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The Basil Leaf Cafe

4.5
4.5
106 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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Booked 19 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    null

  • 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

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Arancini$9.00

    pork sausage - arborio - peppers - onion - garlic - panko-coated and fried - served with marinara & alfredo

    • Bruschetta$9.00

      basil tomato compote - mozzarella - parmesan - balsamic

      • Meatballs$9.00

        hand crafted meatballs - marinara - alfredo

        • Fried Calamari$9.00

          flour-dusted - deep fried - served with marinara & basil ranch

          Salads

          • House Salad$10.00

            tomato - peppers - onion - carrot - croutons - sunflower seeds - italian vinaigrette

            • Caesar$10.00

              parmesan - croutons - caesar dressing

              • Caprese$11.00

                fresh mozzarella - peppers - onion - cherry tomato - balsamic vinaigrette

                Entrées

                • Lemon Chicken Tenders$17.00

                  marinated & served with banana pepper cream - fried golden - risotto - brussels sprouts

                  • Basil Leaf Sirloin$23.00

                    8 oz strip steak - mushrooms - truffle cream - grilled asparagus - served with loaded baked potato

                    • Pan Seared Salmon$19.00

                      grilled asparagus - risotto

                      Pasta

                      • 7-Layer Lasagne$16.00

                        ground chuck & five cheese blend - with marinara & alfredo

                        • Tortellini Cordon Bleu$18.00

                          panko fried chicken scaloppini - bacon - mushroom - scallion - alfredo

                          • Penne Abruzzi$15.00

                            ground chuck & pork meatballs - bacon - peppers - onion - tomato - marinara - alfredo

                            • Chicken Carbonara$16.00

                              egg yolk sauce - mushrooms - onion - tomato - spaghetti - garlic

                              • Cajun Penne$17.00

                                andouille - shrimp - chicken - peppers - onion - tomato

                                • Shrimp Scampi$17.00

                                  garlic butter - white wine sauce - spaghettini - spinach - garlic - calabrese peppers - mushroom

                                  • Spaghettini & Meatballs$15.00

                                    ground chuck & pork meatballs - garlic - shallot - burgundy - basil butter - pesto

                                    • Basil Chicken Cavatelli$16.00

                                      basil butter - mushroom - tomato - onion - scallion - peppers

                                      • Mac & Cheese$14.00

                                        cavatelli - garlic - shallot - chardonnay

                                        • Arrabbiata$14.00

                                          spaghettini - peppers - onion - scallion - tomato - chardonnay - basil - marinara- alfredo

                                          • Shrimp Fettuccine$17.00

                                            shrimp - garlic - shallot - chardonnay - parsley

                                            • Deconstructed Lasagne$16.00

                                              stuffed tortellini - chopped meatballs - marinara - onion - tomato - garlic - mushroom - calabrese peppers

                                              Desserts

                                              • Tiramisu$6.00

                                                • Gelato$4.00

                                                  • Feature Dessert$6.00

                                                    Specials

                                                    • Weekday Lunch Special$9.99

                                                      Includes a side house or caesar salad and a half lunch entrée portion. Valid Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 3 pm

                                                      • 1/2 Price Wine Bottles

                                                        Valid Thursday & Sunday 5 pm - close on select bottles

                                                        • 1/2 Price Cocktails

                                                          Valid Wednesday 5 pm - close on select cocktails

                                                          • Happy Hour$5.00

                                                            Bruschetta, House Wines & Moscow Mules. Valid Tuesday - Friday 2 - 6 pm

                                                            Last updated: August 6, 2021

                                                            What 106 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                            Loved For

                                                            • Kansas City / Kansas

                                                              Italian

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                                                            1. J

                                                              Jodie

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food was delicious and service was great! Will eat here again!

                                                            2. GJ

                                                              GregJ

                                                              Dallas

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food is alway good. Madilin did an excellent job taking care of us!!

                                                            3. OF

                                                              OliviaF

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Cozy atmosphere, great food and our waitress was kind and did a fantastic job.

                                                            4. MW

                                                              MichaelW

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              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.

                                                            5. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Favorite local neighborhood spot. Small and quaint. Simple but complete wine and cocktail list, excellent food especially for the price and friendly fun staff.

                                                            6. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 29, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food and service. Highly recommend!

                                                            7. MB

                                                              MattB

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              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.

                                                            8. AH

                                                              AngelaH

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                              overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                              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.

                                                            9. JB

                                                              JenniferB

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 18, 2021

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience3

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

                                                            10. T

                                                              Tommy

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 13, 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.

                                                            11. C

                                                              Charles

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            12. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 11, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            13. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on November 7, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                            14. SH

                                                              SteveH

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              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.

                                                            15. KC

                                                              KCGinger

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              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.

                                                            16. GD

                                                              GuestDM

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              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.

                                                            17. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Dallas

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 24, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Super good and service.

                                                            18. S

                                                              Softballfan

                                                              St. Louis

                                                              37 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              37 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!

                                                            19. ZG

                                                              ZombieGirl

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              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!

                                                            20. KP

                                                              KirstenP

                                                              Birmingham

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 18, 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!

                                                            21. JG

                                                              JohnG

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on October 17, 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.

                                                            22. N

                                                              Nancy

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              45 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              45 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!

                                                            23. K

                                                              Kansas

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              29 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              2.0

                                                              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).

                                                            24. PP

                                                              PattyP

                                                              Portland

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              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.

                                                            25. ML

                                                              MikL

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on October 11, 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.

                                                            26. HW

                                                              HubsnWifee

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 7, 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.

                                                            27. NS

                                                              NeilS

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              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!

                                                            28. DC

                                                              DawnC

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              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!

                                                            29. KM

                                                              KatM

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              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!

                                                            30. KB

                                                              KelliB

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

                                                            31. s

                                                              s12345

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 31, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The restaurant had a great atmosphere and amazing food!

                                                            32. J

                                                              Joyfull

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              16 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              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.

                                                            33. H

                                                              Howard

                                                              Oklahoma City

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              10 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.

                                                            34. JD

                                                              JohnD

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 22, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            35. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Austin

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              The team was wonderful. Given the circumstances (COVID), they exceeded expectations. The Boen pinot noir was fantastic.

                                                            36. S

                                                              Softballfan

                                                              St. Louis

                                                              37 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              37 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!

                                                            37. DK

                                                              DoubleK

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              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.

                                                            38. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Service, food and atmosphere always consistent and fantastic.

                                                            39. H

                                                              Howard

                                                              Oklahoma City

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              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

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 2, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had the most amazing waitress. Loved the atmosphere.

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                                                            The Basil Leaf Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 106 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.

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                                                            Booked 19 times today
                                                            Google Map for The Basil Leaf Cafe

                                                            616 W 9th St null Lawrence, KS 66044-2808

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              Lawrence

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              null

                                                            • 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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