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San Carlos Ave between Ocean and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Ocean & 7th)
+1 831-626-8226
11:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Calistoga, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank Susan F
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jody W
Allentown PA
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66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank deerjeff
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

Thank cosmovt
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We are on the peninsula for a meeting but also my birthday. We picked Basil for my birthday dinner as they have locally sourced food and try to have a minimal ecological impact. The food was exquisite, we shared salads and the gnocchi for starters. I had the pork chop which was melt in the mouth perfect. Couldn't recommend it... More 

Thank KPW25
midwest usa
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We decided on a late lunch here after checking out menus of nearby establishments...oh so glad we decided on Basil. I had the arugula salad with fresh figs and the small plate of gnocchi. The gnocchi were so light and flavorful served with mixed vegs.my husband loved the special of rock cod served with mushrooms and fresh broccoli. He started... More 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?