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Cool Basil

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1250 86th St, Clive, IA 50325
(515) 225-8111
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

My family and I went to cool basil for a family dinner and we were not disappointed at all. They have a very good extensive menu to choose from plus a great collection of dishes for kids. My son and husband both ordered Pad tai (my husband had the seafood combo and son the chicken) and my husband... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
aidaMackic
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Iowa City, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Generous portions of food and drink when dining in. Sometimes inconsistent when ordering takeout (both in portion size and quality). Very salty which makes one suspicious of use of msg or other additives to doctor up the food.

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Thank M M
Iowa City, Iowa
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

My family and I went to cool basil for a family dinner and we were not disappointed at all. They have a very good extensive menu to choose from plus a great collection of dishes for kids. My son and husband both ordered Pad tai (my husband had the seafood combo and son the chicken) and my husband said the... More 

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Thank aidaMackic
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Love the food! Usually quick service. Friendly. Things you need to know - you order by the star for hotness. If you order 5 it WILL be spicy!

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Thank Beth O
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Always a great option for lunch. In fact, so good that you need to plan ahead or you run the risk to wait in line for a table as the place will get very busy during the workweek. Fried rice options and the eggplant lover are the best!

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Thank Gustavo L
Des Moines
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Every time I go to Cool Basil, it get better and better. Everything I have tried is delicious and taste so fresh. The service is great and it is not overpriced. If you are in the Des Moines area, be sure to give Cool Basil a try.

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Thank DesMoinesDolly
Des Moines, Iowa
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149 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Had heard a lot of great things about Cool Basil so Mom and I decided to drop in for Saturday lunch. They do not have a lunch menu that offers smaller portions on Saturday's, so be aware and prepare to take home left overs, as the portions are HUGE! We had the Kung Pao Chicken which was very good, but... More 

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Thank Tammy C
Winterset, Iowa
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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

My son chose this place for his birthday so off we went. We were seated immediately and our waiter was there taking our drink order just as quick. Not knowing much about basil, I played it safe and ordered general taos chicken level 1 on the spices. It was a reasonable time to wait for the food and it was... More 

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Thank x000n46n
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

HAs the best Thai food in town! My family and I dine here once a week or more! Always get a fine dining experience for not a very expensive cost! I could love anything on the menu!

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Thank Kendra M
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Their birthday roll is one of the best rolls I have found in Des Moines. Also, I have always had great service and food every time I frequent this location. The chicken pad thai is excellent and their crab ragoons are amazing. Highly recommend!

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Thank Ashley N
West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

As the name states, basil, is one of the featured ingredients. All dishes are served hot and freshly cooked. The service is fast and the prices are great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1250 86th St, Clive, IA 50325
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clive
  • Phone Number: (515) 225-8111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?