Basil's Charleston location continues the work of the flagship North Carolina location, showcasing tasty Thai to visitors of the city's Historic ... More
Basil's Charleston location continues the work of the flagship North Carolina location, showcasing tasty Thai to visitors of the city's Historic Downtown district. Basil's menu will be familiar to Thai aficionados although a few standouts such as the Basil Duck and Pad Thai keep locals coming back regularly. There are a number of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes on offer, although there's an informal consensus that the meat dishes are the main attraction. Speaking of attractions, the glass-walled kitchen allows you to see the Thai cook brigade creating your meal before your eyes. The price is a bit higher than your typical hole-in-the-wall Thai joint, although the availability of more exotic fare, and authentic fare at that, in Charleston comes with a premium. A reliable option in a convenient location, Basil Thai is still one of the most recommended Asian options in the area.
Met with a good friend here recently and ordered my favorite Pad Thai, as usual the staff are very friendly and couteous, we were well attended too the whole time, the food came very nice and quick. I only have nice thing to say about this restaurant I must say one of my favorite dine in places here in Downtown Charleston, SC. Can't wait for my next visit!
Basil has smaller portions but very rich in flavor. The soups are excellent and the service is very good. They gave your your space but were always there when you needed them. One of the finest thai restaurants in town.
Thai cusine lovers beware. If you seek out Thai cusine, or cook it at home, this place is likely to rate as 'just above average' at best. The tables are crowded, and you will be forced to be involved in conversation being had at every table in the place. The cashew chicken was tasty. The Crispy Red Curry Duck was TERRIBLE! It was as if they cooked it in the morning and it sat under a heat lamp until someone ordered it. For one of the 'chef specialities' and one of the most expensive dishes on the menu, it was soggy, fatty, and tasteless. We've had better duck from the local Chinese corner take out place. Overall, it was ok, but we'll find every other Thai place in the city before returning. It is not worth the wait or the price. On a side note, our waiter was very nice; however, he was very quick to take our orders, but very slow to deliver a second beer or more rice.
Basil is my first stop when I fly into Charleston. LOVE LOVE LOVE both the Chicken Prik King & the Basil rolls. Pair it with the Jasmine hot tea & I'm in heaven. My favorite place to sit is at the counter seating to watch the cooks or, of course, outside. The noise level can be loud but it's such a small trade-off for quality food that is consistently well made & served by professionals.
My fiance and I ate here on a Sunday evening and we immensely enjoyed it. It is definitely on the pricey side though. I had the Basil with Tofu while my fiance had the Green Curry with Tofu, and our total bill came to about 40 dollars. We didn't have any drinks with that. Other people have complained about the noise level in here and it is definitely loud. It is a skinny building and the sound echoes up front. If this is an issue for you, request a table towards the back because it seems quieter there, or sit outside. The service was good, the place is well kept. This place is now our favorite Thai place in Charleston!
Basil is one my most favorite restaurants in Charleston. Every time I have gone there the food has been consistently excellent and service just as wonderful. They do serve you fast, but the food is hot and always good.
One reviewer wrote that it's impossible to a conversation while they are trying to turn your table. I've been to this restaurant over 20 times and have never had that problem. It's difficult to have a conversation at times here, but it's more because when it's full it's hard to hear your companions. However, the food is so good, you'll be too busy eating to care. Now that they have the outside seating (when weather permits) if you get there when they open you can sit out there and avoid that problem.
My favorite is the Prik King, though be ware if you don't like spicy as I think it's the spiciest thing on their menu. If you don't like spicy there's the Pad Thai you will enjoy. Follow it up with some Fried Green Tea Ice Cream drizzled with raspberry sauce and you'll walk away in heaven.
*Wanted to add, if your wait seems long, it is still worth it. The hostess will take your cell phone number and you are welcome to walk down to AC's Bar across the street or Charleston Beer Works a few doors down and have a beverage & play some pool while you wait for your table. Now that Charleston is smoke free, these are excellent options while you wait for your table.
Very busy and a little snobby. The food has declined as the prices climb. I still would not turn down the prik king or any basil dish. The green curry is nice. Prepare to have your server bug you until they can turn your table - not a place to have a conversation as you dine. For slower paced Thai on King St (without the fashion show), try Little Thai Too.
i feel like people in charleston have never had good thai food. the food is descent but there's no need for the incredible wait you will surely hit any night of the week. the service was good and the food too but i wouldn't rate it as a favorite. the curry is yummy though, worth checking out if the wait isn't too bad.