Basilico

4.7
1442 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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82Ndchef
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Italian food with an airy atmosphere and good service.

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vipSadie
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, my appetizer, stuffed zucchini flowers was so good.

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DawnV
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for all 4 members of our party with varied dietary needs. All were delicious.

KJ
vipKarenJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is al eats consistently wonderful and the servers are the best ever! Love Love love this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I searched for a restaurant that was renowned for being a top-rated establishment, with a romantic setting. I was celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife, so it needed to be special.

Basilico was a popular recommendation, almost can’t miss, so that was our choice. Nice atmosphere, with open windows and plenty of space; very Covid-friendly. Our waiter looked a bit out of place and was very unfamiliar with the menu. We found out later this was his first day. However, I made it very simple for him since my wife and I wanted the same thing. We ordered the scallops. When our food arrived, our plates did indeed have scallops, but also shrimp, which I am allergic to. As such, we informed the waiter, and he acknowledged it was his error. Apparently, there was another item on the menu which featured both scallops and shrimp, which confused the waiter, causing him to enter the wrong item on the ordering screen. Mistakes happen, we were frustrated, but waited patiently for them to correct their mistake, and provide us with what we ordered.

After another 20 minutes or so, the food arrives. Mine was correct, but my wife received the same incorrect meal as before. They asked for a third opportunity to correct their mistake, but it was our anniversary, and we couldn’t wait another 20-30 minutes for them to fix yet another error. It was unfortunate, since my scallop dish was amazing, but my wife “settled” for the scallop/shrimp dish that she didn’t order, although she left half of it and ended up sharing some of mine. The damage was done. We had no choice but consider the night out disappointing.

To cap it off, the establishment, although mildly sympathetic, did not make it right by deducting anything from the bill. We were charged full price, which really upped the disappointment. Yes, we were actually charged for a meal they got wrong!

A 25th anniversary comes along once, and I am very disappointed with how we were treated. Will not be returning.

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ExperiencedFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my shrimp scampi over linguine and i ask to add lobster and they even seasoned the lobster with scampi. Most places just put a lobster tail on top. They are very accommodating. The Napoleon for dessert was delicious and truly a work of art, creativity, and pure Delicious!!! My wife had mushroom ravioli and if you like mushrooms this is the dish for you. (Needless to say i ate some of hers also). Oh well that's what you get when you marry a foodie :-)

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DianaJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico never disappoints and we really like the outdoor seating options.

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vipBocaman
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in many months, great experience, great food an excellent service. I will be back.

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anthonyb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food !!!! pasta with shrimp and lobster was perfect

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vipBuffyB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous desserts. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Open table showed 2 available times 5:45 7:45 arrived on time and it was empty, we were the only customers, fine, but would have preferred 6:30-

Food was quality as expected, priced fair, actually getting our entrees took forever, 3 tables showed up after us and we all looked at each other wondering what was happening.

Bill was fine, except for a credit card surcharge, think it was 3.5% not a lot of money, but a questionable practice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there for a birthday dinner. The service and food were outstanding! A BYOB that also has its own wine list. I recommend the restaurant highly!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date, food was quick and great. Waiter was friendly. Even the pre meal bread was good. 5/5 would recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Bread wasn’t warm, poor service, waiter didn’t check on us or clean the table after diner. We didn’t get our soft drinks until after we were finished eating. The waiter didn’t charge us for the drinks to make up for it. Honestly we didn’t feel appreciated or welcomed. I definitely know the difference. It’s just not a place for us to frequent.

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Sadie
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always wonderful at Basilico. We both had The fusili special with lobster shrimp and scallop, it was delicious. The St Joseph pastry was a special and also very delicious.
We felt comfortable dining inside since we’ve been vaccinated and with tables spaced apart

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VanyaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! The cream soup was delicious, we ordered two of the daily specials - risotto with lobster, shrimp and scallops, and Chilean bass. Outstanding.

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flowergirl
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here - I went about a year ago and couldn’t stop raving about the Chicken Basilico and we finally made it back! The meal, service and ambiance did not disappoint. We had calamari as an appetizer, husband got the frutti de mare and chocolate lava cake with a birthday candle once the waiter heard it was my birthday :) can’t wait to come back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico never disappoint. Covid friendly and food is delicious.

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YisellaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I will definitely come back!

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AnthonyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day, nice and romantic

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vipcarlav
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best soufflés

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Domf
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food beautifully prepared and displayed. Delicious and unique recipes. Service immaculate and very accommodating.

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RP184
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We moved to the area and were excited to try a new place. The service was great as we were literally the only ones there while dining. The food just seemed off for some reason. The octopus was pretty chewy and under seasoned. My husband’s main dish he didn’t eat any of the scallops as they had a fishy taste. My chicken seemed like it was beaten and way over cooked. Overall we were both just generally underwhelmed with the food which was disappointing as there were such great reviews. I will say the side of gnocchi was good as was the wine we got.

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JohnR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience going to this amazing restaurant. Never have had a bad meal there and the atmosphere and wait staff are terrific.

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vipScottM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Terrific setting in the alleyway between the two buildings made if feel like we were dining in Europe. Great heaters as well as we were able to even take our jackets off. Great job Basilico.

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vipMarybo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was amazing! White truffle gnocchi was delicious! I had a homemade spaghetti special with Shrimp, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. It was fantastic. Thank you for a nice evening, especially during these times. Will go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lasagna was delicious!

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vipBuffyB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant evening with social distancing and outdoor dining, and heat too. The short ribs were delicious as was the penne a la Ligura with generous fresh salads to start. Good service, food consistently very good.

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vipsher
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with great and attentive service! The menu has something for everyone!

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vipBuffyB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The linguine with lobster and shrimp in a spicy sauce was delicious. The pumpkin brûlée cheesecake is a winner. The outdoor cafe is warm and cozy

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Sadie
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basilico is always on point. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. Service is wonderful.

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Anthony
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Basilico has been me and my wife's go-to spot for romantic date nights, anniversaries and special occasions for many years now. We mainly love the atmosphere, the delicious food and the staff is very welcoming and friendly. And a big benefit is that it's B.Y.O.B., so that always saves us a little on the bill. I love they always have great fresh oysters, nice portions and a wide variety of fancy Instagram-worthy delicious desserts!

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NicoleA
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always and the outdoor set up was lovely! Terrific service and meals were all delicious! We will return!

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GeneM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A outstanding surprise! Given current circumstances, they created a fantastic atmosphere and the food was beyond expectations. A very special place with high quality and friendly staff. Save "lots' of room for desert. While the meal was outstanding, the sweet offerings were beyond excellent in both flavor and size. Highly recommended!

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BetsyV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food, wonderful staff, safe environment. Great night!

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vipBirthdaycelebrant
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in a beautiful outdoor setting! We thoroughly enjoyed the lighted and heated alleyway with it's gorgeous brick walls and window boxes. We stayed quite comfortable under the overhead heat lamps. Perfection on a Saturday night.

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vipmichaelw
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding

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EricH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always terrific. A great place to go for a nice date night.

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GAILD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Basilico, everything about this place was perfect. The food, the Aviance, and the Service was excellent. Loved It.

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Sadie
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit back sine February due to the pandemic. We sat in the patio, didn’t feel we were ready to dine indoors. There is a lot of outdoor seating. We walked the the dining room and were very impressed with the spacing, so much so that we made a reservation to return for our anniversary. The good was delicious as always, my husband had oysters which he says are the best of anywhere he has them and the veal chop parmigiana which was huge. I had the mushroom soup which I always love and the gnocchi which are like little clouds of pasta, very light not heavy like most are.
Basilico remains one of our top favorites restaurants. Ohh, the pistachio biscotti was so good, not jaw breaking like some I’ve had.
Always a great experience, hats off Mario. Se you on Saturday.

FAQs

Basilico does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Basilico also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 379-7020.

Basilico is rated 4.7 stars by 1442 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.