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$10 - $25
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved everything we ate . Great experience . The service was excellent also. Will definitely return on our next trip. The chocolate chip bread pudding was outstanding!!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a reservation but with it being the busy season we had a small wait. The staff was very friendly and the gentleman at the podium was busy directing staff to get tables bussed and ready for the next wave. Our server was Tasha...was very nice and did a great job on helping us decide on what to try. My wife and I and our 2 adult son's enjoyed our choices very much. It is very roomy inside. It looks small from the outside but there were a lot of room inside the Restaurant. The location was a bit outside of Destin but they had reservations available and they were referred to us by someone whom visits Destin annually. You wont' be disappointed!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised after walking in the door. The atmosphere was great with even better food. Our waiter even bended some rules for us after some odd requests. By far our favorite restaurant we have visited while in niceville and we will be back...again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No fried, grilled, or steamed shrimp. Ask if they could do grilled shrimp...was surprised to find cajun spices on my grilled shrimp and fries. I have to say this was the sorriest shrimp ate on the Emerald Coast. As a local, we will NOT be...visiting this restaurant again....everMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 13, 2021

Delicious food. Amazing service. They are on open table and take reservations. 28 minute drive from Destin. It doesn't look like much from the parking lot, but inside is very nice and there are a lot of staff.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

As others have said, don’t let the outside of this restaurant deter you from going in! I think a little effort on the owners part on the outside would go a long way! The food and service was outstanding! There were 6 of us dining...and we had 6 different entrees and everything was delicious! Our server was very attentive and added to the pleasant experience. The decor INSIDE the restaurant is very nice.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 4, 2021

The food, drinks, service and atmosphere were terrific. If your ever in Niceville I recommend Basil and Baxter. You will be pleased and for such a great price.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 25, 2021

The food is outstanding with fresh and local seafood. Vegetables from local farmers market. The grouper risotto is my favorite but all dishes are delicious! Desserts are homemade and won’t disappoint! Looking forward to going back soon. ☀️

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 1, 2021

This used to be an old dreary Creole style restaurant, but boy what a change! We were looking for something different and came to realize a new eatery was in the old building. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but step inside and...you'll appreciate the new atmosphere. Their menu has a great selection and the food was so very good. They've got something to appeal to every taste. Pasta, steak, seafood, spicy or tame. It's yours to pick from. The men ordered the shrimp & andouille sausage entree. I had the mediterranean steak over pasta and our guest had the shrimp etoufee. All were cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. My only regret is that we were to full to try the desserts. One thing for us that is key to a good dining experience is the service. And here, it was spot on. Our server, Cheryl, aka "Squirrel" was wonderful. Timing was impeccable. She was personable without being intrusive and helpful with any of our questions. They suggest reservations and we can see why. They were pretty packed and that was on a weeknight. I can't imagine how busy they are on the weekends. We have a very small list of favorite places to eat. It grew by one more last night. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 19, 2021

Went with family to have dinner around 7 pm, hostess sat us right away, server was prompt and on point. Took a bit to get drinks and server explained bar was backed up. Food took longer, but was worth the wait. The only complaint I...have is the noise level....this place is more of a bar with good food. Walls are subway tile and noise just rocks off them. We had a group which seemed to think they were at the bar thus we all were at the bar.....when we asked about the noise level we got a shrug and nothing we can do...it was obvious others in the seating area were also annoyed. There is a bar and seating in the bar at this place which was probably more conducive for dinner for the loud crowd. Unfortunately, the atmosphere here for the restaurant is all for show as anything goes. Great fun for some, but not really for the family.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Basil & Baxter's Kitchen and Cocktails is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4