Basil Leaf Café

Restaurants, Italian Lincoln Park
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Basil Leaf Café

In a neighborhood of Italian joints, this tiny, one-room restaurant doesn’t stand out. But don’t discount the allure of a place where you can get good pasta and where the waitstaff treats everyone like a ten-year regular. Waiters offer to sprinkle fresh Parmesan over everything, from the calamari and mussels appetizer, to the Alfredo–sauce–laden cheese tortellini, to the chicken breast topped with asparagus. We pass on the extra formaggio, but when we’re asked if we want more of the thick, crusty bread, we say, “hell yes.”


Venue name: Basil Leaf Café
Address: 2465 N Clark St
Cross street: at Arlington Pl
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-10:30pm
Transport: El stop: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Fullerton. Bus: 22, 74.
Price: Average main course: $14
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Jennie A
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The Basil Leaf Cafe has an amazing and thoughtfully designed menu with delicious food, it's one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I have never had a bad meal there, quite the opposite. The restaurant has outstanding consistency, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the staff is highly knowledgeable and professional.

Sharon W
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even though we don't live in Lincoln Park anymore, we still come here to celebrate special occasions!

Joan Marie D
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Always a very enjoyable dining experience - lovely restaurant with great food and great service.

ali g

I have travelled all over Italy and this was the best Italian food I have ever had.
Just perfect.

Susan N

A lovely setting, incredible food and a staff that treats each night like it's their grand opening!

Lars A

Awesome place, awesome family. Love and passion goes in-to, and shines throughout the whole place and food.

Adel M

The chef knows his stuff. They also carry very tasty Gluten Free pasta. Great atmosphere and the owners really does keep up with the place. In the summer you can sit outside.

Katie M

Friendly, warm atmosphere with AMAZING Italian food. Best Tiramisu in the city.

Jay D

Great atmosphere, and when the windows are open you just feel like you are part of the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. For lunch order the chicken with avacado sandwich, sounds simple but the bread the greens...yum. Their pasta's are amazing and of course their portions are HUGE. Great food, great atmosphere, at the center of Lincoln Park.

Tina F

Absolutely the best Italian restaurant out there! Food is always outstanding and owners are nicest prople out there!

Larrt B

Food, service and decor are amazing. But Sean and his team make the place's a sophisticated venue with a neighborhood feel plus Sean gives back..time money and facilities to help any Lincoln park charity or organization that requests his help.

John P

Fantastic food, cool atmosphere and great customer service. Hard to find a combination of all 3 these days.

Ray S

I have fallen in love with my favorite Italian dish because of this restaurant. Who knew salmon would go so well with pasta!

Sam T

Best restaurant in the neighborhood with many gluten free options.