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The Basil Leaf Cafe, Lawrence, KS

The Basil Leaf Cafe

4.7
4.7
130 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

The Basil Leaf Cafe is proud to have built a loyal following in the Lawrence community. We are excited to continue the tradition of amazing food and provide great service as we continue to grow our locally owned restaurant.
We are excited to be introducing an updated menu with all of your favorites and some new items as well. We open at 4:00 P.M every day of the week for dinner with great specials and a daily happy hour!"

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Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American

  • Phone number

    (785) 856-0459

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Lawrence

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • AranciniUS$9.00

    pork sausage - arborio - peppers - onion - garlic - panko-coated and fried - served with marinara & alfredo

    • BruschettaUS$9.00

      basil tomato compote - mozzarella - parmesan - balsamic

      • MeatballsUS$9.00

        hand crafted meatballs - marinara - alfredo

        • Fried CalamariUS$9.00

          flour-dusted - deep fried - served with marinara & basil ranch

          Salads

          • House SaladUS$10.00

            tomato - peppers - onion - carrot - croutons - sunflower seeds - italian vinaigrette

            • CaesarUS$10.00

              parmesan - croutons - caesar dressing

              • CapreseUS$11.00

                fresh mozzarella - peppers - onion - cherry tomato - balsamic vinaigrette

                Entrées

                • Lemon Chicken TendersUS$17.00

                  marinated & served with banana pepper cream - fried golden - risotto - brussels sprouts

                  • Basil Leaf SirloinUS$23.00

                    8 oz strip steak - mushrooms - truffle cream - grilled asparagus - served with loaded baked potato

                    • Pan Seared SalmonUS$19.00

                      grilled asparagus - risotto

                      Pasta

                      • 7-Layer LasagneUS$16.00

                        ground chuck & five cheese blend - with marinara & alfredo

                        • Tortellini Cordon BleuUS$18.00

                          panko fried chicken scaloppini - bacon - mushroom - scallion - alfredo

                          • Penne AbruzziUS$15.00

                            ground chuck & pork meatballs - bacon - peppers - onion - tomato - marinara - alfredo

                            • Chicken CarbonaraUS$16.00

                              egg yolk sauce - mushrooms - onion - tomato - spaghetti - garlic

                              • Cajun PenneUS$17.00

                                andouille - shrimp - chicken - peppers - onion - tomato

                                • Shrimp ScampiUS$17.00

                                  garlic butter - white wine sauce - spaghettini - spinach - garlic - calabrese peppers - mushroom

                                  • Spaghettini & MeatballsUS$15.00

                                    ground chuck & pork meatballs - garlic - shallot - burgundy - basil butter - pesto

                                    • Basil Chicken CavatelliUS$16.00

                                      basil butter - mushroom - tomato - onion - scallion - peppers

                                      • Mac & CheeseUS$14.00

                                        cavatelli - garlic - shallot - chardonnay

                                        • ArrabbiataUS$14.00

                                          spaghettini - peppers - onion - scallion - tomato - chardonnay - basil - marinara- alfredo

                                          • Shrimp FettuccineUS$17.00

                                            shrimp - garlic - shallot - chardonnay - parsley

                                            • Deconstructed LasagneUS$16.00

                                              stuffed tortellini - chopped meatballs - marinara - onion - tomato - garlic - mushroom - calabrese peppers

                                              Desserts

                                              • TiramisuUS$6.00

                                                • GelatoUS$4.00

                                                  • Feature DessertUS$6.00

                                                    Specials

                                                    • Weekday Lunch SpecialUS$9.99

                                                      Includes a side house or caesar salad and a half lunch entrée portion. Valid Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 3 pm

                                                      • 1/2 Price Wine Bottles

                                                        Valid Thursday & Sunday 5 pm - close on select bottles

                                                        • 1/2 Price Cocktails

                                                          Valid Wednesday 5 pm - close on select cocktails

                                                          • Happy HourUS$5.00

                                                            Bruschetta, House Wines & Moscow Mules. Valid Tuesday - Friday 2 - 6 pm

                                                            Last updated: 2 February 2022

                                                            What 130 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                            4.7
                                                            4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.7Food
                                                            • 4.6Service
                                                            • 4.6Ambience
                                                            • 4.5Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                            • Kansas City

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                                                            1. JM

                                                              JosephM

                                                              Orlando

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                              Hadn't been to Basil Leaf Cafe since the 1st time we toured KU before our son decided to study there. 6 years and a Masters Degree later our son asked to go there again after his ceremony. It was pretty good we all had one of their pasta dishes and enjoyed them all. The food came out quick our server was very helpful. The only negative part of the experience was the hostess who just had an awful attitude towards us when we asked about possibly lowering the AC that was blowing down on our table. Then she brought us our salad we ordered for the table to share but no silverware or plates?? Anyway the foods plenty good enough to give it a try if you're in Lawrence and thinking about it.

                                                            2. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              1.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                              We made a reservation for a special event. I even called the day before to add one person on to my reservation and possibly move the time up. I was told no problem to add a person but the time could not be moved up. That was fine totally understandable on a busy graduation weekend. When we arrived we where told we had no reservation.. We were told we could wait for a table but it was very obvious that no table would be clearing out any time soon. Very disappointing!

                                                            3. F

                                                              Foodie

                                                              St. Louis

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Love love love this place! Great food and great service. Highly recommend!

                                                            4. BM

                                                              BrendaM

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This was a thank you dinner for my cousin that just moved back from Alaska and just wanted a good Italian restaurant. I had heard good things and none of the four of us had been here before. The Basil Leaf did not disappoint!! Great service - great food - charming atmosphere. Will definitely recommend The Basil Leaf and will be back soon!!! Thanks for a great evening!!!!

                                                            5. FR

                                                              FranksRealty

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Mother’s Day dinner, pleasantly surprised! Great food, great service, highly recommend!

                                                            6. CS

                                                              ConnieS

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This was our first time dining at Basil Leaf Cafe. We will definitely be coming again! It was wonderful!

                                                            7. LB

                                                              LindaandBill

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Tasty Italian food in a cozy neighborhood venue. Very reasonably priced. We will be back.

                                                            8. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                              Very good food and service. Small place and pretty loud, but would definitely recommend for good Italian dishes.

                                                            9. K

                                                              Kris

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience1

                                                              Food was great, as well the service. Very sweet and attentive. Location is very cute and the ambience would've been perfect, especially for Easter Dinner with my folks from across the pond, had the kitchen not been blasting Beastie Boys the entire meal so loud that it drowned out the mellow music being played in the dining room. My parents were rather annoyed, and despite asking our server if they could turn it down, nothing changed. I get it. I'm a chef. I love to blast my music in the kitchen as well after hours, but this was just unprofessional.

                                                            10. RE

                                                              RoyE

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great place! Good Italian food and excellent service.

                                                            11. F

                                                              Foodie

                                                              St. Louis

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing food!! So fresh and so delicious. Quaint restaurant that’s perfect for special occasions or just a fantastic meal.

                                                            12. AG

                                                              AmyG

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              It was a perfect evening!

                                                            13. L

                                                              Lovestoeat

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              48 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              48 reviews

                                                              Dined on 28 March 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Love this restaurant in Lawrence. It's got great food and service. The interior is so pleasant. A great addition to the restaurant offerings and 1 of the few Italian restaurants in town

                                                            14. DW

                                                              DavidW

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had not eaten there since before COVID. Took our grandson and his Mom there for an early dinner. It was as good as we remembered it. The calamari appetizer was outstanding as were all the entrees. I had the Cajun Penne, my wife and grandson's Mom had Shrimp Scampi and the grandson had Shrimp Fettucine All great and the servings are plentiful. Glad we didn't order a salad and certainly no room left for dessert, unfortunately. We went to an early dinner so it was relatively quiet. it's a small place so may get noisier when it's full. Service was great. They are open for lunch on Saturday and Sundays.

                                                            15. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 10 March 2022

                                                              overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                              Ladies night. Good service. One of our meals was cold. Had to send it back and it was returned slightly warmer. All other meals were great as well as wine selections. Our dish was comped for the inconvenience which we appreciated very much. Waitress was very sweet and a accommodating.

                                                            16. KB

                                                              KelliB

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food is amazing and service is superb! Madison is the best server!

                                                            17. GT

                                                              GregT

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Wonderful food in a small cafe atmosphere. It’s where we go for a special meal.

                                                            18. MW

                                                              MikeW

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 14 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great service and food!

                                                            19. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              And this is our absolute go to date nights dinner location. The food and atmosphere are amazing.

                                                            20. BR

                                                              BeckieR

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had the steak and Brussels spouts, and all was excellent!

                                                            21. L

                                                              Lynn

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              Excellent food in a great atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

                                                            22. SW

                                                              ShawnW

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              First time eating here, food was fantastic. We will be back.

                                                            23. d

                                                              datenightdiva

                                                              Denver

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on 29 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Still awesome. Salmon was perfectly cooked, and Brussels Sprouts yummy as ever. The risotto was a little overcooked and dry, but I'm gonna allow one not-so-perfect ingredient, since everything else was exceptional! Thank you, Basil Leaf!

                                                            24. J

                                                              Jodie

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 21 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food was delicious and service was great! Will eat here again!

                                                            25. GJ

                                                              GregJ

                                                              Dallas

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 14 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food is alway good. Madilin did an excellent job taking care of us!!

                                                            26. OF

                                                              OliviaF

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 8 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Cozy atmosphere, great food and our waitress was kind and did a fantastic job.

                                                            27. MW

                                                              MichaelW

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on 1 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              The Basil Leaf Cafe was a great find. Excellent food and service. Our server/bartender Pearl was great. Only complaint is the bar ran out of olives and I was looking forward to a martini. But Pearl made a good alternative and they have a good wine selection at fair prices. We will definitely make the trip back to Lawrence.

                                                            28. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 1 January 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Favorite local neighborhood spot. Small and quaint. Simple but complete wine and cocktail list, excellent food especially for the price and friendly fun staff.

                                                            29. DM

                                                              DonM

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on 29 December 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great food and service. Highly recommend!

                                                            30. MB

                                                              MattB

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 18 December 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Regular date night place with my wife of 22 years. Love Basil Leaf staff is friendly, food is great and one of the best horsefeathers in Lawrence.

                                                            31. DG

                                                              DutchGuy

                                                              Chicago

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on 17 December 2021

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Food is great although portion sizes are oversized so I generally split a dish with someone.

                                                            32. AH

                                                              AngelaH

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 11 December 2021

                                                              overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                              We have been frequent customers of Basil Leaf, but we had the worst service we’ve ever experienced last night. We had reservations and arrived right on time. It is a small space, and we were aware of that, but when we were seated, there was a small two person table located right in the middle of a large holiday gathering, and three open 4 person tables away from the crowd. We asked if we could be seated at one of the 4 tops, but the hostess said no, they were for larger groups that also had reservations. That would have been fine, but the next three groups that came in (within 15 minutes of us) were all groups of two, and they were all sat at the 4-person tables. Then we were never asked if we wanted drinks other than water, which was never refilled. As we were in the middle of the large holiday group that took up several tables, my husband and I could not really talk to each other due to the noise. Then at the end, we were ready for dessert, but to-go boxes were dropped at our table and the check was brought without asking if we wanted anything else, so we left. The food is always good, but I don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon.

                                                            33. JB

                                                              JenniferB

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 18 November 2021

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                              Good place to eat. Food was good not great. Service was great. Pretty expensive. Would probably go again jusy not very often.

                                                            34. T

                                                              Tommy

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                              The staff has been gracious and friendly each time we have visited. Food is flavorful and the portions are generous. Can be a little loud when busy.

                                                            35. C

                                                              Charles

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent, simple, classic food. We definitely plan to go back.

                                                            36. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on 11 November 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing waitress and quick service! Definitely making this a place we come back to

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              First time trying and went early and got a reservation- very popular. Great food! Had great leftovers!

                                                            38. SH

                                                              SteveH

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              I was pleasantly surprised by the food and service as the ambiance was unpretentious - which I like. My son and I were both very pleased with our meal and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had. Unfortunately, they were out of several items, but in the end we were pleased and will return.

                                                            39. KC

                                                              KCGinger

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on 2 November 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              My shrimp scampi was the best dish I’ve had in years. And the atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. Such a great place. I can’t wait to go back.

                                                            40. GD

                                                              GuestDM

                                                              Kansas City

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on 2 November 2021

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              We were in a group of 4. 3 of our meals were very good. The 4th, spaghetti, was way over seasoned, and our friend said not as good as in the past.

                                                            Safety precautions

                                                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                            • 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

                                                            FAQs

                                                            The Basil Leaf Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                            Booked 9 times today
                                                            Google Map for The Basil Leaf Cafe

                                                            616 W 9th St Lawrence, KS 66044-2808

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Area

                                                              Lawrence

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Italian, Contemporary American

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Dining

                                                            • Dress Code

                                                              Smart Casual

                                                            • Parking Details

                                                              Street Parking

                                                            • Payment Options

                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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