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“Outstanding meal”
Review of Basho

Basho
Ranked #50 of 390 Restaurants in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $99
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is one of the best meals we had in St Johns. We started with cocktails and I had the blueberry basil martini, ok, I had two..delicious. For an appetizer, we shared the crab and corn croquettes ...wonderful. For the main we each ordered the special which was filet, mussels, tempura vegetables and truffle fries...fantastic. Sorry we were so full that we couldn't try any dessert. Service was great. We will be back.

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2  Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great food. Awesome sushi and sashimi. I've had the lamb, filet mignon, and duck entrees. All fabulous. The fresh fruit martinis and mojitos are to die for. However, whenever I've dined in this restaurant with more than 4 people the service has been poor. Eg. Cocktails were warm, food arriving cold/late, messing up orders...

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2  Thank Megan P
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Dropped in with the wife for dinner, didn't have a reservation, however, they very kindly managed to squeeze us into a nice corner. The service and atmosphere were both first class. The wine, Peter Lehman Merlot, at $25 for 500ml, was reasonably priced for St. John's. I had the filet mignon, and frankly it was the best steak I have had in Newfoundland these two weeks.

1  Thank Doug W
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Basho's came highly recommended by friends from St. John's so we decided to give it a try. We had a large group of 16 so we called ahead for reservations and were assured that they could accommodate our large group. We had to give a credit card number which would be charged $50. per head if we did not show up. As things turned out, this required deposit only added insult to injury.
All of us arrived, on time, at 7:30PM and began ordering drinks, appetizers and our dinners. Things went downhill from there. At 9:30PM, a full two hours later not so much as a bread stick had been served to our group. After some complaining, we finally got our appetizers. After our appis had arrived, the wait began again. We finally asked to see the manager/owner who told us the kitchen had been overwhelmed because they had another large group who apparently did not order sushi, a specialty of Basho's. We were not impressed, surely they know that two large groups were coming in. There is no excuse, clearly the kitchen is poorly organized.
Our mains finally began arriving at 11:15 PM, another one and three/quarter hours wait. By then our pregnant guest and another couple, who could not handle the long wait, left.
Does Basho's offer excellent food? With the long wait, I cannot honestly answer that. The frustration and hunger overtook. After our meals, no dessert was offered nor were we ever asked how our meal was. We were given complimentary appetizers but given the long wait, our group did not feel this was adequate compensation. On this is for certain, this was the worst service I have ever experienced.

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2  Thank Breezy53
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

great sushi, drinks, and menu. Cool atmosphere. A bit pricy but you have to pay for exceptional food. The drink menu is a must try.

1  Thank Jeff C
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