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

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

4.8
4.8
135 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

11:30 PM


Booked 11 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 135 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Service

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Value

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for Brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for Groups

  • Northwest Florida

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Northwest Florida

    American

  • Destin

    Best Overall

  • Destin

    Best Food

  • Destin

    Best Service

  • Destin

    Best Ambiance

  • Destin

    Best Value

  • Destin

    Fit for Foodies

  • Destin

    Good for Groups

  • Destin

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Destin

    Romantic

  • Destin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!!
  13. 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
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service, quite loud
  15. 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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

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

    DanM

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Grouper! Everything we got was awesome!
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  25. 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service!
  27. n

    nadine

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their brunch buffet is fantastic!
  31. 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.
  32. CL

    CoreyL

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem in Niceville, FL! Party of 5. Great compliments on the steak and my etouffee was pretty darn Cajun! Was served an excellent Old Fashion from the "bar in the back." You could tell the kitchen was run by a legit team. A great ending to a Destin vacation.
  33. DE

    DarsiE

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Always friendly. Good food. Never rushed.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Outside of building does not look the best but the decor inside is excellent. Entrée I had was decent but not as good as I was expecting.
  35. CH

    CherylH

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was delicious and service great! Cocktails good too! A great find! Great venue for dinner pre-theater at Mattie Kelly.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    B&B never disappoints! The Hangover Bowl and bottomless mimosas are my go to favorites! It’s a hidden gem for sure!
  37. C

    Cristina

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always super great service and the food is amazing. Such great southern flare with quality ingredients and wonderful flavors. Love this place. And great big portions for your money! Such a local gem!
  38. L

    Lauren

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was overwhelmed (because the place is packed, says something right there) but so accommodating and friendly. We had the best experience. The food is outstanding. Doesn’t compare to anything along the shore.
  39. TB

    TBow

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy and cute atmosphere. This establishment is much bigger than it appears from the outside. It’s definitely not a whole in the wall type of place. We had a wonderful Easter brunch! We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our waitress provided great service and we enjoyed the buffet! The Gouda grits and biscuits and gravy were excellent. We appreciated the reasonable prices too! We can’t wait to try this place for dinner soon!
  40. U

    Ububuddy

    DO NOT USE

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. So happy we found this neighborhood gem.

FAQs

Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.8 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 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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