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Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails, Niceville, FL

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

4.8
4.8
234 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Locally owned and operated.. We have a unique menu blending American cuisine with a touch of creole. Lunch varies from our popular shrimp & grits, to our delicious and filling $9.99 specials like bourbon chicken or sweet n sour chicken, to a fresh beef burger. Dinner provides a daily special on our blackboard often offering local grouper or steak, or consider our dinner menu with salads, pastas, steaks and unique entrees. Brunch on Sunday offers a la carte menu, buffet from 9am till 130pm, along with $10 bottomless mimosas. We also have a full bar with a great wine list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 678-2604
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Amber Galkowski
  • Catering
    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails offers a wide variety of catering. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails can host your next private event for parties up to 45 people. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
  • Neighborhood
    Destin
  • Cross street
    Between Government Ave. & Kelly Rd.
  • Parking details
    Parking available in private lot across the street.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Value

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Kid-friendly

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Florida

    American

  • Destin

    Best Overall

  • Destin

    Best Food

  • Destin

    Best Service

  • Destin

    Best Value

  • Destin

    Innovative

  • Destin

    Good for groups

  • Destin

    Healthy

  • Destin

    Neighborhood gem

234 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Guam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We reserved a regular table, they made us sit at the bar, not even a bar top table. Then when we were in the middle of our meal, they made us move down the bar to accommodate another group, even though there was plenty of room regardless of where we were at. Our waiter was decent and the food was good, but the hostess needs to rethink what she’s doing when seating people.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Restaurant for Sunday Brunch, Lunch and Dinner! Never disappoints!

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  3. Ashrecakes

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Valentines Menu was beyond expectations. The crab cakes with slaw had large chucks of crab and the slaw had just the right tanginess. For the entree I have the Grouper and it was perfectly cooked, fluffy and delicious. The peanut butter pie was my favorite and Amber was sweet enough to give us the recipe. Our sever was attentive and informative. Overall a great experience.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to Basil and Baxter excellent restaurant.

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  5. GiGi

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time Great menu. Cathy our waitress was informative, friendly and always check in us. Music was a little too loud and there was a party of 12 women that also added to noise level. Definitely, will return.

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  6. DavidH

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We've always had great food and service. The restaurant is small, so if they have any large parties, you will notice an increase in noise and cook times. We 100% will be back.

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  7. mikep

    Nashville

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food tasted fine, but we had the brunch buffet, and most of the food was cold/luke warm at best (eggs, grits, etc). I'm not a fan of cold food. I would order off the menu if you go for brunch. The servicer was slow. 3 stars at the most.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. We will definitely return again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Basil & Baxters. Although the steak isn’t as it used to be the service is still spot on

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  10. BillM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the second time we visited and we were not disappointed. Food is excellent. If you are in the area I would highly recommend Basil and Baxter's as a restaurant options.

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  11. RobertE

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Sunday brunch, the bacon and French toast were delicious.

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  12. MichaelL

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great service. Already one of our favorites in Niceville for brunch.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food were great! Will definitely be going back!

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  14. NicoleS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best meal and really enjoyed our time. The food was incredible and our server was amazing! Food came out fast and hot. We can’t wait to come back!

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  15. TimB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the wait staff was very helpful and attentive. My only complaint on an overall great experience was I think they are a bit overpriced. Their prices are pretty much the same as the restaurants in Destin.

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  16. BillS

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love going to Basil and Baxter’s! The chef is amazing!

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  17. Jerry

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find in Niceville. Small, clean, contemporary resteraunt- great variety on the menu with daily specials. Local fish options and a full bar. Service was great and the food was even better. Definitely on of the best restaurants in the area. Must try!

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  18. CarolynC

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    fun restaurant with good food. Fun and energetic atmosphere.

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  19. KathyK

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never gone to Basil and Baxter's and had a meal we didn't like.

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  20. MattD

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service from Tiff. Food was amazing. We just sat close to the kitchen so the noise was a little high but not enough to distract from conversation. We love the place, the food, and the service!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Never been more disappointed in a reservation than I am tonight. Against my better judgement I booked this restaurant for my 2 year anniversary on the recommendation of friends (dated it appears). I booked a 6:15 reservation notating anniversary. We show up at 6:15 on the dot after parking down the block. After waiting a few minutes a “host” comes to the stand and just stares at me. I greet her and say we are here for a reservation. “Sorry we don’t have any tables do you want to sit in the bar?”. Fine. We get sat in a nice looking bar area but the poor bartender had 9 tables and a full bar to serve. It is so loud. We order drinks and the shrimp beignets come. I ate 2 of the 6 pieces which contained no shrimp. Finished our drinks and left. Will not be back. Unfortunately can not recommend.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service and well prepared food. Grouper was a little overdone. Pleasant atmosphere.

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  23. Meat10

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and the kitchen staff and manager are always on point and friendly. The noise level is high for my liking.

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  24. Buzz

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit, plan to return. Grouper was fresh, a good portion, not over cooked and delightful. It was a Saturday Night and as would be expected at a good restaurant, full house. Highly recommend.

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  25. VickiH

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and we enjoyed our dinner. Isabella was a delightful waitress. We plan on returning to try breakfast in the near future.

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  26. AlmaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent food and service. Food tasted fresh and quick.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    As in many other restaurants, they are lacking an adequate number of servers. Service was slow. Food was very slow coming to the table. Our server seemed overwhelmed. We felt “abandoned” often. Food is good; I wish I could say great. Cost vs quality is a toss. We really like this restaurant, wish the service last night was better.

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  28. KathyK

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellence as usual! Even though they were shorthanded there was disruption of service. Always smiles!

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  29. DwightH

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Food delicious. Highly recommend.

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  30. Dawn

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our new favorite place to go. My husband and I have gluten allergies, and they offer many delicious gluten free entrees. Everything we have ordered has been amazing and the staff is really friendly!

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  31. Bonnie

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service are great, music is way too loud. We found ourselves almost screaming at each other just to have a conversation over dinner with friends. Restaurants these days turn up the music way too loud; it’s like noise pollution. But again, the food is very good and the service was exceptional.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time celebrating a birthday with friends! Good snd service was excellent as always! Our favorite restaurant!

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  33. JudyR

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was awful. The service was good. For our first visit it was disappointing.

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  34. KathyK

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding. We have never been in Basil & Baxters when the food wasn't excellent. Definitely will go again!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this local restaurant for brunch! Service was great, and the food was outstanding. We will be back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location. Super service and the food was well presented and prepared.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was Incredible and the staff was incredible .

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome meal as always! Great service! Basil & Baxter’s is always consistent and wonderful! Highly recommend!

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  39. MeekW

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were visiting the area! Great food, no complaints!

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  40. CherylV

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the cutest hidden gem! The food was fantastic, the drinks tasty and the staff very friendly. We went for bunch but Will definitely be visiting again for dinner.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 678-2604.

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.8 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

714 Howell Rd, Niceville, FL 32578

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Government Ave. & Kelly Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Destin
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking available in private lot across the street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Amber Galkowski
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (850) 678-2604
  • Catering
    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails offers a wide variety of catering. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails can host your next private event for parties up to 45 people. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
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