors were good and service was prompt. We liked the courtyard overlooking the IDS center. Restaurant was very very quiet for Saturday night. Would come back to give another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed...
    Jazzig
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    ...when we go to Basil's. This time, I tried the boneless beef short ribs. They were fabulous--tender, flavorful, and beautifully presented. My husband was given a pretty serious steak knife for his steak, but hardly needed it, as the steak cut like butter. We can always count on every aspect of Basil's to be a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem
    Dick
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    food was great, steak and salmon was great, service was wonderful,
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeSVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very nice breakfast. Gluten free and healthy options . Great service from Pam Thank you we will return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StPaulguyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We had lunch here and the food and service were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leslieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I only have great things to say about this restaurant. The food is excellent, and the staff, all of the staff, is very friendly, professional, and accommodating. A special shout out to our server, Taylor. She is the best.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speechless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    OMG! Completely exceeded our expectations! The food was so delicious that my husband and I barely talked with each other because we were "so into" our food that we could hardly take a breath to speak!!! The wine was exquisite as well! Definitely climbed to the top of our list for fine dining! Thank you Basil's and don't change a thing! Jeff & Sheryle Colombo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mini
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Hadn't been to Basil's in a very long time, forget that it's there. Two of the four of us had the sea bass special. It was excellent -both in taste and in presentation.
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  • Great Experience!
    Gophers
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I went here to celebrate my anniversary with my significant other, and it was an overall great experience! It was during Restaurant Week, and the food was very good. The staff were all incredibly considerate, helpful, and nice. 10/10 would definitely go again and/or recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service and food!
    Lindsey
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here - the food was delicious and the service was perfect. Attentive but never rushed. It was really a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    Madaboutfood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I went for Restsurant Week and had a prixe fix menu to choose from. Serving staff was polite and very sincere. Our food came out rather quickly and all courses were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for hotel food-Nothing special
    laughaholic07
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I had my reservations about this place because it is a hotel restaurant, but I saw the great reviews and thought I'd give it a try. The reviews raved about the excellent service. We were let down. Not all bad but nothing great. The ambiance was great-nice, quiet, and private. The place was pretty empty when we went but service was lacking. We stood at the hostess stand for a while before being seated. And our server took forever to welcome us. She was nice but not attentive enough for our liking. Our food took a while to come out. The steak was cooked to perfection. Very tender. And my chicken was so moist, but the saffron overpowered the entire dish. All in all, it was nothing memorable. We wouldn't go out of our way to go there again.
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  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Tried Basil's as part of restaurant week. Food was excellent and the presentation was absolutely gorgeous!!! Will definitely be back. Maitre d' and waiter were very nice. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time at Basil's
    Timmy
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was my first time at Basil's. I decided to try it for restaurant week and loved it. My girlfriend and I decided to order of the menu instead of the preset menu. The view was excellent and a very romantic lunch spot. Service was splendid.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    lonboy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    They went beyond what I asked for our 1st anniversary! Everything was perfect! This was a surprise for my wife and she was blown away. I can't thank them enough for their outstanding food and service! We got the Mary Tyler Moore just to add that special touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix-Fixe dinner- delicious value
    Diner2VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We purchased a Living Social 3-Course Prix-Fixe dinner for two including: appetizer to share, we each had our choice of soup or salad, choice of an entrée and a glass of wine. All of the menu choices were terrific so it was difficult to choose. Portion sizes were good. We dined out on the balcony and enjoyed the waterfall and peaceful IDS lobby atmosphere. It was a very pleasant dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Food and Great Service
    70ish
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I sat on the patio overlooking the Crystal Court - nice view - service was perfect . Food presentation was excellent and tasty. We were served an interesting cheese with honey from their hives on the roof dripped between appetizer and main course. Very elegant ambiance to the entire meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fanatastic Meal
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Basil's is my go-to restaurant when entertaining business associates as well as family and friends. Always terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Repeat
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food is delicious, plated beautifully, shows off the local flavor with the honey crisp apple wedges & honey from the bees on the roof. Creative mix & pairing of salad with crusty tortilla, Filet was cooked perfectly over mashed potatoes over asparagas, I didn't expect it all to be cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, unexpected view
    LongDistanceWeekend
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Went to dinner here with a colleague and was offered the balcony seating area. Didn't know what to expect, but we got a view of the inside of the walking mall from several stories up and it was so cool! Highly recommend the prosciutto, apple, and cheese flatbread. If you love lobster, get the lobster bake with flatbread squares. So much food and I adored the Strawberry Mojito! Finished off the night with a Port and creme brûlée. Highly recommend if you want a great meal with an interesting view, or if you love to people watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jay Wolkenbrod
    leslieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As always this restaurant offers great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    dabradVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    When I noticed this restaurant was attached to a hotel, my expectations of the food diminished. I couldn't have been more wrong. The short rib hash and eggs, was really good. The hash was unlike the canned corned beef stuff at most places. I wish we were in town longer so I could try out their dinner menu. Our server was fantastic, the only reason I gave service 3 stars, is because no one was manning the hostess station at the restaurant entrance and we had to wait 15 minutes before someone noticed we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent breakfast experience
    foodlover20987
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A lovely breakfast spot. Nice balcony seating overlooks IDS crystal court for people watching and eating at same time. The food was excellent. Will be going back to try out some more entrees. Service was great, Doug was very attentive and helpful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Groupon experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had an amuse-bouche styled groupon (app/starter, amuse, entree, glass of wine, all for two) and it went very nicely. No fuss about the groupon, seated on the indoor balcony, and had a lovely night. The only criticism was that the marlin was a bit tough for fish, and the amuse-bouche itself was a single item, single bite food, meaning that it really was a app/starter, entree, glass of wine! Good choices of entree though. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Convenient, above average hotel restaurant with "outdoor" seating overlooking the mall courtyard.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great indoor atrium patio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Basil's is a favorite lunch/breakfast spot. I love their patio in the IDS atrium, which is a perfect patio-replacement for MN winters. The food is also quite tasty, and a bit more unique. Service is quick and convenient. But don't be surprised when you show up at 11:00AM and no one is there; the food will be good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service with excellent food and an interesting view ovrlooking IDS courtyard. Staff was very friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Stumpjumper
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Nice dining. Downtown. Handy location. Excellent service and wonderful food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food again was better than hoped for. A steak salad was great. My filet with blueberry glace was excellent - very tender and tasty. Drinks were reasonably priced and mixed to our perfectly. The atmosphere was quiet and interesting. Service was excellent also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, excellent food
    Minnetonka
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a wonderful evening for my wife's birthday dinner. Our dinner was excellent, & we enjoyed the quiet surroundings. Beautiful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Basil's Rocks!
    SandDVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Basil's Rocks! Dining out of town is always a challenge due to my wife's numerous food allergies; we've come to rely on OpenTable's reviews and descriptions to help filter out the restaurants where we're likely to have good success. Our server, Taylor was most accommodating and arranged for Chef Nick to come out to our table to consult with my wife. Chef Nick was very understanding of my wife's needs; he offered suggestions and went beyond and above the call of duty to accommodate her. He carefully prepared our meals to allow for sharing, and he gave detailed explanation of what he'd done for both dishes to reassure us that the dishes were allergen free. Chef Nick thanked us for the opportunity to serve and be creative! Basil's Rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    JenN
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was a little leary after reading reviews of those diners that had a Groupon or Living Social coupon, it seems their experiences were not that great. My friend and I had tickets to a play and decided this would be great! We purchased the groupon and Basil's was amazing from start to finish. Our waitress, Taylor, was friendly, attentive, and fantastic. The food offered for the Groupon option was fantastic! While each serving seemed small as it came out, there was MORE than enough food! The house wine ( we had Chardonnay) was good. I would for sure suggest Basil's to friends. We sat out on the "balcony" overlooking the IDS courtyard. It was quiet and relaxing. Thank you Basil's for a wonderful experience!
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  • Great for Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a great way to start the day! Coffee, the paper, and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over promised / Under delivered
    hb2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Received e-mails and calls in advance of reservation promising a wonderful dining experience but the service was very slow - 45 plus minutes to get a salad? Dinner was promised to take 1 hr but ended up being almost 2 hrs Food was just ok No view - inside wall next to a group room which was distracting at best. Elevator was so busy we had to use the steps coming in and leaving - the elevator was busy for 2 hrs?
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  • Blast from the past!
    Chezpoulet
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten at Basil's forever and I have to say I am so pleased to see the menu back up to par with how it was in the past! Looks like the new chef can not only write a good menu, but deliver on top quality food as well. I will be looking for a reason to eat at Basil's again, finally!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I went on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was not busy at all. The server was not very interested in telling me about the restaurant or the menu. When I asked for her suggestions she said she liked the steak au poivre (probably because it was the most expensive item). The description sounded good so I ordered it rare. It came out cooked well. The manager did a good job correcting the problem but my server did not seem to care. He gave me a desert which I ordered the peach cobbler. That was very good. The meal was not that good considering the cost.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 430 reviews are from the Basil's reviews archive.