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Basil Leaf Cafe

Basil Leaf Cafe

Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
Park West, Chicago
  • Tips
    "Their butternut squash soup has been consistently awesome for years."(4 Tips)
    Greg K.
    "The gorgonzola gnocchi is superb!"(2 Tips)
    Shannon J.
    "Great spot to drop in for wine and cocktails"(3 Tips)
    "Don't get the chicken entree's."(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon26 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • butternut squash soup
  • gluten-free food
  • healthy food
  • great value
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  • Valarie J.
    Valarie JohnsonJune 29, 2014
    If I lived near here, I would come by and drink their water, eat their bread, and have a big bowl of butternut squash soup every day. Van Gogh cocktails on special occasions. It would be heaven!
  • Sualeh
    SualehJuly 15, 2013
    The shrimp & chicken jambalaya is full of character and paired with a zesty sauce. Also, the drinking water is delicious with hints of varying fruits and veggies that are submerged in it.
  • Ross P.
    Ross ParkJuly 11, 2013
    Grilled portobello mushroom appetizer with balsamic glaze is awesome. And they might have the best seared ahi tuna I've ever had. Kudos to the chef
  • Arash A.heart icon on user image
    Arash AnsariJune 11, 2015
    One of the top Italian restaurants in Chicago! Definitely a Lincoln Park staple, the quality of food and staff etiquette is unmatched.
  • Nina M.heart icon on user image
    Nina MarieOctober 15, 2014
    They have a wide, well defined, and delicious array of gluten-free choices across their menu, and a wonderfully attentive and helpful staff.
  • Shannon J.heart icon on user image
    Shannon JeropkeOctober 10, 2021
    Great spot to drop in for wine and cocktails on your way to or from the zoo.
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey ThomeSeptember 8, 2013
    Say it with me, butternut squash soup. You have to come here and eat that soup. Even if you're not a soup person, you will thank me.
  • Christie C.heart icon on user image
    Christie ChristosJuly 9, 2016
    I love everything they make. I like to pick btwn their salads and sandwiches for lunch!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph B.October 17, 2014
    Excellent food, romantic interior. Pricey, but worth it.
  • Arash A.heart icon on user image
    Arash AnsariFebruary 28, 2013
    AMAZING food and AMAZING service! My favorite Italian spot in the city!
  • tom n.heart icon on user image
    tom napperFebruary 4, 2017
    Wonderful soup and gluten free options.
  • Suzie G.
    Suzie GersonJune 13, 2012
    Get the blue dirty martini. Smoothest one I've had yet!
  • Sandra K.
    Sandra KApril 2, 2011
    Get the Gorgonzola stuffed Gnocchi. They are little cloud pillows of happiness.
  • Kimmmm
    KimmmmOctober 13, 2013
    Good food, super slow service. Lost friend's CC and it took the manager 20 min to come over and NOT apologize. We were then accused of just trying to get free stuff.
  • Ramsenheart icon on user image
    RamsenSeptember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their butternut squash soup has been consistently awesome for years.
  • Greg K.
    Greg KApril 2, 2011
    The gorgonzola gnocchi is superb!
  • Ingrid R.
    Ingrid RothJune 8, 2010
    Salmon with dill sauce. It is heaven!!
  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter
    Butternut Squash Soup! mmm
  • Basil Leaf Cafe
    Basil Leaf CafeFebruary 26, 2010
    Monday March 1st - ask your server for their employee discount and receive 25% off food!! Read more
  • Ingrid R.
    Ingrid RothMarch 26, 2010
    Fettucini with blue crab and sweet peas. Wonderful.
  • ManlyDeal C.
    ManlyDeal ChicagoApril 17, 2011
    Ask for Casey. She's rad
  • Iolantik S.
    Iolantik SnetSeptember 9, 2013
    The only good thing about this place was bread. Prices are way too high for that quality of food.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DavisApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best. Water. Ever.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DavisApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best. Water. Ever
  • Jarrett W.heart icon on user image
    Jarrett WidmanJuly 26, 2013
    Worst risotto ever, like panda express fried rice, but worse.
  • Arezou
    ArezouNovember 3, 2010
    Don't get the chicken entree's. Frozen chicken tastes rubbery.
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