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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.
Danville, CA 94526
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:30am - 8:30pm;
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
$30 and under
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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.
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
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The Basil Leaf Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We have enjoyed Basil Leaf for many years but the service the last time was very poor.
The food was very good but not as good as in the past...my entree was really kind of cold like it had not warmed thoroughly.
They sat us near the door and it was drafty.
The tiramisu was fabulous...when we go back,hopefully they will be back to the standards we always were used to enjoying.
I picked Basil Leaf because I knew it would be quiet for conversation. Went with out-of-town guests looking for decent food & conversation. It was quiet, service was terrific, but the food was terrible! How can you ruin spaghetti & meatballs?? Sauce was watery, meatballs were hard as golf balls, tortellini was hard & undercooked, etc. I'll never go back - too many GOOD pasta places in Danville! How do they stay in business??
We went to Basil Leaf for Christmas Eve hoping to have a nice meal. Unfortunately they were too busy to tend to their customers effectively. The waiters were not attentive and we hardly saw our waiter after we ordered. My meal was the last to arrive at the table (I was with my family of 4) and when it did arrive it was cold. When this was brought to the attention of the water, he looked at me as if to say "so what?" asked if I would like something else instead. I said that I would like what I ordered but for it to be hot, not cold. He took my plate back and I received my meal after my family had finished their meals. We ordered dessert to try to enjoy some part of the meal together. It was just not meant to be - there was a hair in the middle of the cheesecake we ordered for dessert. It was just an overall bad experience for us. We will not be returning.
Terrible customer service. We made a reservation but got the worst seat - all smokes came to our table. And we were in the middle of every traffic. They should not have a table there at first place. We asked a staff if we can change the table. First she said no even though there was a table available. We asked a guy again and he was kind enough to do so.
And we sat at the table more than 20 min without being served. Every other table there was served. Moreover, a waitress was chatting with customers at a table next us for 3-4 min ignoring our existence (at least that's how I felt). We were finally served after calling their attention. It was terrible experience. I hope the owner of the café could see my review and train the employees for future business. This place used to be one of my favorites up until this point. Well, I don't thinks that's the case any more.
Quiet night at Basil Leaf -- just us and two other occupied tables. As far as I could tell, there was only 1 waiter and 1 cook on duty, but service and food were both excellent. We enjoy the pasta dishes; my wife loved the butternut squash soup; my ceasar salad was unexceptional but good. The only negative was that we were seated in the corner near some drafty cold windows (or maybe overenthusiastic air system), but we solved that easily by moving to a table away from the window.
We have been there on nights when it was much busier, so of course it's louder on those days. But even under those circumstances, it's still a nice night out.
We would highly recommend Basil Leaf.
Stephanie was our waitress for a party of 16 and she handled it like a pro. She was efficient, friendly and on top of everything! This was for my bday and the crowd can be a little rowdy with bottomless mimosas but not with her taking care of us. If you decide to go in to done make sure to request her as your waitress if you’d like a great dining experience
We had a great time. Food service for the brunch buffet was good with good selection. Lines were long as it was the happening spot for several Christmas parties. Our server Stephanie was amazing and was so attentive to our party of 4. We would definitely go there again.
Confirmed on reservation that table was ours for 2 hours for a baby shower. Bottomless mimosas refilled once, coffee never refilled.
Long lines for omelettes and trays of hit food empty after 45 minutes
Were then pressured to leave early by another group who were told by staff that their table wasn't available because we arrived late!
Terrible food and drink service and customer service
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Half of the restaurant was way too hot to eat in.
They charged me $3.50 for those anchovies.
We won't be going back.
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