Basil's Restaurant
Basil's Restaurant

Basil's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.basilsri.com/
  • Phone: 4017893743
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Closed Mondays (we are available for private events, please call to inquire). Open Monday, March 28th for Narraganset Restaurant Week (see details below).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental, French
  • Executive Chef: Vasilios Kourakis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can seat up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Vasilios Kourakis 4017893743
  • Special Events: $20.11 for 3 course prix fixe dinner during Narragansett Restaurant Week, Friday, March 25th through Sunday, April 3rd. Offering choice of soups, salad, and main course choice of Vol au Vent, Red Snapper or Pork Tenderloin. View this menu and the regular menu on our webiste: www.basilsri.com. What a deal...don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to enjoy exquisite European cuisine at 1980's prices!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boon Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop is in front of Restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking in front of the Restaurant. There is on street parking as well as a public lot across the street.
A word from Basil's Restaurant
Basil's of Narragansett is an experience in fine dining,a restaurant of "elegant food and atmosphere by the sea". Although located only one block from Narragansett Beach & the famous Narragansett Towers, we are a visit back to the charm of turn of the century Narragansett. Surprises greet you the moment you enter the front door and view the floral wallpaper, french doors & cozy seating. You will be led to an intimate comfortable setting & treated as if you are in the personal dining room of our world class Chef owner Vasilios Kourakis and his wife, Kathy. The menu offers classic French cuisine, daily specials & a three course prix fixe menu for $25.00 that changes seasonally. The service is personal, professional and attentive. The wine list is award winning. Browse through our menu & wine list. You will see why Basil's is in its 27th year of business, its solid reputation built upon the highest quality of food & preparation, outstanding service and a warm & inviting atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Basil's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (35)special occasion (34)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (22)notable wine list (19)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Will Miss Basils
    JT57
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had the opportunity to eat at their second to the last night and enjoyed every moment. Basils were surely be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basil's is Still Wonderful
    dineinSCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Basil's has been one of our favorites for many years. Everything is consistently perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pgwarwick
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Outstanding dining experience. Always the best food selection, preparation and presentation. Wait staff completely professional in all respects. With the loss of this restaurant our dining pleasures will surely diminish. We have enjoyed you over the years and wish you well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chip
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    very sorry to see you go, as always everything was excellent. I may never eat duck again. we will miss you and Basil's entire staff. good luck and relax for awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So sad it's leaving!
    rworklady
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Disappointed that it is closing in two weeks... I just discovered this little gem of a date-night spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    chip
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You will be missed!!!!!! We so enjoy your restaurant and so sad we wont be writing reviews for it anymore. The best of luck to you your family and your great staff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't know where my husband is going to get his duck fix!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basil"s Narragansett RI
    January
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was my third dinner at Basil's and each visit has been memorable. I moved here two years ago and had heard that Basil's was the place to go for a "special evening." That statement has been true each time. From the minute you open the door until you close the same door upon leaving, the evening is a memory to be shared.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This very good restaurant is relatively small and can be full on the weekend. One of the best and popular dishes on the menu is duck orange. When we ordered two for our group we were told that if we want more than one per table we should have mentioned it when making our reservation...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good in 2014
    CTfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been going here for years as a special dinner. Sauce for the special veal was thin and veal was chewy. I asked for extra vegetables instead of potato, but didn't get it. Special was swordfish that was overcooked. Scallop app was bland. Even though we each had an app, entree, and shared a dessert, we both left hungry. Service was horrible...It took 30 minutes after we were finally seated just to get a drink! We will not go back next year because the food and the service were not up to the standards of "fine dining".
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • djmacjr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have eaten at the restaurant before. The food is outstanding upstairs is very nice, the basement not so much. The noise level on this visit was like being at a sporting event or on the floor at the NYSE. Ruined the evening, however the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    FussyDiners
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always look forward to an evening at Basil's when we vacation in Narragansett. Small, intimate dining, outstanding service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dachsielady
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have never had a bad meal here. Always quiet, wait staff attentive, wonderful for a place to actually talk during a meal and not have to yell.!! Food is always very good and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A HIDDEN TREASURE
    DeDe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We look forward to our annual visit to Narragansett so that we can have dinner at Basil's. The restaurant is small so we like to go early before all the tables are filled. The escargot (6) are served with a nice garlic/butter sauce....be sure to save some of the delicious rolls to dip into the sauce! The filet was perfectly cooked and served with a nice béarnaise sauce. The service was good but did slow as the restaurant got busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant meal
    twodox
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Basil's offers an excellent menu and incredible wine list in two settings. The upstairs room is formal and elegant - suitable for a romantic evening. We ate in the lower room, which is less formal. The menu is the same in both. I had a simply and beautifully prepared rack of lamb and my wife enjoyed her duck. We chose a sirah from a very extensive wine list, to complement this very excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So French
    MMG8401
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Intimate dining setting with impeccable service and fine French food, who could ask for anything more? The soft shell crab and escargot appetizers were beautifully plated and ever so tasty. The duck entrée was classic and the veal was excellent. A classic restaurant. A gem in this beach town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobbyv99
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We always love to dine here at Basil's. The food and the ambiance of the place never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Steve
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant main floor is rather small and creates an intimate atmosphere. I have been here many times and they have never disappointed me. I started with the French onion soup which was terrific. The duck is my favorite dish and is always outstanding, as are the steak dishes. The service is generally attentive without being over bearing. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but dated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food and service were wonderful! I do think the restaurant needs some updating in their decor which will make it more appealing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, Intimate, Delicious
    HoCo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Basil's is not what you expect in a beachfront resort town. While most places have the standard nautical motif and menu, Basil's is a small, quiet, intimate, very European-feeling hideaway that is great for a romantic evening. It is not for a family with young children coming off the beach looking for lobster rolls, fried clams and chicken fingers. With well appointed tables, a dark floral wall paper, muted lighting and soft mood music, the ambiance reminded me of the little cafe's from Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." I chose this restaurant when I saw Soft Shell Crabs on the menu. It did not disappoint! Sauteed and covered with slivered almonds, it was a great version of one of my favorite dishes. The wine list was varied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still best local romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We been going to Basil's for years, usually for special occasions, and never disappointed. This was our 22nd anniversary, and there's no better combination of ambiance, great food, and service. We had the filet mignon and the swordfish special, and the crab-stuffed artichoke hearts as an appetizer. Even though not our usual favorite weekend waiter, our waitress has also been there for years, and was great. The only small flaw was we could hear a radio from the kitchen competing with the romantic music in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always friendly and knowledgeable staff, really helps make the place romantic and date friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could not be more pleased
    ExeterJoe
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The waiter was very attentive, but not intrusive. I had steak with a creamy pepper sauce on it. Probably the most tender & flavorful piece of beef I've ever had. I have a hearing problem and noisy restaurants with hard surface walls can be annoying. I was very comfortable with my hearing at Basil's. My only criticism is the veggies. I like them crisp, but wish they had been cooked just a little bit more. Our desserts were delicious. Chocolate mousse and cheesecake with strawberries. All in all, a great place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    For over 30 years, Basil's has been our favorite restaurant in the world. No flash, no trend-setting and nothing "astoundingly creative." Instead, superb, fresh food carefully cooked by a master. Very reasonable prices, subtle service and unhurried dining. Delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Basil's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • One of a kind
    Reebs
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A truly superb dining experience. The attention paid to the smallest details is impressive. The food is always amazing and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Princes
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Always delicious food. Presentation perfect. Lauren, our server, courtious, friendly and always a step ahead to knowing what the diner needs.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place
    patty
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wonderful, small restaurant with unique specialties and excellent service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Granny
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Restaurant is tiny...felt like we were eating in a short hallway...table way to close. Very disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chip
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    great special occasion restaurant (2 couples were celebrating their anniversaries). The meal was delicious as usual and service both professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In luv with Basils
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wonderful dining experience with inpeccable service, exquisite food and intimate atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous
    Princes
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bazils is a top notch spot. Great food - wait staff is professional and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Classic French
    Carlitos
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Highly recommended. Great waiter. Recommend the weiner schnit with a fried egg!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Wonderful meal - made for a very special family birthday. Also a romantic place for couples.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    jenn
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great food frog legs were amazing would dwffinitly come again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance Bloomed!
    Alan
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was intended to be a romantic birthday dinner for my wife of 20+ years. It exceeded our expectations. The ambience is very European and intimate, the wait staff suttle and inconspicuous while catering to every need. The food was wonderful and obviously freshly prepared. The prices were quite rasonable and the wine list offered interesting, unsual finds that we would have gone to find for ourselves - and there they were on the winelist. Th dessert was sublime. We will keep Basil's high on our "return to" list and not just for special events. Well worth trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant, very fancy.
    Rhody
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A great restaurant, very fancy. The duck was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Narragansetts best kept secret
    Jon1
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Amazing service and Consistently great food period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't have been better
    bianca
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This was my first visit to Basil's and it certainly won't be my last. The ambience, food and service were excellent. The upstairs dining room is extremely small but we were seated in a corner booth so we had a little more room than other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    UpscaleDiners
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food was perfect. French cuisine prepared wonderfully and exactly as requested. The accompanying sides were as carefully crafted as the main dish. The staff was delightful (although the waitress, whom I understand was a stand in, could have taken a little time to aquaint herself with the wines.) but she couldn't have been more attentive and she was knowledgeable about the menu and food. The chef/owner came out to personally greet everyone and make sure all were happy. And as we were one the last two tables left at closing he came out and shared a special beverage with us all. A nice unexpected touch of hospitality that rounded off a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Delight
    NobleDiner
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at this wonderful restaurant and everything was as it should be. Ambience perfect, intimate setting, food excellent and well presented, music selections perfect, one of the best waitresses we've ever had. Reasonably priced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Food
    Gizmo
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The food is consistent, always delicious . Recommendation, more wine by the glass choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall