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THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED Basil Seasonal Dining Restaurant Review: Basil has always been known for local, seasonal fare, but executive chef Soerke Peters (Ca' del Sole, The Sunset Restaurant) took it to a new level when he acquired the restaurant in 2012. From the first taste of verdant pesto spread to the last mouthful of dessert, diners are in for a treat at this eco-friendly establishment. Begin with the asparagus soup for a taste of the essence of spring. The Black Mission fig salad is a prime example of letting quality ingredients shine. Black squid ink linguine with squid and sea urchin sauce is a striking presentation that delivers on its promise. Whether it’s the freshly-made olallieberry cobbler or traditional apple strudel, dessert is a must. Peters has also started keeping bees and bringing his own honey to dishes. This is a tiny kitchen churning out big, bold flavors. One tip: About half of the restaurant's seating is outdoors on the pet-friendly patio, so reservations are especially important in inclement weather.