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Basil

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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 - 10:30 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: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 190
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Great little place!

We sat at a table inside the restaurant which is small, so be prepared to be close to your neighbors. We enjoyed conversation with the couple next to us. The menu is selective and seasonal which was very nice. The salads my husband and I ordered prior to the main course were plentiful - we could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
SunnyDee16
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El Dorado Hills, California
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
El Dorado Hills, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We sat at a table inside the restaurant which is small, so be prepared to be close to your neighbors. We enjoyed conversation with the couple next to us. The menu is selective and seasonal which was very nice. The salads my husband and I ordered prior to the main course were plentiful - we could have shared. The main... More 

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San Jose, California
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Quiet dinner spot with good food and thoughtful service. I had the scallops, my husband had the quail and pot pie. Both meals were served in reasonable portions so that we could eat everything and still have room for a delicious dessert and wine. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation.

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Seaside, California
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Wonderful, seasonal food and great service. Highly recommend the roast chicken which takes 30 minutes, but is worth the wait. The English pea ravioli is also wonderful. Good service and great patio.

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were in Carmel as two couples on a kid-free getaway. Basil was our first restaurant stop of the week, and it was by far the best. Farm to table foods, creative cocktails, excellent service. I should have eaten lunch & dinner here every day, all week. Fresh, perfectly cooked & seasoned food, beautifully served.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We have arrived at 3 pm in Carmel and most of restaurants were closed. Basil was open and they have served a good food. If you are hungry ask for an entree since the dishes are not served with a lot of food.

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Western New York State
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The chef here is committed to "farm to fork" food, and it shows! We had the carrot soup, which tasted like its ingredients were growing in the ground one hour before. It was delicious and fresh beyond belief. We also had a salad with blue cheese, mandarin oranges and nuts- super fresh, and the gnocchi with olives and root vegetables... More 

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Nara, Japan
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Unpretentious, not so pricey, yet really fresh and original, this is one of the nicest restaurants I've discovered in the past few years of orbiting the globe. The chef has a real gift for doing something fresh with Italian food--whether it's the sensational green pea ravioli, or the squid ink linguine or his gnocchi. The portions are perfectly sized, the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I was dying to eat at Basil after reading reviews on many food forums and it did not disappoint. I went for lunch and sat outside with my dog on the lovely terrace. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. Like many restaurants in Carmel their menus skews Italian, but they had a number of salad, fish and other options. Wanting... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The food is to die for! Staff is great and the chef, Soerke is friendly and on hand. Lamb meatballs are to die for. Also a great wine list.

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Santa Monica, California
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The location is not great and for a moment it distracted us from the meal. But fortunately the food was very good. Salmon, meat and black fettuccine frutti di mare, were the three dishes we ordered. All very tasty with a very attentive staff. I highly recommend Basil.

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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: American

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?