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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
+1 831-626-8226
11:30 - 21:00
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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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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was empty and felt cold. In fact, the whole town felt like a ghost town! Server was nice, but too chatty and loud for us. Food was not as tasty as we expected and octopus was overcooked! Great wine list. I may try it again in the summer when it's warm enough to enjoy the patio. That said,... More 

Thank Lauren H
Belmont, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came first on a rainy weekend night when there wasn't much available in Carmel. Food and wine were surprisingly extraordinary. Have gone back since with the same experience. Highly recommend!

Thank KevMarks
Houston, Texas
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Basil is an elegant restaurant with especially wonderfully prepared and spiced food. Many delicious starters and entrees. It has a lovely outdoor patio. that is delightful when the weather is good. In fact, I don't think I've ever eaten inside ! The casual atmosphere is very conducive to discussion.

Thank BirdmanSiSenor
Stamford, Connecticut
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the food was pricey and wonderful. the service was impeccable. The ingrediants were fresh and organic. and artfully displayed. the desserts expecailly the chocoalte cake and apple tart were EXCEPTIONAL

1 Thank eshander
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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 

Thank Randy B
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 27 December 2016 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 

1 Thank JSCR1
Calistoga, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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!

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 

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 

Thank Klyphman
Davis, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

Thank Robert R

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
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?