A great experience
We had heard a lot of good things about Basso and when we finally made it down there we weren't disappointed. The atmosphere, service and food were all top notch, which is all you can hope for in a dining experience. Zelee was an excellent server, and Chrystal went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We will definitely be back soon.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting food and atmosphere!
Girls Night out was a lot of fun at this fun new place! The decor is cozy yet modern. It took us a while to decide what to eat because the menu was quite different. Everything we ordered was delicious though! I would definitely go back!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A welcome addition to St Louis
Basso is a welcome addition to the St Louis dining scene. We have had both lunch and dinner at Basso. Terrific room. Inventive menu, especially at dinner. The lamb meatballs and polenta were fantastic. Gnocchi was delicious. Only issue was limited parking.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and...
From the manager Drew to the great service from Crystal this restaurant has the front of house down to a science. The chef knows his food and we will be back!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is in the basement of the other restaurant on the Cheshire property. It is dark and cozy. There is a great big bar with lots of draft beer choices.
The menu is really interesting g. It's Italian but not the same old pasta dishes that you can get from anywhere. I'm really not even an Italian food fan and I LOVE the food at Basso. I've had a pizza, asparagus (a MUST-TRY) calamari, burger, desserts and a couple of daily menu specials and its all been great! The food is fresh, well cooked and nicely presented.
Our waitresses/servers have been very good, as well. They've been very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks (beer). The food comes out fast. It's cooked like you ask. It tastes great.
Make a reservation on weekends.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed the inventive
Really enjoyed the inventive food & drink at Basso. Once we got past the rudest hostest ever, our server was attentive and the food was delicious. If you are making reservations for a party of 2, please note that Basso will NOT seat you in a booth - even if the restaurant is slow and there are many booths open.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was terrific. My only
Food was terrific. My only complaint is, there was a strong odor of smoke in the restaurant. Our eyes were burning by the time we left. Wood burning stove not vented well?
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a blast!
This was my second time at Basso and both experiences were great. They have a variety of beer on tap and excellent cocktails. I had a few of the Italian Vodka cocktails and thought they were delicious. Our food was fun and tasty. We shared a tuna "pizza" and a few other plates and everything was exciting to eat. Our service couldn't have been better. This is a great place to go with a couple of close friends and to try new food and drinks. I will definitely be going back.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate at Basso last weekend and the service was out of the park! We were going over to the Muny to see a show and we asked if there was still a shuttle bus that went there and they arranged the whole thing for us while we were eating! The food was great, liked that there was an option for a half order of pasta. Service was attentive and informative, we will definitely return!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Heirloom tomatoes were so thin they had no taste, almost no appearance. Salad was priced enough to have large slices of tomatoes.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy hour specials are very
Happy hour specials are very good and last from 4:30 pm to 6 pm Monday - Saturday. This is my third visit in three weeks. The food and cocktails are all well done. It does get a bit loud in the restaurant, but on nice evenings sitting on the patio is an option. We will continue to visit Basso.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amy our waitress and the head chef were both fantastic. Food was excellent.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rustic Italian In a Great Location
Enjoyed our 2nd experience here with a group of 5. Our waitress, Reagan, was very knowledgeable of the menu and provided really good recommendations. It is a fairly noisy atmosphere. Not obnoxiously loud, but energetic and good for a group. Probably not the best restaurant for a quite romantic dinner. Great location to watch a game and not eat standard bar food.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would go back to Basso not only for the great menu and food, but also for the terrific level of service we received. We had a terrific dinner and will definitely return!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
first time at Basso
We had dined numerous times at the Cheshire Restaurant, but had never wandered downstairs to Basso. It was a night when we wanted fine food, but a more casual atmosphere and Basso hit a home run. I ordered the flank steak and asked them to substitute asparagus for the fries. They gladly did this and my meal was tasty and cooked to perfection. My daughter had a 1/2 order of pasta, chard salad, and the fig appetizer and all were very nice. We will definitely frequent this gem.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basso is awesome. I have been here a few times, and every time, the service is great, drinks tasty, and food superb. I have been here with groups and have been taken care of perfectly. They will even split your checks for you if requested. The cheese plate and corn are my favorite starters. The orzo is a close second. The waitress even brought me a toothpick after eating the corn (it's on the cob), which I thought was a very nice touch. I die for the cacio e pepe pasta - it is AMAZING. I come back just for that!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A splendid table
There were 3 of us, when making reservations online it was a bit confusing as I attempted to enter 3 in group twice, the site wouldn't recognize 3, but left a note and someone phoned to confirm reservations for 3 :)
We had the kale and arugula salad which was off the charts in yummy cleverness. We then couldn't decide to indulge in pizza or plate, so we got both. We had the shrimp sausage pizza and the skirt steak and were well satisfied, it was plenty for 3. Our taste buds were so enticed we needed to try the lemon dessert, which was heaven. I will definitely recommend this Basso!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everybody needs to stop complaining about the valet service. It works and is part of going to lovely spot in any other major city. Let it go already!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience and wonderful food
Delicious. Had 3 different pizzas margarita pizza our favorite. The server was very helpful and the meatballs and calamari starter were quite tasty. We loved the whole experience !!! The decor was really neat
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, served a little too fas
My husband and I went to Basso for my birthday. We went because I had read they make their pizza in a wood-fired oven, which is the best way to make good pizza. The food was excellent - we had the cheese plate and the fried calamari. Then we shared a Hero pizza, which had amazing mozzarella and other toppings. My only issue was that the service was actually too fast. We got our appetizers and long before we could finish, our pizza was at the table. We felt kind of rushed, which made the experience less enjoyable. We noticed that the couple next to us had the same issue, although their waitress was a different person. All in all, I would definitely go back to Basso, although I'd probably wait to order the main course until after appetizers.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pasta was outstanding.
The pasta was outstanding. Had a great time. Excellent staff
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new spot!
An overall great experience, from the ambience to the service to the food, and our server, Jess, was exceptional and made a special night out to celebrate my niece's recent graduate degree even more special.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was quite good. I had
Food was quite good. I had a pasta special that was fantastic. The pizza was average and the gnocchi was okay. The restaurant space is very nice. Our server, Amie, was very efficient, helpful, knowledgeable and seemed to care. Plus she was stunningly beautiful (which I know has nothing to do with her performance). Overall we really had a nice time and will be back to try other options on the menu.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good but room for improvement
Great restaurant. Location is convenient. Parking.... not so much, but you can't have everything right? Atmosphere was awesome. Great decorating and ambience. Service was attentive and very helpful. The food: Pasta was a bit undercooked, the pizza could've had more flavor. Overall, good but not great. I would give it another shot.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basso's - great
Excellent menu; lots of variety; sides and appetizers very inventive.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent and our dinner choices were recommendations of our very knowledgable server. I had pasta which is made in-house and my boyfriend had a steak which was absolutely excellent. The wine, cocktail, and beer menus are extensive and have lots of variety. Basso is a new favorite spot for us!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out server was outstanding. We are vegan and she had the chef mark up the menu for us. Chef Patrick even made an amazing roasted corn dish for us. We will certainly be back next time with friends
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good new spot to check out
We stopped by for lunch after hearing about the place and enjoyed our visit. The place had a nice vibe to it and the food was good. They also had many TV's which is likley draw a crowd during sporting events.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was my first time there and everything was great! Excellent food and drink options. Great service and cool ambience.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basso was really good. Although the menu was somewhat limited, our selections ranged for good to excellent. My wife ordered the Creste Pasta and I had the Mafalda Pasta. Both were excellent choices. Portions were just the right size and the food was delicious. The kale/arugula salad was heavy on green and somewhat overwhelming after a few bites. We wouldn't get that again. The Caprese salad was delicious, with the mozzarella creamy and the tomatoes very fresh . The corn appetizer was unique, though it needs to be shared. Otherwise it would have been too rich. The caponata was tasty too.
All in all, this was a very satisfactory meal and we will be back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
complex food, great service
Our server, Crystal, was amazing and really knew the menu. Impeccable service. Food was fresh with complex flavors and cooked to perfection. May be a little too loud for some. Overall, just a great night out with great food.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open on a Labor Day Monday!
Delighted to find a special place to celebrate a birthday. Very good food, friendly server, solicitous manager, the evening made a very good impression. Would indeed recommend food, atmosphere, ambiance and service.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third or fourth time at Basso and we were very pleased with our dinner
The service was great, dinner was delicious and it's a nice environment.
My husband had the burger. I had trout and a side of asparagus. Everything was excellent.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occasion made even better
After enjoying a great dinner with outstanding service, our birthday celebration was topped off with a complimentary dessert... The most AMAZING cheesecake!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed this restaurant's cool decor and attention to visual details. The food was interesting and tasty with a definite earthy feel. They make all their pastas in house and you can taste it. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Would recommend to anyone who's in the mood for Italian with a little twist.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fantastic, the pasta
Food was fantastic, the pasta was so fresh and perfect. Our waitress was very attentive-my boyfriend really wanted to watch the cardinals game so she just rearranged a table so he could watch. Very good service, very nice, dark and pretty romantic atmosphere. It was kind of loud in there-that's my only downfall but it won't stop me from coming back!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very good dinner
We had a very good dinner Sat night and we were pleasantly surprised by the decor and ambiance of Basso's. I had made the reservation on line mentioning that this was a bday dinner. The receptionist that met us, noted this as did the waiter when we first were seated. Only recommendation was at the end of dinner, the waiter didn't really ask if our bday 'boy' would like a dessert....he just said in passing as he was leaving, "if you would like a dessert, it's on me" It was so quick, we didn't have time to think and just said no. if we had had a minute, I know he would have chosen something, which we could have all shared and it would have made a nicer ending to our dinner. But, again, we had a GREAT time and would recommend to friends. TY
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
James Beard Award Winner?
I read an article in St. Louis Magazine around the Chef and the Restaurant, and me and my partner went for dinner on Saturday night based on that - we love great food, wine and good cooking. I wasn't disappointed; however, I was expecting a more robust flavor experience. The food was good and the wine was unique; however, the menu was a bit limited and some of the pairings didn't seem to fit for me - one item that was outstanding was the desserts - don't miss those... we tried 3 of the 5 and cannot settle on a favorite -
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience
Celebrated a family birthday here. Food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. With the open kitchen and fireplace it was a little warm. Will definitely go back, just without the sweater. We sampled many of the items. All were incredible!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, fun drinks
We recently moved to St. Louis from Chicago so are very into the foodie scene. Chose Basso as it had the only James Beard Award Winning chef in the area to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were no disappointed! Had the grilled corn (spicy and crunchy), baked lamb meatballs (delish sauce with polenta balls), gnocchi, Notorious F.I.G. pizza, burger, and limoncello cheescake! Everything was great. The cheesecake was brought to our table as a birthday treat and you could definitely taste the limoncello! Great place without breaking the bank!! Will definitely return!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found this restaurant on Yelp. We were in town visiting my son at school. My first impression as we entered was that it was going to be too loud. It turned out the restaurant was full of locals watching the World Series - Cardinals fans galore! It was a fun evening and the food and service were great!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not having dined at the Cheshire Inn for over 25 years, we were completely blown away by the design and ambiance of Basso.
The bar was so cool and the food was original and exceptional. We will be returning.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
In love with this food!
Was given a recommendation from a friend to try this restaurant and it did NOT disappoint! The menu is exciting and inventive and the food was delish! I used to live in St. Louis and loved Imo's pizza. The Chef at Basso has taken their supreme pizza and added his own special touch and it is called the Emo's Cover Band pizza. Try it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on it...to die for!!! The gnocci was light and fluffy, the crispy meatballs a treat but their brussel sprouts were one of the favorites at the table. Our server was attentive and friendly and we will all definitely be back!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My pasta dish had to go back
My pasta dish had to go back because I ordered a gluten free pasta, and it came out with regular pasta. My husband was almost finished with his, when I got my dish. We had tickets to the theatre, right after, so we had to rush, as the gluten free pasts took 15 minutes more. The waitress did give me another glass of wine, as a gesture. That was nice.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We loved the atmosphere and food here! Great lighting and had such a great kale Caesar salad.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I heard about Basso from a friend and decided to give it a try. The award winning chef lives up to the stringent James Beard standard. We'll be back soon!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the idea of "family
Enjoyed the idea of "family style" eating. Service was good. Variety of interesting/new dishes. Need to improve noise level.
Small wine list.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place for dinner
I enjoyed the restaurant. The downstairs venue is a little noisy, but nicely allows for private conversations. The staff is really friendly and they have an exceptional cocktail list. The parking situation is a little tight, so Valet is nice, but it would be nice if the restaurant would notify the valet, as it's a little farther away from the venue.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Customer Service
We arrived and got drinks, notified the host we were all here. However, our table was 40 min late, but we were patient. The manager offered us a free round of drinks on the house. 20 min later, we were seated, and apologized profusely. We got 3 free appetizers and a round of sparkling wine. Great service, food, and atmosphere. I highly recommend to anyone!
Fun bar scene, loud and energetic, great cocktails too!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time visit was a great
First time visit was a great one! Our waitress knew the menu and easily explained the dishes.
Great flavor in every dish. Can't wait to go back and try something different .
Telling everyone I know !
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM