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Basils

4.4
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36 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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Welcome to Basils, your local neighbourhood bar serving up the freshest burgers, the best cocktails and a fine selection of beers and wine. No matter what you’re in the mood for, dinner with family, drinks with mates, a few beers and a read of the paper or a boozy brunch – we’ve got you covered. We’re family friendly, dog friendly, vegan friendly – hell we’re just all round friendly guys, so why not pop down and order yourself a plate of tasty goodness from our kitchen and a drink to wash it down with.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 36 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our recent meal in Basil's, courteous, attentive staff, excellent menu at very competitive prices. Will definitely be back!

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SarahM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, service was quick and waitress was very good

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NewhavenResident
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent value for money and good menu choice, would highly recommend

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Katy
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Basil’s. Great food, great prices and fantastic service.

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TammyS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was overcooked and things missing, hopefully was a one off as I usually rave about basils but this time was disappointed

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ChrisA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, would highly recommend

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GotBoredWithThisReview
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good. Very good. Very very good. Very good indeed.

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KEVIND
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basil’s was faultless, in all aspects of our dining experience & I would visit again or offer a very positive recommendation to friends!

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NeilG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have managed to keep a nice ambiance despite the Covid-19 restrictions and screens, something other places have not achieved.

Service was great and attentive. Was happy to see the place busy.

They were very good with honouring a voucher we received for Christmas which expired just as lockdown was beginning.

Good pub grub food and cocktails

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Gavin
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was only a flying first visit but I am definitely keen to dine here again. The vegetarian breakfast was really tasty and filling. Staff were polite and helpful. Good vibe.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had brunch a couple of times there and can't fault it. Always great food, nice atmosphere and lovely, attentive staff.

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NathanF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing burgers, really cool interior and friendly staff. Super dog friendly too.

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JoandLou
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic food and cocktails made on request 👍🏻

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IreneN
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed our breakfast, waitresses were very polite and left us in peace to have a good catch up. My only complaint was it was quite cold, but was a horrible morning weather wise. We'll be back.

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amandah
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed it , went with family and each person chose something different of the menu , staff were friendly and welcoming , would recommend .

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I went to Basil's for dinner and they have some great vegetarian options. The roasted stuffed butternut squash was amazing, nice selection of cocktails too! When our waitress brought our desserts to the table, we were very pleasantly surprised. They had written "Happy Birthday" on the plate in chocolate and put a candle on his chocolate tart. We hadn't asked or expected any of this so it was a great extra touch! The staff are so friendly and clearly very conscious of providing the best possible service. Thank you for a lovely evening! <3

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LindsayeT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table on 1st jan, after receiving a confirmation email, we booked a taxi to the restaurant, double fare with it being new year day, to arrive at the restaurant to find it closed! I emailed the restaurant directly to give them the chance to either take responsibility or tell us it was open table to blame, it is now 7th jan, and didn’t even have the decency to reply to my email.... not very good service, and highly disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Burgers , fish and chips were good, desserts lovely. Disappointing risotto - consistency of porridge and no haddock to be seen!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Wonderful food at a good price. Service was extremely slow and forgetful.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely beef roast with all the trimmings!

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent quality food at a moderate price. Very good value for money.

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DonaM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fabulous, staff are very attentive. Starter crab on toast was delicious, main was also lovely Sunday roast, although perhaps heated plates woul have helped keep meat a little warmer but will definitely go back and try christmas menu. Lemon chicken burger in brioche is a treat.

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ColinT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was very quiet when we went in but it was early evening and it did get busier as we were there. The service was good and the food was good and well cooked. My only disappointment was the sticky toffee pudding, the sponge was a bit bland and not as moist as I like. The only real issue we had was the temperature, it was actually quite cold and most people were eating with their coats on, if it was like this I all the time I would not be keen to return.

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DorothyP
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed,would definitely recommend. The macaroni with mashed squash is delicious,a great variation on the usual.

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triciam
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, best fish I've tasted. Staff are brilliant, always very helpful. This was our 2nd visit and all of us really enjoyed our food. Also dog friendly which is great as my daughter has two dogs. Nothing is a problem for the staff. Will be back soon with the family when next in Edinburgh. Also there is parking outside, which is a bonus. Great atmosphere

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Elaine
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch with good wine too. Great atmosphere. Liked it a lot and will be back.

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DorothyP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the first time we have dined at this fabulous restaurant,and it won’t be the last. Everything about it was first class. Would highly recommend it.

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TammyS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time just to try, have got to say it was the best brunch I have had in a long time,compliments to the chefs, lovely little place clean and friendly staff will be returning soon

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CallyE
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Trendy interior, amazing burgers and great value for money.
Lovely wee neighbourhood gem with super friendly staff and a chilled venue.

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BOBBYDALE
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service also value for money. Only downside was our table was near the front door and it was cold when people were coming in and leaving .But definitely worth a try.

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triciam
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to go, staff are really good. Food was best yet, we all had different meals and everyone said it was really good. My fish and soup was best I've tasted. Very reasonably prices. 5stars to basils, would highly recommend this place to anyone going to Edinburgh. Dog friendly too

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Stumbled on this place, excellent service worth trying

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Joanna2
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Really friendly staff. Service was attentive. We both had burgers and cocktails on an Itison deal great value. Food was of a good quality and still good value at the regular price. Cocktail choice was 3xcellent. Offers on various night was a good touch. Quite when we first arrived but started to get busy when we were leaving. All in all a good experience.

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anonymous
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Prices slightly too dear (£1 or £2 too much per dish for what it is), and burger was incredibly salty. Also restaurant wasn't very cozy as sitting right next to the bar and people who were just drinking.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Basil's and we certainly weren't disappointed. Staff were friendly, was very clean and had a nautical yet simplistic decor. Food was amazing, didn't want my baked macaroni to end!!! Definitely worthy of a few more visits. Excellent value for money too. And to top it off, you don't get the staff checking up on your meal satisfaction every 2 minutes like other places.

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DavyA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and all three of us really enjoyed all the food we had . The staff were very friendly and helpful. I had the brutalist burger and was very tasty and was stuffed after it . Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Basils is rated 4.4 stars by 36 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.