Basilico Ristorante

4.5
237 reviews
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Discover one of Chicagoland’s best kept dining secrets – a neighborhood gem that has been serving great Italian food for over thirty years. Basilico Ristorante specializes in authentic Italian pasta and seafood dishes that are crafted from eighty year old recipes
and have been individually prepared and executed to perfection by the same trio of chefs for over three decades. The platters are delectable, being prepared daily from only fresh, high quality ingredients, served in enormous portions, and complimented by an extensive selection of fine wines. Prices are extremely reasonable and the service is outstanding.
The main dining room is decorated with old world ambiance providing a comfortable, casual feel for families and business groups and a romantic, private setting for couples. The entire ceiling is comprised of individual, hand painted canvases from various local artists from Spain and Italy and is sure to be a topic of conversation.
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has great food, good prices and it is very authentic.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian food! Everything made from scratch. Loved it!

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salad would have been good but was not drained properly and had a lot of water in the bowl. Pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce on both mine and my husband's was tasty.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were greeted nicely and seated on time but it went downhill from there. Franco was our server. He was rushed and somewhat rude. He disappeared for awhile and when we ordered another bottle of wine, he left it on the table. Unfortunately we didn’t have a corkscrew! The calamari was soggy and the tomatoes on the bruschetta were anemic looking. Entrees were no better. We will never return.

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely great food, service and very fair prices.
Loved it!!!

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GB
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old school Italian, complete with soup or salad to accompany your entree. The gnocchi was perfect - soft, but not smushy. The eggplant rolls - I didn't even miss the pasta! Our server, Marja, was attentive and informative, but not in your face. We stumbled upon Basilico and we will definitely be back!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent Italian restaurant with a great menu and reasonable prices

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had the pleasure of dining here for 30 years and it is still the best traditional Italian restaurant in the entire Chicago land area. We live in the Lake Geneva WI area and we make the trek a few times a year and have never been disappointed with service and the excellent food. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basilico always has delicious food and this past visit was true to course. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. They are great for birthday celebrations.

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AN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good all 4 entries were tasty. Our waitress was a little too attentive, it was uncomfortable.
We will go back.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Loved that they sang Happy Birthday. Service was great and fast.

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WO
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, spectacular service and a wonderful atmosphere of smiles and congeniality.

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C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always a good choice for Italian food. I ordered chicken scallapini from the specials, and my friend had sea bass. The entrees include soup or salad and a side. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. In addition, the location provides excellent parking.

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PG
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was covering several large parties but she handled it well and was very pleasant. The kitchen may have been overwhelmed too because it took quite a while to get our salads/soups. The food is pretty standard old-school Italian. Nothing fancy. Everyone commented that their dish was salty. Mine was really salty. My brother chooses this place for his birthday and he loves it. I don’t share the love. I feel as though they are overpriced for the quality of the food. The decor is very outdated.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu on the Internet was a bit different than the restaurant menu. The food was plentiful. Camille’s were delicious, but the chocolate lava cake tasted as though it was microwaved.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a dinner here with an old friend. It was a great place for a long conversation. The food was great—especially as they customized our orders. The food was fine, but the service was the best. Anastasia, our server, was a great guide to the menu and suggested some changes given our tastes. She was personable and attentive. It was a great evening. I look forward to being back next time I am in Chicago.

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HH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Enjoyed the violin & accordion serenade

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DP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I read reviews and was hopeful, but the calamari seemed reheated. The main entree was salty and the dessert seemed store bought and did not taste good. The service was great, but the food was disappointing.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, everyone loved their food and the owner even stop to ask about our meal- I would definitely recommend it and eat there again.

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DB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Didn’t realize there would be musicians. This made it soffit to talk

Service was spotty, soup was cold, took quite a while to order a drink, then server only brought one, not both

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Manicotti was great. I like a bit of a thinner noodle but that is my preference. Ricotta and sauce in point. Meatballs were delicious - served with meat sauce which was delicious. Salad was like a bagged plain salad. Next time I would try the soup.

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LJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around..food, service, live music, etc!

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Felt like we were in the American legion hall stuck in a bland room away from main area when we had a reservation and tables were available.

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SB
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food excellent service nice place over all

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A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal.

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RF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations and they had no idea!!
They had several large parties and ignored everyone else. They wanted to seat us out in the mall area ( after we waited 30 minutes for someone to acknowledge our reservations) that looked like we were at mall of
America.

It was my brothers birthday and I can't say how disappointed we were. We did not stay.

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HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good wine. Great service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was top notch. Wait staff knowledgeable of all aspects of menu. Appetizers of zucchini, stuffed clams and fried calamari were served piping hot and were nice portions. We shared among 8 in our party. Veal dishes were the predominant choice but three of us ordered seafood. Raves from both sides. My saltimboca had three generous pieces and was very tender; the sauce was delicious! Desserts were a tiny bit pricey but good and well sized for sharing:cheesecake, spumoni , and tartufo. As for drinks, we only ordered house moscato and red-they were just fine for our tastes.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this long time local neighborhood gem. Authentic and delicious Italian food. I always look forward to being nearby so I can get my fix of their stuffed gnocchi. So pillowy soft with a flavorful vodka sauce. (And I don’t normally like ricotta cheese and HATE spinach. But this dish makes them so fantastic that this spinach hater LOVES it!) The meat sauce on their other pastas is wonderful as well. They have the standard Italian fare as well as interesting and different dishes. All meals come with a soup or salad option. The soups are very good. As is the fresh, hot bread brought out right away.

Try them. You won’t regret it.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The pollo vesuvio can be prepared boneless or bone-in, and was prepared perfectly. I would definitely return and order this dish again.

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LL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve dinner before catching early flight out the next morning. Limited menu but enough choices for all tastes. First time here. Will definitely come back

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GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Basilico Ristorante turned put to be quite a find. Out of town young professional relatives wanted to meet up for dinner prior to their next day flight from O'hare with their tree lively boys. Good value wine list and some if the best Italian dishes anywhere.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family restaurant and I love Marsha. One of the best servers I've ever had. She adds touches that just make you want to come back all the time.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great meal, great service, we will be back! Neighborhood gem!

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C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has an extensive selection of Italian entrees. Soup or salad is included. I chose the lemon veal, and it was wonderful. In addition, even though it was crowded, the service was fast and efficient. There's also a large parking lot.

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, I enjoyed everything. I was disappointed to hear the next day that 3 of my guests were ill after dinner. I felt terrible about it, but this is definitely not at all normal for this restaurant. I was fine.

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is so consistently great! Been going for years.
Had chicken Limone this time. Usually get pasta. Salads, cannoli also delicious.

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great neighborhood gem and worth the drive even though it is not in MY neighborhood. Service team has been there forever and provides high level of personalized service. I have never had a bad meal here and have used it for business lunches and dinners as well as family outings. Veal is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Chicken parm is the best around. Unique pasta dishes. Try the ricotta and spinaci if you like a good garlic kick. I love this place.

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g
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

great Italian eatery. Fun for the whole family.Waiter a little slow though.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in the place for my 12th year wedding anniversary, and it exceeded my expectations. Me and my wife enjoyed all the food but the topper was our waitress Marsha who was to date the best waitress I've ever had. Will definitely go back and request Marsha everytime.

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