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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
11:30 am - 9:30 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Nice small restaurant, with a decent atmosphere. Maybe 8 tables indoor and maybe another 8 tables outdoors. The food was quite good, but with the typical small portions of an expensive restaurant. The service was fair to good. My only complaint was the pricing was not as Trip Advisor advertised. It is listed as $, and really should show up... More 

1 Thank Randy and Rusti S
Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Initially, we were really excited to try this restaurant based on the many positive reviews on Yelp. We decided to order a couple of small plates to share and one pasta between the two of us. The food came all at once- some cold and some hot due to the fact that a couple of the dishes were sitting out... More 

Thank brilliantjoy1
Fremont, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This restaurant was recommended to us by the staff at Figge Cellars last year. It has become our "go-to" dining spot in Carmel ever since. The food is always made with fresh local ingredients and the chef's preparation is superb. The service is always top notch!

Thank Ouijaman
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Eating at Basil was such a joy. We made a reservation the week before for a Saturday night. If you don't have a reservation you may find a table outside where they do welcome dogs. We were told that the menu changes every three months and specializes in local food. I had the corn ravioli that was sooooo delicious! My... More 

Thank Deborah B
Chester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Lovely little restaraunt with outdoor seating in a courtyard environment. Food was very good and the staff were lovely. A good menu with a range of smaller dishes for a lighter lunch.

Thank Mary D
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

the name of the burger is not that great, but the 6oz patty is tasty and very juicy. I went to Point lobos for a hike in the morning and decided to walk around carmel to find some food, the place is small but nice outside sitting. Grass fed meat and organic food. Burger comes with fries, they are so... More 

Thank maricoar
Carmel, California
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

At first glance you wouldn't think such a small stark restaurant could offer much in the way of food. Although The decor is not impressive, the food is. For such a small restaurant the menu is extensive and innovative. The owners are on premise so you get service like you are the only patron who had dined that night. The... More 

Thank Sultan2
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The 6 of us enjoyed the atmosphere in this small courtyard. There is seating inside & outside in quaint Carmel By the Sea. We all ordered fish & it was fresh & nicely presented. Friendly waitress was attentive. We also enjoyed wine from a large selection of offerings. The restaurant was busy & we enjoyed looking into the courtyard from... More 

Thank Flowerful
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

The fresh food and excellent service can't be topped. Of all restaurants in Carmel and Monterey, Basil is a must! I've tried at least 6 menu items and everything is so good. Impeccable freshness, hearty and meaty options and fresh seafood make Basil the best choice for any group, family, party or romantic dinner. We were here in a girls... More 

1 Thank RobynnfromKS
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I was struck by the attention to detail of the food. The vegetables were perfect doneness. Wait staff seems to really care about the experience even thought we were there in late afternoon. Good value, considering the location.

Thank Sean T

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