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Basil's

The iconic balcony that overlooks the IDS Crystal Court, Basil’s is the home of the Mary Tyler Moore and Harmon Killebrew tables.

Our talented culinary team of by Executive Chef Dan Klein and his culinary team Chef Travis Shaw, Chef Mark Lowman and Sous -Chef Seng Sengpanya , will craft a spectacular experience with imaginative, boldly flavored dishes in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. You will enjoy their unique take on American cuisine in a casual atmosphere with an elegant flair infusing fresh herbs, vegetable and honey from our rooftop garden and beehives.

Located on the 3rd floor of The Marquette Hotel, Basil’s is the Downtowns “Best kept secret” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Voted “Diners’ Choice”, “Best American Cuisine”, “Best Scenic view” by our Open Table diner’s Basil’s Restaurant received the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor for its exceptional cuisine and guest’s satisfaction.
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399 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(399 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 399 reviews
5 stars
(218)
4 stars
(124)
3 stars
(35)
2 stars
(17)
1 star
(5)
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
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  • scenic view(124)
  • great for lunch(117)
  • fit for foodies(112)
  • great for brunch(45)
Basil's Reviews List
Review 1 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Good food Good service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Stopped for lunch before attending a play downtown. Service was great as was the food. Would recommend."
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2007
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 2 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/12/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Basil's
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/05/2016
 2010
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Review 4 for Basil's
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2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Dined on 4/07/2016
 2011
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Review 5 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2015
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Review 6 for Basil's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/25/2016
 2010
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Review 7 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2015
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Review 8 for Basil's
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3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2010
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Review 9 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Climate

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Overall the brunch was great; however, the only complaint we had was that it was EXTREMELY hot out on the patio. They had the heater on and it was not necessary. We did ask our server if it could be turned down/off and he was able to turn it down. It did cool down some, but still remained quite warm from the baseboard heaters."
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 10 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2015
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Review 11 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/28/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 12 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 13 for Basil's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 14 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/17/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 16 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2010
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Review 17 for Basil's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/02/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/02/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/02/2016
 2015
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Review 18 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/01/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/01/2016
 2015
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Review 19 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/24/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2010
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Review 20 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2006
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2006
Special Features: scenic view
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Review 21 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Courteous and prompt service. The food was good.

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Dined on 2/23/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/23/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Enjoyed the lunch experience. Brought work contacts and we all had good service. The food was brought out promptly and the server was courteous and attentive."
Dined on 2/23/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 22 for Basil's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/17/2016
 2006
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Review 23 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/17/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/17/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/17/2016
 2015
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Review 24 for Basil's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good Food - Don't Come Hungry

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The food and the service were both very good. The portion sizes are very small, though. Very tasty but I left still hungry."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2006
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 25 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 26 for Basil's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Alright Valentine's Dinner

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We were seated at the Mary Tyler Moore table as requested on my reservation so we we're throughly pleased with that! The service as Basil's has always been great, and treated courteously and with respect. The prix fixe menu this year was a little disappointing though. First course was shared, but we received 3 oysters, can't really evenly split 3 into 2. So would've been nice to have 4. The entrées while cooked to our liking were rough on the steak and chewy for the duck, and not well flavored. Almost tasted like eating raw meat. Dessert was also unfortunate as we enjoyed it last year. However, this year we were not even sure what it was. Appears to be chocolate cheese dipped in a thick layer of chocolate and a dollop of ice cream and whipped cream. Last year it had rose notes and looked more of a Valentine's dessert than this year. While we enjoy Basil's and the atmosphere we may not go back for a prix fixe menu."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 27 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 28 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Awesome place!

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Amazing place to show a date or bring friends and enjoy the patio or indoor seating. The menu for Valentine's Day was awesome! $94 for 2 people! We had the Venison Carpaccio, Mushroom Bisque (Absolutely to die for and wish I had more of it), shared two entrees: Lobster and Crab cakes, and bacon wrapped tenderloin, and for dessert we shared an amazing tray of chocolate covered cheesecake, banana, ice cream, and raspberry/strawberry sauce. If you're looking for impress, definitely take a date here absolutely sublime."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Basil's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2010
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Review 30 for Basil's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Service was Great! Food was Okay.

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"The service we had was outstanding! RJ was very positive and attentive. We were truly bummed about the food. This was the first time ever going to Basil's, so we opted to participate in the special Valentine menu they were offering ... $96 for two. I had selected the Lobster tail for my main entree. It was definitely NOT a lobster tail. On my plate I received four pieces of lobster the size and shape of quarters (both in diameter and thickness). Although they were tasty bites, I felt the title was deceiving. I was expecting an actual lobster tail (or the meat that came out of the tail), not just a couple samples. Definitely not a fair value for the price."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
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Review 31 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2007
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2007
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Review 32 for Basil's
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3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Ambiance. The balcony was very awesome."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
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Review 33 for Basil's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/11/2016
 2007
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Review 34 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 35 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/09/2016
 2006
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 36 for Basil's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2012
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Review 37 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 38 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2014
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 39 for Basil's
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 40 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 41 for Basil's
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
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Review 42 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 43 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2007
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Review 44 for Basil's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2007
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Review 45 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Weekend in Minneapolis

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We had a gift certificate for Friday evening and were not sure what to expect from a restaurant connected to a hotel. But we loved the flavors, the portions, and the beautiful presentation. We were not rushed and service was very attentive. It was not crowded and we were blessed with the opportunity to be able to carry on conversation. But the layout is such that I assume that is much easier at Basil's than at most restaurants.
We enjoyed it so much that we went back on Saturday night for the four course Prix Fixe dinner menu. My husband and I ordered different items and shared the tastes. The Moroccan Lamb appetizer and the Beet Salad and Corn Bisque were so delicious. Most wine pairings were very good but not quite perfect, yet.
This is defininely on our list of restaurants to go with friends when we want to dine and converse and will be back when we are in Minneapolis."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 46 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

food is tasty but a bit too "precious"

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We celebrated my birthday there recently. The food was mostly excellent, but too much effort went into the plating. My appetizer was a single lamb chop (2 delicious bites) on top of a tasty garbanzo bean stew which was in a 2 inch well in the middle of an enormous plate. My fabulously grilled salmon had wonderful seasoning, was tender and juicy, but was unsteadily perched on top of the chopped multicolor potatoes. For dessert, I was expecting a wedge of cheesecake made with Amablue cheese. I got 2 one inch squares, half inch thick on a long plate which had a smear (so little that it had dried out, couldn't be scraped up to taste) of perhaps something raspberry, a little pile of crushed nuts, a little pile of streusel crumbs and about a half teaspoon of some dried fruit with the texture but not the taste or color of raisins. I would probably not have ordered it if I had noticed that the cheese was smoked, it was not a great flavor for me. It took too much effort to get all the disparate parts into a single bite where all the flavors might have combined well. The coffee with a shot of Bailey's in it made the dessert forgettable---but I loved the coffee. It's just sad that the restaurant is always so empty in the evenings, really tough to have a high end hotel restaurant surrounded by excellent restaurants at higher and lower price points. Also, the website menu was not current on several items. But they really had excellent food, including multiple vegetarian dishes for my spouse, so I anticipate we will be back."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 48 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 49 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always delightful food dishes.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2014
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 50 for Basil's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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