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Basilic Restaurant

$$$$
French, Swiss, European
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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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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 12
    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
Fun dining experience

This is a tiny restaurant so make a reservation. I called 10 days ahead and only a 5:30 or 8:00 time was available. There were four of us and it was fun to share the cheese platter and taste each other's main courses. The grouper was the star of the meal and the salmon and John Dory coming in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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  • Romantic
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English first
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a tiny restaurant so make a reservation. I called 10 days ahead and only a 5:30 or 8:00 time was available. There were four of us and it was fun to share the cheese platter and taste each other's main courses. The grouper was the star of the meal and the salmon and John Dory coming in second,... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very good local food. Small intimate quaint restaurant. Owners provide cooking and service. No air conditioning, little warm on a hot night. Food is consistently good.

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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is Newport's best kept secret. Whenever I have special visitors or celebrating a Birthday, Basilic it my first choice. It has such a European atmosphere serving the best food around. The only drawback is getting a reservation... Well worth every penny.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My wife surprised me with a dinner at Basilic on Balboa Island. An early 5:30 dinner after work. We lucked out and found a parking spot almost in front of this 8 table gem. Plan on looking for a parking spot. We were the first of their 5:30 seating. Wine only but a had a nice French red and my... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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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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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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103 reviews
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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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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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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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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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, European

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?