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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
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Ranked #24 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ocean & 7th
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English first
Point Richmond, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Looking for an afternoon spot to grab a snack and a nice bottle of wine...Basil hit the mark! Our server, Catherine, was amazing... made great recommendations and was attentive and excellent. This is a place we will not miss each time we visit Carmel...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The title of this review pretty much sums it up. This was a "WOW" experience from start to finish. The ambience was lovely, albeit, a little bit noisy when we arrived. The inside dining area is small, and has a very bistro feel to it. Our server, Cat, was a delight. She was warm and fun, and spent just the... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The food was gorgeous, the best pate I have had, followed by petrole sole and a glass of pinot noir. Service was excellent, great ambience in the restaurant.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited this restaurant because it was promoted as organic. We were not disappointed. The server, Jesse, was excellent providing attentive, but not overbearing service. We sat outside next to a gas heater to keep the slight winter chill away. We both had broccolini soup to start, flavorful and nicely presented with generous amount of crusty bread.My salad included pears,... More 

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San Jose
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We ate lunch at Basil in Carmel for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised at how good the food is. The wife had scallops with prosciutto and I had linguine with squid ink, squid and sea urchin sauce. Very delicious! This is a rather small restaurant, off to the side from the main street, and very casual and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Local recommended as a vegan-friendly high quality farm-to-table foods dining experience. Waitress informed us that everything is locally grown and all items, including sausages and mustard, are made in house. We wanted a LIGHT MEAL. So, friend ordered the house Soup and I had Roasted Beet Salad -- both were relatively standard. We also had a side order of the... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

So, I have been going to Carmel, at least once every year, for many years, and this year my family and I drove down for a few days right before New Years. I believe I have tried most of the good restaurants in the area, and we usually visit our mainstays as a matter of tradition. This year we decided... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We discovered Basil when it was still a newbie in this quaint town filled with so many choices for dining. We have been so consistently pleased with the seasonal menu, fresh, creative, and delicious local ingredients, The staff is the best...Ashley and Dennis are our favorites, being so knowledgeable, attentive, and fun. We even have our favorite table, that we... More 

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San Jose, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We were on a mission in Carmel to walk through every little court in town. Since there are so many, when we finished, we were famished, and a friend who owns a local store said the food was very good here. We had seen the menu, and it was eclectic but interesting, and we decided to try it. We came... More 

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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

A great find! Take a nice walk around Carmel, then have a nice dinner at Basil. Our waitress was excellent - smart, nice, attentive, and extremely knowledgable about the menu. Intimate setting inside, with more room on the patio. There are heaters on the patio. They start you off with tasty warm bread and their signature basil spread. We had... More 

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Additional Information about Basil

Address: San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: 831-626-8226
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Californian

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