Basilico Ristorante

4.5
218 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.
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 15, 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 10, 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good wine. Great service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 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 11, 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 January 1, 2019
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 31, 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 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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C
Chicago
26 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 16, 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 14, 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 13, 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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OT
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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Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had reservation and they seated us 25 minutes late. The host couldn’t be bothered, was unfriendly, rude and did not communicate other than saying it would be ten minutes when we checked in. He then proceeded to seat three parties that came in after us w/o reservations. Waitress was friendly.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Best pasta and sauce.
Have been coming here for years. I bring people here from the airport. Work meetings too.

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and service!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become a new favorite for our family! We will come back often:)

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EB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great basic Italian food with some interesting twists. Wonderful service.

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ML
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food was poor, however, the service from Franco was good.
The Veal was "questionable' and the chicken was old and showed signs of being cooked earlier.
The Marinara sauce on the Fettucine appeared to be straight out of a can and was relatively tasteless.
The manager greeted us relatively warmly but then proceeded to ignore us completely as he passed by our table on numerous occasions, not even stopping to ask if we had any comments about our meal.
We are new to the area and will certainly not be returning, given the choice of alternative Italian restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Sorry, but we definitely won't be recommending this Restaurant.

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K
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a couple times in the past year. Huge portions of good food with good service at a good value. What more can you ask for? We were late for reservation through Open Table and they were kind enough to hold table and seat us in a timely manner. Thank you.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server! Great food!

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CG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Not our first visit. We already knew the food was excellent. We had a reservation and arrived on time. We waited longer than any of us thought reasonable. We were asked about drinks right away, but we were NOT given menus until our waitress tried to take our meal order! Quite a delay to getting our meals. Manager apologized since there was yet another a problem in getting our meal order ticket to the kitchen, causing our family dinner to be further delayed! The complimentary dessert was delicious, but we were surprised at all the breakdowns in customer service!

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LG
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I have dined at Basilico's many times before. Had not been there in a while and was looking forward to it. My husband and I invited another couple who had never dined at Basilico's. Neither was impressed.

Our reservation was in tack and we were seated promptly. The restaurant was busy and very noisy, which made conversation difficult. Waitress was nice, but talked so fast, she was like a machine as she asked each for their selections, and made us feel very rushed.

Dinner entrees were brought to table. My lobster ravioli was slightly cooler than room temperature. My husband's entree was room temperature. Other couple, I did not ask, since we were the ones to recommend the restaurant. However, I did notice that neither of them finished their food. I would have sent my lobster ravioli back, but did not want to make our guests feel awkward, so I ate it cold. One of our friends ordered the lasagna and said it was just ok. Our friend's date, had no comment on her meal, but like I mentioned above, she did not finish it.

Waitress returned to pick up plates and ask those of us with forks still in hand, if we were finished. We replied no and she wisked away the other plates in a hastily manner, as if on high-speed. When she returned, she grabbed remaining plates and tried to take away my bread plate, even though I was holding a piece of bread in my hand. I asked her to please leave the bread plate, as I was not done with the bread. Apparently, she figured just that piece, because she grabbed the bread basket (with remaining bread inside) and rushed off with it.

She smiled and said thank-you as she dropped off the bill, but was quick to return to collect on it. Needless to say, we were very displeased with Basilico's food and service. It was definitely not what we had become accustom to in the past.

For these reasons, I do NOT recommend this restaurant.

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NS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our server was the worst I ever experienced. She was slow and other tables were waving her down as well to get to their table. She could not multi task and kept disappearing the kitchen. The manager should have picked up slack and did not. We must have waited 30 minutes to receive and pay our check. Food was very good however if they could just get a better server it would be better for their business.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place excellent food great service
Excellent dessert always make you feel special

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CX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have my anniversary here. The food were so delicious and the services were great.

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KG
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian restaurant minutes from my OHare hotel. A great alternative to the “big steak” chains in every major city.
You will not go wrong here.

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ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was pricey but appropriate for an upscale type Italian setting.
We ordered the salmon special of the day and the fish was undercooked. When we sent it back we received the same piece of cut up fish, cooked. No attempt to recreate a nice plate. Sort of slopped off and slopped back on. Our waitress was not attentive but it seemed the other wait staff was and they helped more than our waitress who seemed impersonal annoyed by everything. I would give it an overall 3-4. I believe it has great potential for a beautiful date night, it appears we just didn’t have the best of luck on this evening. We discussed our concerns with the manager AFTER we paid our bill, we were not looking for any discount and he was understanding and apologetic. Again has all the components of a great eating experience.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been going here for years. The food is always 6 stars and love the ambiance

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F
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was our daughter's birthday and her children were competing in a cross country race at Schiller Woods. I needed to find a restaurant so we could celebrate after the meet and Open Table pointed me to this place. We had a good meal but also had so much fun celebrating. What a nice surprise to have a musician play the guitar and waiters (and patrons) sing to her! It was the perfect find for her special day.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marsha was awesome, gave some wonderful suggestions. This is a true hidden treasure. Don’t miss out on dining here.

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