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Basi Italia

811 Highland St, Columbus, OH 43215-1393
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Ranked #50 of 1,978 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Buttles Ave. and Highland St.
Transit: Within one city block
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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I will first give the quick readers the synopsis. My experience seems to be in line with many other reviews. Parking is easy with valet. We felt the place is not "intimate"; it is cramped. It would greatly benefit from fewer tables. The patio is very charming, best enjoyed during warmer months.The food is hit and miss. Menu should be... More

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Columbus, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I went to Basi with my boyfriend, and it was a very romantic setting. I did not get a chance to use the outdoor seating, but inside was very small and intimate. Our service was incredibly fast, and our waiter friendly and chatted to us for a little bit after we had ordered drinks. I would definitely go back, as... More

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Columbus, Ohio, USA
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The patio is very pleasant. The restaurant seems cramped and I'm not sure how comfortable it would be. But, outside is amazing. Food is exceptional. Service was warm and friendly. And, pricing was reasonable. My first visit. I will definitely be back!

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Lisle, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lovely restaurant hidden away in a residential area filled with charming restored victorian homes. Party of 5 seated on the patio. The service was attentive and friendly. Some of us have dietary restrictions and the waitstaff was very pleasant and accomodating. The specials included several fun summer time cocktails, we sampled several and each was prettily presented and very tasty.... More

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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Had dinner here this week during 614 Columbus Dine Originals week. The veal was cooked in far too much butter and the lemoncello pound cake tasted stale. The berries and cream on it were good but the pound cake was awful. We love you Basi, bummed that dinner did not live up to our usual experience. Bar service was good.... More

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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The impetus for this review was the most recent meal I had at Basi. This small, neighborhood restaurant is one to which I am always happy to visit, and to often bring visitors. The food is delicious, reasonably priced, and they always have wonderful seasonal menus and specials. I have always been well taken care of during meals, but this... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I moved away from Columbus a couple years ago, but enjoyed going to Basi when I lived there and make it a point to go whenever I go back. Great food, beautiful ambience, and wonderful staff. If the brandy plumped cherries are ever in season, DEFINITELY order them! Some of the most delicious things I've ever had.

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Columbus, Ohio
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food, the wait staff, the bartenders - all amazing. Basi is a must visit spot if you're in Columbus and want to hang out on the best patio in the Short North. Johnny and Trish rock!

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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Last night was the second time in over a year that I've dined at Basi Italia. We were celebrating two birthdays and had been hoping for weeks that we could sit out on the patio for dinner. The weather cooperated and we had dinner outside. The patio is not one of the great ones in Columbus, but it is small... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I had heard nothing about this place (we're not from Columbus) and we picked it at random out of the Visit Columbus guidebook. We loved everything about this place- the food was delicious, the staff was fabulous and the prices were great (compared to what we're used to). We split the pork belly appetizer, my husband had... More

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