Ladies doing lunch!
What a delicious lunch. The waiter was friendly and very accommodating to our requests. Our food was prepared very nicely: pasta was al dente with much flavor. Of course, we love that it is a BYOW restaurant.
5/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a great restaurant!
Basilico has been in Millburn for years. We stopped going, but went back this year and it was better than I remembered. The food was delicious w great specials. Their Osso bucco is still amazingly good. My only complaint is that the specials should be written down. There are so many it's hard to remember them all after the server goes they a list of 7-8 diff items!!
Loved the desserts, especially the Italian cheesecake.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still doing great
This restaurant has been around longer than I remember and continues its excellence. Menu is a nice mix of traditional and slightly adventurous Italian food. Just wish they would give prices of specials without being asked. BYOB or order NJ wines they offer.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food - Noisy
My wife and I had a rare weekday night out - Thursday night was quite busy and the noise level was more than we would have preferred. The table for 2 was quite small and it was a challenge to find a place for wine, water and the food. The food was excellent - the bread and toppings superb - main courses were outstanding - the desert was excellent. The service was haphazard - When the waiter was taking our order he faced away from me and spoke directly to my wife when describing the specials and I had to ask him to repeat them since I couldn't hear him - we also has to ask to have our plates removed after finishing each course - so the service was less than perfect and certainly not the equal of the food.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with 7 people for Dinner
Went with 7 people for Dinner on a Sunday evening. Place was jumping! Unfortunately had to wait about a half hour for our 7:15 reservation. Food was very good, and the noise level abated as the evening wore on. Would recommend though. They have a patio, but was told it wasn't open until July. Will come again when the patio opens.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely dinner with friends from out of town. Food was outstanding. Service left a bit to be desired. Waitress disappeared at times and we had to flag down other servers to fill water, etc. otherwise, a lovely evening.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Lunch
Basilico is a neighborhood fixture, and I have gotten reacquainted recently for lunch. The open air tables inside the restaurant offer a lovely cafe experience without the cars driving by, etc. In the past I found the food inconsistent although authentic, but my last few times at the restaurant the food has been terrific and the service too. There are many options depending on and how much of a meal you would like, and it is a relaxing experience out of a busy work day. I am also impressed that they are back to offering wines from a local winery although I have not sampled yet.
I cannot comment on dinner but I will definitely check out.
Kudos to Basilico.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
wine license nice addition
wine license nice addition - food was great as always
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
Very good food. Attentive service. The hostess gave us the option of sitting by the door which we took. With a nice day outside it seemed like the right thing to do, especially since the garden option - which is a highlight of this place - was not available. The hostess should have at least explained why it was not an option. Unfortunately the street option was not a great one either. There seemed to be construction work going on in the neighborhood which I would think the hostess would have known of. I can understand that the trash truck removing the Thai restaurant's garbage from the previous night and stinking the entire block for 15 minutes that it took, is not something she would have anticipated. We did not let it spoil a good lunch.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rice Balls, Skirt Steak, Seafood FD
All excellent meals as always. Next time I will request additional spice for the seafood Fra diablo. Rice balls are the best, even better then we had in Italy.We have ordered the rice balls the last 4 times we dined at Basilicos. Service was outstanding as always.
Next Time I may just order 2 orders of rice balls... Wait 5 minutes and order the seafood Fra Diablo.:)
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a party of six and
We were a party of six and it was a wonderful evening and we had the benefit of being able to sit near the front of the restaurant with open doors to the sidewalk...perfect for a sense of being outdoors without any commotion.
The menu is extensive with many options ... our orders differed from fish to pasta to veal and everyone was happy. Portion sizes are large.
Our only concern was we were on a time schedule as we were attending a show at 8 PM...the leisurely pace that we would otherwise have very much enjoyed needed prompting.
Overall an excellent find.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food sub-par service.
Food is really good. Every dish with the exception of the desert was delicious. Desert was not impressive at all. Service was sub par.
The waiter did not speak a good English and all his announced specials were unrecognizable. Order was mixed up few times. The vine that he brought was not the same that we ordered. Food was mixed up and the water even claimed that Branzino fish is the same as Bass.. When the bill came, we were overcharged for extra sparking water bottle ($8) that we never ordered.
So the bottom line is that the food is great, and I guess we got unlucky with the service. We will definitely visit again hoping for a different waiter.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The portions were tremendous
The portions were tremendous and absolutely delicious.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little restaurant
Byob, attentive and knowledgeable waiters, fresh food,
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great before the theater
I get cravings for their goat cheese & pear raviolis.
Waitress was really good and customer focused on this visit.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
wish they had a liquor license
wish they had a liquor license but food so good, did not miss. Just the right degree of spiciness and portions big without giving one a headache just looking at them.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
took out of town friends to our neighborhood restaurant for northern italian dinner. This is a byo so we enjoyed our choice of wine with delicious dinners. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers and main entrees; fresh ingredients, delightful choices, preparation was perfect. Wait staff was attentive but did not rush or hover. Will def. go back.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had the stuffed chicken. Was great. Ceaser salad very tasty. Great service. BYOB
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had a 9Pm reservation on a Friday night! ours was the only empty table in the restaurant, so they sat us immediately.
waiter was attentive and service was good. Food was GREAT...Everything we ordered was delicious.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. If you're
Food was great. If you're a big mozzerella fan like me, you've got to have the burrata. Yum! Convenient location, nice contemporary atmosphere, attentive service. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Basilico.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Usually very good
Went with a friend for dinner. I've been here many times before--they have a great New Years Eve dinner. This time, the food didn't live up to expectations. My dish, a special black ink pasta with smoked trout and veggies, was bland. My friend's dish, pasta with cauliflower, was too salty. However, the spinach salad with figs and dessert were delicious-Italian cheesecake and warm chocolate cake with ice cream, both with mango sauce. We tried each other's--the chocolate cake was one of the best I've ever had; the cheesecake was yummy! Maybe we just picked the wrong entrees. It didn't make me not want to come back. The server was also very nice--he was attentive but not intrusive. We stayed for quite a while and were not rushed at all.
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, two drawbacks
Food & service were truly excellent. Two notable issues w/ dining here. One is the lack of parking in the area. There is a lot directly behind w/ limited, very narrow spaces. The restaurant has little control over available parking given their location so it can't be held against them, but it is an important review item to know about. The other issue is the generally cramped atmosphere inside. We were there for a special occasion & felt very cramped at a two top against a wall, the other choice was being elbow to elbow with another table (or two). Parties of 4 or more seemed to have more room, so it's really the parties of two that have to worry about the space issues. I would recommend Basilico with the preceding caveats in mind.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was very nice, however,
Dinner was very nice, however, their back patio was closed.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great meal. Only
Always a great meal. Only issue was we had a 7:30 reservation and didn't get our table until 8PM.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Popular for a reason
It's a tough reservation for a Saturday night but well worth the wait. Everything was great from the lobster salad to the sole and the seafood pasta. Parking is very tough on Saturday night;new town garage will be a huge help.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Great Desserts. I enjoyed the Fish special. The Gnocchi with Pesto was amazing as always!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I actually won a food gift
I actually won a food gift certificate. I was pleasantly pleased as the food was delicious. The service was exceptional. We were eating before a play and everything was timely and cooked to perfection. The dessert made the night. Plan on doing it on a weekend with couples and more time to enjoy the ambience.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Place!!!
What I love about this place the most is that it seems once you walked in you would have sworn you spend 30 minutes on the NYC midtown direct and walked into a restaurant with the same hustle & bustle of Manhattan.
They accommodate to our every need, even cooking off menu for our 3 kids.
I cannot wait to try every single dish because every one we have tried so far is incredible.
Service is impeccable, and leave room for desert.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
love this place. its consistently
love this place. its consistently good, both food and service!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basilico was perfect for my recent business lunch. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. The food and service were excellent.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had been there for lunch and loved it so much went back for dinner for husbands birthday. It was his first time and loved the food also.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Attentive service. Couldn't be happier with the entire experience.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was excellent. They
Dinner was excellent. They don't rush you with each course and the food was delicious. The staff was very attentive and service was excellen. The only problem was that I was with a group of senior citizens who were annoyed at how dark the restaurant was and they were unable to read the menu. The staff was unable to supply mini flashlights to help with this situation. Lucky for me that I had my I phone and gave them a flash light to read the menu.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried their Pastas this time and both were excellent. Dessert as always was great! Will be back soon.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining at
We always enjoy dining at Basilico. The food is very enjoyable. We were just sorry we didn't have time for dessert.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable experience
This was our first visit and we will return. The menu is diverse- even salad combos are interesting. We shared an appetizer special of well grilled calamari and shrimp in a bed of white beans, very tasty. I had a classic papardelle bolognese which was super al dente but perfect for me. My husband had a cod special on a bed of artichokes and sundried tomatoes, generously portioned and very good. Desserts are not typical Italian and it was hard to choose. We had a chocolate soufflé, good but could be more chocolatey, and a seasonal brûlée pumpkin cheesecake that I want to eat again right now! Wines are either BYOB or a small selection of specific bottles only are offered. We always bring... Service was great
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience at Basilico
Wonderful service, delicious dinner--couldn't be better!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Basilico before seeing a Sunday evening show at the Papermill playhouse. Had a great experience. Sat down right on reserved time. The food was excellent and promptly served. Just what we needed to get to our show.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
Veal parmesean and vel scalloping were fantastic, as we're the rice balls and tuna tartare
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect spot for dining
Food was great. We were late due to traffic but they held our table. The service was superb especially when they knew we were going to a play at the Papermill Playhouse.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good dinner
We have been visiting Basilico for decades- never disappointed. This time we dined prior to the Paper Mill Playhouse Show- Honeymoon in Vegas- it was a great evening.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local BYOB in Millburn
Very nice atmosphere. Roomy - not sitting on top of each other. Excellent service. Food was top notch. Excellent desserts as well. Would go back and recommend to others.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, food can be spotty
Went to Basilico with a friend I haven't seen in 50 years, plus our spouses. We spent almost two hours catching up, and never felt rushed. The service was attentive but not intrusive. My husband and I had the pumpkin ravioli with Gorgonzola sauce and walnuts--disappointing-it wasn't hot and the sauce was too thick and also wasn't plentiful enough-probably should have sent it back for reheating and for more sauce.The ravioli was on the bland side. However, the arugula salad with figs and goat cheese was very good. My friend's wife had the mushroom ravioli, which was hot and delicious, and his salmon was also very good. We will probably come again, in the hopes of choosing a better entree, since the others were much better than ours.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fish entrees were beautifully prepared (red snapper, orrata, and flounder). The accompanying vegetables were nicely prepared as well. Loved the brulee pumpkin cheesecake. Service was extremely attentive. We had very early (6pm) reservations. At this time the restaurant wasn't fully filled and it wasn't too loud. By 8pm it was filled, noisy and people were waiting.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely place for a celebratory
Lovely place for a celebratory dinner. Baked ziti special was very good along w the pumpkin ravioli. It's easy being a vegetarian at this restaurant. Very nice wine selection but you can bring your own. Will definitely be back here.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having frequented Basilico for over 9 years I can assure you that no area restaurant has been so consistent - from the quality of the food to the level of service to the amazing desserts, there's something for everyone to like here.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our second time here and we're not disappointed. Food selection and presentation were top notch. Portion sizes were sized right, although I could've had a bit more risotto with short ribs. We'll be back
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A BYOB with a wine list, go figure. Our table was a bit cramped with many servers and patrons brushing by so avoid seating in the area between the front and back dining rooms. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Never opened the menu, had to go with the Chestnut soup and the Venison Three Ways both special that night. Great choices, we'll be back.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were thrilled with our
We were thrilled with our visit to Basillico. The food was fabulous ,the service superb and the ambience delightful We can't wait to go back.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal
We had another great dining experience last Friday. The food was wonderful. They had lemon sole as a special and it was delicious. As always, the bread and desserts were fabulous. This is becoming my new favorite dining spot. I would just caution that if you are seated near the door it gets quite cold and a bit noisy. Otherwise, a lovely place to dine with friends and family.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM