Basil Seasonal Dining

4.4
628 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 628 people are saying
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vipAnnB
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos and Heidi were outstanding. Food out of this world. Loved it.

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PeterFrampton
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food, but we felt rushed and the server forgot about us midway through the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service and ambiance were equally wonderful!

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vipGTHJr
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Our first time for lunch after several dinners. Delicious! Equally varied menu with something to please a variety of tastes. We highly recommend Basil for service and food.

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PeninsulaFoodie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great all the way around

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Brian
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The restaurant was almost completely empty and yet still we had wait 15 minutes to even have our order taken while the wait staff literally stood around doing nothing together. The food was OK. Nothing spectacular and not particularly good for what we ordered. Overall, this is a beautiful location with tons of potential that probably needs a new owner and a new chef.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Zealand salmon was above any expectations. Braised calamari were tender and not overcooked. And even polenta was top notch.

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We really like the food, the cocktails and the ambience at this restaurant. My only disappointment is the service. The server rushed us a couple of times to order the entree when we were enjoying the appetizers. Further, we asked that she look into whether the receptionist had checked us in on opentable . Instead of simply asking for my name, her response was "but I don't know you!" This was a hilarious way of responding to my request!

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vipCourtneyC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was very over rated and over priced for how it tasted. The food looked way better online and in real life than what it actually tasted like. I ordered the black spaghetti and the sauce needed seasoning and the shrimp and most of the calamari were over cooked and rubbery. Definitely not worth the price. Most of the waitstaff were pretty friendly but one of the waitresses seemed like she was always in a rush/ didn’t have the time of day for us and wasn’t friendly.

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DiscerningDiner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food. Excellent service. Very dog friendly. We had salad followed by the chicken and salmon. Cobbler is not to be missed wonderful.

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vipDonaldP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great service, but we felt very rushed.

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Happybirthdaytome
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was very busy & crowded, but still a positive experience for our anniversary weekend.

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vipdmhanso
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly service. Good food that came out fast. Very enjoyable and reliable dinner while visiting the area. Would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

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DebbieD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside on patio because of pet. Very pet friendly. Noise was moderate because of sidewalk traffic. Great sandwiches & pasta plus they offer more extensive entrees & salads. Our waitress was great, friendly & professional, which is more difficult while serving outside due to Covid restrictions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST food! And such nice service folks. Beautiful outside area.

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KevinS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Tables were too close together during Covid pandemic.

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DannyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, chef is excellent, food is amazing!, manager/ owner attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Very bad waitress experience, screwed up order and forgot parts of our order. When brought up to her attention she replied rudely. Owner was extremely nice and food that was delivered was tasty. The portions were small and expensive.

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DanielB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was average at best, insanely overpriced and the portions were tiny. Really poor value all in all, and I have no desire to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely outstanding. Don’t miss this hidden gem in Carmel.

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LilGeneral
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner and atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A bit disappointing. Dinner size salad was the size of a side salad!! It was not worth $15. They asked if we wanted still water or sparking. We said still and we were charged almost $9 when tap water would have been fine ( not offered). My husband asked for added mushrooms on the pizza and a about a dozen tiny slivers were added for $5!!!
I enjoyed my veggie burger very much. It was delicious.
The pizza was just ok. Service was just ok. Not a lot of effort to please us.

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viptopguyps
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely service in a very nice setting

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RosieS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the name “Basil” we made reservations prior to arrival. Walked over from our hotel. The atmosphere was great. We were pleased and looked forward to our dinner plans. I had the BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI VEG
spinach pasta, organic brown butter sage, Parmesan cheese, arugula. It was delicious. My daughters loved their dishes as well. It’s a nice choice🍷

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vipcarmelrez
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everyone is very shorthanded these days so good service is hard to deliver. The small staff did their best and the food was pretty good. We’ll be back.

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vipSheilahB
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was excellent, given that they were very short on wait staff. The food and portions were underwhelming for the cost. My husband had homemade pasta but mine clearly came out of a box. The bread pudding was all bread, dry, and no pudding. With all of the amazing Italian choices in Carmel, we would not choose this place again.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Not a bad spot in the heart of downtown Carmel! We were here for Monterey car week. After a long day of driving and events, was excited for a big and satisfying meal. The ambience of this place is great, tucked away in a little corner with decorations resembling a modern farmhouse. Our server was very friendly and enthusiastic! We went with the lamb meatballs and spaghetti, pizza, and ended with the chocolate cake. Although portions were smaller than I had hoped, it was perfectly cooked with amazing flavor. Finishing off, The chocolate cake, melts in your mouth. The combination of hot chocolate and cold ice cream is perfected here! They also make a GREAT cappuccino, best one I’ve had in Carmel so far! Overall I wish the menus had more options, as it was a bit hard for 3 of us to find variously different options for each other, but it was ok for the day. Overall, I will be back, just hoping they add more items to the menu!

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AmyY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was wonderful but the service was terrible, we had a table that was totally unstable and rocked back and forth.

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vipMarkusF
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food. Everything was prepared perfectly; some of the combination were outstanding. Service was impeccable.

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vipRobin
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service!

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vipMonaB
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner here. They had great vegan choices too. And, our server, Heidi, was a delight. Thank you, Heidi, for an overall great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner, our waitress (Dulce) and all of the staff were as incredible as the amazing, fresh, healthy food!!

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EveW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff members we encountered were friendly, helpful and professional. There were four people in our party, and each of us were extremely pleased with our meals. I had the half chicken with potatoes and veggies, and it was wonderful. This is a must stop for us when we are in Carmel.

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vipNapaDiner
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very enjoyable experience. The outdoor dining are was very nice. Tables were much too close for us to be comfortable. Even though the COVID precautions have been down graded, Basil would be well served to spread things out a bit.

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vipNancyW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, the owner is amazing and we visit often due to lovely staff and consistently great food. Love the outside patio ambience with heaters.

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Fish
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great pasta and great desserts. Service on point as well as the ambience on the patio. Nothing was off.

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vipPVMom
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great evening on the patio. Food was nice, service was attentive and had a romantic table in the corner! Perfect night

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AntonioM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food in the service is extraordinary very healthy very well presented we had to calamari as an appetizer which is one of the best I’ve ever had any where is globally it was exceptional

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely courtyard, outstanding salmon entree. Polenta delicious!

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 628 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.