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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Basil's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (26)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (15)notable wine list (11)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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 2010
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Basil's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    All 4 meals were excellent - duck, veal, salmon, and crab. Appetizers were very tasty and dessert was wonderful. We all kept saying how good it was. Not much else to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From start to finish
    murph6263
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were early for our reservations and although it is winter, we took a drive along the shore just blocks from the restaurant. The moon hung full over the water and the waves were crashing with whitecaps. Sounds like the beginning of a romance novel. For Mrs. Smith and I, we found it to be just that. The greeting at front door was like an old friend visiting. We had our choice of tables and settled in to find a well rehearsed staff and an enjoyable food event. The menu offered a nice variety but the Mrs. and I had already taken a look on-line and knew what we wanted to try. The specials and the soup were fabulous. Mrs. Smith and I had wonderful time from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Valentine's Day Dinner
    Donni
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner from a menu offering some unique well prepared choices on the Wed before Valentine's Day. Basil's is often overlooked in the Pier, but our experience is they provide an intimate setting, attentive service, beautifully presented food for any special occasion. We should probably move it into our regular rotation of dining out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a treat
    RhodeIslandTraveler
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Basil's is such a pleasant restaurant, where you are warmly greeted and treated well. The service can be as discreet or as involved as you like, and they are great with giving suggestions about the traditional continental menu. There is a reliability and consistency to this restaurant that makes it worth a special occasion or simply a good time to treat yourself to a fine dinner. The beef stroganoff is unusual and tasty, or you can go lighter with grilled salmon. I'm partial to the salmon fume appetizer, where there is always enough to take home for breakfast the next day. Basil's elegance is inviting rather than intimidating: enjoy yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a nice treat to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Always a nice treat to go to Basil's I would highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    January
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    A dining delight which we will recommend to all our friends and neighbors .A five star experience from entering the restaurant to leaving after a warm goodbye from our waitress.We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    CLNYVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    As usual, service was great. The Appertizers of Escagot, and Soft Shell Crab were deliicious, and the Entrees of Steak Diane, and Veal ala Basils were perfect. A great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    live2eat
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Dinner was excellent with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts and superb staff going above and beyond the normal services.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Urimom2
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    A great experience overall! Highly recommended. The food was excellent;all three entrees were cooked to perfection and the service was top shelf .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    Oceanview
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food was fair not great, overpriced. Service was attentive but slow. Would not go back, would not recommend it..seems to be a local favorite, not sure why.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good food
    szlats
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Have been here a number of times and never disappointed. Fine French cuisine at reasonable prices with a nice small restaurant atmosphere and attentive, personal, but not overbearing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Experience . . . STILL
    KINGVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Small, cozy, intimate local restaurant with a flare for exceptional quality of service and cuisine. Escargot, frogs legs, Duck l'Orange add an enticing twist to the more common entrees like rack of lamb, steak, and seafood. An establishment that has withstood the test of time. Absolutely wonderful to once again experience a quiet, relaxing, and intimate dining experience where one could actually hold a conversation without having to shout above the noise of other patrons! Thank you, Basil's, for being there . . . STILL.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No trip to Narragansett is complete
    LandM
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    without dining at Basils. From the décor, to the wait staff, to the wine list, and most especially the FOOD......Basil's is the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood fine
    dancingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    One of the few romantic restaurants in this area, with good food. Sadly, not enough wait staff; though we warned that we had just over an hour to eat, we had to spend the last 15 minutes trying to get the check. Food was very good by local standards, but not quite so much by big city ones. Pretty decor. Reservations essential, even at early hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic