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Basil

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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
+1 831-626-8226
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11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a quick 4-night trip to Carmel and this was the best overall meal of the entire trip, which included a meal at Sierra Mar. The food was fresh and flavorful and very accommodating of vegetarians. The weather turned cold the night of our dinner but the staff turned on the outside heaters and offered blankets, both of which... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to eat here in the afternoon, given the good reviews. We were a large group with 4 adults and 4 kids, but the restaurant was empty and there was plenty of space. After standing there for 20 minutes and getting nothing but rude glances from the head waitress, who complained to the rest of the staff that we were... More 

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Calistoga, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

When visiting Carmel every year, we always have lunch at Basil's. This year we not only had a great lunch we had a great hostess and server, Sherri. Our lunch was very good. We had the Salmon BLT and the Basil hamburger! Plus the Ollalllieberry tart with vanilla gelato!

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Thank Judy C
Los Angeles, California, United States
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Grabbed dinner on our last night in Carmel with my boyfriend. We sat outside in December, but they give soft, cozy blankets to guests so you don't freeze. Carmel is a sleepy little town, so even on a Saturday night, we watched all the businesses in the shopping center lock up by 7 as we ate. Anyway, we tried the... More 

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Thank Lauren M
Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Everything was great about our dinner last night: the seating was comfortable and intimate (though we were able to interact with our neighbors if we chose to), our server was approachable and casual and knowledgeable and fun, the food from start to finish was outstanding. Fresh, interesting, beautifully presented. Bonus: we bought a couple bottles of wine at Scheid's while... More 

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Davis, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Tucked away in a little courtyard with wine tasting rooms, this is a gem of a small restaurant in Carmel. With only about six tables inside I suggest one of the patio tables under the awning (heaters and blankets are supplied) where it is far less noisy. The food is excellent. We often opt for one of the appetizers (the... More 

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Thank Robert R
California
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Basil is a small and delightful restaurant. Casual ambience and a lovely courtyard (with heaters) perfect for dining with a dog. Locally grown produce, organic ingredients and lovely fresh seafood. Goat seems to be a specialty and was delicious! Great service and wonderful food. A new favorite in Carmel!

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Thank Susan F
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The food is wonderful; the outdoor patio is lovely for dinner, and the service is excellent. Douglas, our server, was attentive, and made a great wine suggestion. This has become the favorite dinner destination for my daughter and me on our annual trip to Carmel.

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Thank Jody W
Allentown PA
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We stopped by earlier just to look at the restaurant, the hostess all but threw us out saying "we are not open yet". (actually happened to us at two places in Carmel). As far as dinner, It was a nice evening, the food and the service were good. Would not highly recommend, nor would I write it off. With the... More 

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vermont
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Limited menu and food just average. Service was very slow and we felt shunned when some elite people arrived. Very small space.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
    (Ocean & 7th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-626-8226

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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?