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BASILE - Fine Italian Kitchen

4.6
300 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Basile: "This is the best Italian fine dining in Boston" - ZAGAT.
Basile is a boutique, well renowned and highly recognized in Boston in the stylish restaurant scene, Basile is famous for authentic Italian flavors and ambiance in Back Bay/South End area in Boston since 2007.

Great emphasis is also placed on accommodating guests with dietary, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan restrictions to ensure that each and every guest has an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

The recently redesigned and modernized space also features a happening full service bar.

Chef Tony is also famous for his signature, traditional and fusion dishes. He worked at BASILE from 2009 – 2015. He was one of the critical staff who created some of today’s popular dishes back in 2009. He developed the recipes for our delicious sauces used in most of our famous dishes such as Ravioli Masala, Rigatoni Bolognese and many more.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 300 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrTom
New England
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Inexperienced wait staff; bartender using inappropriate glassware; food highly salted.

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ilmg
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Matteo was amazing
Service great
Food excellent

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vipfoodie
New England
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Calamari was crispy, tasty. Very good remoulade to accompany.
The lobster mussels entree was bland, not much flavor
The carbonara was delicate, flavorful with buttery noodles
The service was slow. Waited 45 minutes for main course to arrive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was truly excellent - attentive and quick but not overbearing. Cocktails very good, I didn’t love the wine but I should have chosen differently. Food was great.

JW
vipJimW
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

They need to remove “Fine Dining” from their name. There is nothing Fine about fining here. The good is mediocre American Italian food without any resemblance to fine Italian dining. They served a Carbonara and left the plastic wrapping on the pancetta before they diced it. Every piece of pancetta had its plastic wrapping still on, not a pleasant taste or experience. But at least to make it right they.... oh they didn’t do a thing. No discount, no removal from the bill, no comp’d dessert.. nothing.

Noise level is marked loud because there were very loud patrons that were never addressed by the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall very good. Service was spotty. Appetizers were just ok. Main pasta and steak were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall restaurant experience in Boston!

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KathyM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Booked for a birthday dinner. Wonderful meal.

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Mads
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time and will certainly return! The patio is great for dining and the interior is gorgeous as well; you can’t go wrong either way. Everyone was incredibly kind and helpful! Delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a great experience as always. Excellent service from Matteo. Looking forward to returning soon!

KP
KatieP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Basile. We went to celebrate some important milestones in our lives. The hostess even added a nice touch of putting confetti on our table! Food was outstanding, service was excellent. Ambience and music were on point! They played Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. They opened the doors to the outdoor seating area which gave a nice breeze to those indoors like us. Can’t wait to go back again!

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Kate
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very lovely time! The wait staff was great, the food was fantastic, and would very much recommend Basile.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They played fly me to the moon a lot

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Franky
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Florida and visiting Boston. We found Basile in our google search. We were pleasantly surprised to discover this great place for authentic Italian food. Service was great and wine selection was extensive. We will recommend Basile to all our friends. When in Boston go Basile.....

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LillyO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Both food and wine menus have lot of great options. Wine flight of BASILE signature wines was a unique. All the four signature wines from Tuscany were great and the food was delicious. We will not be going to North End for Italian food anymore. Will be back !!!

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Christina
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible. We were seated, given bread & after 20 minutes we were not even offered a glass of water. Finally had to get the manager to take our order. There was a large table with about 20 people directly behind us with just a sheer curtain in between. They were extremely loud & kept banging into my chair. Very unpleasant experience. Crab ravioli was delicious, but the Bolognese tasted like pasta with jarred sauce. Will not return. Too many other great restaurants in the area.

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MichelleF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian cuisine with a cozy yet vibrant setting.

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vipElizabethB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was quite surprised to learn about this I believe 5 year old restaurant. This was one of our first ventures out with friends post vaccination and we were hesitant at first but they have managed the pandemic well. The food was superb. In addition, I had the sorbet and forgot to ask if it was homemade - it is to die for.

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sport5
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An interesting decor for an Italian restaurant, but the servers were great and the food even better. Interesting cocktails with an excellent wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic !
There were six of us.
The staff were helpful, accommodating and attentive.
I called in the morning to change our reservation and it was not an issue.
The owner was so kind and patient when we were choosing wine.
Everyone raved about their meal.
We will definitely return...very soon !!

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Andy
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First dinner on a group trip to Boston. Food was very good and the wait staff was exceptional. Food was plentiful and we had roll out after dinner. There is better food, but this would definitely be a repeatable dinner location for us.

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vipads32
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service! Beautifully presented outside dinner area.

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SharonK
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When we arrived they told us they did not have reservation. Showed them the email confirmation and they sat us at a less than great table despite there being other open tables. Would have appreciated a bit more of an apology and accommodation. Felt our age was against us. Much younger couples who arrived after us were seated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food was decent. Waiter had too many tables (about 10), service was slow. Drinks needed to be sent back twice as their espresso martini ended up having coffee grinds floating in the top. Then the reservation was canceled after arriving which is “standard” practice on the weekends, so needed to reach out to Open Table to get my points.

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KatieP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant! We found it via Open Table. I can’t wait to go back!!! The ambience, the food, the service, the drinks were all above and beyond. They played Sinatra music and it was so romantic. Perfect date night in the city! I already told my family to go there tonight.

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vipMITprof
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall. Too bad more people have not yet discovered Basile. It stacks up with the very best of the high-in-demand fancy restaurants of Boston, all of which we have enjoyed too.
Their minestrone is unique as a very special, light not heavy, Italian specialty, filled with wonderful tiny vegetables.
On the meat side, its rack of lamb is as good as it gets. For fish, its salmon entree is very tasty. Both come with the right full accompaniments of potatoes, vegetables and sauces, so no need for searching for other side orders (although they are there).
The manager is there in the background, but his apparently well-trained staff do their jobs well.

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vipFoodie28
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Service was exceptional!

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vipIanM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very disappointing on all fronts.....Not Fine Italian by any stretch. Average........

NO idea why this place gets 4/5 stars, our evening was awful, appetizers of PEI Mussels, the smallest we have ever seen, broth was tasteless, Figs wrapped in Prosciutto, tiny and flavorless.

Our waiter took the order and we clearly explained to him in which order we wanted our food, salads then Entrees, the wait was not to long for the food to be brought out, however, the food runner brought our Dinners out, NO salads beforehand, the waiter came over as we stated to explain to the runner that we wanted our salads first, we had them take the salads off the bill and just had our Entrees.

It looked like the owner or the manager for the evening was standing by the door, we were sitting outside, he could clearly see and hear that there was an issue.

AT NO time did he come to the table to see what was wrong or even apologize, very poor customer service on his part, or embarrassment, it seemed that several of the tables outside had issues with their orders, the waiter was clearly overwhelmed, he needed help but none was there for him, bad management, poor communication, the Manager/owner seemed to be more interested in taking pictures of folks eating outside and the musician, even though at several times during the evening a hostess was also taking pictures.

At no time did anyone ask if we needed more water, had to ask twice, even though they walked past our table several times, customer service is severely lacking......they need to be more observant, and preempt needs of the customer at these price's.

The Entrees were ok, the Rigatoni was good, nothing to write home about, the Lamb Chops, cooked to order, were ok, small, and one was completely mangled, Fingerling potatoes were just that, potatoes, no seasoning, Spinach was spinach, flavorless.

We will not be going back, or recommending it to anyone, its a shame as we were seeking an alternative to the North End.

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vipDisappointed
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Basile could have been a perfect 5 stars evening. The ambiance was great, the food delicious and the service efficient even if it was not that friendly. It was just efficient. The shrimp salad appetizer was great and the mushroom gnocchi and cod was cooked to perfection. So why only 4 stars? Because of a highway robbery performed by the restaurant. My wife ordered a mocktail to the discretion of the bar tender. They mixed 4 kind of juice (orange, apple, cranberry and grapefruit) and it was not that great but at least they tried. What really irked me and left a bad taste in my mouth: $14 for mixed juice. I thought that it was outrageous but we did not say anything. We ordered it without asking for the price so we were responsible for it. I trusted the ethnic value of management and I was wrong. This was a case of being penny wise and pound foolish because there are plenty of great Italian restaurant in Boston and next time I would think Basile, I will remember the highway robbery as the defining experience so will likely never go back. I hope management is happy with their highway robbery policy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The bolognese is amazing!!

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SamR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner. Fresh ingredients and home made pasta. We ordered a wine flight, which is unique to this restaurant. Good service.

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ZoraS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with intimate setting. They decorated our table with rose petals for our date night. Romantic ambiance with great Italian food and wines.

MI
vipMITprof
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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AmyR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great restaurant. No need to go to North End to get great Italian food. Good to see that restaurant was busy and everyone was enjoying. Good job BASILE, we will be back!

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TFiore
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basile experience was great. The combination of the signature dish Basile Crabmeat Ravioli and the signature wine Basile Cartacanta was the best. Dessert took a little longer to come but the Soufflé was worth the wait. Will be back.

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DamianA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything from the low music, live music, server was very attentive and on point with everything. Was beautiful. Lovely

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GeorginaA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best and boutique Italian restaurant in Back Bay. Not a typical 'corporate or chain' restaurant. Food and Service were simply great. If you live in Boston and never been to Basile, then you are missing something.....

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vipKweit
Orlando
43 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again - the best meal ever, Basile delivers on food, atmosphere, cocktails and service!!!! I love Basile's 5-course chef's dinner - AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cod, Steak, Salmon, Scallops, deserts.....and most of all THE PASTA BOLOGNESE....Oh my heavens!!!!!

We will be back very soon!!! LOVE YOU BASILE!!!!

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LaurenS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious wonderful food. Smaller portions but allows for complete enjoyment of bothdinner and dessert menu. Visited on a Monday night, service was excellent and the place was quiet. Possibly differs from a saturday

JB
JeffB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the dining atmosphere. The music level just perfect with great selection of jazz instrumentals. We ordered many cocktails and all of them used fresh ingredients. Must go !!

FAQs

BASILE - Fine Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 350-0007.

BASILE - Fine Italian Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 300 OpenTable diners.

BASILE - Fine Italian Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/XVY81YBCRNVSZ/order.

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.

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