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“Great website, followthrough lacking”
Review of Basic Necessities

Basic Necessities
Ranked #2 of 11 Restaurants in Nellysford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Maybe this place is better in the summertime...the sunporch where the tables were, was drab and furnished with yardsale stuff; food was ok but I have a personal distaste for a mediterranean-type salad (greens, tomato, feta, olives) and cranberries. Tasty artichoke soup, though... overall, I'd say take a picnic and visit a winery if you want lunch in this neighborhood. Looking at the other reviews, I wonder what happened? The place in those reviews is what we were looking for!

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Quaint, intimate, requires a reservation, small menu but home cooked with flare, all fresh local ingredients and a great wine list. Pleasant staff. Live music usually a quitarist so the sound does not overwhelm conversation. Thoroughly recommend this small restaurant.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Had dinner here for our 10th anniversary. The experience was tremendous.

Food is good. Everything is extremely fresh and the flavors of the food are allowed to speak for themselves.

The wine options are excellent and having Kay (a wine expert who spent 15 years in france studying wines) offering suggestions and walking you through the the wine room makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

The dining experience itself is amazing - a small quaint room that allows for a communal but intimate dining experience with the 4-5 other tables in the room. The mis matched furniture and the basic decor give one the sense that you are in someone's small farm house - which creates a very casual but intimate ambience.

Having victor performing some live blue grass is the icing on the cake.

Speaking of cake - dessert is something i would not pass up on here. My wife and i shared a praline chocolate cake - EXCELLENT.

Overall - this was a fabulous dining experience and we could not have asked for a more unique experience as we celebrated our 10th anniversary.

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Thank richmondgypsies
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I've been to Basic Necessities before, for dinner — with shared dishes, live music, and a funky, engaging atmosphere. Yesterday, though, a friend and I stopped by almost on a whim for lunch, after we'd been hiking with our dogs. We just wanted a sandwich to take with us — and the grilled panini with ham, swiss and mango chutney absolutely hit the spot — but just as delightful was how one of the gals there brought out 2 small plastic bowls of water for our dogs while we waited. As the other reviews note, the staff at Basic Necessities are incredibly friendly. And it doesn't hurt that they also sell Gearhardt's chocolate, for a little after-hike pick-me-up.

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Thank buymeaticket
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

While the food itself isn't quite up to five stars, the entire experience certainly is. The staff was wonderful. The building is old and set next to a hardware store. The dining room is in the back. We, and everyone who came in after us, smiled the minute we stepped into the dining room. The tables are crowded together, there's lots of stuff on the walls, and a gentleman was playing the guitar right in the middle of it all. It felt more like coming into a party than a restaurant. By the end of the evening, there were conversations among the tables--mostly with the guitar player about favorite songs. As for the food, it was fine. Everything was straightforward and flavorful. It reminded us of what Alice Waters advocates in her cookbooks: good, local ingredients simply prepared. For example, the vegetables were lightly cooked squash and green beans that tasted as if they had been picked earlier that day.

Thank Richard S
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