Basilico

4.6
1433 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Basilico Restaurant, located in Millburn, New Jersey was established by owner Mario De Marco , formerly of Sergio's, also in Millburn. Graduate of the Hotel Management School in Alassio, Italy. From Italy, he brought his original and authentic Italian cuisine to Millburn.

Basilico has a definite New York look and feel, which reflects in our food items. We use the best of ingredients. "Casual and chic" is how we have been described by reviewers. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and energetic. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of hospitality, remembering that you are the guest, and it is our ultimate goal for you to leave thoroughly satisfied. Special requests can be accommodated.
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KarinaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a classic Italian restaurant with those older experienced waiters who do everything right, even twice lol. The food is excellent but the place could need an update in decor, thus the four stars not the five star rating

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Sadie
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico's food is always delicious. The specials really are specials. My husband thinks that the Blue Point Oysters at Basilico are the best he's ever eaten.

Desserts are wonderful and unique. The pastry chef is a master.

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vipGeneM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I found this gem last year and returned to enjoy a special occasion with people. Little things made it an unappealing experience. The attention to detail, courteousness, and appreciation for being a customer that made this such a great find last year were missing. it was almost like they were doing us a favor seating and serving us. Elements of the food were excellent, other fell short ( Pasta and freezer burned Ice Cream). What a shame!

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KimE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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DianeR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Basilico.

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vipGauravS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful outdoor seatings. Service was also great

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vipMaplewood
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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Scrappy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,lots of specials and lovely outdoor space.

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vipBT13
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary. We dined on scrumptious food, we were not rushed. Our server was impeccable. We had an amazing evening

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vipPeterH
New York Area
356 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico's is one of our favorite place to dine for many years, and for good reason!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with friends.

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vipBobR
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The clam appetizer was excellent. Could have put the clams over pasta as an entree. Shrimp scampi entree was very good. The shrimp and lobster entree was good, but a little scarce on the lobster. Dessert of chocolate souffle a bit dry.

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GiselE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So I decided to try Basilico with my Hubby for his bday. Hubby loves Italian food and he cooks delicious so I was a bit nervous to go here at first. I made reservations for 7pm and we got there 30 minutes before, they were able to do a early check-in. It was a bit loud but didn't matter. The food was good but the service was great ! They were very attentive and very nice. The people that sat next to us were so nice they even suggest a couple of things from the menu. We have a couple to the right, who been coming to the restaurant for over 20 yrs and the couple to the left said they been coming over 10 years. That says a lot about the restaurant. We did not bring our own wine, we end up buying a bottle there. I am very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. I will definitely go back.

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bcbuddha
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service and we love coming here. Deserts are awesome too! Recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Disappointed
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends had never been to Basilico before and they all really liked it. I'm sure we will make it a favorite spot for lunch.

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Carmarche
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly despite making a last minute change in our seating preference. Wait staff were attentive and prompt. Our food was served quickly, plated tastefully and delicious. We opted for desserts which were also beautifully served. Despite a 545 pm week day reservation, the restaurant was buzzing. My dining partner was impressed and very happy I chose Basilico. It is expensive even for pasta dishes. Great experience and would return.

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I thought the food was ok but not as good as in the past

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82Ndchef
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Italian food with an airy atmosphere and good service.

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Sadie
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, my appetizer, stuffed zucchini flowers was so good.

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DawnV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for all 4 members of our party with varied dietary needs. All were delicious.

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vipKarenJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is al eats consistently wonderful and the servers are the best ever! Love Love love this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I searched for a restaurant that was renowned for being a top-rated establishment, with a romantic setting. I was celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife, so it needed to be special.

Basilico was a popular recommendation, almost can’t miss, so that was our choice. Nice atmosphere, with open windows and plenty of space; very Covid-friendly. Our waiter looked a bit out of place and was very unfamiliar with the menu. We found out later this was his first day. However, I made it very simple for him since my wife and I wanted the same thing. We ordered the scallops. When our food arrived, our plates did indeed have scallops, but also shrimp, which I am allergic to. As such, we informed the waiter, and he acknowledged it was his error. Apparently, there was another item on the menu which featured both scallops and shrimp, which confused the waiter, causing him to enter the wrong item on the ordering screen. Mistakes happen, we were frustrated, but waited patiently for them to correct their mistake, and provide us with what we ordered.

After another 20 minutes or so, the food arrives. Mine was correct, but my wife received the same incorrect meal as before. They asked for a third opportunity to correct their mistake, but it was our anniversary, and we couldn’t wait another 20-30 minutes for them to fix yet another error. It was unfortunate, since my scallop dish was amazing, but my wife “settled” for the scallop/shrimp dish that she didn’t order, although she left half of it and ended up sharing some of mine. The damage was done. We had no choice but consider the night out disappointing.

To cap it off, the establishment, although mildly sympathetic, did not make it right by deducting anything from the bill. We were charged full price, which really upped the disappointment. Yes, we were actually charged for a meal they got wrong!

A 25th anniversary comes along once, and I am very disappointed with how we were treated. Will not be returning.

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ExperiencedFoodie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my shrimp scampi over linguine and i ask to add lobster and they even seasoned the lobster with scampi. Most places just put a lobster tail on top. They are very accommodating. The Napoleon for dessert was delicious and truly a work of art, creativity, and pure Delicious!!! My wife had mushroom ravioli and if you like mushrooms this is the dish for you. (Needless to say i ate some of hers also). Oh well that's what you get when you marry a foodie :-)

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DianaJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico never disappoints and we really like the outdoor seating options.

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vipBocaman
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in many months, great experience, great food an excellent service. I will be back.

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anthonyb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food !!!! pasta with shrimp and lobster was perfect

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vipBuffyB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous desserts. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Open table showed 2 available times 5:45 7:45 arrived on time and it was empty, we were the only customers, fine, but would have preferred 6:30-

Food was quality as expected, priced fair, actually getting our entrees took forever, 3 tables showed up after us and we all looked at each other wondering what was happening.

Bill was fine, except for a credit card surcharge, think it was 3.5% not a lot of money, but a questionable practice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there for a birthday dinner. The service and food were outstanding! A BYOB that also has its own wine list. I recommend the restaurant highly!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date, food was quick and great. Waiter was friendly. Even the pre meal bread was good. 5/5 would recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Bread wasn’t warm, poor service, waiter didn’t check on us or clean the table after diner. We didn’t get our soft drinks until after we were finished eating. The waiter didn’t charge us for the drinks to make up for it. Honestly we didn’t feel appreciated or welcomed. I definitely know the difference. It’s just not a place for us to frequent.

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Sadie
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always wonderful at Basilico. We both had The fusili special with lobster shrimp and scallop, it was delicious. The St Joseph pastry was a special and also very delicious.
We felt comfortable dining inside since we’ve been vaccinated and with tables spaced apart

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VanyaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! The cream soup was delicious, we ordered two of the daily specials - risotto with lobster, shrimp and scallops, and Chilean bass. Outstanding.

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flowergirl
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here - I went about a year ago and couldn’t stop raving about the Chicken Basilico and we finally made it back! The meal, service and ambiance did not disappoint. We had calamari as an appetizer, husband got the frutti de mare and chocolate lava cake with a birthday candle once the waiter heard it was my birthday :) can’t wait to come back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico never disappoint. Covid friendly and food is delicious.

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YisellaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I will definitely come back!

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AnthonyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day, nice and romantic

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vipcarlav
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best soufflés

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vipDomf
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food beautifully prepared and displayed. Delicious and unique recipes. Service immaculate and very accommodating.

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RP184
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We moved to the area and were excited to try a new place. The service was great as we were literally the only ones there while dining. The food just seemed off for some reason. The octopus was pretty chewy and under seasoned. My husband’s main dish he didn’t eat any of the scallops as they had a fishy taste. My chicken seemed like it was beaten and way over cooked. Overall we were both just generally underwhelmed with the food which was disappointing as there were such great reviews. I will say the side of gnocchi was good as was the wine we got.

FAQs

Basilico does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Basilico also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 379-7020.

Basilico is rated 4.6 stars by 1433 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.