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BASILE - Fine Italian Kitchen

4.6
263 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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Experiences

  • Tasting Dinner ($48 pp)

    $48.00 per person

    Apr 12 - May 6, 2021

    Special Three Course Tasting Dinner. Mon - Thurs only. ANTIPASTI : Arugula Salad, or Soup of the Day, or Arancini, or Pomodoro Mozzarella Burrata, or Meatball SECONDI * Gnocchi alla Fungi, or Rigatoni Bolognese: “Best of Boston – Boston Globe” – Our # 1 selling dish; or Pappardelle Chicken, or Indian Fusion Masala Ravioli, or Chicken Parmesan DOLCI : Tiramisu - Freshly made from Mascarpone cheese, Coffee soaked grand mariner Amoretti; or Vanilla Crème Brulee - Served with fresh Berries

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 263 people are saying
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vipFoodie28
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Service was exceptional!

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vipIanM
New England
12 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
19 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
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The bolognese is amazing!!

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SamR
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
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.

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vipMITprof
New England
42 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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AmyR
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
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
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
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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ElissaH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Poor service. Extremely long wait time for entree to arrive, over 90 minutes.

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vipKweit
Orlando
41 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
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

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JeffB
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 !!

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forget North end. Best Italian food is at Basile in Boston. Great cocktails. Loved it.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in Boston. Professionally managed and run. We enjoyed our evening and will be back.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Does not worth the price at all! The environment was not that freat either!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was very nuce

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vipKris
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was noisy. The entrees were only so so. Nothing great

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and brilliant friendly service. A wonderful spot!

NC
vipNicholasC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time eating here. Meal was very enjoyable, nice variety on the menu and friendly service.

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vipMITprof
New England
43 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb in all respects. Have dined there for several years and this was its best ever. We’ll be back there soon😀

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vipFoodieBaker
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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Dawn
New England
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever! Table decorated in foil hearts and rose petals! Excellent 4 course dinner beginning with Kir Royale cocktail and topped off with a dessert sampler and expresso martini! Felt like we were on a cruise ship! Wishful thinking!

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BridgetM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Basile is the kind of restaurant you think is going to be nice, and then it’s kind of tacky. Food was solid - we came for the Valentine’s Day prefix and had no issues with the food (It was definitely a lot of food too) But service staff was unorganized and poorly trained. We had an early dinner slot and they didn’t even look like they were open or ready for service. They shouldn’t have offered our slot as a seating if it was going to look like that. Just kind of a let down honestly.

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Kelgr
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good fine dining restaurant. Service was great, food was delicious. Menu has a lot of different options. Great place for a special occasion or date night.

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Larry
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect night. Great food, great wine and great service!

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Emely
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious but I dont Recommend going with a very empty stomach. The bang for your buck is nonexistent but for the food we did have, it was delish. I went For my birthday and got a free creme brûlée which was very good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They decorated the table for my girlfriends birthday, which was greatly appreciated. The food was amazing and our server was top notch. Couldn’t have asked for a better night

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is so good. and the service??? outstanding. it’s one of Boston’s hidden gems

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great atmosphere

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Nikkie
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The restaurant advertises gluten free however no GF bread available... The pasta at 30$ do not look or taste homemade. The gnocchi GF are a shame for Italian people. The crabmeat ravioli are definitely industrial and the shrimps are not fresh.
For the price it is not worth it. The glass of wine at 12$ is scientifically measured and ends up being half a glass. It gives a cheap image.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was remarkable. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Dishes were complex, presented beautifully, and simply delicious.

The server rushed me and seemed out of sorts. She was the only bad part of the experience. It doesn’t take much to be genuinely friendly.

The tiramisu, by the way, was the best I’ve ever had. Don’t leave without having it.

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Gatorgolf
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basile was fantastic from the service to the food. If you want to try something different, I would suggest the 5 Course Chef's choice meal. It was a perfect amount of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for anniversaries and birthdays

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RobertC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. I really enjoyed the pasta and I would recommend the Veal Chop.

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vipPaulM
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb cuisine in a relaxing environment; staff all very attentive; look forward to returning in order to explore the rest of the menu!

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wendym
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner. The owner took great care of us and accommodated our kids as well. I will definitely be back!

SG
vipSarahG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, top to bottom. Went for xmas, loved it so much went back for New Years

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 263 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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