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Permanently Closed - Basil's

694 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (591)
  • Scenic View (541)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The iconic balcony that overlooks the IDS Crystal Court, Basil’s is the home of the Mary Tyler Moore and Harmon Killebrew tables.

Our talented culinary team will craft a spectacular experience with imaginative, boldly flavored dishes. You will enjoy their unique take on American cuisine in a casual atmosphere with an elegant flair infusing fresh herbs, vegetable and honey from our rooftop garden and beehives.

Located on the 3rd floor of The Marquette Hotel, Basil’s is the Downtowns “Best kept secret” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voted “Diners’ Choice”, “Best American Cuisine”, “Best Scenic view” by our Open Table diner’s Basil’s Restaurant received the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor for its exceptional cuisine and guest’s satisfaction.
Please note that Basil’s is now only serving breakfast. Please join us in our newest dining option Jacques’ Restaurant and Bar, located in the main lobby of Marquette Hotel, for lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday - 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Closed for Dinner starting on Monday July 27th 2015
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Phone number
(612) 376-7404
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Lowman
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Private party facilities
Nestled in the epicenter of Minneapolis, Basil’s Restaurant boasts the city’s best Private Dining. Overlooking the Crystal Court and its 100-foot waterfall, our private dining rooms can accommodate from 15 to 50 guests.
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Private party contact
Leon Dmello: (866) 943-4436
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
self parking in IDS parking ramp , Basil's now offer Valet Parking directly in front of THE MARQUETTE HOTEL on 7th street, at Marquette Avenue, $ 11 with Basil's validation .
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Special events & promotions
Basil's restaurant is located on the 3rd floor of The Marquette Hotel.
Windows on Minnesota located on the 50th floor of the IDS building also hosts special events.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
1.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Basils is closed except for breakfast. Total waste of time. zero percent.

vipDavethediner (Perth / WA)
2.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

I made a reservation thinking this was basil - it was not - basil sent me to another restaurant called Jacques - loud bar on the street level - food was fine but in all the distraction my credit card got lost and they could not find it until th next day after I had to cancel it - not going back here

Adventures (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

Quiet environment with good food was ideal for business meeting. Attentive service

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2017

I love Basil's! I had been wanting to go for a special celebration for quite a while, & the time was finally right. It was everything I had dreamed of & more! The host went above & beyond, taking a picture of us from the Crystal Court, just like the Mary Tyler Moore show! The server also exceeded expectations, finding us a celebratory bottle of non-alcoholic French sparkling cider, tucked away in the back of the bar! The food was fantastic & fancy & beautiful! We went at the end of lunch hours, on a weekday, & it was lovely & quiet, just right for heart-to-heart conversation & reminiscing. All in all, very memorable & highly recommended!

Demon76 (New England)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch: OpenTable sent me to a restaurant that was, in fact, closed for the day.

My wife and I flew into Minneapolis to be with our son who lives there. As it was also Mother's Day, I made a reservation at Basil's based on the reviews. We showed up in the building lobby just prior to the reservation time and spent the next 15 minutes wandering around the 1st floor trying to get to the restaurant (which we could see 2 floors up). The elevators were hidden down a corridor that was being worked on and there were no obvious signs pointing in the right direction.

When we got to the restaurant reception desk there was a sign saying it was closed for the day. Had we not bumped into a worker who said she thought there might be a brunch on the 50th floor of the next building over, we would have gone home hungry. We went over to the other building and found a very nice brunch with a great view of the city. Certainly better than we would have had a Basil's. I can't comment on their food or service since I never had a chance to eat there. Did I mention they were closed?

No notice from either the restaurant or Open Table that the restaurant was closed, the meal had moved or that it was a $50+ each buffet instead of an a la carte menu. Poor form on everyone's part.

The lesson learned here I guess is to call the restaurant and skip the Open Table app except for using it to see if there are any openings. I have used Open Table many times in the past without incident, but once burned how can I feel comfortable making another reservation, especially for a special occasion like Mother's Day, and know it will work?

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

When I made the reservation for Mother's Day via Open Table, I was not told that we would not be eating AT Basil's, but rather on the 50th floor at Windows to the World. The change in setting was fine, but I was expecting the Basil's menu and the Basil's menu pricing, not the buffet pricing of $50 per person. Maybe I missed it when reserving our table, but I don't think so. The price was a bit of a shock to all of us, especially my brother who has two small children who he had to pay $30 a piece for them to eat. The food was great, the staff was SO friendly, we all LOVED the gorgeous view, but we feel that Open Table/Basil's was not forthright in the booking of the buffet vs. eating in the restaurant. In fact, we went to the restaurant (which was completely empty - panic!) only to ask at the hotel front desk where they were seating people for Mother's Day and they directed us to the 50th floor. Like I said, maybe I missed the buffet info or maybe it wasn't clearly stated during the reservation process. Nice Mother's Day, just much more expensive than we were prepared for.

SteveA (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Outstanding service at lunch, good food suggestions and very attentive service.

vipNonamw (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

It's difficult to find how to get into Basil's on Saturdays at noon. IDS building wasn't open.

JnPS (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2017

A very limited menu and not a lot of options.
A lot of potential but there are other options that might have a bigger menu.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

We have waited for about 2hrs before foods are served and about an hour for drinks and not many customers can't imagine if on busy night.
Waitress was very nice.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

Basil's wait staff is attentive and friendly and the food is consistently good. If you can get a table on the balcony, it's always fun!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

Great usual! I think of this place whenever I am in town.

Satisfied (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2017

Took new hire to lunch for 1st day conversation. Worked perfectly, centrally located, not too loud, great value, good was great.

chicplaceandtastyfood (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Classy interior decor. But also has scenic courtyard seating. Food was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Basil's is mediocre in nearly every way, which is disappointing considering the many better alternatives in this city.

From the slow service and lack of someone at the front desk for nearly 5 minutes to the thick and ill-shaped wine glasses and lack of ambiance, every aspect was disappointing. The pasta was unevenly cooked and under-seasoned. Ingredients were clearly not the highest quality, resulting in little value for the overpriced meal. The bright spot was a nicely cooked salmon, but that was basically Basil's only saving grace.

There are many restaurants with better service, ambiance, and food in Minneapolis. Take your business elsewhere.