Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails
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.
We love this gem that we found. The service and ambiance are wonderful!
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The food and service was 5 star!
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
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!!!
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!
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.
Great off the beaten path find. Grouper Parmesan was life changing.
Nice surprise good food you can’t tell from the outside but it’s nice inside enjoyed it
First class restaurant, great menu, entree's prepared perfectly!
Our 5th time and now one of our "go to" dining places.
Creative, and delicious! Not a dud in the whole menu!
It was delicious! It was our first time and we love pasta! It was all great food!!!
Love this place! Pleasantly surprised since this was a quick brunch choice. The buffet is amazing, bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s are delish.
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.
Celebrated my birthday with family! Awesome food and service!!
Great place for Easter brunch! Food was fabulous; service a bit slow probably due to the holiday. Lots of families!
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!
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.
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.
The service was quick & efficient. We enjoyed every entree we ordered. We will meet our friends there for dinner again!
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.
Great value bottomless mimosas and brunch. Cute place will return.
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.
A hidden gem. Don’t let the outside of the building deter you from trying this place. Beautifully decorated, food and service were great.
We were very pleased with everything, glad we found this gem! Service and ambiance was great,
Love BB’s Sunday Brunch! My friend and I make it a monthly event. Good is amazing and so are their Bloody Mary’s!!!
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!!!
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!
Tried this place for the first time. Sheryl was our server and was very attentive. The food was fantastic. Overall a must try!!
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!
Great food and service.
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.
Food was amazing. Staff was friendly. I will definitely go again.
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!
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!
The best food we have ever had in Destin. Gourmet. Great cocktails.
Great service, attention to detail, quality food and value.
Great food! Try the shrimp beningets soooo good
Wonderful find. Enjoyed our evening. Will definitely be back when were in the area in the future.
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!
Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.9 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.