The Basil Leaf Cafe
We are excited to be introducing an updated menu with all of your favorites and some new items as well. We open at 4:00 P.M every day of the week for dinner with great specials and a daily happy hour!"
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Basil Leaf Sirloin
8 oz strip steak - mushrooms - truffle cream - grilled asparagus - served with loaded baked potato
garlic butter - white wine sauce - spaghettini - spinach - garlic - calabrese peppers - mushroom
flour-dusted - deep fried - served with marinara & basil ranch
The food is alway good. Madilin did an excellent job taking care of us!!
Cozy atmosphere, great food and our waitress was kind and did a fantastic job.
The Basil Leaf Cafe was a great find. Excellent food and service. Our server/bartender Pearl was great. Only complaint is the bar ran out of olives and I was looking forward to a martini. But Pearl made a good alternative and they have a good wine selection at fair prices. We will definitely make the trip back to Lawrence.
Favorite local neighborhood spot. Small and quaint. Simple but complete wine and cocktail list, excellent food especially for the price and friendly fun staff.
Great food and service. Highly recommend!
Regular date night place with my wife of 22 years. Love Basil Leaf staff is friendly, food is great and one of the best horsefeathers in Lawrence.
We have been frequent customers of Basil Leaf, but we had the worst service we’ve ever experienced last night. We had reservations and arrived right on time. It is a small space, and we were aware of that, but when we were seated, there was a small two person table located right in the middle of a large holiday gathering, and three open 4 person tables away from the crowd. We asked if we could be seated at one of the 4 tops, but the hostess said no, they were for larger groups that also had reservations. That would have been fine, but the next three groups that came in (within 15 minutes of us) were all groups of two, and they were all sat at the 4-person tables. Then we were never asked if we wanted drinks other than water, which was never refilled. As we were in the middle of the large holiday group that took up several tables, my husband and I could not really talk to each other due to the noise. Then at the end, we were ready for dessert, but to-go boxes were dropped at our table and the check was brought without asking if we wanted anything else, so we left. The food is always good, but I don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon.
Good place to eat. Food was good not great. Service was great. Pretty expensive. Would probably go again jusy not very often.
The staff has been gracious and friendly each time we have visited. Food is flavorful and the portions are generous. Can be a little loud when busy.
Excellent, simple, classic food. We definitely plan to go back.
Amazing waitress and quick service! Definitely making this a place we come back to
First time trying and went early and got a reservation- very popular. Great food! Had great leftovers!
I was pleasantly surprised by the food and service as the ambiance was unpretentious - which I like. My son and I were both very pleased with our meal and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had. Unfortunately, they were out of several items, but in the end we were pleased and will return.
My shrimp scampi was the best dish I’ve had in years. And the atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. Such a great place. I can’t wait to go back.
We were in a group of 4. 3 of our meals were very good. The 4th, spaghetti, was way over seasoned, and our friend said not as good as in the past.
Super good and service.
Second time and did NOT disappoint! Great service, incredible food, large portions! We might be back every time we’re in town visiting our Jayhawk!
I was thrilled that they offer gluten free pasta. Our meal was delicious and our server was wonderful!
We were seated promptly and they were very kind to allow us to sit in a space we requested. We each had a Caesar salad which was delicious. Husband had the penne abruzzi and I had the spaghettini and meatballs. We both really enjoyed our meals. Breadsticks are fabulous! We shared a piece of tiramisu and oh my word, it was amazing!
I was seated at the bar, which is only slightly better than eating while standing up. To be fair, I was alone and it was a busy night and they have very few tables. The food was very good, but not as memorable as on my previous visit. I suggest ordering something a bit more adventurous than the lasagne. The portions are generous and I had food to take home. The service is friendly and attentive.
We enjoyed a fantastic meal and great service. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable offered suggestions which were great!
The food was good but the restaurant floor was very dirty. The staff was friendly but the bartender didn’t know how to make a gin martini (served room temp).
Our meals were outstanding. We ate in the late afternoon so there was no noise interference. Great service and would return often. So happy we had a recommendation for this restaurant.
This was our anniversary dinner. Absolutely perfect environment for it- cozy while still being nice, low volume of noise and people. Our waitress was so kind and lovely. We were able to talk forever without distractions and felt like the focus was just us two! Food was so good. A little spicy (believe it or not!) for us, but still so yummy and reasonably priced for a nice dinner. I mean, we spent the same price at a regular Mexican restaurant just a few days earlier! Would totally recommend for a date night or with an intimate friend/family member.
We went here to celebrate my son's birthday. It's our first time here. We were so disappointed. The food is expensive and very SALTY!!! We really didn't enjoyed our dinner. I don't know why it got high ratings.
This was our first experience and it did not disappoint! The food and cocktails were amazing. We will definitely be back!
We tried The Basil Leaf Cafe on a recommendation from a friend.
The food was fantastic and our server was very attentive.
We would definitely go again!
Steak came out the wrong way and server was super kind and took it back to cook it more. They took $5 off the check for the inconvenience as well, which was totally unnecessary. Food is delicious and not as expensive as I expected. Will be back!
Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.
The restaurant had a great atmosphere and amazing food!
Nice menu, great very tasty food. Very generous portions!! I wish it was less crowded and less noisy, but it won’t stop us from returning.
We have agreed that this is now our go-to place. Our 4th visit and it never disappoints.
Excellent, flavorful food, generous portions. Enjoyable atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful staff.
The team was wonderful. Given the circumstances (COVID), they exceeded expectations.
The Boen pinot noir was fantastic.
Amazing! Can’t say enough. The photos speak for themselves. Food was off the charts delicious! Highly recommend and I will be back!
They had only two wait staff for the entire room and bar. Given those circumstances, you can't ask for better service. But if you're the kind of a-hole who won't tip because of it, then waltz on down to anywhere else. The food is always amazing. The chef special that night was especially delicious. I recommend this place all the time to people visiting Lawrence. It's limited seating so be sure to make a reservation via Open Table.
Service, food and atmosphere always consistent and fantastic.
Only one suggestion: cloth napkins. Otherwise, this is now one of our favorite places and will go back often.
We had the most amazing waitress. Loved the atmosphere.
Without question the best and most consistent Italian in this area. If there’s better in Lawrence or KC I certainly have not found it and we’ve been here over 30 years.
The Basil Leaf Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.