Basilico

4.6
1422 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Basilico Restaurant, located in Millburn, New Jersey was established by owner Mario De Marco , formerly of Sergio's, also in Millburn. Graduate of the Hotel Management School in Alassio, Italy. From Italy, he brought his original and authentic Italian cuisine to Millburn.

Basilico has a definite New York look and feel, which reflects in our food items. We use the best of ingredients. "Casual and chic" is how we have been described by reviewers. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and energetic. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of hospitality, remembering that you are the guest, and it is our ultimate goal for you to leave thoroughly satisfied. Special requests can be accommodated.
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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Diner123
New York Area
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal and service. Great portions and options.

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SonyaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Basilico!!!! Our favorite restaurant!!! Always a treat to go there.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the area, always a great meal. Never ever a bad experience.

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vipPeterH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another superb meal!!! Manager William and the entire floor staff always do a great job.
There are so many items to choose from on the diverse menu of meats, fish and seafood items, as well as appetizers, salads and oh of course, the deserts, it is often difficult to choose what to enjoy.
Just because the place has an Italian name does not mean dining on Italian foods!!!
We have NEVER been disappointed with anything we have eaten.
THIS IS WHY WE HAVE DINED HERE REGULARLY FOR MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS

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JaneG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have dined at Basilico several times a year for many years. The food and service are consistently excellent. They have a nice selection of specials that are different each time along with a varied regular menu. They serve some wine but I prefer to bring my own. My only complaint is that it can be loud when the restaurant is full. But not so loud that you cannot have a conversation. I would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual

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vipSadie
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico's food is delicious and beautifully presented.
The pastry chef is an artist who creates delicious and beautiful desserts.

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NewYorkDesigner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I’m a fan of this place, 2 out of 3 of us had the evening specials (swordfish and lamb) which were quite good but pricey (cost not disclosed upfront). The service was very good. My 2nd time here and would recommend to others. The only minor hiccup was the bread in the bread basket came to the table frozen solid in the center.

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vipPeterH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!!! The menu is so diverse with so many choices, it's hard to decide what to eat.
That's why Basilicos has been or favorite place to dine for more than a dozen years.

JD
vipJD64
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been a big fan for many years. Delivers on every level . Be sure to check for specials as those can be literally special.

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KCar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Ordered chicken parm. While I received an ample portion it was very overcooked and dry. The noise level was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation at our table.

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vipTerryB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Thought it was way to crowded and the service was disappointing. Waiter and Bus Boy were more interested in hanging on the stairs chatting to each other then cleaning plates away. When our dinner came they had to rush to remove our appetizer plates. Not very attentive at all.

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vipSadie
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico is one of our favorite restaurants, we always look forward to dining here.
The food is always on point, delicious and nicely presented. The pastry chef is an artist, her deserts are delicious and beautifully presented.
We love the staff, they are so welcoming and friendly.

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vipPeterH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every diner we've had through the years has been a total treat regardless of what we dined on. Great service, creative AND delicious foods, very reasonable prices and of course desserts like no other place has
That is why it has been our favorite place to dine for so long and we dine here regularly.

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TheodoreY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience

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LonnyF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The restaurant is nice and small and has outdoor seating as well. Our appetizers and salad were good. The chicken parm was very good however the scallop and shrimp dinner was very overpriced for 3 shrimp and 2 scallops. Very disappointing. The food was good yet I was still hungry when I left. Would not go back more would I recommend.

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vipSadie
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were so happy to dine at Basilico on their reopening after being devastated by the tropiclal storm.
The food was delicious as always.

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KarinaL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is a classic Italian restaurant with those older experienced waiters who do everything right, even twice lol. The food is excellent but the place could need an update in decor, thus the four stars not the five star rating

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vipSadie
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico's food is always delicious. The specials really are specials. My husband thinks that the Blue Point Oysters at Basilico are the best he's ever eaten.

Desserts are wonderful and unique. The pastry chef is a master.

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vipGeneM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I found this gem last year and returned to enjoy a special occasion with people. Little things made it an unappealing experience. The attention to detail, courteousness, and appreciation for being a customer that made this such a great find last year were missing. it was almost like they were doing us a favor seating and serving us. Elements of the food were excellent, other fell short ( Pasta and freezer burned Ice Cream). What a shame!

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KimE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration

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DianeR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything about Basilico.

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vipGauravS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and beautiful outdoor seatings. Service was also great

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vipMaplewood
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!

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Scrappy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food,lots of specials and lovely outdoor space.

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vipBT13
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary. We dined on scrumptious food, we were not rushed. Our server was impeccable. We had an amazing evening

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vipPeterH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basilico's is one of our favorite place to dine for many years, and for good reason!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch with friends.

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vipBobR
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The clam appetizer was excellent. Could have put the clams over pasta as an entree. Shrimp scampi entree was very good. The shrimp and lobster entree was good, but a little scarce on the lobster. Dessert of chocolate souffle a bit dry.

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GiselE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

So I decided to try Basilico with my Hubby for his bday. Hubby loves Italian food and he cooks delicious so I was a bit nervous to go here at first. I made reservations for 7pm and we got there 30 minutes before, they were able to do a early check-in. It was a bit loud but didn't matter. The food was good but the service was great ! They were very attentive and very nice. The people that sat next to us were so nice they even suggest a couple of things from the menu. We have a couple to the right, who been coming to the restaurant for over 20 yrs and the couple to the left said they been coming over 10 years. That says a lot about the restaurant. We did not bring our own wine, we end up buying a bottle there. I am very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. I will definitely go back.

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bcbuddha
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service and we love coming here. Deserts are awesome too! Recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Disappointed
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends had never been to Basilico before and they all really liked it. I'm sure we will make it a favorite spot for lunch.

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Carmarche
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated promptly despite making a last minute change in our seating preference. Wait staff were attentive and prompt. Our food was served quickly, plated tastefully and delicious. We opted for desserts which were also beautifully served. Despite a 545 pm week day reservation, the restaurant was buzzing. My dining partner was impressed and very happy I chose Basilico. It is expensive even for pasta dishes. Great experience and would return.

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I thought the food was ok but not as good as in the past

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82Ndchef
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice Italian food with an airy atmosphere and good service.

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vipSadie
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, my appetizer, stuffed zucchini flowers was so good.

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ddimac
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance. Food was very good. Good value for what you pay for.

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Dawn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great options for all 4 members of our party with varied dietary needs. All were delicious.

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vipKarenJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is al eats consistently wonderful and the servers are the best ever! Love Love love this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

I searched for a restaurant that was renowned for being a top-rated establishment, with a romantic setting. I was celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife, so it needed to be special.

Basilico was a popular recommendation, almost can’t miss, so that was our choice. Nice atmosphere, with open windows and plenty of space; very Covid-friendly. Our waiter looked a bit out of place and was very unfamiliar with the menu. We found out later this was his first day. However, I made it very simple for him since my wife and I wanted the same thing. We ordered the scallops. When our food arrived, our plates did indeed have scallops, but also shrimp, which I am allergic to. As such, we informed the waiter, and he acknowledged it was his error. Apparently, there was another item on the menu which featured both scallops and shrimp, which confused the waiter, causing him to enter the wrong item on the ordering screen. Mistakes happen, we were frustrated, but waited patiently for them to correct their mistake, and provide us with what we ordered.

After another 20 minutes or so, the food arrives. Mine was correct, but my wife received the same incorrect meal as before. They asked for a third opportunity to correct their mistake, but it was our anniversary, and we couldn’t wait another 20-30 minutes for them to fix yet another error. It was unfortunate, since my scallop dish was amazing, but my wife “settled” for the scallop/shrimp dish that she didn’t order, although she left half of it and ended up sharing some of mine. The damage was done. We had no choice but consider the night out disappointing.

To cap it off, the establishment, although mildly sympathetic, did not make it right by deducting anything from the bill. We were charged full price, which really upped the disappointment. Yes, we were actually charged for a meal they got wrong!

A 25th anniversary comes along once, and I am very disappointed with how we were treated. Will not be returning.

FAQs

Basilico does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Basilico also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 379-7020.

Basilico is rated 4.6 stars by 1422 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.