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Basil

San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
831-626-8226
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Ranked #18 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ocean & 7th
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English first
Vancouver, Bc
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

On our 2 week road trip in California, this was one of the highlights. We arrived at 7:15pm to an empty restaurant and were slightly worried but by 7:30pm, the restaurant was full. On the recommendation of our server we had the black squid linguine and roast chicken, both excellent. Corkage was $15. They make killer martini's! The service was... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Passing through Carmel, we were recommended by a local to eat at Basil. On this chilly and rainy evening, I started with the soup, a chicken and kale soup, which warmed the soul. For the main course, I had the fish special, which was caught that day. It was delicious. For dessert I had the flourless chocolate cake with pumpkin... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Our first lunch stop in Carmel. Service a little slow; interesting food selections. All local ingredients which were fresh and wonderful. I had a salad which was wonderful. Quaint setting across from a local wine-tasting stop. Friendly people like eating in your neighborhood. Worth sitting outside when the weather is wonderful.

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Carmel, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The three people at our table had the cauliflower cream soup, the autumn gnocci, the lamb meatballs, the shaved Brussels sprouts salad and the roasted beet salad and all were delicious. We also shared Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Vanilla Sauce and Rum soaked Dried Plums. The cheese cake was light, moist, and tasty and the rum soaked dried plums were... More

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Carmel is a foodie town. This place gets it right. The details are all there, the green vibe, Reidel wine glasses and fresh fresh food. Our waiter,Douglas told us stories about the chef- how the pate was created(delicious) . We sat outside as there were dogs with us-hello,it's Carmel, the warming lamp were turned on and it was very pleasant.... More

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Saratoga, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This was about our 5th visit to Basil for lunch. The food is really outstanding! Delicious flavors and the best ingredients. It's incredibly delcious! I'm not sure why we feel compelled to try other restaurants in Carmel. :)

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fort worth
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Had a light lunch on their patio. Appetizers and soup- all very tasty. Service was very good. Enjoyed it and will return again.

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Stockholm
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Ok, so the food was actually lovely, the chef did a really amazing job. Too bad the service was terrible. First, we never got to order drinks. After 15 minutes (we had already been served light starters and bread) we politely asked for a wine list the waiter seemed offended by this and suddenly became very arrogant. Yet again, he... More

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Monterey, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The restaurant was packed and the service was terrible. The lamb meatballs were amazing though so I won't complain about the food. The place was tiny, expected for Carmel, but I was hoping for a little more ambiance and charm. Instead I was rushed through my appetizers and cocktails because there was another reservation coming in. I was also charged... More

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Kenwood, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We ate at basil the night before New Years eve and were so impressed we canceled our reservation at another restaurant and booked the early sitting for the prix fixe dinner on New Years eve. Best change of plans ever. Four courses of delight! Wine pairing is available also but we didn't indulge. This is actually the first green certified... More

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