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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: 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

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

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The Basil Leaf Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.8

service

3.9

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

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Quiet

68% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
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Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good, but nothing special. Service was outstanding.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

One of the best Italian meals I have had. Stephanie was very welcoming and helped us select our meals. Very comfortable place to share a meal with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is a solid but unspectacular Italian restaurant, good for pasta and friendly service.
Discounts purchased in Costco helps the decision making process.
Large pasta portions good for a second meal at home.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Been coming here for years. Always good fresh food, and good service. Dependable quality. The temperature is kept a little on the cool side so I bring a sweater.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Not sure if it was an offnight but everything served was way too salty.Ordered the bisque soup and vigole pasta. Could not eat more than a few bites due to salt. The Caesar salad was not chilled and Wilted. The saving grace -tiramisu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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??

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always love their Sunday Mimosa Brunch! Great value and scrumptious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

If this is not a family business then they certainly make you feel as if it is. Food is very good - minestrone soap, salmon, huge meatballs in pasta. They don’t carry a full bar but good enough. Drinks were good.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely freezing in the restaurant. We were not the only ones sitting having dinner with our coats on. Won't return if they don't heat the restaurant

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I met friends for lunch.
Though the food was good the service was bad.
And not that busy . . .

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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