Basilico

4.7
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1360 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Basilico Restaurant, located in Millburn, New Jersey was established by owner Mario De Marco , formerly of Sergio's, also in Millburn. Graduate of the Hotel Management School in Alassio, Italy. From Italy, he brought his original and authentic Italian cuisine to Millburn.

Basilico has a definite New York look and feel, which reflects in our food items. We use the best of ingredients. "Casual and chic" is how we have been described by reviewers. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and energetic. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of hospitality, remembering that you are the guest, and it is our ultimate goal for you to leave thoroughly satisfied. Special requests can be accommodated.

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What 1360 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. It is a little pricey and the first put us upstairs with a table of 20-25 men that were very loud. We asked to be moved and they did so without hesitation

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a feast eating at Basilico, the service, food and ambiance is excellent!!!
We love this place

KG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great.... Just be aware this is a wine only venue... Sold by... Half and Full bottles.... But still reasonable if you compare to the by the glass price somewhere else ... Salad dinner and wine.... About $55 / person

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food and service were excellent - but definitely don’t stop here if you’re in a rush! Love BYOB though with winery options still available

PH
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the BEST restaurant in our area. The name may be Italian but there is so much more offered.
The regular menu is totally creative and enticing with numerous delicious dishes other than the standard southern Italian red sauce items they also offer.
Numerous specials are also offered weekly so I can't remember when we last ordered dinner from the regular menu!
We have enjoyed various fish and seafood entrees, as well as loin of venison, duck and various steak, pork and veal dishes.
The service is first rate, the prices are reasonable AND don't forget the delicious in-house prepared deserts.
We dine here more often than any of the other nine restaurants on our list of regular places to dine.
We have NEVER been disappointed with a meal and neither will you!!!

TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!

LW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent! We had a table upstairs which was very cozy. Would definitely go back!

r
Poconos
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food with many items on the menu, including several unique and delicious offerings. A bit expensive, but since it's BYOB ends up reasonable

MB
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous lunch as always!
Something for everyone and at a reasonable price.

LO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico never disappoints! Great place, professionalism and delicious food!

S
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico is a gem. My husband and I love everything about it, the ambience, the service and especially the food. The staff are very welcoming and it's always a wonderful experience when we dine here.

M
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico is THE restaurant we have been to the most times....and we dine out a lot. Having lived in the area for 20+ years we have yet to have a bad experience there. They are consistently good and that is just what you want from your neighborhood Italian restaurant. Considering the number of restaurants in the area and the nature of that business in general, it is quite an accomplishment.

HE
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Ordered Mediterranean sea bass and size of portion was small.

JP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Their truffle menu is too die for! Not cheap but the quality was obvious!!

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I have dined here many times and have always been very pleased with the total experience.

PG
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Nice place - service was very good - food was above average.

WI
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tables are a little tight.
Assorted breads?
Food was excellent.
Service was quick and efficient.

0
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered al Mahi mahi special, encrusted in crabmeat. It was served over string beans and yellow tomato puree. It was a seriously outstanding prep and perhaps the best meal served to us. Basilico has been our "Go to" restaurant for years and it never disappoints!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

We had a hard time getting our food and had to ask where the appetizers were twice and when they came they were wrong. The overall dinner experience was about three hours and honestly could’ve been done in an hour and a half if the stuff paid attention.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A wonderful place for a birthday dinner! The service was nice. They stayed quiet and out of our way, and the food was simply wonderful. Great half bottles of wine & fantastic dessert!

JG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went with friends to the movies nearby and had dinner here afterwards. It was our first time at Basilico and we were all very impressed. All the food and wine was excellent and prepared perfectly. Even my husband who rarely raves about restaurants said it was great & said we’d have to go back again.

PH
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service with very reasonable prices.
The creativity of the offerings are for all items-appetizer, main courses and the delicious in house made desserts.
There are so many items to choose from, it's really hard to make a choice.
We have dined here regularly for many years and will continue.

AK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner with our son and daughter in las, it was so nice!

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our friends had not been to Basilico for a long time. It well exceeded their expectations, as well as ours. The service was superb, as was the food. It was our friend's birthday, and he found it super special. Thanks, Basilico!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente food and service!!

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time here. Food was very good. It is listed as a BYOB. The restaurant does serve bottles of wines from a limited menu. You are still able to bring your own and there was no corkage fee. Service and food was very good. Parking was fairly easy; there are numerous lots and street parking. We had a reservation for 9 on a Saturday night. The place was very crowded so I recommend a reservation. We sat at the front of the restaurant and it was roomy. The back of the restaurant looked a little cramped especially since it was crowded. Will definitely be returning!

a
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Friend staff greeted us and we arrived early and were seated right away. Food was amazing, highly
Recommend the fried rice balls. Waiter could have been a bit more engaging. Love that it is BYO

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Italian restaurant on the main strip in Millburn. Impeccable service and food to die for. Reasonably priced as well especially since its a byob. Just top notch all the way around.

MV
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a simple birthday lunch for a friend, a group of five. One person needed a GF meal, and was very well accomodated. Food was very good and fresh, we all enjoyed and it was hard to decide what to even choose. Salads were seasonal and delicious. Will definitely return! Leave extra time for parking!

PH
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, another SUPERB meal!!!!! That's why we return here often to enjoy a great meal.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I've visited Basilico in the past and always had a wonderful meal. This time I invited friends who had never been and they both raved about the meal and the ambiance. We ordered kale salad and fried seafood for starters and one short ribs with risotto and two special halibut dishes. We were thoroughly satiated and had no room for dessert. We will definitely return soon.

OT
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lunch. Very pleasant. They made changes I wanted for my salad very easily. The service was good. Food very good. I will come back

HS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu choices and superb service. Excellent table with a quiet environment. Loved this new find for us.

JO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food & service- only possible complaint is that the tables are tight & a little bit close together but other than that a great time had by my group of 5

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cuisine and service are always outstanding at Basilico. I'm a "dessert" person and the Baked Alaska Flambé is fabulous!

FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!
Great service!
Clean bathrooms!
Great town!

OT
New York Area
254 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary at Basilico. The dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. This restaurant is like a New York restaurant. I always enjoy Basilico.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Eh. That’s about it. It’s been around a long time, and probably overdue for a facelift, menu change, and so on. I’m sure it was a prime spot in the 90’s, but just another Italian place that has fallen by the wayside along with IL Mondo Vecchio, Scalini Fideli, IL Capriccio, and the like. Time for 2.0.

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The menu was better than the food.

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I come here on somewhat of a regular basis and it is always very good. The service is always very good, food is excellent and as a plus, you can bring your own wine, even though they actually sell wine.
This visit stood out to me because we usually tend to occupy a table longer than most people do, as we are four friends who are in no rush to end a nice get together. (As long as we can see that there are other available tables should other customers need, and the staff isn't ready to go home!) Toward the end of the meal, they actually asked if we were going to a show. When we said no, they said "oh then you can take your time" and did not bring the bill until we asked for it.
I thought that most waiters and restaurant owners would have this kind of an attitude toward their customers, given that it is no skin off their noses to do so. I am slowly finding that this is just not the case, as my friends and I felt rushed at another establishment that we will not be returning to.
As we were leaving, the owner (I think it was the owner anyway) asked if we enjoyed ourselves tonight, we responded absolutely and thank you, and we will certainly be returning again in the near future.
The owner and staff clearly take pride in what they do, and clearly value their customers.
Thank you again!!