Basil Seasonal Dining
Basil Seasonal Dining

Basil Seasonal Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.basilcarmel.com/
  • Phone: 8316268226x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:30pm

    Dinner: M-Th 4:30pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:30pm-10:30pm

    Dinner: Su 4:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Partner Owner / Soerke Peters - GM / Partner Owner Denis Boaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Special Events: Wine Dinner and Testing Menu available year round. Call in for inquiry or subscribe to our mailing list at www.basilcarmel.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ocean & 7th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Basil Seasonal Dining
Creative and modern Californian/Mediterranean dining located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our seasonal menu is inspired by the freshest sustainable seafood the Monterey Bay has to offer and the finest organic produce from our local farmers. Compliment your experience with fun and contemporary cocktails as well as an excellent selection of California"s most sophisticated wines. Our menu includes a generous selection of vegetarian dishes as well as gluten free options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Basil Seasonal Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)great for outdoor dining (41)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (18)great for lunch (16)romantic (14)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Just ok for the price.
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were surprised at the cost and that they were unable to do much in a gluten free meal choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good rich food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service was wonderful. The food was good. It was a little bit rich but was very delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My visit to Basil Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    very limited menu list......will probably not come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irritating 80s soundtrack
    Tresbien
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Unfortunately, the Kenny G sound insisted its presence upon our dining experience. The abalone appetizer was very good, although a bit heavy handed with the butter. The petrale sole dish was wonderful, but the black ink pasta was overdone and a bit lacking in flavor. The service was disappointing, with no hints of recommended dishes or friendliness.
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  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Appreciated the seasonal options but the food and cocktails were average at best. I'm a little spoiled coming from SF where there is a plethora of options, but at least Basil offered clean eating choices for those that are into healthy food!
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  • Brunch was excellent
    JonS
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very creative dishes, done perfectly, and an attentive staff that knows when to hover and when to stay away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basil is a Carmel Best
    Tootallandblond
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been told by trusted friends that Basil is a favorite dining spot and now I know why. Tucked away from the street, Basil provides a great patio (there may be more seats outside than in). Space heaters keep the patio a nice temp and a blanket option is offered (not needed on this night). Our server moved fast and expertly - best service I've experienced in awhile - and he threw in some personality, menu knowledge and smiles. Noticed my neighboring diners were happy and relaxed, and the credit goes to the server. So enjoyed the starters, fresh and colorful, a well prepared entree, and the recommended dessert (we couldn't decide from the great choices), went with yummy bread pudding and poached pear. Basil's now on my personal Best List!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best for small intimate setting
    KB24
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unfortunately, not everyone in our group was pleased with the food they selected for a very important family event but I was very happy with my selection and plan to visit your restaurant in the future. It is probably best for a small intimate group of 2 or 3 persons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JGalt
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very bland food, expensive to boot. We try to go to new restaurants every visit to the area. This one seemed more concerned with "green" and "sustainability" (whatever that means) and less concerned with the flavor of the food. The waitress was super.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    evtsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The restaurant is better for outdoor sitting. They have just 10 tables inside. The food is great, but it is rather noisy inside. The service is slow at times. They have rare things on the menu and the desserts are very high quality comparable to pastries and desserts in Europe. We'll go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent…
    JonS
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    …as always. Very innovative cuisine made and served by professionals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    richie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Small, relatively charmless space in an otherwise quaint alleyway. Service was fine . Specialty cocktails were excellent. Wine list not so great for the area. My venison was excellent. My wife's pasta main course quite ordinary. It was decent, but I think there are much better choices in Carmel Village proper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice outdoor plaza for lunch
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nestled in among 3 wine tasting venues, Basil is a delightful place for lunch or dinner. Though I prefer my salmon intact, the salmon salad sandwich was very tasty and came with either french fries or a nice bowl of home made soup. The blood orange cheese cake was excellent. The Baileys Affogato was good but they had to be reminded to bring the amaretto cookies. Also, at another local restaurant they add biscotti and a shot of amaretto which is a way better dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    MLSAS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went for Dinner after the Bach Festival's St. Matthew's Passion on Sunday. Service was prompt and attentive. The wine list was amazing, and the menu varied and everything sounded wonderful. The Squid Ink Pasta was outstanding, as was the roasted vegetable entree. We wanted to try several of the deserts, but settled on the Blood Orange Cheesecake which was amazing. We will be going back, as there are so many things on the menu we still want to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gr8food
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the wonderful Service on to the unbelievable fresh food!! Basil is a must if you are heading to Carmel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunchtime retreat
    msxcski
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We found Basil Seasonal Dining wandering into various courtyards in Carmel. We wandered on as it was early for lunch, continuing to review menus and decided their menu was the most interesting. We sampled the abalone appetizer which was flavorful and tender as well as sustainably farmed. Our entries were equally tasty. I found their house made limoncello quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great salmon sandwich
    Panddining
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great lunch choices. Went back for dinner. Liked eating outside and was warm with heaters and lap blankets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall
    Alexandra
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It is the second time we dine at Basil and our experience was just as wonderful as the first one. I like that the food is local, organic, sustainable and that the restaurant is certified green. The dishes are creative, prepared with care and can be made gluten-free for most. The service is friendly and professional. The wine list is extensive with many organic wines to choose from. The setting is charming whether you eat inside or on the quiet court. Kids are made welcome and accommodated. Basil is my favorite place to eat in Carmel!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have already made another reservation for a return visit tomorrow!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    JLDH
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate at Basil on Saturday the 21st. We had a reservation and arrived on time. We were greeted by friendly staff and servers. Our planned table wasn't ready so they sat us outside on the patio which was very nice. We were then moved inside between our first and second course. At this point our service became more spotty--I think the servers nor our group knew whom we were to ask for help. Food wise, the food was excellent. We started with cocktails (the basil margarita was excellent) and burrata. The we ate the pulled pork sandwiches which were a meal themselves and our best food of the night. We had the gnocchi, the beef cheeks, and the salmon. Of the three entrees the salmon was tops! We will be back when we are back in Carmel.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We love the food here, always creative, use of local, fresh ingredients with very tasty results and the staff are attentive and responsive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Inside dining somewhat cramped. Outside can be chilly - Food excellent and service very good, Fair wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I and my friend enjoyed it very much and I am sure we will b e back everything was to our enjoyment
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Peaches and Fresh Salmon
    crosenyc
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The welcome was warm, the service was great, and although the restaurant space is small, it didn't feel cramped. I ordered the "signature" cocktail--rum, passionfruit (I think) and basil, which was very tangy and packed a punch. My salad and entree were both specials-- a white peach salad and fresh Monterey salmon on a bed of lentils. (Usually I avoid lentils, but these were pretty good.) Both the salad and the salmon were delicious. For dessert I had white peach sorbet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Carmel "MUST DO"
    Tetrad
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This restaurant is a must for person who enjoys a creative outstanding meal. The menus always has the "Non-Run -Of-The-Mill" menu choices prepared by a chef that knows food, enjoys food and serves only the best. One of the 3 top Carmel restaurants and an absolute must-do when in Carmel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tastes, very slow service
    MasyukunVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The servers seemed rushed and service very slow the night my sister, boyfriend, and I ate here. Several of our drink orders were wrong or lost. Overheard the server apologizing to other diners for the slow service as well, so it was probably just a bad night. About 1.5 hours into the evening, our food arrived and was perfect! Duck liver pate was sweet and creamy. The roasted cauliflowers in the rabbit entree were amazing! The rabbit itself, dry. Scallops were good. Be prepared with good conversation topics or to endlessly gaze into your date's eyes when dining here, otherwise the long wait isn't worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    ilovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Basil has an excellent menu. We really enjoyed the duck liver and sea urchin appetizers. The black ink squid linguine was wonderful too. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    MOFAVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Some of the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic (I am Italian)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 78 reviews are from the Basil Seasonal Dining reviews archive.
  • Superb dining experience
    Kaiwang
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had lunch both days while we stay at Carmel. The place is so charming and lovely. The service is superb. Most important, the food is delicious. We had black ink linguini which was made in house with fresh squid from Monterey Bay. It is so delicious so we went back the second day. We had orange cheese cake it is so fluffy and aromatic. This is the best restaurant in Carmel, definitely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basil is a charming place for lunch
    HeatherH
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We live in San Jose, but travel down to Carmel and often go to Basil. It's well worth the trip. Whatever food we get is fresh and seasonal. Even their iced tea has the Basil distinction. The cocktails are excellent, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Thefood
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We eat here every time we are in Carmel; have concluded that in the future it would be the ONLY place we would have dinner in Carmel! We've been to Carmel many times, have aways found this to be the best place we could dine at; it was/is fantastic from the first course thru to dessert…Bravo Basil!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better on other visits
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I ordered an appetizer "to start" and a salad. The appetizer arrived at the same time as my wife's entree (so much for sharing) and the salad arrived very soon after. The waiter's excuse was that he brought the items out when they were ready (a pretty lousy excuse). The salad had raw artichoke which was as bitter as anything I have ever eaten. My understanding that this happens when the artichoke is not fresh. This used to be one of my favorite places and maybe the problem was going on Easter Sunday but it was already late enough so that the crowd was thinning out.
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  • Small but Savory
    Cypressbelle
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Place is quite small with not a lot of ambiance, but the food was fabulous. We will definitely come back when visiting Carmel.!!!!!! I had the abalone., Thought it would be in steak form butit wasn't. Vegetable were fabulous so fresh and cooked beautifully. My husband had Venison and it was cooked perfectly. We both had dessert as well blood orange cheesecake and Ollalaberry cobbler.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    ClydeisLegit
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    the food was amazing, since the menu changes frequently it is always a fresh experience. The service was friendly and they handled our reservations well. overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Basil. Experience
    Mike
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    First time at Basil. Experience was excellent. Will definitely return when we are in the Carmel area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    BCookie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    If you go during lunch they have delicious asparagus ravioli that you will never forget!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Pick
    Brownie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I just picked it off a list on the internet and was very pleased at the choice. The service was great as was the food. The seafood soup with shrimp, clams, mussels, and halibut was delicious as were the small dishes of lamb meatballs and abalone. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place for a fabulous
    Olive
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    What a great place for a fabulous dinner before the ballet at Sunset Center. Food was fresh, unique and excellent. Something for every taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A definite must for dinner!
    JustinW
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If you are in the Monterey Peninsula area this is a great place for dinner. It is affordable ($20-$30 main course) and delicious. It is very small but very cute. The staff is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apathetic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Overall, I have a hard time recommending this restaurant. Waitstaff did not seem interested in us, even though we were one of only two tables with people. The duck gnocchi seemed to be missing both duck and flavor. I did enjoy the salmon (although a bit dry) b/c of the celery root puree. Wine list is ordinary.
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    • Noise LevelModerate