Basil's
Basil's
  • Address:
    Marquette Hotel
    710 Marquette Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Basil's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.basilsminneapolis.com/
  • Phone: 6123767404x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Basil's reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)fit for foodies (37)scenic view (37)romantic (31)great for lunch (25)good for groups (13)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (10)neighborhood gem (9)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ardent diner
    foodexpert
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our meal was wonderful. My jambalaya was excellent. My wife had scallops and they too were very good. The strawberry and feta salad was very good as was the strawberry and balsamic dessert. The service was professional. The view of the crystal court is a bonus. A great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brunch!
    calicoemwVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The waitress was SO wonderful! She said she's been working there for such a long time that she knew how to add some flair to dishes by adding ingredients! WOW! She made it so pleasurable to dine there. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wind tunnel
    carol
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    the food was excellent. Service was wonderful. The table was like a wind tunnel we asked to move and were given options for the service door to be closed.......or move? It was poor management of the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service Poor Food Execution
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was excellent as was the atmosphere. You could sense that the restaurant wasn't doing very well because it was empty on a Friday night at 6pm. I ordered the marlin, and it was a good sized piece of fish, but came with few accompaniments. The fish was overcooked, tough and dry. My girlfriend ordered the steak, which was small but very tender. I would only return for the atmosphere and the service, but not the food. The main reason to return to a restaurant is the food, so I will not be heading back here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One enchanted evening
    SookymooVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    From the moment we entered Basils, our experience was amazing. Matt, our server and the restaurant manager met our every request and need, even before we asked. The steak poivre and the pan seared chicken were both delicious and were served with interesting combinations. The wine, Canyon Road, was satisfying. Kudos to the chef for every course that we experienced. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a late breakfast at Basil's this week. The service was great. The breakfast very good and the view from the balcony over the Crystal Court gives one the feeling of being the star on a movie set. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive
    BlueMarlin
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our first time and we came for a romantic date/ Brithday. We were very impressed! We were sat over looking the courtyard which was beatiful. The service was great the way everything was served to you and explained as to what it entailed. We had used a Groupon which limits your menu selection a little but the choices that were available were impressive and the food was amazing! The flavor starting with the little appetizer, to the salad was wonderful and then the dinner it self was extremely complimentary with a fabulous grand fanile in palet sensational taste. We will definatley return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used a groupon
    WeirdVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We found this place through groupon. My steak was amazing but my fiancé's marlin was over cooked, I know that marlin is generally more chewy but this was really bad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • docMN
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was very good food and good service. the menu has a good variety of fish, meat and vegetarian food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! Would definitely dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Group Venue
    cpbdy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful service for our large office group of 16, celebrating a birthday. Fast, friendly, good-humored service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Always enjoy Basil's
    MfromMinneapolis
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    No waiting for lunch plus wait staff was able to get us out in time for 1pm meetings. Great place for a business lunch, as the noise level was low enough for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EMLA
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was very good except the berries and sorbet had too much Grand Marnier.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • travelingduo
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I suspect the main reason I have a "so so" feel about returning here has to do with something temporary that was going on in the building Basils is in. There had been a massive water issue somewhere in an upper floor of the buildng. The route we had to take to get to the restaurant was wet, foul, musty, etc .....the restaurant was completely unscathed.....but I think this just left me with a tough feeling to shake. The food was plated beautifully and delicious and fresh. Service was very friendly and attentive, although obvious.....there was not enough employed. I would indeed return again and give them another try.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basils review
    dre4986
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had a great experience at Basils. Their food, drinks and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third time
    Cambridge66
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our third time at Basils. As always - amazing!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    simeVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was very good, it was a very quiet atmosphere as there weren't many customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leslieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    AS always, I was very pleased with the service and food. Taylor is an excellent server and a great representative to your establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal by great chef
    Davin8
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had dinner heare after having great breakfast earlier in week. Restaurant is located in Marquette Hotel on the 3rd floor overlooking IDS Court. Ask for balcony seating for best location. Food and wine pairings were great. Salmon and Walleye was great and next time will try the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Basil's was a great food find.
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our first time since Basil's reopened. Food and service were both excellent. Steak with blueberry glaze was questionable when i ordered but it turned out to be a winner. Walleye was also excellent. We will definitely go again and will recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    BlueSkye
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The wait staff were attentive and the food was good. The desserts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The sever didnt tell us about the specials and got our order wrong.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Downtown Restaurant! Try it!
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    One of my favorite downtown restaurants! Great service and location. Menu changes to allow for new entrees, which is nice. I do miss the prawns with peanut sauce how ever
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast with view
    Davin8
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great breakfast with great view of the IDS Crystal Court. Had seat overlooking balcony and really enjoyed service and food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Good, but who's doing inventory?
    JustFeedMe
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    In town on business, and Basil's came up highly rated on Yelp. Food was good. The butternut squash gnocchi is delicious- the appetizer size is enough for a meal. Someone in my party raved about the calamari, but I didn't try it. The pork chop was devoured, the jambalaya looked enticing. My steak salad left a few things to be desired - plain looking, and the steak was very undercooked, but it was fixed quickly. What killed it was the kitchen was out of many dishes our party was interested in (eggplant parm, chicken with leeks). The espresso machine was broken (and had been for a week) and the bottle of wine we ordered was the last one; if we wanted two, tough luck. Overall, felt like we were scraping the bottom of a good barrel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining out
    food
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    this restaurant is not what it used to be. the food was fine as was the efficient, but not very engaging server
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    scenic view
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  • Quality experience
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Once again, Basil's provided a wonderful experience: - carefully prepared, flavorful and beautifully presented food, - knowledgeable, friendly and attentive server, - a beautiful view of the lovely Crystal Court of the IDS. Only downside this evening was that there was no host/hostess to greet and seat us, nor after our meal to thank us when we left or provide us with a parking validation. Our dear server rose to both occasions, graciously and with a smile, but I don't think she should have had to perform either of those functions as she had responsibility for a number of tables -- maybe somebody missed a shift?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet