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1250 86th St, Clive, IA 50325
(515) 225-8111
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Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Asian Cuisine.

Had a variety of dishes- Chinese, Japanese, Thai. Expansive menu. Could choose the heat 0 to 6. One person had a level 3 and said it was hot. I chose a 2 and it had heat but was comfortable. Waiter was very knowledgable and discussed options for person who needed gluten free choices. Food was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Michele K
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Had a variety of dishes- Chinese, Japanese, Thai. Expansive menu. Could choose the heat 0 to 6. One person had a level 3 and said it was hot. I chose a 2 and it had heat but was comfortable. Waiter was very knowledgable and discussed options for person who needed gluten free choices. Food was reasonably priced. Were seated right... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The new look Cool Basil is bigger and better. The quality and taste of the food served here has gone up several notches. Their portions have also gotten better and the food really tastes fresh every time you have it. The service is mostly good but a few of the staff need to improve further. Well done and you have... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We continue to quest for a consistently outstanding Chinese restaurant in the Des Moines metro and Cool Basil is currently tops on our list. Not saying it is consistently outstanding though--and of course it is a mixed cuisine Asian place rather than Chinese. However after half a dozen visits in the last few months, we really like it. Pro's are... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My wife and I went to Cool Basil to celebrate our anniversary. We had deep-fried spring rolls as an appetizer, which were very good. I then ordered beef terriyaki and my wife ordered orange peel chicken. Both meals were very tasty and were generous portions. My beef, however, had too much gristle. After we had our water glasses refilled, I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Their food is consistent which is great...and consistently good which is even better. They have all the thai dishes you expect and offer a great sushi menu. This location is new and large and offers nice outdoor seating. The prices are a bit high, but when your food is good.. its not a huge issue. There are better places around...but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Excellent Asian food. Very popular, so sometimes have to wait. Thai food is well-prepared. Large dining area and nice bar.

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Burlington, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I enjoyed dining at Cool Basil twice, once in their old location and now recently in their new building. Their noodle dishes are wonderful, and so is their kung pao chicken. It's not very fast to get in and out but the food is the highlight of dining here.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went with another couple for dinner on a Monday night. It was very busy but we only had to want a couple minutes for a table. It was also surprisingly quiet and private-feeling for as many people as were there. The group shared crab rangoon, which was excellent, and heavenly beef which was anything but. It... More 

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phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Had an awesome lunch with my colleagues for some tasty Thai food. The portions are great and the food presentation is well done. Be adventurous and try something new. Don't be afraid to ask for extra hot sauce on the side, too.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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71 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I really enjoy Cool Basil's new location. I really thought their last location was a bit stuffy/boring, but the new location is really nice and seems more fun, from the decor to the staff, it's just a more enjoyable experience. Plus, it's really nice to see a restaurant doing well in that location, it's been a hole of despair for... More 

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Additional Information about Cool Basil

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

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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: Thai
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?