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Basso Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.basso-stl.com
  • Phone: (314) 932-7820
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2 pm, 5 pm -1am
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 1 am
    Sunday: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Connolly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Skinker Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self Parking in our lot for lunch and Monday -Wednesday. $4 valet parking for dinner Thursday - Saturday
A word from Basso
Basso is a sleek and exciting basement pub with an Italian accent and a playful attitude. Its creative mix of elements results in an intimate dining experience that is truly a feast for the senses. Chef Patrick Connolly's menu has all of the hallmarks of a traditional gastro pub with wood-fired pizzas, innovative small plates, 32 beers on tap and a host of Italian wines.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Service and food was very good. Only complaint is need a couple more small plate veggie choices."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Each time we go the food is amazing. Wish they would have kept the mushroom gnocchi on the menu BUT the crispy meatballs and roasted cauliflower are still available."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First and foremost, Basso always serves pretty spectacular pasta, flatbreads, charcuterie boards, and the like. The pasta mafalda is not to be missed. BUT: three gripes after frequest visits. One, the menu has remained pretty much the same since opening day, and I'd like to see the chef change it up. Second, the wine list, while featuring Italian wines for the most part, is pretty weak. Yes, I know they want to cater to a sports-bar crowd, but great food deserves great (popularly priced) wine. Finally, the "appetizers" are more like side dishes, and there is NOTHING that could pass as a nice bar snack. I'm increasingly weary of restaurants that demand you buy an appetizer (Brussels sprouts? Really?) to have with your cocktail."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything about Basso's was outstanding. Free valet parking as we arrived was a great bonus. The restaurant itself is in the basement of a building, but it didn't have that dank basement feel to it. Our server was outstanding. She was quickly able to answer all of our questions and was there for us when we needed her to be, but was never pushy or overbearing. The food was simply incredible. Each bite of the pizza was better than the bite before. Great beer and wine list to pick from. I can't recommend the raspberry cheesecake for desert enough. It was so rich and creamy that my wife and I almost ordered a second."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the bibb lettuce salad and great pizza. Good service, noisy."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "GREAT food! This is a fun menu concept. Pizza, pasta and sides meant to be shared. Casual but with up to the minute ambiance. Big screens make watching sports from anywhere possible but the wine list and 'fit for foodies' deliciousness of the small plates plus pizza and pasta make this unique. I'm not a huge kale fan but the kale caesar salad was perfect with the other small bites. We wanted to try one of everything!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "too noisy; waiter inattentive and condescending; some dishes very good but most unusual with too many ingredients; would not return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a casual but above average dinner and hit a home run at Basso. The $7 Happy Hour pizzas are a steal, and the drink specials were also very good. A tasty Italian red wine for $5 and a specialty cocktail for $6 were both excellent value."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a short window to have dinner at Basso before heading to a concert downtown. The server we had immediately acknowledged this (having seen the comment on our online reservation) and made the experience efficient without feeling rushed. The food was very tasty and the happy hour specials were a great deal. We would definitely do this again!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Everyone was so accommodating and helpful, especially the parking staff"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We went to Basso for our 9th wedding anniversary and had an absolutely amazing experience. I had requested a quiet corner booth or table for us when I made the reservation and they accommodated us with no problem, and wished us a Happy Anniversary as soon as our waitress arrived. My wife is also expecting, so the bartender made a special non-alcoholic drink for her. Our waitress was phenomenal and did a wonderful job of explaining the menu to us since we had never been there. Finally, the food was outstanding. We have gone to other restaurants for our anniversary and spent almost $200. Our bill at Basso was only $66 and we left full with food as good if not better than anywhere we ahve ever been. This is a MUST eat restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our first trip to Basso was fantastic! The service, food, cocktails, bar and ambience were all stellar. We are planning future trips and will be bringing friends. A great experience!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First, the abundant pluses. The space is fun and pleasing, like a basement pub. The staff are uniformly friendly, and I was particularly impressed when the bartender recognized me and knew my favorite cocktail, even though I had not been there in months. The flavors of the pizza I ordered were rich and satisfying with a crisp OUTER crust -- which brings me to the first minus. Not sure if it's the dough or the oven temp, but the pizza was impossible to pick up: the center crust was sodden, and the ingredients slid right off every slice. My other complaint is the lack of bar snack: not everyone wants an appetizer off the menu, and if the idea is for patrons to pay for EVERYthing, then offer something appropriate, like roasted pistachios."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Friendly, attentive staff. Fun decor. Modern Italian fit for foodies. Lots of small plate options to share, or entree sized portions if you prefer. All pastas available in 1/2 order size which is plenty. Don't miss the flash fried broccoli or the pappardelle with lamb Ragusa, orange, star anise, and chocolate. Unique, thoughtful options on the wine list (written by a staff somm). Some varietals I've never heard of. It was a Father's Day dinner and the served comped my dad's wine which was nice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "cool ambience; interesting,creative menu; prices were very reasonable; food was good but the majority was way too salty, enough so to keep me from returning. this seems to be a trend in nicer restaurants with skilled chefs and seems totally unnecessary."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I went there with my mother for a few drinks and apps, and it was great! I'm a bit of a foodie and enjoyed sharing the kale Caesar salad, shaved asparagus, wings, and calamari. Everything had a fun flair to it and I would love to take my boyfriend there for a date in the winter. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • " Going back! Great food great wine! It did get louder and louder as the evening went on. And its not often a place with such high end decor would be paired with Violent Femmes, Nine in Nails and Pink Floyd but I liked it a lot. Great date place! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is a fun place and the food is really good. The décor is really up-to-date and it's a good mix of people."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I am from Chicago and was visiting for a wedding. I had read about Basso in ratings and it sounded interesting. Also lived in Italy, cook Italian, have been in the restaurant business for years, so I was looking forward to my experience. The food was great, the server was well versed with the menu, wine and drink list was spot on, loved all the different sides that were available instead of entrees. Menu allows grazing and trying different combinations. The chef is very creative, and his use of flavors and textures with Italian cuisine is great. I wish this restaurant was in Chicago, because I would go there possibly weekly."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful Anniversary evening here. Our server was very attentive as was the rest of the staff throughout the remainder of our visit. A shared plate of crispy meatballs, and another of the roasted artichoke ware perfect set ups for the Emo Pizza. Every item was savory and a light dry proscecco topped it all off. This might not sound like most peoples idea of a romantic meal, but for us, any great meal is romantic in it's own way. Basso covered our wine and a delicious brownie with gelato for dessert to help us celebrate the night. Great place, Great staff, Great night!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Took four newcomers to Basso, it was delicious, as always!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Reserved at Basso, thinking it was the Restaurant upstairs. We were struck by the deafening noise level. We were seated immediately. The menu lists various categories - Vegetables and salads, Antipasti, Pasta and mains. It's a strange alternative universe Tapas concept. The categories are similar to those in Italy, but here they are encouraged to be shared by he table. Except when they're not. If you are going to have share plates, fine, but make it clear and MAKE SURE YOUR TABLES ARE SIZED AND SET TO ACCOMMODATE. The whole meal was marked by servers dropping on top of uncleared or unfinished plates. Menu design doesn't stop at the menu. Tables and tableware must be part of the whole design. The food was beyond excellent. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "There is no mistake, this place is the best in st. louis for new Italian inspired and fun. It goes up there with greats like Taste or Farmhaus."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Basso. It has some good vegetarian options. Noise was just ok. a little louder might have been too much."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I thought the food was delicious, but the portions were horrible. When I pay $16.00 for a portion of pasta, I expect to take some home and there was such a small amount in their full pasta order, none went home."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I'm a fan of Basso, but from now on I'll keep it on my winter-only list. The patio has potential to be cool if they figure out a way to bring the atmosphere from the inside out. It felt dead out there. When my husband went inside to use the restroom, he came back w/ table envy--something diners usually have over patio seating, not the other way around. Also, visits from the wait staff weren't as frequent as they'd have been inside. Drink orders took longer to arrive. I suspect it's due to the crazy stairs one must use to access the restaurant--not ideal for a service route, mostly likely creating a hassle for the servers. But of course, the food is great & servers are always friendly, this is plainly a logistical issue. Sit inside."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Looking for an interesting menu, unusual wine list, warm and welcoming ambiance? Think Basso at the Cheshire next to the Fox & Hound in St Louis. Superb antipasto with tasty breads, cheese and varied meat selections begin the dining experience. A wine list that features only Italian wines is challenging yet accessible due to the experience of the enthusiastic staff. Highly recommended are any of the wood fired pizzas that feature unusual toppings as well as traditional margarita and cheese pies. There are also entrees for diners seeking a hardier meal, but sharing the tantalizing dishes is the best experience. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "So much food to choose from you almost have to go with a group so you have have several items. The service the food is great and the bartenders make some grat drinks as well! Overall it's a great experience in a cozy restaurant! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great for corporate lunches where you may want some privacy."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "This was my first time dining and the service was the best I've experienced in a while. I. This is perfect for going to "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Met a friend here for dinner and drinks. Was pleasantly surprised that we made it in time for the happy hour specials (4:30-6pm). Since we weren't sure of the portion sizes of the small plates (B1G1), we ordered 4, and a small pizza ($7). We had plenty of food as the small plate portions were more than enough! I even took pizza to go for my lunch the next day."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We chose a variety of things to eat and they were all excellent! We had the cracked pepper pasta which is the most generic pasta they have and it was fabulous. Filled with flavor! I will go back! The basement atmosphere is cool and fun! Holly was our waitress and she was a doll!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We chose this place because it offered outdoor seating. When we got there they seemed annoyed that we requested on Open Table to sit outside. They did not have their patio open so they sat us on the patio that was next door, our waiter seemed very annoyed. By the time we ordered & are he was better, I appreciated the accommodation, but wish they would have called to let us know. The food was amazing & we had beautiful weather for outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Menu advertises dining is family-style, encouraging sharing. I ordered a half-order of the pasta while my dining companions ordered pizzas. Pasta was excellent, but a half-order was much smaller than I expected, and certainly not enough to sate me. Pizzas were excellent, and definitely big enough to share. Overall very good food (but order a full portion if you're hungry)."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Loved the feel of the place. Great beer selection. Food was quite good. loved the appetizer."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Had a really nice dinner at Basso Saturday night around 8pm. We started with the calamari which was excellent, and the chicken wings, which my husband loved. We both had pasta (the hazelnut pesto and the agnolotti) , which were good but not great. Our server was excellent. The only problem was the acoustics are so bad that we had to shout at each other to be heard. That made for an unpleasant experience. I guess the good news for Basso is that the place was packed and no one else seemed to care!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wonderful flavors happening with just about every dish. If a first-time visitor, suggest ordering a number of small plates to get exposure to a number of dishes"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The noise level was off the charts with the final four, cardinal baseball and the crazy techno music beat in the forefront."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fantastic pizza! Perfect crust coming from their pizza ovens."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great spot. Enjoyed with a group of 8 on a busy Saturday night. Noise level is high, so not the spot to go if you're looking for romantic dinner conversation. Food was excellent, atmosphere is fun and energetic. We were there on a very busy Saturday evening, so service was a little slow. Definitely a spot I'd recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014