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Basil Seasonal Dining

376 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Italian, Vegetarian
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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
Brunch: Su 11am-2.30pm
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Phone number
(831) 626-8226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Partner Owner / Soerke Peters - GM / Partner Owner Denis Boaro
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Cross street
Ocean & 7th
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Special events & promotions
Wine Dinner and Testing Menu available year round. Call in for inquiry or subscribe to our mailing list at
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Great restaurant in the heart of Carmel. We dined outside as our two dogs were with us. They were as welcomed as we were. Wonderful, creative food. Beautiful ambience on the outside patio. Our only complaint was the service was very slow. It was a crowded Friday night and we visited with the patrons around us who also had their dogs with them. Even with slow service, the evening was extremely pleasant.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was just ok. Was expecting much better based on the reviews.

vipPleasantButPricey (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Good meal, though nothing great. Too noisy inside, with tables too close together for comfortable conversation. Moved outside and it was much more viable, if a bit chilly. Food was good if not memorable. Octopus a bit chewier than I like & it's only flavor was from the smoke of the grill. Other items were fine, though nothing outstanding. I liked this place; just didn't love it.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

I had a fantastic vegan platter. The staff are extremely friendly. We ate on the front patio and really enjoyed the setting. We will definitely return!

vipDnvDiner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a group of 5 so we were able to get a reservation outside. The food was delicious and everything we didn't get that we saw being delivered to the other tables looked great too (steak with a poached egg on top). The cocktails were great too! Would definitely come back. The only thing that wasn't exceptional was the calamari, mine was a little too tough, but other people at the table had it and liked there's.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
1.0  Dined on September 11, 2017

Had reservation at 7:30p but when we got there they had filled our reservation with walk ins and tools us w would have to wait for 20 min unless we wanted to eat inside and it was hot inside and unattractive so we declined and left

FlyingRabbit (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was excellent, simply prepared with great flavours and interesting combinations - chef knows food. Service was friendly with zero pretenses - a very relaxing, quality dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

The first time we had dinner here a few weeks ago we were so impressed with the fine quality of the food, we thought it was one of the best meals we ever had, and my husband expressed his appreciation to the chef/owner. However, when we returned there on the Labor Day weekend for my birthday, we agreed it was one of the worst meals we'd had in quite a while. The octopus was inedible, charred and tough, so they brought us a new one, which was somewhat better but still dry. The first plate had two legs, but the second plate contained only one, and when we asked our server about it, she said they were running out (although they still charged the full $20). Our entrees (cod and beef cheeks) were both bland, the extreme opposite of the delicate flavors we had experienced previously. I know this restaurant consistently receives rave reviews, but were were completely disappointed with our second visit, and don't plan to return again. We expressed this to our server upon paying, and she said it was probably because they were busy. Why would the sauces and flavors be affected by more people... unless they didn't have time to add salt and seasonings? We heard the hostesses and servers commenting several times throughout the evening about them being "triple booked," but feel like a professional restaurant should be able to prepare and plan for a busy weekend in a tourist locale. I am glad we had this experience because I had planned to take a group of visitors there for a nice dinner in a couple of weeks, and now I know to choose somewhere else.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

I made a reservation 2+ months in advance. When I got there and asked for an outside table I was told they were booked. I went quietly to my inside seat. No ac mind you. Couple number 2 came in and were told the same thing. The difference was that they made their reservation that day and voiced their displeasure at being seated inside. Magically the hostess found a table inside. Shame on me and shame on the hostess. I won't be back.

Lobo28 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was amazing! The service was slow, but couldn't entirely blame them because we are on one of the hottest days!!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Loved this dog friendly spot in Carmel. The food was delicious & the menu was diverse. I had the wonderful corn ravioli and my husband had the goat special. The basil oil that comes with the bread is a treat. We had a great time (and so did our dog).

OpenTable Diner (Dubai)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

Good food and friendly service. A hidden treasure in Carmel! Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

I had a weekend with my wife, and it was great.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

The service is great. The menu is amazing. The atmosphere is sensational. I drove from San Jose and it was worth it. Thank you for the wonderful experience. I will recommend Basil Seasonal Dining to everyone.

vipLisa (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at Basil! Our waiter was charming and friendly, the food was delightful, and we had a grand old time striking up a conversation with the folks at the neighboring table, which was altogether possible because of the friendly atmosphere at Basil. We each ordered specials, which were delicious. And for dessert, we shared a berry cobbler that was made with some sort of raspberry/blackberry hybrid that I can't recall the name of, but which was certainly something we don't have out here on the east coast (something with an L) - delicious!!