Boston >Food & Dining > Thai Basil Restaurant
132 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.351017 -71.076735
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 09:45 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 10:15 PM Saturday From 04:00 PM To 10:15 PM Saturday From 04:00 PM To 09:15 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay East, Back Bay
fast service- because they are rushing you out – This place has an awesome location, great to stop on newbury st. The food was pretty decent thai, nothing spectacular. Ambience- nothing special. The main plus is that it was very cheap ( at least for lunch) and portions are good. But, they wanted to take our order the second we sat down, really annoying because the restaurant was not even close to full yet.
Solid Thai takeout – Having worked in the building above Thai Basil for 5 years, it has become my go-to meal. It's not creative or innovative. It's not fine dining or elegant or atmospheric. But it is consistently good American-Thai food. I have never eaten in the restaurant, but the staff with whom I order & pick up from are always polite and VERY fast. I don't usually wait more than 10 minutes from calling an order in to pick it up.
The dishes I've enjoyed most are: Spring Rolls; Fresh Basil Rolls; Chicken Satay; any of the soups or salads; Pad Thai; Yellow, Red or Green Curry. It's fairly inexpensive for this street and filling. They have excellent (& cheap) lunch specials for those who work in the area. I recommend it for those looking for a tasty & casual meal. In fact, I think I'll bring home some tonight for dinner!
Terrible Service – The food was okay while the service was terrible. Some of the servers had attitude. Not only they didn't greet their customers, they didn't even put a smile on their face. One waitress was yelling at me, "do you want anything else?" while I was in a conversation with my friends. How rude! Honestly, I didn't expect "great" service from them when I decided to dine there. But I didn't think it would be this bad.
Solid Thai fare along Boston's busiest thoroughfare. – The Scene
The sleek look (lots of black lacquer, mirrors, a black tile floor, Thai decorative objects kept minimal) suits this middlebrow part of Newbury nicely, though the long, narrow garden-level space tends to get very noisy as soon as one patron raises his voice and everyone else speaks up to be heard. Parties of at least six can reserve the bamboo-mat rooms with classic low tables.
Noon or evening, start with a heavenly rendition of chicken coconut soup seasoned with galangal, lime juice and hot chilies. This is the best version of this soup we've tried, but the rest of the dishes, while uniformly good and accurately rated for spiciness on a scale of one to three chilies, don't quite match it.
What I Miss Most – When I lived in Boston, I used to go to Thai Basil once a week. Either eat in or take out. The staff is wonderful (Nit is so sweet), they remember me even thought I have moved away and only go when I am in town (it is the only place I HAVE to go to when I return to Boston. The Tom Yum Chicken Soup is to die for; I haven't found any better in my new home of Chicago and beleive me I have tried. For me it is the one I measure all other Thai restaurants against.
good food – i love thai food here. all waitress and waiter are very nice too.
over thought! – I try thai food for many years. Only the best one in here is very excellence with the spicy seafood madness and seafood madras. Making my friend get excited with the price. It's very good! spicy food.
Karen – I went with friends for lunch....We loved it! So that weekend I had a a wonderful dinner there with my husband... Food and Service were great!! Thai beer and desserts were good too!! We had money left to do other things...Will be a repeat Diner.....
Good food, good service – We stopped by this pleasant Thai restaurant on Newbury Street for a quick meal a few days ago. We found the staff to be friendly and the service to be timely and accurate. The fresh spring rolls were good, followed by an above average pad thai and red curry. There's nothing amazing about this restaurant, but if you're looking for good food and good service, this definitely fits the bill!
Great take out – This restaurant may not be fashionable or even very welcoming, but it offers great tasting thai food for a very affordable price. The spicy tofu is simply amazing. The chicken coconut soup offers a mix of sweet and spicy flavors. The curries are very good as well. Service is not always great, so I would recommend ordering by phone and enjoying these tasty dishes in the comfort of your home.
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