A Geat Place to play Hide & Eat...
If they say Good things come in small packages, then Great Food comes with small restaurants! We loved it! You will too! Street parking was not an issue but for quick access, use the $5 valet.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summers on the patio
Dining on the patio is always a treat at Basi Italia. Four of us enjoyed a lovely evening with great food. Since June is when soft-shell crabs are available for a short time, Basi chefs prepared a delicious appetizer to celebrate this season. Two diners ordered the always popular Basi specialty, eggplant parmigiana. One diner had the linguini with fresh clams and he raved about the dish. I had seared scallops which were also prepared to perfection. If you want to dine on the patio, be sure to arrive before 6 pm so you won't be disappointed.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect evening. The patio
A perfect evening. The patio is wonderful. The food is out of this world.
The cocktails were strong and tasty. My favorite spot in Columbus.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband & I chose Basi for our anniversary dinner. We had a nice time, good food & wine. The service was very good. The only disappointment was that when we arrived for our 6:00 reservation and asked about the patio, we were told it fills up at 5 so there was a 45 minute wait for a patio table. If I had known, I would have made our reservations for 5. They do not reserve the patio. Overall, we were happy to experience Basi since it was our first time, but for a $100 meal, it did not knock out socks off.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in an interesting setting. Loved sitting outside but not sure I would want to sit indoors - very small too closely spaced tables. The sangria was excellent as was the Sweet Sausage Rigatoni.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood find!
I couldn't believe we found this restaurant on trip advisor. It was hidden away and just wonderful. We loved the food, the ambiance and the outdoor garden.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem, tucked away in an unexpected neighborhood location. We dined on the outside patio, under cover on a rainy evening. Relaxed atmosphere. A great bar and concise yet clever Italian menu. The rigatoni was exceptional, as was the trout.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have eaten at Basi many times, but indoors. The back patio is wonderful and a true gem tucked into the neighborhood. You would never expect such a neat little spot.....
And the food and the drink and the service, above and beyond most other restaurants.....excellent.......will continue to return.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basi is one of my very favorite
Basi is one of my very favorite restaurants in Columbus. The food is outstanding and the staff are incredible. The outdoor urban patio is by far my favorite patio in town. This is a hidden gem that you don't want to miss!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cozy, romantic, and an escape
This gem is nestled in a quiet neighborhood, tucked away from the busy streets of Columbus. The interior is well designed. The indoor dining area looks as if it could seat 25 people at capacity, but when we arrived at 5pm it was just us and the staff. Great lighting, warm colors, candles at every table, soft music floating in from the background.
We ordered an appetizer: The Flatbread ($10) -- probably the best appetizer I have ever purchased. As well as the Lamb ($19) meatballs and the Steak (~$26). All incredibly well done, and decently sized. ( Not enough to make you bulge at the seems, but certainly filling. )
Qualms: occasional interruptions by rock music from the kitchen, slow on refills, and fake candles. No real issues (:
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
What's not to love?
Since Discovering this gem in Columbus a few years ago, whenever we are in town we make it a point to book a reservation at this charming locally and neighborhood restaurant.
The food is fresh and innovative. The service always warm and friendly. The atmosphere charming.
Get off the main drag in the Short North, and discover why this Is a must destination!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basi Shows Well
We had heard from friends about this Victorian Village spot and decided to give it a go. We opted for outdoor dining given the amazing break in summer weather and it was more than worth it - their back yard seating is relaxing and energetic at the same time. The menu has nice options, don't miss the flat bread appetizer.
One thing I will say is that this is a quaint restaurant and setting, if you are going on a prime evening you may need to wait a bit, but the friendly staff took care of us - hang in there, it's work the wait.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basi is amazing!
Last night was the first time I visited Basi Italia, but it won't be the last. Delicious food, unparalleled ambiance, and great service made my first experience stand out. I had the rigatoni and my partner had the carrot risotto and both were wonderful. Portions were big and price was fair. Truly cannot wait to go back.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
are we in Brooklyn?
the food was premier and we felt like we were out of town--great service, valet parking, the whole deal! we'll definitely be back for more!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
Hidden gem in the heart of the city. So small your extended family would not all fit but big on flavors and creativity!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food & great service.....
Great spot for a nice patio dining experience! Impressive wine list, along
with a courteous staff. You will definitely need to valet! My only suggestion would be to offer more
menu selections. Unless you enjoy eating the same meal, after several visits, you'd run out of options/choices.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous weather prompted this dinner to be able to dine on the patio. Basi doesn't fail to impress. I requested Gluten free pasta and it was outstanding in the dish. My wife had the eggplant parmesan. Portions are substantial. You will not go away hungry here.
Very romantic setting is a great quiet neighborhood. Valet parking is very useful in the residential streets surrounding the location.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated a birthday out on their lovely back patio. The ambience was perfect, the wine hit the spot and the food was absolutely delicious!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best patio in town & matching food
We came back on purpose looking for a romantic evening in a location with ambiance and food we could count on. Basi didn't disappoint. From the valet, to the hostess greeting, to the creative bartender and all the way through the meal the night could not have been better. The carrot risotto was unique with a light flavor matching the richness and creaminess of the cheese and abrorio. My date had a sauteed fish on a bed of hominy. We shared roasted beets and a bean salad for starters and it all went together so perfectly.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never a Disappointment!
Dining at Basi Italia is always a lovely experience and it has never disappointed me yet. We enjoyed a perfect summer evening on the patio. It was busy and energetic but not too crowded or loud. We celebrated my husband's birthday and enjoyed chatting with the chef and owner. I had the lamb meatball entrée which might be the most delicious thing I have ever eaten at Basi and that is saying a lot! Being able to walk to this neighborhood gem from our house is a true gift.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Basi Italia several times but this evening was one of the better experiences we've had. The meals we all ordered were exceptional and the plates looked beautiful when delivered. Colorful, delicious! And, our server was fun, open and helpful--such a refreshing change. Thanks.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in town
Basi has been the best in town since it opened 10 years ago. The menu continues to evolve and is always nicely presented and the tastes are so perfect. The sevice was great as always. It is a quaint, low stress environment. Combined with the service and food, that makes for a perfect evening.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service when we first at down then the waitress didn't come back for awhile. My drink ran out and had to wait until I could flag someone down. I know every restaurant is guilty of asking how everything is as soon as you get your food. But our waitress asked as soon as they sat the plates down. The only honest answer I could give was that it looked good. Then she disappeared again.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another outstanding meal
I took my two kids, 13 and 17, for dinner. They loved it as well. I have been before and the menu is limited, but everything is great. The prices are actually too good for the quality as well. I cant recomend Basi enough!!!! One of the best restaraunts I have ever been.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience!
Our evening at Basi was fabulous, from start to finish! The service was excellent, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect! We will definitely be back soon!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Basi so much. I've been here a few times, and every time I'm reminded of how good the food is, and the back patio is awesome. I got the special: a three-course journey through a Beautiful Bisque, then off to Veal-Gnocchi Dumpling Land, and finally landing on a Perf Pumpk Roll. WOW SO GOOD I LOVE IT HEREeE
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific menu, perfect service, nice atmosphere -- one of the best in Columbus. Highly recommended.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had Another Fabulous dining
We had Another Fabulous dining adventure at BASI. The food was amazing! We ran into friends of ours and Basi was so thoughtful they sat us together!!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank goodness it was warm outside
This has to be the smallest dinning place in Columbus. Thank goodness we were able to eat on the elegant patio. The food was terrific and above expectations. The Chef is keeping this place in business because the faciltiy is not.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always wonderful here
We love using the patio. Jack's friendliness takes the cake and the specials are always inventive. Adventure abounds, and we very much like the kind of folks that find this place.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the BEST in Columbus
Continues to be one of the best places to eat in Columbus. Great food and atmosphere. Uses a lot of local products. Great patio. Recently took some out of town friends there and they are still talking about it!!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great first Suprise date
For the first time in a year I was able to take my boyfriend to some place not only that he'd never been, but never heard of. Needless to say he was so suprised! We had such a great night and it was a beautiful and special evening. We will definately be back again!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you appreciate food and creativity, this restaurant is for you.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basi is great. The food is creative and delicious. We sat on the covered back patio this time. The metal chairs were uncomfortable, but the atmosphere was quaint, they had space heaters, and it didn't feel quite as tight as indoors. I highly recommend this place, but make sure you get reservations with Open Table early!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was just there this weekend for my 3 year anniversary. The place was beautiful, food was delicious and our waitress Jess was very sweet!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
we have been here many times
we have been here many times over the past year - each experience was memorable. The food is amazing - love the zucchini appetizer, and the trout never lets us down. we love the patio - so cozy! service is incredible - good wine selection and one of the best bartenders around!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will be going back
I took my girlfriend here the other night and everything was perfect. Our server was knowledgable and friendly, the food was quick and delicious. Great ambience. I will absolutely be going back.
I even left my wallet and phone there so my gf called and they kept the place open for me to come back and get it. Such friendly staff. Again, I will 100% be going back.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is a great place, just
It is a great place, just be willing to share your personal space, it is a bit cramped.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basi Italia is one of my favorite restaurants in the Victorian Village/Short North area! Part of what makes it special is that it's pretty well hidden. They don't seem to advertise much and instead choose to rely on word-of-mouth and repeat customers. I brought a girl here for our second date and she loved it! I almost don't want to recommend it to anyone else just so it doesn't get overrun. But, since I am writing an online review anyway, I highly recommend this restaurant.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food is the Star
Small, hidden restaurant. Seating is tight. Food is very good to outstanding. I generally like a lot of spice in my food, and so at first I missed the spices, but as I continued to eat, I noticed the flavors of just basic, good quality fresh ingredients. Started with the zucchini appetizer - very good. Also had a bowl of the lobster clam chowder - for me, it was good, but not outstanding - portion was kinda small for the price and I would like larger chunks of seafood in the soup. My wife had the scallop dish, and it was outstanding. I had the Ohio rabbit pasta, and it was also outstanding. Salty caramel creme brulee for dessert was outstanding. Pumpkin roll was very good.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
very good experience. interesting
very good experience. interesting menu, very good preparations, very small restaurant but great ambiance- no
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and ambiance
Eating at Basi Italia is like going to a dinner party with friends: the intimate space is at once romantic and vibrant. But the food, so fresh and flavorful, is what keeps us coming back to this gem of a place.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and service
This was our third time coming to Basi and I would say experience was the best at of all of the visits. Service was great and our waitress was really friendly. I had the risotto and it was the best risotto I've ever had ( I've had some great risotto around the world and if it is on the menu I always get it). The pumpkin pie was really tasty as well.
Downsides, you have to valet and it took some time for the valet to take car when we arrived. Also they need to invest in better tables, very flimsy outdoor table inside the restaurant. Also tables too close together.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was good, as usual, but we felt very rushed. Appetizers came before the cocktails. Busy place, but would be nice to have time to enjoy the food and company.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Birthday Dinner
Basi absolutely lived up to the hype! Everything my boyfriend and I ordered was amazing, and we finished all of it - 2 starters, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts - I can't wait to go back!
The waitstaff was wonderful too - our waiter made us feel special which was great. A lot of times "fancy" restaurants have snooty staff and that doesn't help with the experience. If I'm spending that much money, I want to feel appreciated in a genuine way. And the staff at Basi did that.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a solid restaurant for the price. The food they offer is quite, quite good. But there are some issues: this is NOT a place you go for gluten-free options. Most places in town now offer solid gluten-free options (and let's face it, just because its Italian doesn't mean all you can put on the plate is pasta).
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and service. Perfect spot for a romantic evening.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had heard great things about
I had heard great things about it & I was not disappointed. A great spot.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden gem
The food quality and presentation is impressive. We had the rabbit, the pork chops and the stuffed chicken and everything was done to perfection. You know immediately that this is a special place.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had been wanting to go to basi for some time and finally made reservations. I found the food to be fantastic and the service was probably the best I've experienced in Columbus. It is a bit cramped if you're not a fan of tight spaces I certainly wouldn't recommend it. All together I can say that I will be back
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM