Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails

4.8
51 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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Ububuddy
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our absolute favorites! Nice neighborhood gem

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this place but was pretty noisy in main dining area and conversation was difficult.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation went great. We showed up early and they actually allowed us to sit at the bar in the back. Service was amazing. Wait staff is so friendly. Food was great. Always a fun relaxing atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst service I’ve experienced in quite some time. They lost our Open Table reservation and proceeded to make us wait for a table only to sit us in the very back corner. We then waited for 20 minutes for anyone to take our order. The food was tasty, but we got our food an hour and a half after we sat… would NOT recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and they have a fabulous wine selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service!

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scott
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Basil and Baxter’s! We eat there often and everything is delicious! The grouper dishes are excellent! They have good wine too. You can’t go wrong!

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Happyfoxx
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheryl was our waitress that night and was very accommodating, friendly and on top of everything.

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TheresaH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family on vacation

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappointed with food or service. The word’s getting out about this place. Don’t bother going if you don’t have a reservation.

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Ububuddy
27 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this gem that we found. The service and ambiance are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The food and service was 5 star!

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Danny
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the service was undoubtable the best in Niceville, the servers were personable and friendly and attentive we had shrimp and grits and shrimp etoufee , grits could have been cooked just a tad longer but both were excellent. The most outstanding thing of the night with shrimp Bennets, probably misspelled a number of things but thank you for a fine dining experienc

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
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.

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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.

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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
8 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
43 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
27 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
5 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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Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.8 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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