Basil Seasonal Dining

4.4
511 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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. We offer outdoor seating that is dog friendly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 511 people are saying
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vipJamesQ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good dinner experience for our family of 5; appetizers, entrees and shared deserts were all very well made, great flavors and great service

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Janey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had a salad, pizza, and pasta. The salad was quite good, the pasta was overall pretty bland and unimpressive, and the Margherita pizza reminded me of a frozen Totinos one (obviously disappointing). I’d been here years ago and had a fond memory, but now I won’t be returning. There are plenty of other places to over pay for better food.

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BarryG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I must compliment the team. Service was marvelous and the vegetarian burger the very best.

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JereW
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All food was excellent, except for the chicken sandwich, which was dry.

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cacgce
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were so disappointed this time. We love the owner and we’re excited to continue to support such a local gem. Service was all over the place. Basil burger was blah. Lamb meatballs still fabulous pasta came out cold. Food came out at various times. The pear cream pasta was amazing! Drinks on drink menu used new syrups and were icky! Never send back a cocktail but did Sunday.

We were disappointed for our family Easter dinner and our teen/21 year old also felt it was “lackluster” and for $200 would expect more

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tomm
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable meal. Great food, service and ambiance.

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vipTimB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you have not discovered this place you are missing out; should be a household name in Carmel. Food is outstanding, probably the best lasagna I have ever had. Perfect portion coupled with tasty sauce and really fresh cheese. Very pleasant outdoor seating and ambience tucked just off the street. Mild criticism might be the wine pours were a bit on the ungenerous side.... love this place.

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KrisM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great dining experience overall. My friends and I didn’t feel rushed, food came out in a timely manner, of which the octopus appetizer was the star! The pasta dishes were also delicious. I am going to take my husband back there for sure. The only thing was that our server did forget about my glass on wine, but otherwise all was great!

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Kari
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Basil on a Saturday night this past weekend. The food was very fresh and tasty. Portions are on the smaller side compared to other local favorites, but that being said we loved what we ordered and would have loved more! They have a cute patio outside area and everyone is spread out. We'd love to return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is amazing. Very well done by the kitchen. Appetizers, salad, main course were all excellent but dessert was the best.

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KRNv
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tasty meal outside and the service and meal were excellent. Their basil seasoning for their fresh bread is mouth-watering! Can't wait to return.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Nice service and well prepared food.

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KayRo
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I loved this place! We will definitely be back every time we visit Carmel!

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viprobertB
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the owner Dennis to Carlos and the staff—- all top notch with fresh CA ingredients and a great Italian/California focused wine list. Everything was perfect as usual !

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vipHillaryP
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food- friendly and attentive service. A little pricey but will go back again !!

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vipKathyT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals we have had! Of course the pesto was outstanding -- everything was fresh, prepared perfectly. We will go back and will recommend to others!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the server was very nice. I always enjoy eating there.

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MargaretT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ate outside in the rain-so very cozy and the ambiance was great. Not sure how eating inside would feel. Salads and wine choices were great. Butternut squash ravioli and margarita pizza were only OK.

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vip93950
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Loved the gnocchi and the lentil soup. Fantastic Ceasar and delicious octopus salad as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent staffs were very friendly , and the meal was amazing! We Love it! Will definitely comeback for more! And Thank you Denis for complementing us a bottle of Sparkling wine!🙌🏼

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vipJULIA
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Relaxing, friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pastas and excellent service! Dined with my husband and his parents and our two kiddos (4 and 1) and everyone was extremely accommodating! Made room for the stroller, rushed the kids food. The roasted chicken, seafood squid ink, salmon gnocchi, and the pear ravioli were all hits! Everyone ate every bite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast, easy service

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vipCaptBob
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fresh ingredients, good outdoor patio for dining with heat lamps. Wait staff courteous and accommodating . this is our send time for dining here and we will return

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had two servers. One had an unpleasant demeanor when interacting with us. The food was good, but overpriced for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was good

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Krysti
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Eating outdoors was difficult with the cold winter weather and the wind. Heaters were not effective and provided little relief from the chilly weather. Service was lacking and took excessive time between requests, especially paying the check. The mood of the dinner started off wrong when the man seating people came off rude and bossy. He snapped at us for not standing where he wanted us to while we waited to be seated. He seemed annoyed by walk-ins (no reservations) asking for a table and was unaccommodating despite many tables being empty, all the way to the sidewalk. Food was delicious but pricey for portion sizes. Cocktails were expensive as well and just okay. The bruschetta was great but we expected more for $15 than three small pieces of a sliced toasted baguette.

Overall good food but will not be encouraging friends and family to dine there any time soon.

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vipKF2cents
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food in a nice outdoor setting. Was a nice bday lunch

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michaels
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

It was Valentine's Day dinner and very busy BUT a drink took 25 mins and dinner over a hour. Food was good.

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RichardD
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was Valentines Day evening and the restaurant was jammed. The wait staff was really hopping. Despite that we were shown to our table right away, the service was excellent, our food came quickly and was delicious. We've been to Basil several times recently when it was much less crowded and our meals and service were not as good. The restaurant seems to finally be getting it together especially when it was so busy. I hope they can keep it up in the future. Congratulations Basil!

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vipalcoveinexile
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great but service was a bit slow. Waiter walked by me three times without even acknowledging me. Could have at least said I’ll be right with you.

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jillv
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted right after we sat down. Everyone was very nice! We had a heater next to our table and that was perfect. We really enjoyed sitting outside in the courtyard. All in all good service and good food!!! I would definitely go back again.

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TimR
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at numerous restaurants in Carmel but this was the first time at Basil Seasonal. The outside dining was comfortable and the tables were adequately spaced during the pandemic.

The staff was absolutely inviting and polite while the menu had a great selection of food.

The food was FANTASTIC... One of the best meals I have eaten in a long time.

Food is a little pricey but well worth every penny.

Will mark as a favorite when I am visiting the area.

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JLMB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Thank you!

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Scandy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Excellent food. Calamari octopus with bread was perfect. Short rib and polenta were fall apart good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding for and service, no better place in Carmel!

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rodneyb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food anywhere on the Monterey peninsula.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent while sitting outside in a California winter rain storm. Heaters and covered patio provided a lovely ambiance.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Basil Seasonal Dining using the Order Online button. Basil Seasonal Dining also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 626-8226.

Basil Seasonal Dining is rated 4.4 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.