About

Founded by Raif Antar in 2005, after moving to Charlottesville, VA from the Washington DC area, Basil presents an enticing culinary experience, reflecting the rich regional diversity of the Mediterranean. We are proud to share our culinary philosophy, which advises us to slow down from our hectic lives and enjoy thoughtful, masterfully produced food with like-minded people. Food is about creating harmony with the ingredients. We hope every dish tells you a story about the region.

France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain & Turkey. All under one roof.

WINE BAR

With its bold colors, contemporary design and insatiable energy, Basil’s wine bar is a vibrant and popular gathering spot. Guests can linger in the 12-seat lounge or at the 12-seat bar and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail, a glass of Mediterranean wine or a beer from our exclusive European beer list.

Our wine list features the best offerings from Greece and the Levant, the same regions that inspire our food. You will notice some varietals unique to these regions, and less well-known in the U.S., as well as some well-known international varietals. To encourage you to try a grape with which you might be less familiar, each selection includes a brief overview of the general characteristics of the grape, the region, or the producer. Enjoy your wine!

OUR BEERS

We carry an exclusive Mediterranean-European beer list, from Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria and Belgium. The goal of our beer list is to enhance peoples’ lives via the unmatched aromas and flavors found in great beer. Basil’s selling proposition is to educate the consumer and arouse curiosity as to the differences among the classic beer styles. Our Customer — Persons who recognize and enjoy beer as a high-quality food product. Cheers!

PATIO DINING

Basil’s patio offers seating for 24 guests to enjoy an al fresco dining experience. Relax with a premium espresso or Turkish coffee and tempting dessert, or savor an artisan pasta or bowl of soup while the excitement of the University of Virginia’s “Corner” surrounds you.

PARKING VALIDATION

14th Street Parking Garage on Wertland and 14th

DELIVERY SERVICE

6-mile Radius

$15.00 Minimum

Voted “Best Delivery in Charlottesville” by Best of CVILLE for nine consecutive years!

(2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Click Here to view our Delivery Menu.

CATERING SERVICE

Basil Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar is also dedicated to creating a superb dining experience off-site. We can help you plan the perfect event with custom menu selections. We offer various options for all types of events and can accommodate groups of all sizes. Please call 434-977-5700 or contact us today to discuss your catering needs.

  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Wedding Showers
  • Baby Showers
  • Bris Receptions
  • Corporate Parties
  • Birthday
  • Reunions
  • Holidays
  • Graduations
  • Anniversaries
  • Engagement Parties
  • any event!

PRIVATE EVENTS

Basil specializes in Private Parties, Corporate and Press Events, Weddings and other celebrations for groups from 12 to 75. We feature 2 private event spaces perfect for any occasion, as well as the option to book the entire restaurant. Menus range from Mezza and cocktails to our signature shared menus for seated dinners. For more information on our diverse private dining and event options, please contact our Events Team at 434-977-5700 or contact us today.