Basil's has been serving up European-inspired goodness since opening its doors in 1989. The cozy eatery is a great go-to for just about any occasion – a catch-up lunch with an old friend, a starched collar business lunch, or an intimate first date.After fleeing the Lebanese Civil War and landing in Atlanta in the '80s, Basil's owner Joseph Kahwach wanted to bring a bit of his home country's culinary traditions to this side of the Atlantic. What better for a little slice of home than a bungalow-turned-restaurant? Nestled on Grandview Avenue (between Pharr Road and Peachtree in Buckhead), Basil's has been serving up European-inspired goodness since opening its doors in 1989. The cozy eatery is a great go-to for just about any occasion – a catch-up lunch with an old friend, a starched collar business lunch, or (once the evening lights have dimmed) an intimate first date.
Basil's is a delicate balance of casual and upper-crust. Want a place where you can snack on some of the best hummus Atlanta has to offer accompanied by a wide range of tapas? Basil's got you covered. Those of us sporting a larger appetites may feast on their savory and tender rack of lamb or their grilled salmon, served with a delicate barbecue glaze on a bed of jalapeño mozzarella grits and topped with garlic greens. Mediterranean platters, like the Cold Mezze (tabbouleh, hummus, babaganoush and stuffed grape leaves) and the meal-sized sampler of kafta, grilled chicken breast, tabbouleh and hummus, are served with stacks of grilled pita wedges and are a midday standout. Yes, indeed Basil's strikes a charming combination of homeyness and worldliness that will keep us heading back to Buckhead for more.
Cold Mezze Platter, $10
Mushroom Flatbread, $6
Grilled Salmon, $18
Rack of Lamb, $30
Spanish Paella, $13 (lunch), $17(dinner)
Monday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday - Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.