Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sweetbasil-vail.com/
  • Phone: 9704760125
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Anders
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are accepted in our new private dining room that seats up to 50ppl. Heavy curtains separate the room to main dining room. Windows along the creek add the perfect ambiance for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Ferraro 9704760125
  • Special Events: Private parties are accepted in our new private dining room that seats up to 50ppl. Heavy curtains separate the room to main dining room. Windows along the creek add the perfect ambiance for your event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Vail Village is a pedestrian village; therefore no parking is available at the restaurant. All parking is in the Vail Village public parking structure and walk approximately 4 minutes to our front door!
A word from Sweet Basil
Voted #1 in Colorado by Zagat Survey, Sweet Basil has been a must for travelers and locals alike since 1977. The cuisine is creative contemporary American utilizing many cultural influences from around the world. Located in the heart of Vail Village, the restaurant blends fine dining with a captivating "bistro-like" energy.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sweet Basil reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)special occasion (108)notable wine list (93)great for outdoor dining (89)scenic view (88)romantic (76)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (50)hot spot (37)vibrant bar scene (33)good for groups (21)great for brunch (16)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Excellent find!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed our wonderful dinner at Sweet Basil! As a Florida resident, we are pretty picky seafood diners. Our halibut was perfect! Our rib eye was fork tender. We will dine at Sweet Basil again, maybe every night we stay in Vail! At least share a toffee pudding with the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • value not what I expect
    Pato
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Place is nice and food is ok but very expensive for what you get but it's Vail! you pay like a 1 michelin star and it's far from that in service and food
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always dine at SB!
    AubbieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have been visiting Vail for 20+ years and SB is always on our dining list. The food is always good and service is nice. That being said, we all had cocktails and while my husband was just starting to sip his, the waiter brought his glass of wine. So then the wine was warm until the entree was served. Also, a longer than necessary wait for our entrees but we did receive dessert on the house due to that so that was very nice. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply outstanding
    ColoKid
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food, wine and service were all outstanding. The menu did not show any vegetarian options, so we were initially very disappointed. However, when we inquired our server asked us our taste preferences and the chef created entrees respecting those preferences. Both entrees were absolutely fantastic. It turned out to be a far better dining experience than we ever imagined. I'd highly recommend Sweet Basil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Basil always a special treat
    BeardiesRuleVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    For many years we have made a point of dining at Sweet Basil every time we are in Vail. It is such a special dining experience and the food is always interesting, delicious and beautifully presented. We both enjoyed superb Caesar salads with anchovies (the real thing...not the salty canned version). I had a delightful halibut dinner and my husband savored his lamb T-bones. We shared a desert... a sinfully delicious coconut medley. Can't wait to go back for more in December. Do NOT miss this wonderful restaurant. Buy the cookbook to gain an appreciation for the amount of work the goes into the preparation of their wonderful dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Better than ever. Delicious Colorado lamb t-bones and oven roasted monkfish. Don't miss the sticky pudding for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Wonderful experience
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything about the experience was wonderful. The atmosphere, wait staff, food. In addition, it was served in a relaxed style - never felt "pushed".
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding wine list in Vail
    dlms
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    If you can make your way through the faux that is too much of Vail, a genuinely excellent, original dining experience awaits at Sweet Basil. Menu is focused (at least for brunch the choices are not extensive) and internationally inspired. One of the most amazing wine lists in the west, strongly weighted towards whites, of which French varietals make up the top selections. Tasty appetizers and good vegetarian options. Seating away from the windows is more comfortable and intimate. Service is a bit too prompt but quite professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant in Vail!
    AggiemomVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Before our Vail vacation, I read reviews on many of the fine restaurants in the mountain area. We had two couples as guests, so I felt the responsibility to find some really nice restaurants to eat while visiting for a week. Sweet Basil had wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor and did not disappoint us. We arrived very tired and stressed after a long drive from Denver to Vail in horrible traffic, rushed to the restaurant and finally were able to relax and enjoy the beginning of our vacation. We were welcomed very nicely, seated in a nice booth and had very friendly wait staff. The dinner was fabulous and just the perfect small portion as my husband & I were able to split a salad and entrée. I would highly recommend Sweet Basil!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet!
    Kimmie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a great lunch & would definitely return. Highly recommend !
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, could have been better
    SrgnVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a recent dinner for two. Appetizers of tomato bisque was very good, tomato salad was just that, with minimal amount if the cheese described on menu. Main of steak was ok. Relatively small steak, somewhat fatty. Good accompaniments. Wife's trout very nice. Service good, not great. All in all a good but not great meal especially considering heafty tab.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Basil
    WeLoveVailVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Sweet Basil remains the best of the best! Absolutely unbeatable.
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    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great restaurant
    DenWPVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant & has been for years. It's worth every penny, but I have one complaint: the servers need more training & coaching. They are often arrogant and/or incompetent. It is a shame to have such a dining experience & have to put up with poor or mediocre service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet Basil still great!
    Colleen
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Although we could only get a 5:30 reservation Sweet Basil was busy. The service was quite good, but they did mix up our first course. After that they were flawless. The view of Gore Creek was very pleasant. Very enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • !0 minutes wait at table
    EdibleRompsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great food and ambiance. But we waited 10 minutes at our table before a waiter arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Outstanding Meal
    wgwghwVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were here 3 weeks ago and gave the restaurant outstanding reviews. Nothing changed this time except to rave about the Halibut, Chicken Breast, Duck, and Roasted Beets salad. Another Outstanding Meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic all around
    InJoy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything at Sweet Basil was fantastic. Food, service, atmosphere - we enjoyed every minute of our experience. They were offering a special that evening - a Halibut Ceviche. It was fantastic and I hope for all future diners it becomes a regular on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious from start to finish
    Upperlakealaska69
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Loved the food and service - can't go wrong here! Easy to book on opentable.com for lunch. Plan ahead on busy symphony nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was amazing and the entire experience was great. Our server was very knowledgable and helpful. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    LuvnfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    After 25 years, we have never been disappointed. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. Our appetizers were truly extraordinary. We had a wonderful evening at Sweet Basil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Quality with one drawback
    MarianVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Busy, noisy spot providing superb food with exemplary service. Food is innovative and of the highest quality. Not good for intimate conversation.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Basil again. And again.
    foodfreak
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have said for years that Sweet Basil is my favorite non-NYC restaurant, and I still say it. The past few years have seen some changes in the physical plant, all seemingly for the better, and in personnel, resulting in the loss of some fine staff members, but the present staff still functions like the proverbial well-oiled machine. My dinner started with a wonderfully constructed Manhattan, followed by the best steak tartar I have ever eaten, accompanied by a delicious glass of Leviathan cabernet. The rack of Colorado lamb, about as good as a rack of lamb should be permitted to be, was cooked to a degree of doneness just beyond that of the tartar! I opted out of dessert. A cup of coffee was all I needed. If I didn't say so, I liked it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening with daughter.
    liveyourdream
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My daughter and I went for a early dinner and had a wonderful experience. Making a reservation is a must.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the hype, I was disappointed
    SolidperformerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We arrived about 5 mins after scheduled reservation (parking is far from restaurant and we were not aware of that), she had an attitude, and we had to wait 15 mins for a table in a restaurant half filled. Guests without reservations were seated before us. Waiter followed poor service trend and was too eager to get his tip from the table next to us to give us water, menus, or take a drink order. It was about 15 mins before we gave our drink order. WE played it off thinking he was having a bad day. His mood continued down hill and his service the same until - surprisingly - he had to present the bill. Salads were over dressed, salmon dry and lettuce looked a week old. Very disappointed after hearing so many great things about this place.
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  • Always a good choice
    DelightedpatronsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sweet Basil is always consistent, delicious and vibrant. A must stop while in Vail.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively place with character
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very good service, with knowledgeable servers. An exceptionally good Cesar salad. Fresh tasty halibut and a great ahi tuna with an interesting preparation in a nicoise style. The deserts were good, but the portion of icecream in the coconut pannacota was far too minuscule. Would recommend the restaurant as I would recommend the sister venue, the Mountain Standard, which is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long time favorite
    Rusty
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Even after 40 years, the food and service here is always amazing and never disappoints, and it is still hard to get a reservation. Book early for weekends and holidays! Sit outside in the summer and enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always!!!
    Haleigh
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Their soups are always superb, as well as their Caesar's salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet Basil - Vail's gem!
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Sweet Basil is the one restaurant in Vail that I always recommend! It never disappoints my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great choice always!
    Mary
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The trout on the lunch menu is to die for; I recommend it highly. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Great location for outdoor dining either on the creek side or on the Vail Village shop side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining on the 4th
    Howie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We've be coming to Vail, CO on July 4th for about 30 years. For more than 10 years we always have lunch at Sweet Basil. Great atmosphere, excellent food, terrific menu and impeccable service. And what a location to view the crowds on the 4th.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    food was great, view was beautiful! highly recommend! waiter was a wealth of great advice and food descriptions, but could have been a little more attentive to the water glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we are here!!
    Socialbugger1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This restaurant was phenomenal! So good! I had the lamb and my husband had the ribeye. Both were cooked perfectly and full of flavor. We also had the toffee pudding cake. Yum!! I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Pleased!
    wellpleased
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were well pleased with the food and service provided at Sweet Basil, and we would certainly visit this restaurant again on our next trip to Vail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE
    wgwghwVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We ate here after one of the concerts at the Ford Amphitheater. We were a bit early for our reservation, but we were seated promptly at a great table on the balcony overlooking the main drag through Vail Village. It was great for people watching...but, on to the meal. Charlie was our waiter and more than outstanding. We need a 6th or 7th star to rate the service. His assistance with the menu and ordering was the best we have experienced. We ended with Crab Bisque (to die for), the pork and the Colorado lamb. The chocolate dessert was more than to die for. This was a great dining experience in all respects. We can't wait to return in a couple of weeks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, excellent wine
    MCatsVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We selected Sweet Basil to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary of two friends. When we had to add one person to the reservation, Cathy was very accommodating. And we were given a lovely round table for five persons. The service began a bit slow, and the champagne I selected was not chilled. However, we said that we would wait. Ben, the sommelier, was excellent, though, and was able to chill the champagne, which was excellent. Ben also recommended a superb red Rhone wine to accompany our dinner. We had several starters -- crab lemongrass bisque, smoked trout, and foie gras terrine, all superb. The two mains of ribeye and Colorado lamb were both excellent. The toffee pudding dessert was delicious. I highly recommend Sweet Basil!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dined both lunch & dinner. Fabulous food & service.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cgianel1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great date spot in Vail. It is more on the side of fine dining but all food selections we're delicious! Get the steak taretare
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    There are few restaurants is the Vail Valley that are consistent good in all experience attributes. Sweet Basil is the best.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food in Vail.
    gbos
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lamb and duck were perfectly cooked and incredibly flavorful. Apps and dessert were terrific. Cocktails were refreshing and tasty. Our server Tom was very attentive and a gentleman.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate