Basilico Ristorante

4.7
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309 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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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good value

F
Chicago
30 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
11 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
39 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
50 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
13 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
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GB
Chicago
32 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
8 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
50 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
30 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
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AE
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rave reviews on portion size and quality of food. All sales team members really enjoyed Basilico.

RM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go to dinner with my brother in law and his wife who have never been to Basilico. As always, the staff was awesome, and they enjoyed the food and the all around experience.

R
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Good food, nice service. Ambience was nice.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. JoJo did an excellent job. Food was good, as always.

WO
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place great food and even better service .

CP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful family party and delicious food!

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We looked for a good restaurant for dinner before a show at the Rosemont Theater. This place was perfect only 5 minutes away. The reviews read were right on. Great atmosphere, friendly people, great service. The food was perfect. Met the owner and had a great conversation. Wife Italian so they got along very well. Prices were very reasonable compared to the local restaurant around the theater. You cant go wrong with this place. Definitely a place to go to...and we well.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden gem in a strip mall. One of the best gravies I have had. Staff is very attentive without being overbearing. Owner is very involved and it shows in the quality of the food and service.

DA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A great little Italian restaurant tucked away where all the locals go regularly and the know their customers. Food was great only dampen by slightly below grade service.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly atmosphere. Service is excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Heard it was good... not so much.

BS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Basilico Ristorante recently and the food was excellent, the service was great. Marsha was very nice and explained everything thoroughly. Highly recommended!

OT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service is excellent
A favorite restaurant

AY
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the worst experiences I’ve had at a restaurant. The food was terrible and flavorless and the servers were not attentive. Was embarrassing to take family here. Decor is old and creepy

SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like this Restaurant, family owned and they make you feel very welcome. The food is really good, authentic Italian, and if you would like something that is not on the menu they will prepare it for you. The baked rigatoni with meat sauce was great as was the chicken parmesan. Making this Restaurant a place to dine at least monthly!

JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at the door with smiling faces. The Menu is extensive, except a little low on appetizer choices. All the food we excellent. The waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and the various items. Prices were reasonable. Will return.