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“Was An Exceptional French Bistro”
Review of Basil's Restaurant - CLOSED

Basil's Restaurant
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Boon Street
Transit: Bus stop is in front of Restaurant.
Reviewed December 27, 2011

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in RI. But, recently, we and friends have been disappointed in the timeliness of service and the quality of the food. It is expensive. It is a cozy, small bistro-like atmosphere: reminiscent of Paris.

Thank CptCelt
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We arrived in Narragansett on a Tuesday morning in early July. We were picked up by our friends and immediately began planning our restaurants for our two day visit. Basil's was suggested immediately for Tuesday night dinner and our host replied, 'oh no, they aren't ready yet for Basil's. They need to build up to it, so let's save it for tomorrow'. That said, we began to set some pretty high expectations. So on Wednesday evening we arrived promptly for our 7 pm reservation and were met by name at the door by the hostess. Our table was tastefully set and waiting for us. Two in our party ordered lemon drop martinis and my husband declared it the best he'd ever had. We followed our drinks with nicely prepared salads. For an appetizer we split soft shell crabs. Our server took quite a bit of time explaining to us what they were, how we were to eat them and what to expect. They did not disappoint. The owner, Vasilious, came out and spent about 10 minutes talking with us and shared his own opinions about some of his dishes. He was very friendly, very gracious and was able to make us feel as if we were extremely special guests. When our dinners were served we were very impressed with the presentation. It all looked beautiful and tasted fantastic. We seemed to have a variety of dishes, fish and beef, and everything was excellent. We finished dinner with after- dinner drinks, and one dessert (caramel custard - but I don't think that was its name). The custard was very creamy and fresh - a perfect ending to a great dinner. It was a lovely way to spend a summer evening. We stayed almost 3 hours, never felt rushed, were very pampered, and had a wonderful meal and a beautiful evening.

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2  Thank ohiotraveler121
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

We hadn't returned to Basil's in a number of years because of heavy cigarette smoking issues but because this was no longer a consideration we decided to again try it during Narragansett's Restaurant Week when a 3 course dinner was reasonably priced. The choice was soup(2 choices),salad and a choice of 3 entrees. One of our party ordered from the regular diner menu which hadn't been changed in some time. The onion soup was good, the Vichyssoise was ordinary and tasted floury, the salad, the usual mix of Mesclun greens with a creamy house vinaigrette dressing. Two of us ordered the Vol au Vent, described as " a classic French dish of puffed pastry filled with chicken and mushrooms in a light cream and white wine sauce." It arrived with a mound or white rice, a few green beans, red pepper strips and a small half a carrot. Unfortunately, the pastry bore a close resemblance to the frozen puffed pastry shell, available in your local supermarket. The filling was a clump of overcooked white chicken chunks with a few green peas, one very tiny canned mushroom slice glued together with no discernible cream and white wine sauce. It tasted as though it had come out of a can. The "ordered from the regular menu" Escargot were good but not very garlicky, the Veal Oscar was tough, and over - cooked, not very flavorful, with a very small piece of veal. The "Red Snapper Creole, also on the special menu, was a chunk of anonymous white fish which did not taste fresh but was heavily peppered with creole spicing. The house California Chardonnay was not very good with a chemical taste, but the Merlot and Cabernet reds were better. The service was very good and well paced. Basil's is pricey when not offering special events but the food we were served did not live up to their reputation or promise of fine French dining and we were very disappointed. I was surprised to see it so highly rated here.

3  Thank fergrimes-7
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Never disappointing, for one of the finest dining experiences you will ever have, Basil's is a must. The service, the food, the ambiance are exemplary. Seating is limited (intimate) so make reservations. Best to leave young children at home.

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Thank Evin4Me
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Reviewed July 23, 2010

The restaurant has impressive menu and described itself as exceptional one, however our experience show that this is quite deceptive. Our felling is based only on the taste of the food we have eaten there.
That night we ordered the advertised “Celebrate Summer”3 Course Dinners for $24.95.
The first course, which included our choice of soups were well prepared and we cannot complain about it. However the second course, that includes a fish dish, had no taste at all. I would say that the cooked fish perfectly kept the taste of water. In our opinion the chef probably forgot to add species to the dish.
The dessert was a caramel pudding, that you can find any simple bakery
This type of mistake is unacceptable for any kind restaurant, especially for this level.
The restaurant lost credibility to fulfill our expectation to have a good French dinner

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2  Thank Lev S
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