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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
831-626-8226
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine

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  • 169
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  • 76
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A very enjoyable organic restaurant

We came across this restaurant by chance just after we had arrived in Carmel and were very pleasantly surprised. It has a varied menu and the food was all well presented and cooked. The waiter was attentive and chatty. Only thing that I think could be improved was the price of the wine. For a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
tonyjames4040
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We came across this restaurant by chance just after we had arrived in Carmel and were very pleasantly surprised. It has a varied menu and the food was all well presented and cooked. The waiter was attentive and chatty. Only thing that I think could be improved was the price of the wine. For a medium priced restaurant to be... More 

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Point Richmond, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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

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

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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Midwest
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Aptos
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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (Ocean & 7th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831-626-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?