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Cool Basil

8801 University Ave Ste 22, Clive, IA 50325
(515) 225-8111
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Ranked #1 of 65 restaurants in Clive
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 13, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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41 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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Des Moines, Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This restaurant just moved from a previous location to a former steakhouse at 8801 University Avenue. They have been open for a few weeks now. The food was very good. The decor, very modern. Every plate I saw go by looked amazing. Staff is somewhat dysfunctional yet, there were lots of staff people around, yet I waited for a menu... More

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Junction City, Kansas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I've been to quite a few Thai restaurants and this one is easily one of the best I've been to--if not the best! FOOD: 5/5 We like Crab Rangoon and we agree that this is the best we've had. The coconut milk was very refreshing and much better than the Vita-Coco water you can find at grocery stores. For the... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is my favorite sushi in Des Moines. Always done perfectly and the wait staff is very attentive. Anxious to see what the restaurant is like after they move buildings.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I ordered the Basil Fried Rice and the Vegetarian Cashew spicy and asked them to make it 6 stars and it sure was spicy. The place was quiet busy on the weekend and had to wait 25 minutes to get the table. You can tell a lot about the place by seeing how busy it is. I knew before I... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the Chicken Cashew spicy. It was just the right amount of heat. Everyone found something to eat to their liking. The treat was the Thai fortune cookie. It came with some witty fortunes and lucky numbers. It was a fluke we found this place. If I ever come by Iowa, I will look for this place.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

A friend of ours took us here several months ago and now we can't stop eating here. Thus is some of the best tai food I have had. Appetizers are excellent and portions are nice. The hardest part is deciding which item to order. We love the salads. I don't normally order a salad at a tai restaurant but these... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I used to live in Iowa and was a regular at Cool Basil. My wife and I were particularly fond of their curries. On a recent visit to Iowa we ordered carry-out which included green curry. When we opened our order the rice was missing, requiring a return trip to the restaurant. When I arrived to get our rice it... More

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Milan, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This was our first time at Cool Basil and we really enjoyed it. We did not have reservations on a Saturday night but the wait was not that long. We loved the food and had great service throughout the meal. I was going to have my dish prepared "hot" and our waiter talked me out of it saying that their... More

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Our extended family celebrated a birthday here so it was a pretty large group (around 21). They handled it better than I expected. Our food didn't all arrive at the same time but that would've been extremely difficult. The appetizers were excellent! Our entrees were very fresh, tasty and attractively presented. Our 4 person group within the large group didn't... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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97 reviews 97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I was travelling with a business associate and we just pulled this place out of the GPS. Thank you god! The place was packed, always a good sign. It was the best Thai, I've ever had. I'm terrible at remembering the names of the plates. But it was great from the roasted soy bean starter to the green tea ice... More

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