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“Food is OK, but poor service and seating” 1 of 5 stars
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Ranked #25 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ocean & 7th
Washington DC
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5 reviews
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“Food is OK, but poor service and seating”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

The food is tasty - as others have said - but not amazing by any stretch. We were recommended this place on our last night here, but so disappointing - and we are really not the types to grumble like this. Chef was really nice, we saw him because he had to come out and help the overworked waitresses! But it's simply not OK to wait an hour for expensive food served in small portions. And the seating arrangement is terrible - if you are a couple, you may be just inches from the next table; this will probably not be intimate dining. After eating here, we had to find somewhere else to eat dessert... So many better places in Carmel.

  • Visited July 2013
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Reno, Nevada
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136 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“yummy Calamari”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Stopped in for a late afternoon cocktail and ordered the calamari.
It was so good. Just perfect for a bit of nosh.
We went back for dinner a couple of days later and had the short ribs. Great sauce.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank maggiesebastian1
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Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Cozy spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this little gem on oir first night in Carmel. Very small place with some outdoor seating. Everything we ate was incredibly fresh and tasty. Prices were very good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Susan T
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic! Favorite place in Carmel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised with this great find in Carmel! Very good food and great service. Definitely a must visit!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Rnewton24
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Sit outside if you can”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We had a great meal at Basil and were happy to sit outside under the heat lamps on a brisk day. We ordered the lamb meatballs, my boyfriend had the short ribs (highly recommend) for his main and I had the Boar Sausages. Service was friendly and on top of things, the only negative is that some of the tables outside are a little too close to each other. Luckly we had friendly neighbors but literally we could have all been sitting at the same table.

Visited July 2013
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