Restaurant Spotlight: Basilic Restaurant

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Basilic Restaurant is an excellent dining option located in Balboa Island, California featuring Swiss French cuisine. They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays for dinner only and they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. It first opened in 1997 by chef and owner Bernard Althaus and features an intimate and romantic dining room featuring only 24 seats.

The restaurant proves that good things come in small packages. You won’t regret a night out at the Basilic restaurant where Chef Bernard prepares menu items with great detail. Here is a look at what you’ll enjoy during a visit to Basilic Restaurant.

About Basilic Restaurant

Chef Bernard got the idea from his family who own a Restaurant de La Gare which is a hotel-restaurant located in a French-influenced part of Switzerland called Faoug.  Being born and raised on the west side of the Alps, chef Althaus is bringing an earnest French/Swiss influence to his menu.

He served an apprenticeship in Lausanne working at Chalet Suisse before arriving to the US in 1970. He then worked as a private chef on charters in the Caribbean before going back to Switzerland.

When his family came to a wedding in Newport Beach in 1990, they decided to travel the US by motor home for a year and found the country too beautiful to leave. They relocated to Orange County and opened up Basilic in 1997. He harvests his own garden to produce fresh herbs used in his dishes and grows organic tomatoes found in his salads.


The menu changes regularly when Chef Bernard comes up with new ideas. You’ll always see a new soup of the day, special salad, fish and dessert. The regular menu features entrees like the seafood risotto, the baked New Zealand grouper filet, and viandes. Try the five course menu or something off of the appetizer list. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from the excellent wine list.

Make a reservation for a night out at Basilic Restaurant located at 217 Marine Avenue in Balboa Island, California.

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