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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I hate to be a Yelp-like whiner, but here goes… Basil Seasonal Dining is a small casual spot serving fresh local food. Half the tables are outside in a small courtyard, so it is pet-friendly. The server was friendly and attentive. I started with a nice martini and my partner had club soda. The fig salad was a nice starter.... More 

Thank Robert S
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I took a last minute trip to Carmel, we had heard great things about Basil but weren't able to get a last minute reservation for dinner so we showed up earlier in the day for lunch. The tuna sandwich was amazing!! I consider myself a tuna salad sandwich snob and this one lived up to the test,... More 

Thank Shannon K
folsom, United States
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We picked the restaurant based on yelp rating and boy did it exceed the expectations. We had family visiting from UK and we wanted to take them to a different type of restaurant. One they can talk about when they go back. And this lived up to all expectations. Every item, from gnocci, to lamb meatballs, to ravioli to the... More 

Thank Jaya M
Sarasota, Florida
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So excited to visit this restaurant. We ate early late lunch. Felt restaurant was understaffed. Had to wait awhile and waitress did not stop by and say she would be with us soon!!! Once we ordered our pastas came very quickly. We ordered risotto with asparagus and wild mushrooms- it was delicious but had trouble finding the asparagus as it... More 

Thank Mary D
San Francisco, CA
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food quality pretty good. My wife had soup and duck pate snd was very happy. I ordered pasta with squid ink. I tried it for the first time outside Venice and I need to say that it cannot compare. Yes, it was tasty, but they use calamari instead of real squid, and amount of black ink was enough only to... More 

Thank aozh
Vienna, Austria
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the linguine with squid and it was really good. The daily special was cod and not so good, though. The place is in a very beautiful yard in the center of Carmel. Recommended.

Thank dggonzal1
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed Basil. My wife was suffering from some food allergies at the time and they bent over backwards to make sure she got some great food to eat. Perfect location, just out of the way of the main street and friendly wait staff. Recommend it.

Thank B D
Glendale, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A rating of 3 is pushing it for me. I've been looking forward to trying this place after looking everywhere in the Bay for uni/squid ink pastas. According to the website, they require reservations on weekends as it is a small place, but we got here during opening and saw it was empty. People there were friendly and welcomed us... More 

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good menu and nice ambiance. The food was good. Fine wine list. The flaming deserts were the best part.

Thank paul303030
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23 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Refreshing, healthy, fresh, locally sustainable quality food! Great place for lunch, following a great bike ride! Health conscious, easy going, relaxed atmosphere, enjoyable, with blankets for outside area available in case it gets cool.

Thank doris s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (Ocean & 7th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: 831-626-8226

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?