Basils

4.6
160 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 160 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FayeG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice spot for a relaxed casual brunch. Friendly helpful staff, good choices on menu.

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PaulE
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly and efficient staff, good table (booth) and doggy friendly. Only slight issues were the saltimboca was quite oily and the liqueur measures were very small - usually you get a full shot glass of limoncello or sambucca but the glass was only about a third full. Otherwise, excellent.

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DavidM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we were in Basils in two weeks. we went back because the food was so good the first time and we took different friend with us. We weren’t disappointed and neither were our friends. The menu is not massive but everything we tried was cooked to perfection. The Lemon posset has been described as the best pudding they have ever had! The prices are very reasonable and the staff very attentive and friendly. We will be back again soon even though we live in South Yorkshire!

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DavidM
Edinburgh
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and great service. Will definitely visit again. If I had an issue it would be that the restaurant is a bit cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and clean premises. Staff were friendly and would come back again.

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martino
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive staff. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Starter and desert was ok but both of the mains was dissapointing.
Lamb burger was very dry and overcooked which is shame for a good burger. Seabass had lack of seasoning, and noodles which have been served with seabass was drowning in oil and fat

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Paul
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, service and surroundings. We went back for breakfast a few days later and that was good as well!

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OwainW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday Roast was amazing!!! Great yorkshire puds and nice portion size. We'll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, friendly staff, nice pale rose and good company. What more could you want from an evening?

OT
OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great wee place to eat and drink . Service spot on and food is delicious . They couldn’t do enough for you and were great with us having the dog with us too .

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice food. Just a pity it was served on cold plates.

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CherylH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Overall food was nice if a bit salty? Mixed share starter platter was a bit greasy and cauliflower fritters very greasy and tasteless! Chicken wings not great either, ribeye steak cooked perfectly medium but quite flabby, sesame sea bass very tasty and well cooked but extremely hot, lovely place great staff made up for slight food let down, will go again but try something different.

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ClaireS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place and good value for money. Will definitely go back when next in Edinburgh

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I decided to have a starter and main course so had the spicy chicken wings and half haddock and chips. The wings were beautifully cooked and tasted delicious and the haddock at £5 was excellent, the batter was the best I have experienced.

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HeatherL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing recommend the cauliflower fritters. Steak was cooked to perfection and the staff were very attentive. Will be back

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KathleenS
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very friendly and efficient food was delicious. Vegetarian in the group was happy with the choices for her so even better. Some other places still don’t cater well for her so we will definitely go back to Basil’s. Price was also very reasonable and value for money.

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GampeyGounagh
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Basils was wonderful. I will definitely be back and be sure to recommend this great wee place.

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Terry
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the service was superb! Will definitely be back there sooner rather than later.

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Cali
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food at a great price! All the food we had was fantastic, not a single thing let us down! Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service! Will be back soon to try more dishes!

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Simon
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We would of liked to stay longer but because the booking are tight because of covid we couldn’t. Maybe next time, we would highly recommend

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SashaW
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere, good service, will definitely be back!

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SueM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good value, enjoyed our freshly cooked meal.
We will definitely return

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RuthD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious, service excellent, thank you. We will be back soon. Ruth

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JimbobTheGreat
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and will be going back for more!

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RebeccaC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was on a trial shift and was so lovely patient and sweet x

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Flojo
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We both had French toast one with bacon and the other with vegetarian haggis. Both plates cleared, the food was so good. We both ordered latte coffees which were served in glass tumblers!! Not a good idea!! We are both pensioners and I have a hand tremor which made lifting the hot glass extremely difficult,and,in my case extremely dangerous! However when I asked the server to change the glass for cups it was dealt with immediately!! Full marks for that! The coffee was all milk practically which spoiled it.

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WynniP
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Tried “Basils” just by chance and couldn’t believe what a wonderful evening we had so we went back the following evening.
The food was fresh and cooked perfectly, the service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend you give Basils a try you won’t be disappointed.

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LizO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, good service and good value for money
Would recommend

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Neighbour
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced and a very nice service. Happy to see so many dogs!

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HuwM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

100% would return again! Lovely staff and brilliant value of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was nice, staff were friendly and the restaurant was well kitted out

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Beccy
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much, everyone so friendly and good service

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JamesMc
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting and we’ll definitely come back. Small menu but everything is tasty. Service is friendly and efficient and they were so accommodating with the dogs.

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EmilyF
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend enough! Staff were friendly and attentive, surroundings were delightful and we felt safe. Food was excellent! Can’t wait to go back.

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AlanT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Service and food was good…staff were pleasant , knowledgable and helpful
Would come again when return to Edinburgh

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split
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal at Basils very much. Hamburger was excellent, and the aubergine and halloumi parmigiana was a bit salty but enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice little restaurant. Food very nice and good value. Service was excellent with friendly waitresses.

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DeniseA
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

5 of usall ordered different meals, burgers were cooked perfectly as was fish & chips. However, Aubergine was overcooked & rubbery, dish it came in was burnt around the top with cheese burnt & stuck to sides, not a good dish tbh.
Drinks, cleanliness & friendly staff were all positives.
Good for stopping off for drinks & bites.

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KazzyH
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food comes hot & fresh every time iv been there great friendly staff & great to sit outside *

FAQs

Basils is rated 4.6 stars by 160 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.