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Basilic Restaurant

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217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662-1288
949-673-0570
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quaint spot with great food and wine

Balboa Island has a quaint area full of small boutiques and restaurants. I found Basilic after a few searches online and was interested in the Swiss/French blend of cuisine. It had a cute look from the outside, covered in vines, and the interior had no more than a handful of tables for seating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island has a quaint area full of small boutiques and restaurants. I found Basilic after a few searches online and was interested in the Swiss/French blend of cuisine. It had a cute look from the outside, covered in vines, and the interior had no more than a handful of tables for seating. For food and drink, I chose the... More 

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New York City, New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A romantic spot with excellent service and truly authentic food. The dinner was transporting exerience and I cant speak highly enough of it.

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Orange, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The last time we ate there was right before foie gras was banned in 2012. We had such good times and good food. Just came back tonight with some friends to taste foie gras and boy, were we disappointed. Seared foie gras in strawberry was NOT fresh and had a bitter taste. The dish was served in a hollow plate... More 

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NY
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86 reviews 86 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This charming place is the Real Deal with authentic, yet innovative twists on traditional French bistro cuisine. It is a small resto with a delightful ambience . Be sure to book in advance. The staff is knowledgable regarding the menu options and wine list. The wines showcase French choices with many very affordable bottles including some unusual and unique wines.... More 

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Newport Beach, CA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A Swiss friend brought us to Basilic the first time. He loves it and so do we. This is a tiny intimate restaurant with really good food. Hint- they serve raclette in the winter.

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Southern California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had dinner with three friends recently. We loved the appetizers and the French onion soup was terrific. The main courses were hit or miss. Two of my friends had veal and raved about it. I had the filet and it was very average. The other person in our party had a seafood dish and didn't say much about it. So... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Cozy, traditional, charming place on Balboa Island. Step inside and you'll feel as if you've left So Cal for a long established, quaint, tiny European restaurant. Top notch food, great attentive service. There are many good reasons this place has flourished for many years, all readily apparent after your first meal. By far the best food on the island.

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Louisiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

This charming, tiny (only about 8 tables), very European restaurant was our total fave in Newport Beach. We shared the raclette cheese appetizer. My coq a vin was fantastic. My husband had the fish special and loved it. We shared a chocolate meringue dessert. Every little detail was perfect. Attentive service. Cozy and romantic atmosphere. Small but very appealing menu

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Laguna Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a wonderful, intimate evening spot for a beautiful french meal. Wonderful classics like Blanquette de Veau and Coq Au Vin as well as great steaks, and lamb chops. The pate was amazing, service was very attentive, and for my birthday night with the family is was the perfect celebration.

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San Francisco, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Four of us dined here and were more than pleased with our experience. Started with raclette for the table, followed by blue crab appetizer, heirloom tomato salad, and house green salad. All were fresh and tasty. For entrees, we ordered coq au vin, duck, corvina bass, and filet mignonette. We shared 2 desserts, the tart tartin and chocolate pecan pie.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662-1288
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-673-0570

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 80
  • Cuisine: French, Swiss

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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