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Basil Leaf Cafe

Basil Leaf Cafe

Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
Park West, Chicago
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  • Ramsen
    "Their butternut squash soup has been consistently awesome for years."(5 Tips)
    Sandra K.
    "Get the Gorgonzola stuffed Gnocchi."(2 Tips)
    Valarie J.
    "Van Gogh cocktails on special occasions."(2 Tips)
    Arezou
    "Don't get the chicken entree's."(4 Tips)
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  • Christie C.
    I love everything they make. I like to pick btwn their salads and sandwiches for lunch!
  • Arash A.
    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.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittOctober 17, 2014
    Excellent food, romantic interior. Pricey, but worth it.
  • Nina M.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jarrett W.
    Jarrett WidmanJuly 26, 2013
    Worst risotto ever, like panda express fried rice, but worse.
  • Sualeh H.
    Sualeh HafeezJuly 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.
    Arash AnsariFebruary 28, 2013
    AMAZING food and AMAZING service! My favorite Italian spot in the city!
  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter
    Butternut Squash Soup! mmm
  • Suzie G.
    Suzie GersonJune 13, 2012
    Get the blue dirty martini. Smoothest one I've had yet!
  • Misty B.
    Misty BrewerFebruary 13, 2012
    Try the butternut squash soup! It's the best!
  • ManlyDeal C.
    ManlyDeal ChicagoApril 17, 2011
    Ask for Casey. She's rad
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DavisApril 5, 2011
    Best. Water. Ever.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DavisApril 5, 2011
    Best. Water. Ever
  • Greg K.
    Greg KApril 2, 2011
    The gorgonzola gnocchi is superb!
  • Sandra K.
    Sandra KApril 2, 2011
    Get the Gorgonzola stuffed Gnocchi. They are little cloud pillows of happiness.
  • Arezou
    ArezouNovember 3, 2010
    Don't get the chicken entree's. Frozen chicken tastes rubbery.
  • Ramsen
    RamsenSeptember 23, 2010
    Their butternut squash soup has been consistently awesome for years.
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserAugust 6, 2010
    I LOVE their Spring Mix with field Berries, Gorgonzola, Almonds in a Honey Vinaigrette. Add some grilled chicken and you're set!
  • Ingrid R.
    Ingrid RothJune 8, 2010
    Salmon with dill sauce. It is heaven!!
  • Ingrid R.
    Ingrid RothMarch 26, 2010
    Fettucini with blue crab and sweet peas. Wonderful.
  • 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
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