Basilico Ristorante

4.4
253 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
What 253 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met with clients and they loved the food and service.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Basilico is one of my favorite restaurants that I have been visiting for decades. Love everything about it.

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TB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selection. Appetizer. Drinks. Meals. All wonderful. A neighborhood gem.

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This was to be a bday celebration for my husband which was mentioned during reservation.
No mention of it by server.

Server was pushy and controlling. Talked to much with an upper hand.

Salmon over angel hair pasta cooked too long. Way too much sauce. Pasta sauce cannolini was scorched.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely the best food!

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San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always very good and the service is fast and friendly. If you’re looking for good food at very reasonable prices the give Basilico a try.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with great food and service. We love to go there.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just was our waitress. She was wonderful. Party of 6 all meals were enjoyed.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

had a great time with family for a birthday party. 1st time there, great food, our server was exceptional we will definitly be back.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It wasn't exceptional, but it was good. They seemed to put a lot of things in flour that didn't need it and would be better without it (veal, calamari). Food was a little bland, but there was an older crowd so the chef may have cut back on salt.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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MM
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, broad menu and terrific service! You won’t be sorry choosing this place. It’s Excellent!

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SW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem tucked away in a strip mall. Rafael (owner) greeted us as ND stopped by our table several times. Our waiter was professional and very cordial. The sea bass was absolutely amazing--melted in your mouth. My husband is not a tiramisu fan, however, he ate most of it. Definitely a repeat!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for decades and I've never been disappointed.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner here is always enjoyable. Excellent food and service. It was very busy and at times noisy but overall a very enjoyable meal

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MF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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b
Chicago
21 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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p
Chicago
22 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
13 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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GV
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

This is old school Italian American, I am sure there is a market for that in the Chicago burbs and I think they heavily depend on regulars that have been coming here for years. It was disappointing across the board. It was also fairly expensive considering our party was 2 adults and 3 children.

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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
32 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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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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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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