Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

4.9
38 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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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!! Cuisine was excellent. The drinks were fantastic. I can’t say anything negative about this place. Nothing. I’ll be back when I visit again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing dinner! The food was delicious and Ben did a great job as our server. The jambalaya pasta is INCREDIBLE! If we didn’t live so far away we would be back regularly!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the risotto grouper and it was delicious! My husband had the blackened chicken pasta alfredo also delicious. I had the raspberry martini can’t remember the exact name and also delish! And a nice glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner. We’ll definitely be going back! (Highly recommend to make a reservation.

MJ
vipMarkJ
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great off the beaten path find. Grouper Parmesan was life changing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice surprise good food you can’t tell from the outside but it’s nice inside enjoyed it

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WillS
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class restaurant, great menu, entree's prepared perfectly!
Our 5th time and now one of our "go to" dining places.

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PatrickD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Creative, and delicious! Not a dud in the whole menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! It was our first time and we love pasta! It was all great food!!!

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ShannonS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Pleasantly surprised since this was a quick brunch choice. The buffet is amazing, bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s are delish.

NJ
NancyJ
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Got the buffet was not as good or fresh as the meal that was ordered by my son. Next time will order off the menu which would have been cheaper.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with family! Awesome food and service!!

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vipSunbunny01
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place for Easter brunch! Food was fabulous; service a bit slow probably due to the holiday. Lots of families!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch was absolutely fabulous! Full menu selections plus buffet choices. So many great options, it was hard to pick one, and it all tasted amazing! They even had an egg surprise for the kids! And our server, Alexia, was fantastic! Truly appreciated our meal at Basil and Baxter’s!

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guyfierilovechild
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Manhattan was great, a little pricy but well done. It is a cute restaurant that has been freshly updated though it may need some fabrics or wall hangings to dampen the sound. It was very loud. We had the bangin shrimp and mozzarella stick in wonton appetizers. They were both very good. The salad was also delicious with the sesame ginger dressing. Our server was busy and not attentive. She seemed a bit irritated with our presence. Our drinks took a long time to come out. Our friends had Old Fashioned cocktails that were pretty weak. One salad came out on time the other was much later. I had the grouper Nantua. It was just ok, lots of corn of which I'm not a fan. The food was good for the most part but not great. Not a good value. I would try it again and hope for a different waitress and choose differently off the menu.

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GilbertDinner
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always the food is the best in Niceville. Choices were grouper and personal favorite Michael’s Pasta. Cheryl, our waitress did an excellent job, as always. Portions are big and the wine choices and pours are great. Always a joy coming here.

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MikeK
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quick & efficient. We enjoyed every entree we ordered. We will meet our friends there for dinner again!

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luv2dinewithwine
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I searched for a restaurant to match my location and this little gem popped up. I had seen a small blurb in a local paper so I felt good about trying it out. We were early for our reservation but got seated right away. There was a short menu of specialty cocktails so I enjoyed the basil gin martini...a pleasant taste and nod to the restaurant name. My husband was disappointed not to find N.A. beer available but he was adequately satisfied with club soda and lime. One of the owners offered to go to the grocery and actually did so but by then we were completing our meal (thanks for the effort Janae). I had a nicely done steak on spinach salad with the only negative a little too much feta. My husband enjoyed the panhandle grouper which was served on sauteed spinach for a welcome change from rice or pasta. The bread pudding was dense and flavorful in chocolate cinnamon sauce. Although we are not locals, we hope to return on our next visit to the area.

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vipSharon
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great value bottomless mimosas and brunch. Cute place will return.

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vipPamE
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to B&B. It did not disappoint. We drive all the way from Destin and well worth it. I think that the prices are really reasonable. I had grouper dishes both times as well as the hotdang shrimp appetizer. Loved both! First time we had grouper Nantua- also fabulous. Love the very different recipes using fresh fish- such a relief form Destin where every restaurant is doing grouper destin or some similar dish. Salads are very reasonable add ons as opposed to Destin's typical 9-12 dollar salads. I never feel a meal is complete without a salad. They have a nice wine list with a great Greek white wine that is excellent with Fish. Check out their daily happy hour- you can make a meal out of apps. We will make this a regular place for us even with the long drive from our home in Destin. Service was also excellent- they did not bring our entrees on top of our salad. what a relief- everytime we eat out in destin as very expensive restaurants- they are bringing our entrees on top of our apps or salads- even when they promise they won't do that! We have learned to wait and not give them our entree order until finished with first course. Sad especially when the restaurants are way more expensive than where we lived prior (think big SE city). It was so refreshing to NOt have this happen at B&B's.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem. Don’t let the outside of the building deter you from trying this place. Beautifully decorated, food and service were great.

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Ububuddy
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with everything, glad we found this gem! Service and ambiance was great,

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love BB’s Sunday Brunch! My friend and I make it a monthly event. Good is amazing and so are their Bloody Mary’s!!!

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ariannek
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Wish we found it sooner. Have only had breakfast and everything was amazing. Food is great, portions are large, and the service is fantastic! Our server has been Amber both times. She is awesome...even remembered what we ordered on our first visit. One of our new favorite local restaurants!!!

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Erin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We had so much trouble deciding between items on the menu because everything looked great. We ended up with the Shrimp & Grits, French Toast banana foster style, and the Fire Biscuit. All was amazing and we had plenty to eat breakfast/lunch the next day. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried this place for the first time. Sheryl was our server and was very attentive. The food was fantastic. Overall a must try!!

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AmyH
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was awesome we were glad to get off Destin this Labor Day weekend. Food was phenomenal, it was a little loud in there but that was mainly due to a really drunk table behind us!

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Mommy4two
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Basil and Baxter's is an island of sane and normal in the midst of COVID Crazyville. I felt like a valued customer and not a criminal because I did not wear a mask. I could also see my server's face and exchange smiles with her. I will go back very soon.

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LizL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Staff was friendly. I will definitely go again.

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vipJohnnhezzy
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When we first arrived we were like “this is the nice restaurant we drove an hour for?” Very plain, nondescript building. However, the inside is decorated very cute. Tables were spaced well for social distancing. The service was fantastic, very attentive! And the food was great. All 8 of us left full and satisfied!

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Brooksie
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won’t go wrong with this restaurant! The Mediterranean salad was absolutely out of this world! The avalanche beers were delicious! Bases in Baxter’s is the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we have ever had in Destin. Gourmet. Great cocktails.

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vipCheridyS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, attention to detail, quality food and value.

LH
vipLHarvell
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Try the shrimp beningets soooo good

CW
vipCarolW
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful find. Enjoyed our evening. Will definitely be back when were in the area in the future.

JG
JayG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent steak dinner...good wine...and great service. What could have made Valentine's Day better? Nothing! We enjoyed our evening immensely and it reinforced our positive view of Basil and Baxter's. This was our first try at the steaks and while we ordered both the Ribeye and the NY Strip Blackberry Cabernet, and agreed both were excellent (and cooked EXACTLY as requested), we both also agreed that the Blackberry Cabernet sauce should be offered over everything!
We've taken friends to dine here in the past and will continue to do so, but we now know we can have a fancy or casual dinner on our own. And although we didn't have them this visit, the aioli fries are to die for!

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LindaT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner with friends
1st time for dinner have had brunch several times. Food was delicious will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, we’ll-prepared meal from apps to entrees to desserts. We had a variety of meals at the table and all are highly recommended- steaks, seafood, pasta, not to mention the rolls are divine!

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Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.9 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

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