I went to Basil on the recommendation of a friend, but after visiting, I can only imagine that anybody who would recommend this restaurant must have visited in the summer. That is because it is EXCEPTIONALLY COLD NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE RESTAURANT. You WILL be uncomfortable if you come here.
The indoor seating area is very limited (approximately 10 tables) and more than half the tables are outside. If you sit outside, there are heat lamps and blankets, but if you sit inside, the temperature is almost just as cold and there are none of these comforts. The reason is that they leave the door open to the front of the restaurant the entire time so waiters can come and go, and all the tables are sufficiently close to the door in this tiny restaurant that you will literally be freezing. Almost everybody was wearing his or her jacket and the two of us were still cold even in that. I recommend you NOT COME TO THIS RESTAURANT unless you are totally warm-blooded.
That being said, if the cold was a way to get people to purchase more soup, it worked. The cauliflower soup we ordered was outstanding. It had the perfect consistency and was full of flavor and zest. We were also very pleased with the venison, which, again, is incredibly flavorful and served with the perfect accompaniments. The salmon special was good but offered nothing unique that you couldn't find at any decent fish restaurant. The portion size was also quite small.
The service was good but great. Although everybody was very professional, there was a miscommunication between the waiter and the kitchen, and they completely forgot about our soup. We reminded them when the main course was served, and they offered it to us for free. We were pleased with that but disappointed that we had nothing to tide us over for a VERY LONG WAIT for the main course. I'm not sure why it would take so long to make such a small amount of food (as stated, the restaurant is tiny), but this place manages to find a way.
Monterey and Carmel are filled with dining options. I would guess that most of them are better than Basil so avoid this when you're in town.
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