March 09, 2011
460 King St. (Downtown)
Lunch on weekdays & Dinner nightly.
Smart decor, great prices, and wonderful traditional Thai dishes. Voted Best Thai/Vietnamese Restaurant by CP readers.
A lot has changed in the Charleston dining world since brothers Henry and Chai Eang opened their original Basil on King Street. Back then, the staple flavors of Thailand — lime, basil, garlic, lemongrass — were a revelation to local diners, who queued up to wait for a table. A decade later, those flavors have gone mainstream, but the pad Thai, crispy red curry duck, fried whole flounder, and the long-standing no-reservations policy keep them lined up on the sidewalk. A sleek, stylish second location in Mt. Pleasant also offers the same piping-hot soups and cool basil-tinged summer rolls that Charlestonians have long enjoyed. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2014)
mrmarx says... Basil really is the best. I know a lot of people come to Charleston to try lowcountry cuisine, but Basil is absolutely delicious. Just good, traditional, Thai food and good prices. I recommend the curry if you can handle the heat. My wife is a traditionalist and always gets the Pad Thai. ★★★★★
kmj1969 says... We went to Basil last Saturday and were not disappointed. I expected a long wait, but we arrived at about 6pm and got the last available table. Our waiter was very nice and attentive and got drinks out to us right away. The food took a little while, but we didn't mind. I ordered the Red Curry and it was fabulous--just the right amount of heat. Although you could tell a wait was forming, I did not feel pressured to leave as soon as the check was delivered. I can't wait for the Mt. Pleasant location to be up and running in fall 2010! We will be back! ★★★★★
foodtraveler says... This would be a five, as the food is awesome (particularly the red curry crispy duck), but if you are here when it is busy, forget about talking to your tablemates (unless, like some, you decide it's okay to scream to make yourself heard). Maybe some interior modifications to reduce the noise would be a good idea? My significant other and I finally gave up trying to talk and just focused on enjoying the food, which, at Basil, is not a bad option, either. But conversation is such an important part of a meal, it's a shame not to be able to communicate without screaming. To be fair, we've been to Basil in the early, early evenings when it was not too loud. 10 p.m. on Saturday - forget about it. ★★★★★