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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
11:30 am - 10:30 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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Vienna, Austria
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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113 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 

5 Thank Al S
San Diego, California
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

We went to Basil for lunch. The service was pleasant though not as attentive when the food arrived. Wine selection by the glass was quite good. I know that they pride themselves in fresh ingredients. I would have given this restaurant a five if the tomato on our sandwiches had in any way resembled or tasted like a tomato. The... More 

Thank grabo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Our large party ate here after reading reviews on TA. Our server was lovely, funny, and attentive. We each had a variety of drinks, appetizers, and entrees and everyone raved about their meal. Two in our party had serious food allergies, and they were very accommodating and clearly took them seriously. Even the bread and pesto (no nuts) were safe!... More 

Thank njmomofthree3
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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, Special occasions, Families with children
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?