Very good but not outstanding
Beautiful view of Crystal Court from balcony tables. Service: perfect, right level of attentive, useful recommendations. Food: good, but not outstanding. Beet salad: very few beets, purple ones hard, orange ones mushy, otherwise great composition of ingredients/flavors. Steak au poivre: was discouraged by server for asking for rare, so sure, ordered it medium rare, and darn, it came out medium. Nice presentation though, on top of bed of very flavorful mashed potatoes & perfectly cooked (tender-crisp) asparagus. Tiramsu: charming presentation w cup of espresso on plate(we poured over cake, yum!) but lacking the rum that normally the cake soaks in. Given prices they need to pay more serious attention to details, up the quality.
3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Lovely Dining Experience
Reserved a table on the balconey at Basil's for our 33rd anniversary and were not disappointed. It was a fabulous couple of hours ... a real 4-star experience. My wife and I shared an appetizer (Ahi), enjoyed our own salads (Pear & Beet and Chopped), and loved our entrees (Filet for her and Sea Bass for me). The courses arrived at a leisurely pace as we sipped our house wines and sampled the very tasty bread. The service and personal attention we received from all employees was outstanding! We turned down the dessert offerings, but they looked gorgeous. We will return ... sooner than later.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were at Easter Brunch at
We were at Easter Brunch at windows on Minnesota. Everything was perfect in all respects from arrival to departure. We will definitely try the restaurant next time in the Cities.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall very good. Had overcooked
Overall very good. Had overcooked pork chop for dinner and server went to replace right away. Took a bit but came back cooked right. Manager even came to check on us. Appreciated that they sought to make things right. Location overlooking IDS courtyard is excellent.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and great service.
Good food and great service. worth a return visit.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basil's served excellent food
Basil's served excellent food and the service was great. This restaurant was well prepared for our Living Social coupon and clearly explained what was included. The choices were excellent and I loved that they had a separate menu for people with these offers to make decisions easier. I didn't feel like we were treated any differently. The person serving us was very attentative, knew the food and made suggestions and was very enjoyable. We will come back and would highly recommend Basils.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food lacked in quality compared
Food lacked in quality compared to what Basis's was 3 or 4 years ago
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a lovely way to spend
It was a lovely way to spend the evening with my husband. The server was terrific! She was helpful with recommendations. We would absolutely go back.
Just so you know, we read a comment earlier about someone who used their Living Social coupon and received less than satisfactory service. That certainly was not the case with us.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great downtown restaurant
We had the prix fixe menu, and most of the food was fantastic. The seared tuna small plate was prepared perfectly, and had a great sauce for dipping. The beet salad was refreshing and delicious. My companion's steak au poivre was juicy and flavorful, while my pork chop was slightly dry, albeit tasty. Overall, a great meal!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice night out.
Unique food in right sized portions. Beautiful presentation. I would dine there again.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our dinner was great, although the server could have been a bit more attentive.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mom loved it!
Went for mother's day, my wife and mom loved the food and atmosphere. Service started a little slow, but once we were "in the system" all was good. Good food, nice selection and as expected polite and attentive service staff.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Basil's for Mother's Day and the brunch was great. Will go back next year.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mother's Day brunch
The food was far better than a typical buffet style brunch. Gormet everything from salads to cheese and baked goods. Also loved the prepared entrée selections. Only wished i could have picked two. Great service, was greeted by the chef and manager, everything about it was fantastic and a perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
I really enjoyed a pleasant Mother's Day Brunch with my wife and daughter this year at Basil's. I requested a patio table overlooking the IDS coutyard in my reservation, and I had a lovely view of the waterfall. The reservation through Open Table was easy, and I received communication from the restaurant confirming my reservation. The brunch featured an omelette bar, salad and fruit bar, a dessert bar, and a primary entree from the menu. Complimentary champagne or Mimosas were also included. Food quality was excellent, and service was top notch. Although not cheap, it was a wonderful special occasion meal that was a hit with my family. I'll go again next year, and recommend it to others looking for a classy venue for Mother's Day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Downtown Restaurant - Basil's
Food and service were very good! Had not been there previously for dinner; our group of 3 were the only ones in the restaurant so the noise level was quiet. I have been their previously during lunch with a large group and also had a very good experience!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 3 in our party, my friend had the eggs benedict and commented, they were the best she has had, I had the frittata, the blend of vegetables and cheese used was excellent. My husband had the corn beef hash plate and was equally pleased with his meal. The service was also great, never had an empty cup of coffee. Three happy customers and the price was very reasonable for our meal. Sitting on the patio with the waterfall just made the whole experience very nice. We will definitely return.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a business lunch and
We had a business lunch and the food and servers were all very good. Everyone made us feel welcome and yet recognized when we were in the middle of a conversation and did not interrupt.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Special Occasions!
We went here for an anniversary dinner and the atmosphere was perfect.
We both ordered the scallops. They were not very big and there were only three per plate; but they were expertly prepared. And the excellent vegetable accompaniments made for a satisfying meal. Appetizers, wine, cocktails and dessert were all very good. Service was slightly inexperienced but certainly competent.
The only thing we found a little odd is that Basil's apparently offers no bread with dinner. We didn't really miss it until quite late in our meal so didn't ask about it. But I think good bread always enhances a fine dining experience.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff were great and attentive
The staff were great and attentive without being intrusive.
My steak was OK once I scraped off the green stuff that I suspect was pesto. Pesto is great on pasta, not steak.
Nancy's salad was great and the deserts were FABULOUS. We had the strawberry creme brulee and the molten chocolate moose.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall the food was well
Overall the food was well made and presented. I love the salad, very unique in the presentation. The mint with watermelon starter was a pleasant surprise to the palate. The food was delish!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and quality
This was not my first time at Basil's and it won't be my last. We have dined both dinner and brunch and the service and food have always been excellent. To review individual dishes would be redundant as Basil's is consistently excellent in their preparation and plating. The service is also impeccable. If possible, get a table overlooking the terrace.
One of the benefits of terrace dining is that the open space allows noise to filter away. Overall, a great place, especially for a casual romantic dinner.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Reservation request was honored, our wait staff was so easy-going and kind, great food recommendation. Delicious food, prompt service, friendly - great ambiance.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dining experience. Had
Great dining experience. Had Basil Salad with excellent presentation and tasty grape vinaigrette. Halibut entre was also excellent. My wife had the berry melon salad which she enjoyed, but thought the melon pieces could have been slightly bigger. She had a delicious scallops entre. Just a great dining experience.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's always fun and enjoyable lunching at Basil's. The location is convenient, and sitting on the balcony is always a treat!
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
We absolutely enjoyed the
We absolutely enjoyed the food and service was outstanding. The restaurant was not busy at all. Everyone that was there basically sat out on the balcony overlooking the crystal court. I would have thought it would have been busier than that, but maybe it is busier more for lunches than dinner on weekends.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
I made a lunch reservation and brought a friend. We were seated on the balcony with a really unique view of the crystal court in IDS. Our server was friendly and efficient. The food was presented so beautifully it almost hurt to eat it. But I'm glad I did because it was some of the most delicious food I have eaten. The lentils used in the salmon dish was something I would never even think to pair but I was surprised at how well they went. The calamari was fried just perfectly (not too rubbery but not crispy). Thank you for a great meal. We haven't even gone a 2nd time yet but we consider ourselves regulars.
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
fresh and tasty
Any restaurant that serves me food that tastes like it was made special for me ,gets a return visit.The potato leek soup was so flavorfull so fresh.My filet was so tender and the sauce on the plate that made the steak so much better was a master piece.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service! Delicious pasta
Great service! Delicious pasta dish with shrimp and lobster!
Doug, the host, makes everyone feel like a King when entering the restaurant!
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was delicious!
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and they did a great job of putting us in a quiet area in the restaurant. The food was all very good but the steak was great! The wine pairing was good as well.
We had a great time and recommend it.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Living Social Prix Fix
We came to Basil's before an 8pm show on a Fri. And it was perfect. The restaurant wasn't too busy, we had a nice 2.5 bloom walk to the theater and enjoyed a wonderful show. There were several options for the Prix fix, everything was delicious the only thing that would make it excellent would be to include a dessert to share. Portions look small but ended up being perfect. Enjoyed sitting on the balcony. Definitely would go back.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Gourmet in a sterile environment
We called ahead to say we may be a few minutes late due to traffic - had to leave a voicemail. When we arrive (7:13 for 7:15 reservation) there was no one at the host stand. We were seated at a small table in the "climate controlled" section which is basically open to the atrium with an awning over the area. No candles or flowers on the table. Interesting water glasses that were kept filled. The wine is brought out in little individual carafes and poured at the table into the wine glass - I'm not a fan of this production. The avocado tacos, bread basket, spring salad in a cracker horn, and filet were beautiful to the eyes and tasted great. The filet was to be flavored with peppercorns but wasn't. It was a pleasurable expensive meal.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before going to Wicked
We were a group of four and everyone enjoyed the special 3-course meal. The amuse-bouche and salads were especially noteworthy. The steak, while delicious, was a very small portion. The salmon was prepared well and was a good-sized serving. The house Cab was very nice.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a stunning dining experience......The presentation and flavor of the entrees were amazing....Our server, I believe his name was Doug, was most accomodating and attentive. We will definitely return.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Restaurant week options were fantastic! First time at this restaurant. Amazing food and good service. Dessert was to die for - pumpkin toffee creme brulee, which was a limited time special. I would strongly suggest it if you have a chance to try it.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great business lunch
This is an excellent spot for a downtonw business lunch. The service is excellent, as is the food.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our food was wonderful!!! I am just sorry I have not been here sooner. But plan to go back again real soon.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing selection of food!
Amazing dishes, definitely a recommended date place! :)
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious and Artful
Our service was perfectly paced, the staff was wonderful and we truly enjoyed the experience!
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Unique spot with a balcony overlooking the IDS Crystal Court (I think that's what it's called?)...a little echo-y because of that, and definitely not cozy if that's what you're looking for, but it was fun out on the balcony for dinner. Food was good--my husband said his soup was very flavorful, and he scarfed down his salmon pretty quickly. My salad was good, slightly creative twist on something that could otherwise be a bit boring, and my gnocchi was pretty good (although it was hard to find any bits of squash, which was listed as one of the main things on the menu!). Wine list looked pretty good, but didn't get to sample from it because our promotional deal was limited to 3 house wines.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very friendly staff and overall great experience. Overlooking an indoor plaza and a nice balcony seating area. Had a Livingsocial, which made the food great for the value. Good restaurant - would definitely go back.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed by Grannie
My 98 year old Grandmother wanted to come downtown for lunch and Basil's is the perfect place..park in the ramp on the 3rd floor of the Marquette hotel and Basil's is right there..overlooking the IDS court she felt like she was in the center of everything while sitting comfortably and having a nice lunch with a menu of items that all appealed to her..can't wait to return for what will hopefully be a monthly event for us.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here for a late dinner date and everything was WONDERFUL! The service was spot on! Arayana was absolutely Amazing! Attentive but no overbearing and extremely knowledgeable! We will definitely be back to visit!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Who knew? A hidden gem!
So, this place has been around forever! Sat at the Mary Tyler Moore table overlooking Crystal Court. Picturesque, lovely and fun. Food and wine was great. Service was 'meh' - pretty casual, chatty and gave us more info (negatvie) than we needed about the behind the scenes.. but otherwise a super night.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will Definitely Go Back
Very good food and service. Though my wife and I had the same entree we'll return to try out some of the others. The balcony seating was interesting and brought an outdoor atmosphere while still being indoors which is a blessing in Minnesota in November; however, next time we'll request to sit in the dining room which appeared to have much more ambiance.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basil's has it all, excellent food, good service, great atmosphere. Leon is an exceptional host. It is too good to be missed.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food and our server-Taylo
excellent food and our server-Taylor, was one of the best
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still thinking about that steak...
My friend and I went for a quick get-away from Duluth and found Basil's online. I didn't know it was the IDS Crystal Court restaurant! Yes, the one Mary Tyler Moore is sitting at in her later episodes!! We were seated out on that deck and with temps at about 10F, it was lovely to be on an "outdoor" veranda. But my filet mignon still has me salivating. Cooked to perfection on a bed of potatoes with -- was it blueberry sauce? Heavenly. We had a lovely time and would definitely go back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a treat
We reserved a spot for 5 and requested a spot on the balcony (made famous by Mary Tyler Moore being shown eating there during the opening scenes shown during one season of her TV show). It was ready and waiting for us (not always easy to seat a family of 5). We had a light breakfast and soaked in the view of IDS Crystal Court which features a gorgeous Christmas tree this time of year.
The service was excellent and the staff was friendly. It was a nice treat to start our morning at Basil's!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good for client meetings. Very good food. Amazing service and ambience. Definitely a hidden secret.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM