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“Good, solid Thai food in Uptown Charlotte, BUT ...”

Basil Thai Restaurant
Ranked #73 of 2,376 Restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Fourth Ward
Description: Refined Thai Cuisine and an invigorating dining experience in the heart of downtown Charlotte, NC. Basil's infectious atmosphere centers around a prominent glass kitchen as the sound of heat to metal, blade to board and liquid to flame resonate throughout the restaurant. Dine with us and celebrate quality cuisine made with the finest, freshest ingredients.Private rooms and catering available!!
Sun City West, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
“Good, solid Thai food in Uptown Charlotte, BUT ...”
Reviewed December 5, 2011

My wife and I joined another couple for dinner at Basil Thai before heading to the Charlotte Symphony's Christmas concert.

We had an assortment of things from the menu, including: Pad Thai and Sweet & Sour Chicken (both were very tasty but rather typical -- and quite expensive at $15.95 each), Masaman Curry (delicious, $14.95) and the Green Papaya Salad ($8.95). So we all felt the food was good -- but we have had as good and sometimes better for far less money.

The ambiance of the restaurant could not possibly be any LESS Asian. Mind you, I'm not looking for pagodas and ornately gilded woodwork, but something to visually or audibly indicate that you are eating in an upscale Thai restaurant would have helped the place feel something other than neutral.

Service was very good, so no problems there at all -- but none of us felt that the overall experience matched the prices they charged. That may well be our fault though -- we looked at the menu online prior to making reservations and were anticipating a higher level of cuisine and interior design -- and a cooler vibe -- than they actually delivered.

Sadly, a rather forgettable dining experience.

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Maricopa, Arizona
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“A Very Good Meal Time After Time”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Basil Thai is within walking distance from our Daughter's apartment. She goes here often and we have dined here together several times. The Thai Basil is one of our favorites. So far, everything that we ordered has been very good to excellent. The service is usually very good with soft drink refills without tracking down the server. Swe never felt that we were rushed and always had a pleasant meal here. Of course we will return upon our next visit.

  • Visited November 2011
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Wisconsin
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“Good food and good service.”
Reviewed November 29, 2011

We had young kids along and at first we were seated next to kitchen door even though the restaurant was not busy. We asked to move to a quieter table and they moved us. After that, we enjoyed everything about the restaurant, food, atmosphere and server.

  • Visited November 2011
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Buffalo, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Super Thai!”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

We had a wonderful Thai meal, prepared as we requested. Three generations (including younger children) all loved the dinner we had there, and the service was excellent.

Visited November 2011
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Asian Gem in Center City”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

Basil Thai Restaurant is a cozy, urban, upscale restaurant in Uptown Charlotte. Pricing is fair and well below it's nearby high-end neighbors (e.g. Capital Grille is practically next door). However, the service is impeccable, the food is spot-on, and the vibe is typically wonderful. Not a dive, not a buffet, not an overwhelming menu, not a poor excuse for a Thai Restaurant. Highly recommended. Tip: Valet parking right out front...use it since parking is difficult in Charlotte and the girls can wear their heels. They'll love you for it!

  • Visited November 2011
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