Basil's Seattle Restaurant & Lounge

4.1
173 reviews
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Northwest
Come delight in our fresh, Northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Linger in our warm, relaxing atmosphere. Taste, Savor and Enjoy. You're always welcome at Basil's. Your Table is waiting!
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Sunday Brunch

Purchase of entrée includes one complimentary Champagne Mimosa or Bloody Mary! 10:30am-2:00pm

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 16, 2018

Ends: September 17, 2117

Availability: Sun 10:30AM-2:00PM

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

We have been coming to Basils (and before it was Basils) for 20 plus years and it has always been one of our favorite restaurants. But, I will say the meal we had the evening of the 14 Feb was probably the worst we have ever had there. It was the Seafood grill and I would say 90% of it was peppers and it was overcooked. The pear dessert left much to be desired; dry texture and very little pears. The one plus was the crab bisque, which was excellent. The service was only OK in the dining room - bar was great.
We were sorry to see Jason leave - he was one of the best, anticipated your needs and never rushed you.
Hopefully this was just a one-time hiccup! We look forward to the next visit.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was fine, but the restaurant was so busy the service was really slow and the staff seemed overwhelmed. Overall, wouldn't recommend for a large group or 17.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the food was very good, i got there towards the end so some things were a little dry but i would definitely recommend it and would do it again. wait staff was very attractive

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WN
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Christmas day dinner and it was great. Everything was fresh, delicious and there was a great selection to choose from. Turkey, white & dark meat, Prime Rib, Beef Tenderloin in a glaze sauce and Honey Ham. Mashed potatoes, Candied Yams, Broccoli, Carrots, a variety of Salads and dressings, fruit, Cheese and Veggie platters, Cranberry sauce and a few other things I cannot quite remember. They then had an enormous selection of desserts in miniature so you could sample several, or too many as the case may be. My wife had a small gluten free cheesecake that she said was very, very good. The service was excellent, the staff very welcoming, cheerful and friendly, Basil's did an excellent job and we'll definitely be back!

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We did the holiday buffet and were not disappointed. They did a really nice job with traditional holiday fare like turkey and prime rib but also offered raw shrimp with cocktail sauce and lox. Fixing were great, for example, mashed potatoes and quinoa-kale-cranberry salad.

Note that this was not their regular menu but a special occasion. I am not familiar with their regular menu, but this special event dinner was super.

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N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 2nd year our family went to Basil’s for the Christmas brunch. It was as amazing as last year! Great service and food. Hopefully we can make it a tradition.

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S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended the Holiday Buffett for the first time for Christmas. I‘d been thinking about going for the past few years and finally decided to go since I was on my own this year. The Buffett offerings were amazing and so tasty. There was roasted turkey, ham, prime rib and fish. I only tasted the prime rib-it was not hot but it was tender and seasoned perfectly. There was garlic mashed potatoes with butter, candied yams with walnuts, roasted carrots, broccoli, and other vegetables along with dinner rolls and crab/seafood bisque with creme fraiche. I had the yams, broccoli and bisque. The veggies were sooooo good! The soup was heavy and a little off-I didn’t taste much seafood in it and the color wasn’t appetizing-looked more like gumbo rue than seafood bisque. The bisque was a disappointment, but the rest of the meal and the offerings more than made up for it. I also had some shrimp cocktail that was delicious and a sampling of spectacular desserts-a mini lemon pie with graham cracker crust that was gluten free but was probably the best dessert I had next to the lemon layer cake and the chocolate pot de creme. There was cheesecake, cookies, chocolates, biscotti, so many things. I ate as much as I could without overeating-1 plate of food and 2 saucers of dessert- and ordered a cocktail! - and I left satisfied and very glad I came-I will be back next year! I wish I would have eaten more veggies and skipped the bisque though-it was a wonderful meal.

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TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Jeremiah, even though he was new took great care of us. He was very knowledgeable and full of personality!!
First time there. Won’t be our last!!

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MG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Please update the restaurant, and do something about the bright lighting, it kills any ambience
that is possible.

I do enjoy the food, it's quite good and constentent

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BO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst holiday buffet I have ever had. The service horrible, the food choices didn’t even belong together. My husband returned from the buffet with a piece of prime rib and a roll.

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KW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had the Thanksgiving buffet. The food was good and they kept it well stocked. Table service was not as good but we still had a good experience and will likely go again. The price was very good compared to other buffets in the Seattle area, most starting at $79. I would like to try them for normal dinner service.

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BR
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We went last year and thought that it was great, my mom want to go back. It was ok this year. The turkey was great and so was the roast beef. Sides where a different matter, green beans where undercooked and mash potatoes said they where garlic, but I could not find any. The only side that stood out was the stuffing, it was moist and well seasoned. Lastly, the Nat's where bad, in the food when you got back to your table.

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B
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, and the food was fairly good. I ordered the salmon and it was not up to my expectations. The rest of the food was pretty good.

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ED
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Husband's Caesar and Steak were wonderful. My House salad was lacking. It was missing cucumbers when it was presented, but still not an impressive presentation. The Ciopino was not right. The seafood was cooked well, but the "broth" was just a ladel of marinara. The salmon still had the skin on it and only 2 of the 6 clam shells had an actual clam. But the service was on point (especially the bartender who stepped in to help us.)

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded all our expectations! The food was perfectly prepared, well presented and tasty. The young lady that served us was efficient, friendly and made the evening more enjoyable. Thank you!

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was friendly and attentive. I only said moderate noise because there was a large group in the lobby celebrating a class reunion. Otherwise, it waould have been very quiet and cozy.

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H
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cioppino. I want the recipe. Great service at the bar.

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N
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located at embassy suites hotel. Quite busy for a Sunday. Very good food

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P
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not impressed for my business meeting that the hostess guided and then left me to greet a table with 3 people who were NOT my party under my reservation. Embarrassing and hopefully a one-off for the waitstaff as I have numerous business meetings here at this restaurant venue.

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GG
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Shockingly good food for a restaurant attached to a hotel!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food would have been great had it not been so oily. Everything was drenched in oil

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P
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group of ladies always enjoys Basil's Kitchen. We celebrate birthdays and it is not uncommon for the birthday girl to select Basil's for the occasion. Our group is usually about 8 to 10 strong and it is quiet enough that we can hear the conversation wherever we are seated. Love it.
Not so happy with Open Table. Had a difficult time changing the number of our group from 9 to 8. Finally had to call Basil's to make sure we still had a reservation.

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4
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were thrrr for s mother’s day brunch. When we got in I thought the buffet looked small but I was wrong. There was a huge variety of food. The buffet food was excellent. My son-in-law was in heaven with all the choices of meats and seafood. Mom loved the omelet station. My only complain was the drink service was very slow. We had to ask for coffee and “bottomless” mimosas.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for Mother's day brunch, and plan to come back again. Service was excellent, my mimosa never went empty and they promptly picked up dirty plates. The food was delicious, lots to choose from and not just your standard buffet choices. It was a little pricey but given the quality and that drinks were included it was well worth it.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good staff and the food was fresh and delicious!!

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and good variety but I think a little over priced. Our friends and family had a nice experience and would go back!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was nice!

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K
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good for the whole family

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b
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good for a hotel restaurant. Service a bit slow.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesomeness! That is all!

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica Jason and the rest of the staff are awesome! Always welcoming with honest suggestions about the menu. Thank you for letting us run wild. All the places in Seattle to eat and we dined with you twice this week even though we were staying at the Courtyard. Your menu rocks. Keep it up and add more wine selections please!

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WM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is a hidden gem. Very underrated. Their service is always good. Food is outstanding (for what we ordered). It is not your average hotel restaurant for travelers to get a quick bite. We have tried their braised pork shoulder, garlic prawn, crab cake, French dip, and a few other things. The quality is quite consistent. The price is also very reasonable. Did I mention that they got an "excellent" rating from King County?

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Dined here only because hotel staff said it would be deducted from the incidentals deposit. It was expensive, not overly impressive, and guess what..... it was charged beyond the incidentals deposit. Wouldn’t have eaten here in the first place. Won’t go back.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

2017 Christmas Dinner 6pm, Was not impressed by food or service. We were an older group of 60+ so young wait staff not very present. The seating was difficult for mobility challenged members of our party. Crab Bisque was a salt bomb, risotto was under/poorly cooked, crab cakes were over cooked and needed a sauce.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there for Christmas dinner. Although the restaurant did not seem overly busy, our server excused the food quality because of the fixed menu and the holiday. One order of fettuccini was soupy. Our server was distracted and forgot we asked for wine. However, she did her best to accommodate our requests for our desserts to go. We enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, unlike that in many modern restaurants.

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A
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We went to this restaurant two or three years ago for the Christmas Dinner. It was awesome. But our returns have been a disaster. Thanksgiving and Christmas buffet were very weak on service and noisy and crowded. So this Christmas we decided to return for the evening Christmas dinner. What a change from our first experience. The lights shined down on us very bright. Very noisy family at table next to us. Food was good. Service was ok. This will probably be our last holiday dinner at Basil's.

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N
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Basil Kitchen was wonderful! I took my family there for the Christmas dinner buffet and everything was excellent. I was very impressed and would make it a tradition!

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great northwest cuisine and craft beer selection.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for ten people plus one high chair in the evening. Showed up on time and our table was ready immediately. Service was amazing. Our waitresses were incredibly nice. The food was good. We even got a dessert for the birthday boy. Would definitely come again.

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r
New England
93 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good; Three small Crab cakes with risotto which was a little on the dry side; crisp half dozen green beans atop the risotto; some tables got bread, suspect that you had to ask for it?
The waiter was polite but rather robotic like; Food was pricey;
Loud conversational noise from happy hour in the high ceilinged atrium lounge just outside the restaurant.

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