Basils

4.6
213 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 213 people are saying
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1068gary
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always

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Wicker
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, as was the service. Very pleasant and helpful staff.

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NatashaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time pop in.
Julia, the Spanish waitress was so helpful and attentive that the whole experience deserves 5 star rate

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LynseyS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely again

The cauliflower fritters are amazing! I travel all the way for East Lothian for them - buffalo sauce fabulous too!

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lorraines
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food well presented. My only slight negative was that I asked for extra parmesan on my risotto and was told there would be a 50p charge. However overall nothing really to complain about

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Itsmeshell
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, quality of food, good atmosphere and value for money - very impressed and will be back.

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Kewner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous portions..
I was unable to eat a pudding…or have a coffee….
Lovely staff and well worth a visit or 2/3

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CharlotteW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table after looking at the menu online and hadnt checked the location so we we're a bit worried to discover the resturant is based a little way out of the center of Edinburgh but it was well worth making our way over there as the food was fantastic! And it's actually just a quick hop on a bus away. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff very friendly and helpful, we all really enjoyed our overall experience at Basils. We will definitely visit again if we are ever back in Edinburgh!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Offered a table next to kitchen however asked to be moved and this wasn’t a problem. Nice food, nice portions, extremely nice staff. Would use again

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BillyH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink and brilliant service. Will be back

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MaryG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little restaurant in the Newhaven area if Edinburgh. Staff are supper friendly and very helpful. Food is excellent they also do a fabulous brunch/breakfast menu and a great drinks selection Love this place think you would as well

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Flipo
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good restaurant with good food and polite staff. I visited with my daughter and we enjoyed our experience and my daughter has said she will eat there again.

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Iona12
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant in Newhaven, extremely tasty food for amazing value. Staff were attentive and polite. Lovely atmosphere and ambience inside too. Will definitely be back. The crab and chorizo macaroni was insanely good!

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GlennH
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a small informal restaurant, the staff are very friendly and helpful. They ate sticking closely to the Covid rules and have divided the tables with plastic screens. The wines are good and reasonably priced, and the food is delicious. We all chose the Sunday lunch option on this visit, which was an absolute treat.

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DawnB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely brunch at Basils with very helpful and attentive staff.

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JAYNEH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice quiet restaurant with good food at reasonable prices - also caters well for dairy and gluten allergies. Very helpful staff. Enjoyed it so much that went back the following morning for brunch! It’s very near Newhaven harbour and very convenient for the nearby Premier Inn - possibly a bit out of the way otherwise but would recommend.

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JillB
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

10/10 - delicious food, brilliant cocktails and great atmosphere!

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LesleyC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice premises, clean and inviting. Attentive staff when required. Lovely food but disappointed that there was a few items that were unavailable or sold out .

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Fifi19
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My partner would have liked another slice of beef with his sunday roast / couple more roast potato's

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WendyL
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Best rib eye had in a long time. Sticky toffee pudding very light and tasty too. Great asset to Newhaven. Staff friendly and efficient. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Staff were very very pleasant, burger was delicious. Will be back
Thank you 😊

JM
JohnMcg
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. Good food and excellent value. Would definitely recommend basils.

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Aussie131210
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal at Basils and would thoroughly recommend a visit. We had our wee dog with us and it’s child & dog friendly. We were running late, as we did not realise the lower road was closed, we phoned them and they said it was no problem they would hold our table. Excellent customer service from all the team. Thanks

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ShonaB
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Basil’s.Nice relaxed ambience, busy but not noisy.No problem chatting in our group of 5.We had shared starters.Generous servings.Cauliflower fritters were yummy.Main meals were reasonably priced and plenty of choices.All in all a good experience and will go again.

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CarolineP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent and very good value for money. Would definitely go again.

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EmmaA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant I went with a friend on a Tuesday evening and we had a fantastic time. The team were absolutely lovely. Service and atmosphere were spot on and the food was great. I’d highly recommend going.

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CathyD
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Enjoyed the veggie breakfast. Fresh toast with bacon was also good.

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anneMW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was lovely and service was great, a young lady on her own for a while managed so well without panicking and was so polite amazing service

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michaelf
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, lamb burger excellent, great value. Good service and chill atmosphere.

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JamesW
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice meal friendly staff clean venue quite area,

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Donleedeado
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Basil's offers excellent value for money. Many similar establishments charge £14 or £15 for a burger or fish and chips. Its £10 in Basil's and the quality is very good.

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CalumM
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic menu, cauliflower fritters were amazing and the brutalist burger was great! very helpful friendly staff

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anniemac
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad i came across this wee gem. Had a lovely brunch date and our servers couldn't be more helpful without being overbearing. Will definitely be back especially for that French toast 😍

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited here for my aunts 60th Birthday and we were not disappointed. Service was great, food was lovely and the place had a really nice atmosphere. If you go be sure to try the cauliflower in hot sauce and calamari, both delicious!

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AnnieS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and prompt service from staff when required

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Spur of moment decision great choice staff helpful and attentive without being over the top food was lovely cauliflower fritters big enough to be a main course next time might skip starter and try a desert

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Ezra
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly staff, excellent food and generous portions, would definitely recommend and visit again

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Dalesbury
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were very helpful and friendly
Service was very good, checked we had everything without being over enthusiastic.
Excellent food, good portion size and hot. Good menu catered for all of our dietary requirements.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food - the falafel burger was delicious. I asked for lots of changes to my dish, which was done without issue.

Lovely, friendly service.

The sticky toffee pudding was to die for!

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Bill
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, helpful staff. Interesting, varied menu which is reasonably priced. Generous, well presented portions. Eaten in Basils prior to lockdown in the afternoon and never been disappointed. First visit this year, in the evening and standards still high. Will remain on my list of places to go.

FAQs

Basils is rated 4.6 stars by 213 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 reservations at the moment.