Basilico Ristorante

4.7
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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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4.7
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SG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
32 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
54 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Chicago
33 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
52 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
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
8 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
12 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
41 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
38 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
53 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.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food around for consistency. Always fresh food the eggplant parmesan is to die for.

MC
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Superb food. We both had the specials. One was Sea Bass and the other was Chicken Tetrazzini. Both were excellent. Our server was foreign and young. She was just ok. We have had the more senior server many times and she is so kind and on the ball. It won’t keep us from coming back though.

OT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was excellent. Great cocktails
Service was wonderful ....a favorite restaurant

GB
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love the "strip mall Italian place." That's what my kids call it. The food is OUTSTANDING. My kids (10, 13) can't get enough of the gnocchi with vodka sauce. I'm partial to the eggplant rolotini and this past time my husband cleaned his plate of the chicken vesuvio. I appreciate you get a soup or salad WITH your entree! It's definitely out go-to when craving Italian!

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The two of us had dinner here. When we first got there the restaurant was one third full. As it filled up the noise was really loud. We had trouble hearing across the table. The wait staff was good. The food was pretty good, but certainly not the best. I would recommend it if you can stand the noise.

h
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Basilico for years - It's our go to neighborhood spot. As always, the service and the food were great! Will be dining here for years to come!

WO
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular, service, great food what more do you need ? Wonderful

BJ
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great atmosphere. This is the old school Italian joint you’ve been dying to become a regular at!

OT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we were extremely pleased with the food and service
This is one of my favorite restaurants
Love going back there

r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was a little slow and noise level higher than expected. Menu has a great selection and food very good. Recommended for good Italian food.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Neighborhood atmosphere with excellent service.

JL
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico is one of our favorite restaurants. Food is always good and the staff are very friendly.