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About The Basil Leaf Cafe

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.

501 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - 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

Cross Street:
Church

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 831-2828

Website:
http://www.thebasilleafcafe.com/

Catering:
Let us bring The Basil Leaf Cafe's delicious food to you. Call and let us make your next event a carefree success.

Parking Details:
The Basil Leaf Cafe has street parking around the restaurant and is located within walking distance of two large, free municipal lots.

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.

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Champange Brunch every Saturday, and Sunday $21.99 Adults / $10.99 Kids / Includes Coffee, Mimosa, Juice

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holiday
Open for brunch and dinner
Reservations till 8 p.m

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Happy New Year's Eve
Open for Brunch and Dinner
reservations till 9 p.m

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The Basil Leaf Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

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Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Sunday Lunch (6)
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Good for Groups (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Cozy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Food bland and average. We got two appetizers and 4 entrees and nothing was impressive. Best part was the calamari.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Went here at the recommendation of my father, who loves this place. Late Sat night, restaurant was half full. I was sat underneath a vent that was blowing cold air. After some tweaking to the air controls - the cold air bursts were less sporadic, but still a tad annoying. I ordered the Chicken Avocado sandwhich. Unfortunately - the avocado wasn't quite ready yet, as it took a forceful knife strike to get through it. Also - wasn't sure if the Chicken on the sandwhich was supposed to be hot or cold, because it was neither. I found it amazing that they could screw up both elements the sandwhich was named after. As a person trying to watch his weight, this menu was a challenge for sure.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everyone who works at Basil Leaf was friendly and efficient. The restaurant is very pretty, and the food was very good! We definitely will go back!

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I have dined here many times over the past years. I have watched the quality of food and service drop from very good to fair.
On Open Table I specified a special occasion and there was no acknowledgement of my request.
I also found it interesting that on a Saturday night the restaurant was almost empty.
I asked the waiter about making me a rum and pineapple and he said if it was not on the menu they could not make it.
I probably will not be going back and would not recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We did have a reservation for 3 and they didn’t have a table for 3

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch wasn’t good. Many of the serving trays we empty or close to it. Some items were not hot. Omelette s were all vegetables and very little eggs. Just disappointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great place and Stephanie our hostess was awesome!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I always enjoyed your Café. The brunch is always exceptional.

Tags: Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I went to this restaurant with friends for brunch. The brunch was fantabulous and delicious. The customer service was great. I will be returning very soon. This place will not disappoint.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was poor. We were a party of 4 in a fairly empty restaurant. 2 salads were served correctly but 2 had to be sent back as they were not what ordered. Took a long time to remedy. Asked for extra bread. Never got it. On the plus side, our vegetarian butternut/sundried risotto and greek salad were plentiful and excellent. My husband and I shared these. Don't think we'll return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I haven't been there in a year or more and I have been wanting to get back there for dinner. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Same I remember - Always consistently good. I will be going back to Basil Leaf more often. Lunch and dinner are both very good!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice looking menu, but poorly prepared food. Pasta was over cooked, risotto was bland and the texture wasn't good at all. (Is there such a thing as instant risotto? That is what it tasted like.)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We all enjoyed our entrees as we dined on the terrace outside. Ali and his colleagues provided excellent service.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderfull Sunday brunch for all occasions, and outdoor dining

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is our favorite every day restaurant in Danville. Excellent service and excellent quality/value dining.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Inside of restaurant was like a freezer so ate outside. Chairs on lower patio are strangely very low relative to table surface. Or maybe the tables are high. Either way we all felt like we needed booster seats ;)

Service was good. There was literally nobody else dining there while the restarting across the street was packed. Shame, this is a good location and the options downtown get old. They should consider livening up the patio.

It's not a bad restaurant, it is just "forgettable". Maybe it was just an off night. Service was good and good alright but seating was odd and we kept looking across the street at the other restaurant and wishing we were there lol.

Sending good vibes to the Basil Lead. We need you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always have a great meal here! Seafood is always good, but I got some pasta this time and was not disappointed.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We had dinner here with friends on a Tuesday evening. It wasn't crowded at all, probably because the word is getting out that the food here is just okay. The portions were large, but the fish tasted either old or previously frozen. The seasonings were minimal, so the food was rather bland. I had the Salmon a la Vodka which was tasty. Such a large portion that I took half of it home. Then several hours later, I started feeling ill. Subsided after a few hours, but made me leery of eating the leftovers, so I threw them away. What a waste, but didn't want to take any chances.

Although the price was very reasonable, and we had a coupon for 50% off the second entree, it still will not draw us back. Unfortunate, since we used to love this place and enjoyed the ambiance and the food. When there are so many other restaurants in Danville, that have special discounts (like Passport Dining) and better food, that is where we will go next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

My girlfriends and I enjoyed a special birthday brunch on Sunday and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the tortellini, salads, and the waffles with strawberries and creme fraiche best. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Stood at doorway for over 5 minutes. Waiter eventually came out of the kitchen saw us and went away. We left and went elsewhere.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

As far as appetizers go, If you like Brussel sprouts. My wife said these were the best she has ever eaten in her life. She also said the Salmon was the best ever. I had the chicken and pasta. It was very very good as well. The only slight knock was the service started out slow, but it did pickup after we ordered some drinks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We selected this restaurant because my wife used to frequent it with her friends and had good things to say about it. We had an early dinner in a practically empty restaurant.
Food:
For appetizers, my wife and I shared "Mozzarella Caprese". The tomato was cut very thin, their was barely any basil, and there was barely any balsamic drizzle. My son ordered fried mozzarella and the cheesy bread. Both of those two appetizers tasted fine, but the latter took about 20 minutes to arrive.
I had a Caesar salad and cioppino and both were bad. The salad was covered in powdery parmesan cheese that I'm sure came out of a green plastic container. Since I love anchovies with my salad and they hadn't been offered, I asked the waiter for them. Five or six anchovies were server in a pool of fishy oil on a separate plate. The cioppino had uncracked crab that I couldn't get at since while I was given a cracker, I couldn't really handle it due to the temperature and I wasn't given anything small enough to get at the meat. The small lobster was cut in half so I could get at the tail meat. The mollusks, two scallops, and four shrimp were fine. The calamari totaled maybe an once in little quarter-inch rings. The broth had a thick layer of oil on its surface. The flavor was okay.
My wife had Chicken Piccata and it was horrible. The poached or microwaved chicken clearly had freezer burn and wasn't breaded or dredged at all. They also made the curious choice of adding red onion to the sauce.
My son had the "Meatball Bolognese" and while the pasta and sauce were fine, the meatball had no texture and had a ton of fennel in them.
Service:
Though we saw they had parmesan available, we weren't offered any. My iced tea was refilled once, but my wife didn't get a refill. We saw our waiter when seated and only once after the food came.
Ambiance:
Half of the restaurant was way too hot to eat in.
Value:
They charged me $3.50 for those anchovies.
We won't be going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good food. Friendly wait staff. Nice al fresco dining area.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I always wanted to eat at this corner restaurant, and went for lunch. We had the spinach salad with poached pear, which was delicious. We added salmon to the salad and it was over cooked.
Service was a bit slow.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Ordered 1/2 berry salad which was a very generous portion. It was however swimming in overly-sweet dressing so couldn't eat most of the lettuce. So advise to order dressing on the side unless you like lots of dressing.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I always enjoy The Basil Leaf and I love their minestrone soup - home made ad delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Always reliable - usually plenty of seating - nice on patio once sun goes down - generous, well-
prepared portions. Hard to not like this place!!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We often come here for their Sat and Sun brunches. Their made to order omelettes are great as are the waffles and the french toast. The bottomless mimosas are also a big hit. The only warning is come hungry as the food options are endless!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Basil Leaf has always been a favorite of mine. The atmosphere is wonderful especially outside seating. However, this time around my family & I had the company of some very energetic wasps. It made dinner really hard to enjoy. I hadn't seen my Chicago relatives for a long time & this was disturbing. I asked the waiter if there was something he could do, perhaps spray something. He only gave us the option of sitting inside. It was a beautiful night & the last place we wanted to be was inside.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Staff did a great job keeping the drink refills coming. Ambiance was good but for some reason, the air conditioning seemed to shut off occasionally, leaving the dining room a bit too hot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

It was great. Service was good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good salmon a la vodka pasta and Brussel sprouts . Love that they have affogato dessert.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I do enjoy the Basil Leaf. The food is however just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We are now regular visitors because we rate Basil Leaf highly. Among the 3 of us we drive 100 miles to meet here - and it is worth it. My garlic allergy is treated with care.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Okay restaurant. Food just okay. Calimari was fishy and tough. Spinach salad was okay. Grilled chicken BLT was very good. Place seemed kind of worn out. Probably won't go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Reservation for 8. Seated right away inside. Service was good and Italian entrees were exceptional. Meatball appetizer could've been an entree by itself. Portions very generous so share if not real hungry.
Bummed we couldn't sit outside but nice meal all the same. Outside seating doesn't work for groups over 4.
One key suggestion would be they expand wine list as small selection available.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Air conditioning not working on a day when it was over 100 degrees outside. Four of the 6 in our party are elderly. One of our party later used the restroom and found the area surrounding that location to be cool and had open seats/tables. Our experience was very uncomfortable, but the food was tasty and well prepared. The service was good. Water refills were frequent. But there was no special offer to compensate for the disappointing absence of comfortable surroundings.., such as complimentary desserts or drinks.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was the first time we went there. The place is a little dirty, a little dated and the food was no good. There are flies in the restaurant, the table cloth was dirty and wine was warm. We went out to eat because it was hot and this restaurant does not have sufficient AC. The pizza looked like a frozen pizza and the pasta dish was so so. We won't go again. It's too bad because it's such a great location and close to our house.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Wine list was poor. Italian food needs good wine this restaurant failed here. The appetizers were good calimari was excellent! Entrees were very bland Italian food needs garlic it was lacking in all the dishes served to our table.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great meal, but closed early. We didn't realize that they closed at 8:30 until we left at 9. Don't go too late for dinner if you want to stay and talk for awhile.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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