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The Basil Leaf Cafe, Lawrence, KS

The Basil Leaf Cafe

4.4
4.4
198 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Basil Leaf Cafe is proud to have built a loyal following in the Lawrence community. We are excited to continue the tradition of amazing food and provide great service as we continue to grow our locally owned restaurant.
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!"

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (785) 856-0459

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Lawrence

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 198 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kansas City / Kansas

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and great atmosphere!
  2. MO

    MarshaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , service and atmosphere. I highly recommend for social gathering with friends to reacquaint.
  3. DR

    DarylR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience definitely met our expectations! The food is so delicious, the service was impeccable! Our server was great to make sure our dietary needs were what we ordered. Cold air was blowing on us and they turned on the heat, which made it very pleasant. We will return
  4. m

    mikem

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Creamy chicken basil was a giant mess of goop drowning in a sea of oil. Tiramisu was comedic. It was even smothered in Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Horrible. Service and atmosphere was great!
  5. KH

    KellyH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food was very disappointing. Seems everything was processed/frozen then just heated and served
  6. RM

    RheaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!! We are coming back.
  7. MB

    MaryB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was fine.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful experience.
  9. RB

    RayB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice evening. Great atmosphere and service. Food wasn’t very warm however. Other than that, it was really good.
  10. d

    dinneratbasileaf

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time, the ambience is wonderful and our server was a delight.
  11. L

    Linette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of the BEST restaurants in Lawrence! We e tried several of the entrees and each have been amazing. The service is always great and the portions are enough for multiple meals or for sharing.
  12. LL

    LuLu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, attentive wait staff and love the new location. Restaurant is a little noisy though.
  13. KB

    KathyB

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Basil Leaf is a great addition to Lawrence dinning. They are still working out so issues in the kitchen and working on an updated menu, but the staff is great, and I love the abeyance.
  14. JD

    JoyceD

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A little less garlic please. It overpowered the other ingredients.
  15. JP

    JimP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our first visit to The Basil Leaf Cafe. Food and service were excellent. We wish it was just a little quieter and a bit less expensive, but all-in-all we had a really nice experience. We'll be back!
  16. m

    mem369

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding with Jewel as our excellent server. The new location is very nice.
  17. GM

    GaryM

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good value and excellent service. We’ll be back for sure.
  18. KC

    KristaC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner, service, experience were all amazing!! Thank you!
  19. SM

    StephenM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    It was just OK. The food was very bland. The service and the restaurant were very nice.
  20. JG

    JeffG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing appetizers and we each enjoyed our entree very much
  21. MM

    MelM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food and drink was great. We were seated near the door to the patio which made us feel uncomfortable.
  22. BB

    BarbaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great! I had the lemon chicken tenders and my husband had the cordon bleu tortellini. Both delicious with generous portions.
  23. M

    Mema

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! We had the sweetest, cutest waitress with beautiful dimples and such a pretty smile! We all four had different entrees and we all loved our dishes! We will definitely be back!! Thank you!
  24. R

    Rosies

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basil Leaf has been a local Lawrence favorite of ours for several years, and we were thrilled to finally get to try out the new location. Superb!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was wonderful! Great service and delicious food! Highly recommend.
  26. BC

    BrianC

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the new space and expanded menu
  27. ED

    EmmeD

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Honestly, I was surprised at how mediocre the food was. My granddaughter ordered the kids spaghetti and meatballs and it was so full of non-fresh garlic she couldn’t eat it. I tried it and agreed it was overdone with garlic. Inedible. The toasted ravioli was good, but overcooked. The pasta used was basic…maybe Kroger brand at best. I had the pasta arrabbiata and it was on level with a pasta I would get at a buffet at a pizza joint. Only that pasta came with the buffet at $9 whereas this dish cost $19 and had no meat or anything justifying that price. I hope it gets better or this place will find yet another restaurant to occupy the space.
  28. EP

    ErikaP

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent! Nice Italian restaurant.
  29. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family has been enjoying Basil Leaf Cafe for many years. It's one of our first choices when having friends in town or for special occasions. Over the past year or so we have been lucky enough to get to know the staff, from servers to the General Manager. Shortly after Basil Leaf moved to their new building we were very excited to check out the new space. Wow, what an upgrade from the 9th street location. We visited shortly after they opened and yikes, it was hectic and chaotic BUT we gave them a break since they just moved. During our second visit, we were visiting with one of our favorite servers and she informed us that Basil Leaf was experiencing a challenging time with staff turnover...including the manager and chef and many others. I can't imagine what that must be like for a restaurant. We decided to give Basil Leaf another visit since we had family in from out of town. We made a reservation for Friday night and to be honest we weren't sure what to expect. It was fantastic! The atmosphere was fun with nice music and great lighting (cute lamps on the tables for an older person like myself). Everyone enjoyed their meal and even my favorite pasta dish tasted better than before. Our server was so sweet and even training a new employee. In fact, we saw several people "in training" which is a nice thing to see. Everyone was smiling and attentive. No chaos. The new manager came by our table and said "welcome back, it's great to have you again". We hadn't seen him before so we asked how he knew we had visited and he said he likes to check out the reservations for the day to see who has been in before. That impressed the whole table and we felt very special. Our server let us know he is the new General Manager that just recently started. Well done Basil Leaf Cafe. We will be back
  30. O

    Okpeanuts

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great apps. Good drink. Ok service. Need to have water within 5 min; drinks within 10; never ever leave any dirty plates. She came 3x before we stacked it. Ok meal.
  31. SS

    SheriS

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta dishes were amazing! Such a cool little restaurant!
  32. KM

    KerryM

    Kansas City

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Worst Italian food ever! The food was over spiced -too much garlic!!! My daughter ordered the spaghetti without meatballs and was charged for the meatballs $17! Not once did the manager come around to ask how our meal was- that in itself speaks volumes!!! Won’t be going back.
  33. K

    Kath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and location. Very pleased some entrees could be made gluten free.
  34. D

    Dorrie

    Kansas City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It's been a while since I went to the Basil Leaf and their new downtown location is excellent. Food is plentiful, not too salty and very tasty. Service was wonderful as well.
  35. HC

    HelenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always loved Basil Leaf, even when it was located in the gas station! I am so glad they moved to Mass Street because it is so much easier to park. The food is absolutely delicious, and the servings are enough for two. They even still had my sunglasses I had left there a few days ago! I would recommend making reservations since they are always busy.
  36. G

    Grubbsgrill

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Basil Leaf is one of our favorite restaurants. Last night the dish that I usually order did not taste right. The waitress was great and they replaced it immediately with another item on the menu and then gave us a complementary dessert. Everything tasted wonderful
  37. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great spot for a date a more relaxed feeling while still being very nice and the food and drinks are both excellent
  38. S

    Shauna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basil Leaf has always been the best bang for your buck and they finally have a gorgeous, large location to accommodate more pasta eaters.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    48th Anniversary. Worst anniversary dining experience in 48 years. Not treated like it was a special occasion. We were asked to sit at a high top which we declined. So we were seated at the worst table in the restaurant. Every server going in and out of the kitchen passed by our table. Every customer going to the restroom passed by our table. Food would suggest the restaurant name should be changed to Garlic Leaf. Salmon was fishy and not seasoned that I could tell. Unfortunately, this will be a memorable experience.
  40. MA

    MARYANN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I ate here once before and it was delicious. I had the wonderful Carbonara. It is no longer available, and so my choice last night was not very good at all. I won't plan to come back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Basil Leaf Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Basil Leaf Cafe

801 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lawrence

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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