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Basilic Restaurant

217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662-1288
949-673-0570
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Ranked #22 of 393 restaurants in Newport Beach
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: French, Swiss
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Germantown, Tennessee
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68 reviews 68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I stumbled upon Basilic by accident and was glad I did. Each person in my party thought their food was outstanding. There are only about seven tables so this would be great for a business meal or intimate dinner. I will definitely return.

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Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had heard about Basilic but assumed that due to the small size we would never get it. One evening when strolling on Balboa Island we passed the restaurant and asked the owner / chef if he could accommodate us. He did and the experience was memorable. Food was exceptional, wines were very reasonably priced and the service was quite... More

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Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I read reviews on tripadvisor and assumed this was far from a tourist trap and quite special. Yes, it is a bit small and just a little cramped, but it does feel like something authentic out of France or Switzerland -- at least in my imagination. We had reservations and arrived early but our table was ready and hostess (maybe... More

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76 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and we never would have found it otherwise. It's located in the little hamlet of Balboa beach and it is like walking into a French tavern from the past. The small dining area is quant and the staff so friendly. We all ordered from the special menu and had the monkfish, beef and... More

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51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I actually lived 5 years in Switzerland and the style of cooking is pretty Americanized and has almost nothing to do with real Swiss style. The quality is ok but my pepper steak was not boosting my sences and was not served as ordered. The restaurant is cozy but the space you get for a table with 10 is very... More

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Pensacola, Florida, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you're in Newport Beach with all the Lamborghini's, MB's and Bentley's, you expect it's going to cost you to eat. Basilic does not go against the grain as to costs, but they do provide an intimate (7 tables max) setting and superb food. Call ahead to have them prepared to cork your bottle, otherwise the wine list runs to... More

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Petoskey, Michigan
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137 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We made reservations well in advance for a party of five on a Saturday night and were thoroughly delighted with the food and service. The duck was fabulous, as was the bouillabaisse. One of our party had the evening special, which was a filet mignon and it was really tasty. We also sampled the raclete and bunderfleish as starters and... More

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Newport Beach, California
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240 reviews 240 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
872 helpful votes 872 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We are frequent diners at Basilic as we live just a few miles away in Newport Beach. Last night, we had dinner again with a friend who had never been, and we all agreed this is some of the best food in the OC. We reviewed Basilic in 2007 after our first meal here, and we thought we should do... More

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Newport Beach, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You must try Basilic. There are only 7 tables and the owner is the chef and his wife the server. Food is Swiss/French. Beyond delicious. All organic and fresh seasonal ingredients. You will love it!

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Irvine, CA
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317 reviews 317 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Basilic does not fit the norms of Newport Beach. It's small, crowded and has a limited menu. I had the fish special (halibut the day I was there) and was generally pleased.

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