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

July 18, 2021

Amazing food. Randomly tried it on Friday and I've had it 3 days in a row since. Def going to be a regular here. Highly recommend!!

Darius Sorbi
August 10, 2021

Food and service average. Portions significantly smaller than comparable Persian restaurants. Menu also very limited compared to other Persian restaurants.A definite and simple improvement would be to eliminate the small table practically next to the rest room with the view of the inside of the rest room every time the door opens!

Juliana Varona
June 24, 2021

This place is a gem. We drive 45 minutes just to eat here! This has to be one of the best restaurants I’ve found in all of NY!

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.

John Barca
August 10, 2021

We ate out on the patio, beautiful night, wait staff was very helpful. Had a delicious meal and a very nice evening.

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