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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 182
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Good food with a gourmet flair, but not fantastic.

I selected the restaurant based on its high ratings. It was good, the food was presented very nicely, almost looking like a magazine cover. Like most restaurants these days, they seemed short staffed, and though the waiter was very friendly, he was totally overwhelmed, I even observed him placing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2012
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North Hollywood
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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North Hollywood
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I selected the restaurant based on its high ratings. It was good, the food was presented very nicely, almost looking like a magazine cover. Like most restaurants these days, they seemed short staffed, and though the waiter was very friendly, he was totally overwhelmed, I even observed him placing the wrong appetizers on the adjacent table. The service was slow,... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My girlfriend and i went twice in three days to have dinner there, It is amazing for a "well-to-do" place as Carmel and surroundings, how average the food is...Basil is one of the exceptions, this is truly a very well tuned little eatery, with great prices, great food and great service, the Italian fares are done with a nice twist... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Excellent food and good service. Adequate portions and a right price for this all. Take the apfelstrudel fr desert

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SanFrancisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Great place, real foodie worthy. This is a bit off the beaten path, small and casual. The menu is tough because everything looks delicious.There are soups, salads, fresh fish(very), short ribs or a hamburger with carmelized onions and a bit of blue cheese, with a fabulous bun. I had the burger, I only get a burger a few times a... More 

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new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Found this little gem on a side street off of Ocean Avenue. The menu is not huge but focuses on what is available and there were some really great choices. For the 1st time I tried Beef Carpaccio (Meyer Lemon dressing, parmesan shavings) MAGNIFICENT !!!! Basil iced tea and a cobbler with some local berries which I had never heard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Sat outside for lunch. Beautiful place with great relaxed atmosphere. The meat balls starter was very good. Veggie pasta was excellent. Beet salad was just ok, too small. Had great wine with it for a very reasonable price. Food was priced very reasonably as well. Would definitey come back. Service was truely excellent.

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Encinitas, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Enjoyed our first experience at Basil on a Thursday evening in September. Service from our waitress Cat was excellent. The menu has a limited range of choices but they cover meat, fish, pasta, vetaterian; all offered with interesting combinations of sauces and sides. Limited choices with great results is of course better than pages of selections and average resuslts. I... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I visited the restaurant with a group of four and we had made reservations. The restaurant is pretty small (even the patio) but charming and comfortable. We started out with the lamb meatballs and they were excellent. And the two wines we picked out were very good. I ordered the Duck Wrapped Chicken and the chicken was tender, although the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We visited Carmel for just 1 night while on our honeymoon and had read that the food in the area was very touristy and not very good, so imagine our joy when we found Basil and had an absolutely superb meal! The waiting staff very very friendly, warm and sincere and the food was top notch - very very good... More 

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Lodi, Ca
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

We went to Basil with good friends and had a wonderful experience. The waitstaff especially Catherine(Cat for short)was efficient, fun, informative and patient . The food was excellent - steak for three and a wonderful salmon for me. The oalaberry dessert was excellent. Entree prices were very fair but the wine list seemed a bit out of sync with the... 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?