Basils

4.7
118 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 118 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner very much, gpod menu choices and excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great staff. A1

TB
TastyBurgers
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food we had was delicious and the waiting staff were all very lovely and helpful.

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Youl
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was really one of the bests, they are quick and very friendly, also flexible with us, I just can give a big thank you for making that night really awesome for us.
The food was pretty good, only one of the plates was too salty (aubergine with halloumi) I recommend don’t put salt as the halloumi is salty already , but in general everyone happy .
Cocktails were very good

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Litvomane
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money, service was lovely, food delicious and not pricey. Really enjoyed my time in Basil!

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PaulD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Basil’s was very good. I will definitely be back.

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ElaineL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bar/restaurant. Food was very nice and prices reasonable. Waitress was very attentive.

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StaceyB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a Sunday roast here, there was tonnes of meat and everything else on the plate was really flavoursome! Been wanting to come here for a while and will definitely be back! Good value for money. Service was great ☺️

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ChrisD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch thank you, very enjoyable tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Friendly staff, tasty food, good price. Perfect!

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AdeleW
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quite romantic place, brilliant service food was outstanding. Will be back Thank you

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Breakfast was excellent, great little find , this place will really take off if the tram works don’t close them first , lovely inside and out but to dull to sit out (it’s Scotland after all ) , I will be back soon with the family for breakfast , keep up the good work

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TommyJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent we'll be back. Service, staff and food make this a place to go back to.

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MarianaL
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portions for a fair price and very tasty food. COVID safe.

DM
DerekM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really nice pub. Nice good at reasonable price. Lovely staff

RD
RobD
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - lovely food, lovely staff. I was anxious because I’ve only been out a couple of times since lockdown was eased but it was well managed and felt really nice.

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CatherineS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice lunch menu very reasonably priced, staff very helpful and friendly

DC
DaveC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant...Brilliant and brilliant. Just had breakfast early doors, but would have gone back for more, but run out of time.

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ErinC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and excellent value for money! Had a lovely time and enjoyed our visit, will definitely be back.

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Kate
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great! Our service started off good but honestly it was pretty poor overall. We ordered drinks to start and had finished by the time the food came and weren’t asked if we wanted more… which we did.

Our food came and we weren’t asked if we wanted any sauces etc… which we did. The people next to us had a different server had looked like they had a good experience.

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Mich
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for breakfast with family. It was the first time of visiting, I would go again, the food was delicious.

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Annijay
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t praise Basil’s highly enough, they think of everything! The food was superb, the waitresses were polite, friendly and attentive, the restaurant was clean and I felt very safe, Covid-wise. It has a lovely atmosphere and we were made very welcome. We’ve had brunch and an evening meal there so far, so maybe we’ll try lunch next time! This place truly deserves to do well.

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ChristineW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice breakfast choices. Good service. Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice meal visiting Basil’s for the first time! The restaurant is lovely, service was amazing and food was delicious! Great value too, we’ll definitely be back!

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KeithD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was of very good quality and the service was overall very good and efficient. I was disappointed when the staff member forgot the cutlery.

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AA238
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, fantastic service, extremely reasonable prices and a beautiful setting. Could not recommend Basils enough!

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LorraineD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely venue, pretty average.
Cauliflower fritters were fab, but had the Lemon Chicken burgher which was pretty boring I’m afraid.
Service was nice but not exceptional, a little more training req.

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Mejam
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

It's a nice place but my main meal was awful as it had very obviously been kept hot for a long time before it was served. It was very hot and the fish was very dry, like cardboard. Shame really. Staff seemed overwhelmed although it wasn't even full.

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NewhavenAM
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out since pandemic. We had a table booked for 6pm (online) but I phoned to find out rules we wanted to stay after our meal for drinks was told this was possible and we could stay till 10. 30pm indoors 10pm outdoors. Got e-mail saying table booked for 8.15pm assumed we got table for food for 2 hours 15mins. Got phone call 4.30ish on day we were going to say l had booked 2 tables l explained that had happened and she told me l could have one of the tables and it was a misunderstanding (which there wasn't) and that l could try somewhere else after our meal but l had tried Starbank Friday everywhere would be full l thought we couldn't stay for drinks that is why l wanted to check. When he said we could stay didn't try anywhere else as for the food my husband and son loved there burgers the sauce on my husbands burger was amazing so much our son asked my husband if be could have some for his plate (our son never takes anything at all from anyones plates), my chicken was ok bit greasy looking on the plate.

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DorothyP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyed our meals here,and today was no exception,excellent food and service,waitress was pleasant and attentive. Would highly recommend.

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Sallyhamp
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The crab and chorizo macaroni was a particular highlight! Top notch physical distancing, cleaning, etc.

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ElizC
Angus
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really lovely local spot for drinks and/or food! Staff always so lovely and accommodating. Nice wee outdoor area too.

ME
MarkE
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed in Leith last year in between Lockdowns (Locksdown?) and discovered Basil's then.
Although we were staying in the city this time we popped down for an excellent lunch.
The place has a great ethos, is quiet (if there was piped music it didn't intrude), has nice private spaces and cubbies, serves great food and the staff are lovely.
They managed the coronavirus risk well without it being intrusive and we felt safe and well looked after.
Interesting decor too, polished concrete etc as you might expect from the name.
We will be back

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Rebecca
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat with good prices and covid measures in place so you feel safe. All staff had masks over both mouths and noses!

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LMab
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great friendly local place and really good with our kids - kids menu and colouring pencils in etc. Food was excellent - burgers were fantastic, great quality and tasty. Cauliflower on the starter menu is sooo good too. Felt very safe and the decor and ambience is really nice

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Momo
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice and comfortable. Good choice on menu. Staff welcomed us on arrival. Service very good.

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vickles666
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love Basil’s. We will keep returning. Great place and staff. Food is lovely and reasonably priced.

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Beccy
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it’s become my new favourite place to visit

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Claire
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unreal, staff was lovely. Really nice

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GaryC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very quick service friendly staff will definitely be back !!

FAQs

Basils is rated 4.7 stars by 118 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.