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“Really EXCELLENT food, but the atmosphere needs some TLC ....”
Review of Basil Garden Thai

Basil Garden Thai
Ranked #103 of 291 Restaurants in Stuart
Price range: $10 - $19
Cuisines: Thai
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Food = EXCELLENT = worth the trip ... but unfortunately that's not the whole story. I would have given an excellent overall rating if not for some minor issues.

This charming little place is in an historic area of downtown Stuart just on the south side of the Roosevelt bridge, I knew it was an old building, I wanted quaint, and I wanted good food, but being in an old building is no excuse for keeping the dining room too dark and having a slight musty smell, nothing too noticeable or worth canceling a visit.

The outside of the restaurant has outside seating and a lovely potted garden of fresh herbs, including basil of course. But near the door there were two aquariums with green water and tacky plastic fish and plants that needed upkeep or removal. Once inside you find a small restaurant, maybe 10 - 12 booths, and it is kept very dark, not my favorite type of atmosphere. If they are going for romantic, the effect instead comes across and somewhat depressing.

The service was quick and friendly, and the food was obviously homemade and artfully crafted. Prices were about average for fresh Thai food in the area. I had the spring rolls and the house specialty basil garden fried rice, and they were both superb, and the wife liked the Pad Thai and the spring rolls as well.

We will go back, the food makes the trip worth it.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Lots of good choices, all well prepared and tasty. Nice place for Thai food.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

food is good and the place itself is very charming

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We brought several friends and everyone raved about what a wonderful meal! Must try the Pad Thai ! Best around! I prefer a Thai Pik Pow Sauce (not on the menu) is dried red chilis, ginger, onions, garlic with fish sauce, extra spicy. Everyone enjoyed their meals as we decided to share and everything was authentic, not Americanized which is wonderful! The owners are so nice!.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

The food is consistently good and so is the service, and the prices can't be beat! They are very accommodating if want something off the menu or a change to a menu item. Also, love the fried banana desert!

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