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Basi Italia

811 Highland St, Columbus, OH 43215-1393
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Ranked #33 of 1,961 restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
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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85% Recommend
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English first
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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youngstown, ohio
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My son heard great reviews so decided to give it a try. I had the scallops and was served 3. It was good but for $23 it was served with no sides. My son had pasta, it had very little sauce, small serving. Cozy patio, the place is over rated for what you get. Staff was very friendly

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

After reading many good reviews on this restaurant, and a bragging recommendation from a friend, we decided to give it a try tonight. Dining in hidden gems (smaller non-chains) is a hobby of ours, and we try nearly every restaurant we can with high reviews. Italian is our favorite, and we know authentic italian from my ethnic background/generations of family... More

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner at Basi Italia. It is off the beaten path in the Short North. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is worth the trip. We had the short ribs, the prosciutto wrapped scallops and the special which was a salmon wrapped in bacon and served with roasted vegetables. I wasn't sure I... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Basi was highly recommended by a friend who has similar taste to mine and I was looking forward to a great meal. I was disappointed as was my son I had the beat salad and scallops wrapped in bacon. I was underwhelmed by both, while not bad just boring and bland. My son had the fried oysters and pork and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Highly recommended by several people, we headed to Basi Italia on a Tuesday evening. Great location, nice ambiance, and serving staff. We plumped for sharing the special crispy fingerling potatoes, which weren't very crispy. Anticipating outstanding, I had the Ohio rabbit pasta, others had the eggplant parmesan and the special polenta and mushroom offering and a bottle of Chianti. Very... More

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