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Basil Leaf Cafe

$$ - $$$
Lincoln Park
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2465 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-2717
+1 773-348-7243
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Mahwah, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous sandwiches and salads!!! Delicious Bloody Mary's!!! And great service !!!! In Lincoln Park , cute neighborhood

Thank sfurey0127
Cleveland, Ohio
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a late dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the lovely dining room and beautiful bar. The Italian rolls and the spinach and pear salad were delightful starters. The lobster ravioli was delicious and the cheese tortellini with a light alfredo sauce was superb. We would definitely do this again!

Thank aeropom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

It was my mom's 80th birthday and I talked to the owners for reservation purposes. I received a text later if I 'd preferred a special menu . Upon our arrival they surprised us with their private room and a special welcome without expecting extra charges. The food was the freshest of the season and the hospitality was warm, well... More 

Thank Mahtabhs
Stokes Bay, Canada
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was a very nice restaurant. We went in the middle afternoon so it was very quiet. At one point we were the only ones in the restaurant. Hence, service was good! The food was good with a good variety. I ordered the Chicken Louis sandwich without bread and it was a delicious un-sandwich! Food is well presented. Suitable for... More 

Thank Greenough
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We had great meals here - my husband loves to get ravioli and he thought it was very good; I had chicken marsala and they subbed broccoli for the linguini they normally include. It was great, reasonable, service was attentive and personable.

Thank RubyVanilla
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Quaint, rather small, excellent food, environment, service, etc. Windows were open so we felt like we were seated on the street (meant as a positive comment!).

Thank Bill S
West Hartford, Connecticut
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very accommodating for 2 vegans. LOTS of gluten free dishes. And of course the carnivores are happy. The olive oil dip for the fresh rolls was scrumptious. We could have filled up on that.

Thank Leora B
Chicago, illinois
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162 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We just picked a restaurant recommended by a friend for a business lunch - and we found ourselves at an Italian family table, as if the cook was the head of the family cooking for us! The chicken sandwich was truly unbelievable and the pesto gnocchi also remarkable. The service was attentive and caring and the bill surprisingly low for... More 

Thank Coffeesip
Iowa City, Iowa
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

This was the best restaurant experience that I've had in a long time. Most of their menu is gluten free, and it is wonderful. I ate there on back to back days. The first day I had a fresh mozzarella sandwich on very tasty gf bread and a cup of tomato basil soup (which comes in a large bowl.) The... More 

Thank KCFreedie
Chicago, Illinois
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169 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We had family dinner tonight. The choice of the restaurant was by the accident. Ended up that we score big time. Seating outside on perfect evening in Chicago and having Niamh as server was priceless. Half of us had fluke special and the rest grilled salmon dinner. Both choices were delicious. Paired with Sauvignon blanc "Sea Pearl" made even better.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2465 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-2717
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-348-7243

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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