The Basil Leaf Cafe

4.6
98 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!"

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 98 people are saying
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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good place to eat. Food was good not great. Service was great. Pretty expensive. Would probably go again jusy not very often.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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Charles
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, simple, classic food. We definitely plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waitress and quick service! Definitely making this a place we come back to

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time trying and went early and got a reservation- very popular. Great food! Had great leftovers!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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KCGinger
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GuestDM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good and service.

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vipSoftballfan
St. Louis
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ZombieGirl
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was thrilled that they offer gluten free pasta. Our meal was delicious and our server was wonderful!

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KirstenP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipNancy
Kansas City
42 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a fantastic meal and great service. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable offered suggestions which were great!

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vipKansas
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

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).

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PattyP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MikL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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HubsnWifee
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

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.

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience and it did not disappoint! The food and cocktails were amazing. We will definitely be back!

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DawnC
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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KatM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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!

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KelliB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

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s12345
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had a great atmosphere and amazing food!

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Joyfull
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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Howard
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have agreed that this is now our go-to place. Our 4th visit and it never disappoints.

JD
vipJohnD
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, flavorful food, generous portions. Enjoyable atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The team was wonderful. Given the circumstances (COVID), they exceeded expectations.

The Boen pinot noir was fantastic.

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vipSoftballfan
St. Louis
36 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Can’t say enough. The photos speak for themselves. Food was off the charts delicious! Highly recommend and I will be back!

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DoubleK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere always consistent and fantastic.

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Howard
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only one suggestion: cloth napkins. Otherwise, this is now one of our favorite places and will go back often.

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MelindaN
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing waitress. Loved the atmosphere.

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vipThomasS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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walkergc11
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to try out a new restaurant for my birthday & this place was great! Had a wonderful time. The food was great, the service was excellent & the pricing was really reasonable! I recommend it for anyone that loves Italian!

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vipJohnD
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited The Basil Leaf last evening for the first time. The total experience was excellent. Our server, Madison, was attentive and pleasant.
The salads were large and fresh. I ordered chicken carbonara while my wife ordered shrimp scampi. The portions of both were too much to eat at one sitting. That is not a complaint. The food itself was very well prepared and tasty. My wife commented there were quite a few shrimp in the scampi. We enjoyed both.
For dessert we had the tiramisu. Again the portion was large. Large enough to be plenty for two to share.
The Basil Leaf is now our go-to place for Italian food in Lawrence, KS.

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SueN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a year and a half absence, we were delighted to return and find Basil Leaf’s entrees and service as excellent as ever.

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Howard
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short answer: we loved it and will certainly go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

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IanE
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! No complaints. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time. Madison was very attentive and helpful. She had no problem surprising us with drinks. The hostess was sweet as well. Great food, vibes and atmosphere! We enjoyed ourselves

FAQs

The Basil Leaf Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 98 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.