Basilico Ristorante

4.7
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337 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Basilico is a hidden gem! The food and service were excellent. The decor needs a little updating, but it has a charm that I truly enjoyed. We will definitely be back!

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food every time

RK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, very friendly and attentive staff. The food was exceptional, best Italian food in a predominately Italian neighborhood. I can’t wait to go back!

g
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was good
Service not so good
They were short staffed
We sat in the banquet room

TA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

You wouldnt think of it as a good Italian restaurant from the outside but Food was very good and we plan on going back soon. Good quality food at reasonable prices, staff was attentive, everything you want in a good meal

Tom

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great everything was perfect. Nice hidden gem

DB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was great. We’ll come back again.

JG
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The main dishes were all extremely delicious. The salmon was fresh. The chicken was tender and flavorful, and really good portions for the price too.The minestrone soup was sub par, however, as were side vegetables. The soup tasted like vegetable soup from a can and had no flavor. The vegetables were just steamed with no seasonings. The bread was good, but hard. The service was extremely good. The atmosphere was lovely and comfortable and a perfect place to entertain out of town friends.

GM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Basilico Restaurante provides good, traditional Southern Italian food along with excellent service. It is the type of local spot that even tourist or business people from O'Hare manage to discover.

C
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Basilico was outstanding—great food and amazing service. My friend and I both chose one of the specials—chicken scallopini. So good! And we both brought home leftovers. Basilico’s portions are generous.

This is a really great restaurant! Check it out!

A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood treasure! Great, authentic Italian food, friendly service and real old school Italian neighborhood ambiance! Just good and fun!!

MM
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food quality and service. Been this way for years!! Can’t go wrong here!!

SG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good food, accommodated guests needing to depart early with separate checks. Definitely will return. Easy free parking as well.

MA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice little place! The interior is a little dated! Very good food! I had Veal Piccante, it’s my go to when trying a restaurant for the first time! It was good veal and pounded slightly . Very tender. We also had the antipasti, it was a good starter for conversation!

OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was outstanding and the service was excellent
My favorite Italian restaurant

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and outstanding serivce, the attudue if everyone in the resturant is alays great. Fom help with the meue, to helpimg pick a wine

L
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve very busy and still excellent service and food
A favorite place to go for dinner or lunch

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner - great menu for this occasion. Loved the atmosphere and the food was amazing.

l
Chicago
249 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I was very impressed with Basilico and I had Chicken Marsala. It was delicious!. I would return again for a future visit and it is not far from ORD either.

PM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great food and excellent service.

r
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Everything was overcooked and seemed like it was pre cooked?
Stuffed artichoke soaked bread crumbs & artichoke mash.

SF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Accommodated a large party. The atmosphere was great. Did not feel rushed.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food as good as ever. Great service. Always my go to place for Italian cuisine.
Needs remodeling badly though. Has looked the same as my first visit in the eighties .

L
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico never disappoints. (Try the light-as-air gnocchi appetizer; it's terrific. )

WO
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gold standard. Great food, attentive service easy parking what’s not to like

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food!! Very underrated in Chicago area.

MM
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico’s always delivers. A hidden gem near Rosemont. We hold business dinners here every year for the past 20 years at the PLMA Show. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to this restaurant - found it on a search. We dined with another couple. The lighting was on the darker side which was ok, Service was great - food was great. We would definitely go there again.

CC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Comfortable place. Will be back!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiters are friendly, food is reasonably priced and the chocolate lava cake is delicious!

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good value

F
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good, ambiance it kitschy and dated. I suspect they serve an older clientele.

DB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

PP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Basilico Ristorante many times over the years. Without a doubt, the food and the service was Excellent, as usual. I had the veal; it was fresh and tasty, it came with a side of pasta, which also was fantastic. My wife had the Risotto, and she loved it... cooked just right. The prices are all well within reason for the area. I would gladly recommend this restaurant to friends, family and everyone.

C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The restaurant allows substitutions--in my case, spinach for pasta. In addition, the portions are ample. Both my dinner companion and I took home leftovers. Finally, the restaurant added a free tiramisu because we were celebrating a birthday. That was a nice touch!

AB
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Basilico for years… It was my birthday and our waitress, Majia, was wonderful! Very very special birthday, and the food was spectacular, as always! My very favorite restaurant! Thank you for making my day exceptional!

WO
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service a gem.

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first time at Basilico. It had a very friendly neighborhood feel to it.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal with prompt, friendly service.