Basilic Restaurant is an absolute gem. It is an intimate, 24 seat restaurant with stunningly good food. They use fresh California ingredients where possible with the exception the imported cheese and charcuterie, and then use classic French techniques.
My favorite dish here is the raclette because it is so hard to find in Southern California. I am also a big fan of their lamb and duck dishes.
They have an outstanding wine list, especially with French & Swiss wines at very reasonable mark-ups, a pet peeve of mine at many high end restaurants.
And while I like the desert there, our perfect evening is usually "desert" of a Balboa Bar or Frozen Banana from Dad's Donuts and a stroll around Balboa Island to top the evening.
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