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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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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 34
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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
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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
True French Bistro on Balboa Island

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
JandLfromNY
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NY
Good for:
  • Romantic
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49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
NY
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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Orange County, CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Been here several times. Yesterday I had the best filet mignon I've EVER had, including some very fancy restaurants. The duck was also quite good, and just complex enough to set it apart from others we've experienced. The only down side was the onion soup, good in itself but why do restaurants serve it so hot it can't be eaten... More 

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San Diego, California
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319 reviews 319 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
413 helpful votes 413 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Basilic continues year after year to offer delicious Swiss/French fare. Only about eight or so tables make up the dining room, so walk-ins without reservations may at times find the restaurant full. Operated by the owner couple, one is assured consistent quality from one visit to next. From French onion soup for a starter over our entrées to apple tarts... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is one of the best and finest Swiss Restaurant ever ! Seating is limited.It is better to make a reservation ahead of time. The Chef and Owner Bernard is fabulous. If you like cheese Try Raclette itis a typical Swiss Dish for the wintertime. Love it ! Very special place! Romantic!!

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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 0 - 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?