Basil Cafe Restaurant

413 Lake Ave, St James, NY 11780, USA

About Basil Cafe Restaurant

4.8 / 5 from reviews

Basil Cafe Restaurant opened in 2017, but our story goes back further than that. We started out as a tiny cafe and had famous dishes that earned us a household name in the North Shore area. Our saffron chicken and Soltani kebabs were called "hidden gems."

Our chef, Ray Akhlaghi, purchased our present location and added lots of improvements to what was previously known as the St. James Zar Cafe. Ever since then, we've been preparing tremendous Persian-Mediterranean food to our guests who keep coming back for more.

Our Address
413 Lake Ave, St James, NY 11780, USA

Ed C
November 16, 2020

I’m not a big Persian food person. But this was very good. Filling and tasty, there was a love in the food that you don’t get everywhere. We got our entrees “jeweled” which I highly recommend. Everything tasted homemade and the menu was very diverse. To have rice as a side dish sounded underwhelming, but it was INCREDIBLE. We will DEFINITELY be going back. This place is amazing!

pd speh
February 22, 2021

Get the ground chicken skewer! Beautiful quaint friendly romantic gem in the middle of St James. Highly recommend for a 1st date. Bring a nice bottle of eine with you as its BYOB.

Sonia Vergara-Lucenti
February 07, 2021

Omg!! We went yesterday for the first time and it was wonderful. I totally loved the experience. We went to celebrate our anniversary and that my sister is in town. The owner Aria she is very nice and she provides an excellent service. Actually since she knew it was our anniversary after we ordered cake, she wrote happpy anniversary for us. I strongly recommend this place to everyone who wants to have a romantic and very warm dinner at a great and friendly atmosphere

Mike greene
November 26, 2020

Basil is absolutely the greatest gem in St James. The food is amazing and perfect everytime. And there is definitely something for everyone to like. The owners greet you as soon as you get there and are so nice and friendly its honestly refreshing to go to dinner and be served and welcomed like your eating dinner at their dinning room!!!! I would recommend everyone go there and make reservations too!!!

Navid Vafaei
November 17, 2020

Really wonderful cozy atmosphere and great food. BYOB pro tip: the liquor store just down the street will give you a discount if you tell them you are going to Basil. Highly recommended for all tastes and occasions.

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