The Basil Leaf Cafe

3.9
867 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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The Basil Leaf Café combines traditional homemade Italian flare with fresh and delicious California cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for pasta or a delightful entrée salad, fresh seafood or steak, you’ll find it in our casual and friendly dining room. Homemade desserts, risottos, soups, pasta sauces and salad dressings are created daily. Inviting outdoor patio. Lunch and Dinner served daily. Champagne Brunch every Saturday, and Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11:30am - 8:30pm;
Tuesday: Closed;
Wednesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 8:30pm;
Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm;
Saturday: 10:30am - 9:00pm;
Sunday: 10:30am - 8:30pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am- 2:30pm;
HAPPY HOUR! Monday to Friday: 2pm - 5pm
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Phone number
(925) 831-2828
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The restaurant’s semi-private dining area is available for holiday parties, meetings, showers – any and all gatherings. Careful attention to detail ensures your event will be a success where you can relax, eat, drink and socialize with family and friends.
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Catering
Let us bring The Basil Leaf Cafe's delicious food to you. Call and let us make your next event a carefree success.
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Cross street
Church
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Parking details
The Basil Leaf Cafe has street parking around the restaurant and is located within walking distance of two large, free municipal lots.
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Special events & promotions
Champange Brunch every Saturday, and Sunday $21.99 Adults / $10.99 Kids / Includes Coffee, Mimosa, Juice
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was permanent out of business

TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is closed and didn’t notify anyone. Planes a brunch for 2 weeks and walked up to our reservation with closed doors and a change of owner sign. At least notify people so they don’t get plans jackedup.

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

So sorry that this excellent brunch restaurant is closing. Danville needs more places like this

J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The Basil Leaf Cafe Close the week end after we ate. Most of the staff had resigned, so service was slow but the few staff worked very hard and the food was quite good. Sorry to see them go, they will be replaced by a Mexican Rest set to open in October.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I've eaten here before and to be fair the other visits warranted a much higher review. According to the staff the rest. is being sold and will become a Mexican Rest. so they had limited menu and were understaffed in the Kitchen because of the new ownership. It is my understanding that the Basil Leaf will close down for 2 months to be remodeled and become a Mexican rest.

R
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Man, has Basil Leaf lost its way. Only one waitress, un-bused tables, no bartender. This place used to be a place for a better than acceptable meal at a reasonable price. No more - in every possible way to construe that phrase.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a shame they are closing. We have lived in Danville for 42 years and always have a good meal, great location and friendly service. Will miss Basil Leaf very much

B
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There were only 3 tables in the whole restaurant that had customers and it was Saturday night in Danville. My husband and I split a salad. It didn’t look like it had any dressing on it at all. It was the house salad with balsamic dressing, or supposed to be. My Saltimbocca was okay and my husband like the Pomodoro with chicken. Our friends had the Rigatoni which she liked but her husband ordered salmon that was over cooked. He was not happy and hardly ate it. Portions are really big too - i would prefer less and be happy with my dinner. I have had lunch there and liked it but I don’t think we will be having dinner there again.

CC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time here. The food is consistently good. Danville is a great place to people watch.

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. I am just appointed to hear that they will be closing soon. I have gone there for many years and have always enjoyed their brunch and their staff. I will miss them😿

KE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Quite, comfortable dining experience with good service. Food was good but didn't knock our socks off. Nice selection of options for everyday dining.

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Support this neighborhood gem. The food is good and the place is super cozy. Great service and great people.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cute place with delicious food. Went for Father’s Day brunch (buffet), and I would go back. I had to wait quite a bit until the host seated us, even though we had reservations. The servers were busy and no one came up to our table until I interrupted them, but our server was very friendly and came up to our table many times afterwards. The young chef who was cooking the omelette saws very rude to the servers and told them to all meet in the back, “I don’t care what they’re doing, I want all of them to meet in the back, now!” - we’re his words. Felt uncomfortable as a guest.

Overall food was great and we enjoyed our time.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We brought our family here for Fathers day brunch. It was unbelievably bad. Food mess all around the serving trays and floor, bathrooms were filthy, and several food trays empty of food, which we had to wait for them to refill. The eggs benedicts that finally showed up were hard as a rock with a poor excuse for a hollandaise sauce. I had to apologize to my family for recommending this place.

TB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Basil Leave is one of our favorite restaurants. Their brunch buffet is fabulous! The atmosphere is comfortable. Unfortunately, it is closing in a month to six weeks due to an ownership change. This is very disappointing to us.

S
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the brunch. Our family visits here regularly. Yum!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Under new management. Let's hope they improve.

CK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at an outside table and it was lovely. We just had salads but very good.

LF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Great Food!

O
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Place is dated and not exactly immaculate. Menu too was really dated and food was just terrible. Gluten Free options were also touted when we called but were VERY limited.

IH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always love going to their Sunday Mimosa Brunch. Endless Mimosa and all you can eat brunch.

E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant
The meals were fresh and well seasoned. Nicely presented and hot.

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but unfortunately the buffet ran out of at least 4 dishes. we asked and they said they would be replenished, but it didn't happen in the 45 minutes we were there.

JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was just so-so. Not worth the $39.99 charge for a Sunday brunch on Mother’s Day. I find it expensive for the quality of foods they served. I would rather go somewhere else.

KT
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere Would highly recommended.

4
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the delicious food and ambience. Great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a drink.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The omelette dude was rude and our waiter took awhile to get to us after we got seated

CY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My wife and I went there for a Sunday buffet brunch. This has been our go-to place for brunch buffets; we've been there multiple times in the past. The food is very good; I like the made-to-order omelettes and they have bottom-less mimosas. Unfortunately, the buffet is poorly arranged, with the food on an L-shaped set of tables that are set up against the walls in a corner. Hence, people can access the food from only one side and, because there are dishes in the corner, the buffet line moves VERY slowly because the person who is standing in the corner just "rotates" while getting food from 3 different chafing dishes, without moving forward. (This is why I rated the service as Fair; the service is otherwise Good.) I've noticed this gross inefficiency before but it really annoyed me this last time, so much so that I've decided to go somewhere else for buffet brunch in the future.
NOTE: This criticism doesn't apply if you order off the menu.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We are a party of 8 for a Sunday brunch, we were seated 30 mins later than our reservation time. The buffet was ok, several green salad selection, with mixed fruit and muffins. Not as much selection of entree, taste descent, only it takes a while for them to keep up with the demand. We have to wait a while for food to be replenished. Service was nice and friendly. Over all our experience is satisfactory.

TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was friendly, service was good and the food was fantastic!

F
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very disappointing. After being seated we waited approximately 12 minutes until we were given any attention and that was from the bus boy who brought bread and water. When the waiter showed up he asked to take our order. We all wanted a glass of wine when we were first seated! Had to ask for everything. The interesting part to all of this is that we sat in the front of the restaurant inside and there was a total of 2 tables occupied on Sunday evening. Our party of 4 and another table with 10 - that was it. No excuse for inattentive service.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleasanty surprise. Last minute dission to go out in Danville left us with few options. Basil Leaf had a time that worked with our scheudle so reluctantly I picked it for dinner. Friday night at 7:15 the resturant was half empty. I was worried. We had the house salad and it was really good. Like homemade good. Plenty of green and other vegtables. My husband had the pork which he likes to order to see if they can get it right and he said it could of been cooked less but the flavor was good. I had the lobster ravioli and I was really amazed how good it was and how generous they were with shrimp and asparagus with the ravioli. All in all I was really surprised and pleased with our dinner. The staff was friendly and fun. Highly recommend you try Basil Leaf cafe again.

KM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good location in the middle of Danville but average food that needs a little TLC. Nothing to bring me back.

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

We went for Easter brunch. My mother, father, daughter and I had an amazing time. The food was delicious, bottomless mimosas, beautiful food spread and great location. The weather was perfect so we sat outside and it was the nest! Great experience. We will definitely return.

TC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Brunch has a wide variety of breakfast items, salads and the tortellini is to die for. Mimosas are awesome as well!

C
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I would have rated The Basil Leaf higher, but I lowered my rating due to the inept hostess. When I arrived at the restaurant for brunch, I gave my name and time of my reservation and she seated my boyfriend and me at our assigned table. However, no wait person came to our table to take our drink orders, so after we came back to our table from the buffet line, I informed the hostess. Shortly afterwards, our waitress came to the table and apologized for not coming sooner. She explained that the hostess didn’t write her name on the board after seating us, so she didn’t know she was assigned our table. In addition, I received a message from Open Table that afternoon indicating I was a ‘no show’ for my reservation. I had to call Ivan, the manager, to have him indicate that I did come to The Basil Leaf for my reservation. It seems that the hostess needs more training so she can correct the problems we experienced during and after our visit to the restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant wasn't anywhere close to crowded, but we still sat for a very long time before any gave us the slighted attention. The mussels and clam appetizers was fantastic! The rest of meal was just ok.

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nice but quite average Sunday brunch. So if someone is looking for a basic, but unimpressive brunch, I could recommend the restaurant.

MW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow service and food was very cold

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a nice lunch for 6 to celebrate a birthday. Service is good, friendly and table was ready on arrival. Love the "fruited" water....👍🏻

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