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

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

4.9
4.9
144 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 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 678-2604

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Swett

  • Catering

    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails offers a wide variety of catering along with our food truck. 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, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 144 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Service

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Value

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood gem

  • Destin

    Best Overall

  • Destin

    Best Food

  • Destin

    Best Service

  • Destin

    Best Ambiance

  • Destin

    Best Value

  • Destin

    Innovative

  • Destin

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. d

    dineroftheyear

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch spot!
  2. CJ

    CynthiaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Holiday cocktails and the special entree were wonderful Great evening & looking forward to future visit
  3. J

    Johnathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food (fresh ingredients), excellent hospitality!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was awesome. The shrimp étouffée was beyond outstanding. They had several large parties in at the same time as us, but we didn’t wait for our food and our server took exceptional care of us.
  5. n

    nadine

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food at very reasonable price ,huge portion, and beautiful ambience. Try the brunch menu. They also have a small brunch buffet. I didn't use the buffet but it looks good too. Love this place! Will return many more times.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh salad and grouper was perfect. I like the sauce on the side and they do it just right.
  7. JR

    JasonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience for my girlfriend's birthday. They treated us so well and the food was amazing.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! Food was great, service was too - food was a limited menu and everything we ordered was great! Highly recommend!
  10. JA

    JeanneA

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal. Waitress very friendly and helpful. Table located in quiet corner so we could talk.
  11. GG

    GinaG

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem. Everything was absolutely outstanding! The service was super attentive. I had the grouper panhandle and my husband had grouper with grouper nantua Both were delicious and generous in size. Prices are reasonable as well. Cocktails were creative and delicious. The exterior is very deceiving. Give it a try. You won’t be sorry. Highly recommend this place.
  12. VP

    VanessaP

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, as always. Excellent presentation with attentive staff. Thank you.
  13. QV

    QualityVacaGuru

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basil and Baxter’s was a delightful change from the overpriced, now somewhat mediocre food in Miramar Beach restaurants. It was a nice change to take the 20 minute drive to Niceville and get away from the overcrowded, high priced restaurants. The food was delicious and the service was even better! Ashley was our waitress and she was awesome! Highly recommend!
  14. M

    Marcus

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our first experience… wait staff great, menu offered a generous variety. Met friends that had been there before … enjoyed the company! We’ll be back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding! Everyone enjoyed their meals. Fresh, perfectly cooked grouper for all! Wait staff wonderful!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat. Everything on the menus is delicious! And priced just right ! Exceptional service.
  18. CM

    CharlieM

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The bar made us a whiskey sour and a dirty vodka martini, they were great. The waitress was the best that we have had in quite awhile. She gave us great advice and helped us to select our dinners based upon our questions. We loved this place!
  19. CR

    CindyR

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re so glad we choose Basil and Badger’s for dinner. We celebrated my dads birthday with a party of 7. We ate salads, steak, fish, pasta. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Definitely better than some of the restaurants listed on the Destin “best” lists. Worth the drive, and don’t be turned off by the outside. Would recommend!
  20. DD

    DeeDee

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good and fresh. The side salad was a generous portion served with a warm dinner roll. All three people in my party enjoyed their meal. The portions for each meal were generous and everything was nicely prepared with an appealing presentation. Some of the dishes on the menu are reasonably priced. Others are a bit pricy. I live about 45 minutes away. I would dine there again if I was in Niceville at dinner time, but I’m not sure I would make a special trip for a return visit. However, the food was very good and Basil and Baxter’s is certainly worth a try.
  21. BC

    BarbC

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Amber for making Chelle's Birthday dinner so great. The food was great and the Berry Sangria was so yummy. We all had a great time!!
  22. BT

    BettyT

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a little bit of a drive from Destin back across bridge but so worth it. Food and service excellent, my husband dies over size of his steak my grouper was over the top
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service, quite loud
  24. SK

    ShonK

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our 4th time eating at this little gem of a hide-a-way! We did choice to sit in the back 'high top' bar area, and we will not do that again, the service is as not great. But do not discount how amazing the food was--PERFECT!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Food and service were excellent. Large portions.
  26. DM

    DanM

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Grouper! Everything we got was awesome!
  27. SB

    SteveB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, good food. Noisy….good service. Yes, would eat there again.
  28. PW

    PlaysWithFood

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Reservations are a must for Sunday Brunch! Pros: excellent service, very reasonable prices, high quality ingredients, and mostly delicious preparations. Everyone we interacted with was terrific! We will go back!
  29. RO

    RobertO

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had an amazing dinner with our friends. Food was among the best we’ve ever had!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a wonderful time. Food was great. Service was fast and polite. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu. We had her pick our starters and main course. She didn’t steer us wrong.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was pretty good. Fish and grits was great. Bourbon chick was delicious. The shrimp beignets were delicious. My only complaint was that the mashed potatoes that came with the pork chops tasted very sour. Almost like they used bad milk or cream in them. It really kind of ruined the dish. Aside from that I feel the food was authentic but very expensive.
  32. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have had several Sunday Brunches at B&B. The menu is simply outstanding, and the food and service are likewise outstanding. I gave it a minor hit on Ambieance since it is not on the water, but for value, service and overall excellence, it is as good as anything in Destin.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  34. MG

    MarkG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised as it doesn’t look like much from the outside. Had the NY strip steak and it was delicious. Wife enjoyed her shrimp pasta. We will be back often.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service!
  36. n

    nadine

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy ambience. Excellent service (Gracie is very courteous and attentive), and delicious brunch that is also reasonable in price. We'll definitely return to try put the dinner menu. The draft beer list looks very interesting.
  37. DG

    DianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basil & Baxter has been put on our list of top restaurants to dine. The food is absolutely delicious and fresh with a New Orleans flair, nice wines to choose from, and the service is outstanding. We highly recommend.
  38. DB

    DeltaBob

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a nice Mother's day brunch. Had reservations, seated right away. Had a server in training, she was good, not great Bottomless mimosas refilled when needed. Food came within a reasonable time, considering the day and time. Wife had shrimp and grits and was happy with it. I had the skillet and it was very good. Although some home-made bread would have added a lot to the meal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their brunch buffet is fantastic!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Big portions to go with the price. Will come back.

FAQs

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.9 stars by 144 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 17 times today
Google Map for Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

714 Howell Rd, Niceville, FL 32578

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Government Ave. & Kelly Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Destin

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • 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, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Swett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (850) 678-2604

  • Catering

    Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails offers a wide variety of catering along with our food truck. 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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