I've been here 3 times and have left completely satisfied! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Our meals have been fresh,
Flavorful, and well portioned. The short ribs are GREAT (you can cut them with a fork)!! I ordered the squid ink fettucine today for lunch-it was light and seasoned to perfection. It reminded me of a seafood dish I had in Italy. The squid was succulent and SO tender. My family and I felt comfortable and enjoyed our time here. One of my favorite restaurants :) hands down!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful little Carmel retaurant
We've been to Basil a few times now and always love it! The food is great with great service in a casual atmosphere. We always sit outside on the patio, which, by the way, is dog friendly.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back
We had heard so many wonderful things about Basil, we were overdue to try it for ourselves. We were not dissappointed!
The first thing that impressed me was their thoughtful menu; I wanted to try almost everything. I prefer a menu with a few well prepared items over a laundry list. We enjoyed the carpaccio, one of my favorite dishes. The Filet was flavorful and perfectly prepared and tender. My husband rabbit, even though I would never order it, was tender and tasty.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great personable service and warm experience. Lunch was great, reasonably priced and highly recommended.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A tasty gem
Very interesting menu with choices for many palates. We had a variety of dishes (wild boar sausages with rhubarb and lavender puree, asparagus-goat cheese ravioli, filet mignon, rabbit sausages, BBQ beef short ribs) and everyone said theirs was fantastic. Seems like you can't go wrong here. Service was excellent. We had a great Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia highlands. The timing of the service was very good, we were never rushed and service was attentive but not overly so. Very nice on every level. It's a small place but the decor is attractive and current and the ambiance is comfortable. The location is nice being just 1/2 a block from Ocean avenue. Highly recommend stopping here for a delicious and interesting meal.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cocktail is so delicious.
Short rib is very tender. Portion is not very big but is fresh.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was excited to try a green certified restaurant that offers local, organic and sustainable ingredients. We made a reservation for 3 on a Sunday night. My daughter and I being gluten-sensitive, we were glad to find out that many dishes naturally did not contain any gluten. We ordered the beets and goat cheese salad, the chicken, and the sea bass. Each dish was beautifully presented in our plate, boasting with fresh and colorful ingredients. They were perfectly cooked and seasoned. We also ordered a local organic red wine that was exquisite and concluded our meal with a chocolate flourless cake and coffee ice cream that was pure delight.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife here for our second wedding anniversary. The place doesnt scream fancy at all but it provides the kind of atmosphere we both enjoy, a nice quiet place with good food and located in a fun part of town (Carmel).
their pesto sauce that comes with the complimentary bread is really tasty and the bread is perfectly warm, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
They're a seasonal menu place so the food we had will probably change, but they do a nice job of dressing a small grouse and my wife's squid ink pasta was very flavorful (Although she only got some squid in the pasta and i saw another table that had some clams and other seafood, dont know if that was a special order.)
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing menu--we wanted to try everything--and the prices were very fair. It was recommended to me by a very discriminating couple who eat out constantly and are difficult to please. We were in agreement about the food and our only complaint was about their space--it is small, and lacks ambiance.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully prepared and presented
We really enjoyed our evening here. We shared an abalone appetizer and had our mains. Nicely prepared and presented in appropriate serving sizes. Not huge! We think they forgot the wild mushrooms on my husband's dish. Never got an answer on that, but the salmon was good, so no problem. Nice small restaurant where you can actually hear each other! And not crammed in like sardines!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience at Basil was exceptionally pleasing. I had mixed up our dates and botched the reservation. Basil called and helped us rearrange everything. The food was excellent! We had several delicacies including my favorite, morel mushrooms. Between the four of us we had a variety of fish and beef. All were well prepared. Desserts included chocolate and berries. Don't rely upon the online menu, it changes frequently based upon local availability. Trust, however the chef/owner (who visited with us at the table) will perform. Finally, the place is small so plan ahead for this local delight.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
post bach concert
Short ribs were best I ever had. Daughter had welsh rarebit which she liked very much. Olalieberry cobbler was a great meal topper.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit and still a fan
I love the food and the atmosphere. It was my second time to Basil. The food was great both times. The service is what had me going back. On my first visit we hadn't even noticed a rocking in our table before the waiter was there with a shim. My first visit we didn't have a reservation, but they fit us in. I made a reservation the second time and they happily accommodated us when we asked to change from an outdoor table to inside.
The Lamb Meatballs were delicious.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great find in carmel
We were looking for a nice low key meal and we found it. Great friendly service, appetizers were great - carpaccio disappeared from my wife's plate before I got more than one taste, country pate was almost a cross between terrine and pate, smooth and light. ravioli very nice, and rabbit leg very nicely cooked and presented on gnocchi and vegs
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely dining spot
A wonderful evening on the outside patio and food was delicious!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pet friendly outside seating.
Pet friendly outside seating. Not a great location, but food was outstanding!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good find In Carmel
Very good food with kind of quirky service but an over all great experience. The chicken seemed more like a hen but was worth waiting for and the meatball app was amazing.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Appealing menu with more originality than most we researched in Carmel. Food was excellent, and cost was extremely and surprisingly good value for the high level of quality. Definitely go again on next trip here.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, simple yet creative using fresh local ingredients, welcoming service every time, a place we always enjoy. Douglas is always outstanding.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
slow, but very good food
We went there on a Labour Day week end, sat night. The restaurant was full , and the server was very busy. We had to wait for a while for our order and drinks, but the food was exceptional - well worth the wait.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to go with a pet
The Food was great! Very accomodating to my special food needs of no flour, cornstarch or sugar. My husband thought the portions on the meat were a bit small, my fish was generous. The couples to either side of us were friendly and we struck up a nice chat. My dog had a good time relaxing after a wild time at Poodle Day in Carmel! All in all a lovely restaurant, not too high end, but delish, comfortable, unpretentious.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
I ordered the beet ravioli vegan plate.. Delicious! REALLY!
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
You must try it, a real gem. The food is creative, fresh and flavours are so well mixed. You leave there knowing you've had an excellent meal. I would rate this with Nora's in Washington DC. I'm always looking for a great organic restaurant.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food at Basil!
We can never leave Carmel without stopping by Basil. We usually have our pup with us, so their patio dining works great. They even pull out heaters and have soft throws at every table in case the ocean chill rolls in. Always yummy food and drinks. They have a few veggie choices and even a couple of vegan items. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't been!
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quaint romantic spot
Outstanding! Very surprised by this charming spot tucked into an alcove off San Carlos. Outdoor dining, dog friendly. Mood lighting. Server was extremely personable and friendly. Recommend the autumn gnocchi. Great specials add to already tempting menu. Will be sure to visit on next time in Carmel.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Butternut squash ravioli and short ribs were both great.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
great food noisy and cramped
We found the food to be excellent. Inventive and delicious. However we were a table fo 7 and the tables were simply too small so we could not have bread, water, drinks, and appetizers on our table at the same time. it was an annoyance in an otherwise very nice experience.
Also, there was some strident music playing for the first ten-20 minutes. It did not match the upscale dining experience.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a very small restraurant. The food is thoughtful and well done. I ate alone and was very comfortable.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great Carmel treasure
Great California food with excellent service. The staff run the place like each one of them own it. They are passionate and you can tell love what they do.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went two days in row
Very much enjoyed the locally sourced organic food that was presented in creative ways. After our first night there, we decided to come back for a second. Also enjoyed the local grappa sampler we had for dessert.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tucked away gem of a restaurant
We were 2 adults and 2 kids hoping for a special place to dine for a birthday and Basil came very close to fulfilling this. The venison, rib-eye beef and beef ribs (divided for the kids - no kids menu) were beautifully presented and very delicious. The waiter was very knowledgeable and made some excellent wine recommendations. The only (albeit small) downside was the slight claustrophobic, loud and very warm internal ambience which made us all quite drowsy - but that may just have been all of the sea air we'd consumed beforehand. Carmel is a joy and is blessed with such a cute restaurant with a wonderful reputation for local, sustainably produced seasonal food.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorites
This is probably one the the best places to eat in the Monterey Bay area. The food is wonderful, and the service is excellent. It's also one of the few places one can get squid ink pasta, a very special treat. Also, try the lamb meatball appetizer.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
You have got to have the lamb meatballs - - awesome!!
This is our second time and the food and hospitality are exceptional!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM