Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sweetbasil-vail.com/
  • Phone: (970) 476-0125
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sweet Basil reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (111)special occasion (95)notable wine list (70)romantic (58)scenic view (45)great for outdoor dining (38)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (36)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (26)good for groups (17)great for brunch (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Best lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Best lunch in the Vail Valley. Food was wonderful and service great.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding meal...
    RaviniVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Sweet Basil is a fantastic find in Vail (though it has had a stellar reputation for years). Excellent food, great atmosphere and service. The presentation of the dishes was excellent but not showy or pretentious. Probably the most artfully created comfort food I've even tasted. If you're in Vail you must check out Sweet Basil.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing food
    NigeWirral
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Booked last minute but what a find. Amazingly talented chef who produces fabulous flavours and presentation. There were four of us dining and each was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food!
    anniversaryyums
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I ate at Sweet Basil on our anniversary trip to Vail. The food was fantastic, the portions were good (sometimes pricier restaurants give smaller portions), the service was great, and the atmosphere was cozy and relaxed. Great place to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Joy.
    denvergirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    When in Vail to celebrate my birthday, I decided to try Sweet Basil for lunch. I had the most fantastic trout! So when we were deciding where to go when my other son came in town, and we could all celebrate my birthday, I said I wanted to go back to Sweet Basil! And I was not sorry! One of my sons is a food junky and loves to try new foods. I knew that the menu had a lot for him to try! He said it was the best food he had ever had. I was very happy that my family enjoyed our evening. And as a birthday bonus, the gave me a free glass of champagne, gave me a menu with birthday notation, and wrote Happy Birthday on my dessert bowl and it had a candle. Thank God there was no embarrassing broo-haha. The simple gestures made my evening special.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets
    Satisfiedsteev
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Better than we hoped for. Outstanding flavors, timing, relaxed top service. I challenge anyrestaurant to equal sweet basil, they would claim the top of their market. SB is simply the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must for Fine Dining
    Limey60
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was fantastic and we were well taken care of by the attentive staff. Duck breast was most amazing I've ever had. Wine were not economical but very good, and proclaimed river overlook was non-existant. However, the overall experience was well worth it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    TimK
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food and the service exceeded expectations. I give it 5 stars in every category.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat...
    KristenVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sweet Basil is one of my favorite restaurants in Vail - and they delivered again. However it is becoming more and more expensive - relative to other very fine dining restaurants nearby - and not clear the difference warrants it. We had an excellent server and a wonderful meal - Aside from the smaller dining area being a bit loud, it was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable Flavors
    GluttonMe
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The combinations of flavors that we experienced in their food week dishes was something my fiance and I have never been exposed to. It was simply divine. The pumpkin bruschetta, the risotto, and amazing pana cotta brought the definition of flavor profiling to a level we were unaccustomed to. It was delicious. I highly recommend it for a romantic evening out for special occasions as the regular pricing can be expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Died and gone...
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Eating at Sweet Basil is like dying and going right to heaven...from the moment we walked in we felt welcome. We were greeted with smiles and handshakes...next to the bar with outstanding service! Try the Pimm's #1 Cup...wow! On to dinner, remarkable dinner...try the duck..it melts in your mouth! Dining at Sweet Basil is an amazing romantic setting that will make you feel you're in heaven!F
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • $20.14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Pleasantly surprised with the $20.14 entrees. Service was spot on, waiter very knowledgeable. Food was cooked and seasoned well, very fresh with ingredients and presentation (though there was undoubtedly 0 black truffle in the cauliflower bisque).
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  • Sweet indeed
    indiandinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sweet Basils remains Vails hottest, best restaurant. With fabulous foodn attentive service and a beautiful location, it can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We dined here last week during restaurant week, and loved the whole experience. Restaurant was packed-tables are close together-waiter was very attentive despite being busy. Enjoyed both of our entrees-pork and fish. Finished with most delicious espresso martini and milky way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Because of great reviews, we went to Sweet Basil looking forward to a wonderful dining experience and were disappointed. The waiter seemed to be in the wrong profession. He approached our table but when he greeted us was looking in the other direction and I didn't realize he was even talking to us! Wasn't able to give helpful information when we asked about the dinner options. But the food was the biggest disappointment. We ordered the duck and the Scottish salmon. Both were fair to middling. With our expectations as they were, we were very let down.
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  • Outstanding!
    Char
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Menu and service are amazing. I will go there often. A great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    CatDVMVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We lucked into a reservation during Restaurant Week and were delighted with the service and food. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and the presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. The only complaint is that the restaurant becomes noisy when full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Jess
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We enjoyed everything about this place. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always spectacular
    WoodlanderVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It is our tradition to eat at Sweet Basil each time we arrive in the Vail valley. We have probably eaten here 25 times and have never been disappointed. The food is incredibly creative and of course delicious and the service is always exceptional (thank you Thomas). The view of the creek is true mountain bliss. The chef continues modifying the menu to utilize the freshest available ingredients. This time we had the Borden's farm salad, Colorado Trout and the Oxtail risotto - they were all incredible! If you've never eaten at Sweet Basil you really owe to yourself to try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Sept 2014
    gselleVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Sweet Basil is on our dining list multiple times during an extended stay. The food is always tastefully and attractively presented. Favorite is always the Frito Misto! The staff is very accommodating and personable. Love the new wine cellar!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always a memorable experience. Beautiful restaurant, two great decks viewing the village AND over the creek. Food is exceptional in quality and creativity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as usual
    crowwing2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sweet Basil is a must-stop every time we are in the Vail area. Food is consistently amazing and the service is friendly and well-informed. Our table gave rave reviews to the Oxtail Risotto, Ahi Tuna Nicoise-ish, Angus Flat-Iron Steak and the Violet, Blackberry & Almond Tart. Everyone went home very happy, but those were the star dishes of the evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the best
    Ben4VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The finest food in the valley; utterly dependable; they have and amazing knack for finding great chefs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long time customers not coming back
    MountainEats
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have enjoyed many special occasions at Sweet Basil for 10 years. Unfortunately, our most recent experience was a huge disappointment. The menu lacked inspiration, in how it looked and felt in your hands. It was boring and we were challenged in what to choose. The trout and halibut were bland, overcooked. Appetizers bland. The service-annoying, popping in and out, startling us at times. We overheard his same recommendations at each table. Gave us no inspiration. Looked at the dessert menu...once again, nothing to make us want to stay. We returned to our hotel for dessert, and were convinced we made the right decision. Our meals at other Vail restaurants were much better during our 4-day stay.
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  • Happy diners!!
    WynnVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our first visit and we will definitely return. Menu offerered nice choices. My husband chose steak and I had the halibut. Both were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    locavore51VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    still one of my very favorite places to go. there's always something new - either on the menu, or as a special. this time it was sweet potato bisque and the "add-ins" and presentation were delicious and attractive
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really
    BobBVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The reviews for this restaurant are beyond overrated based on our experience. My wife's trout should have been pan sautéed, but was over grilled and the burnt grill marks overwhelmed the delicate fish. My salmon was boring and the Japanese eggplant was under cooked. Have no idea what Zagat or the Yelpers saw in this restaurant, from my perspective living on their perhaps past reputation and certainly not a current one.
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  • Did not disapoint
    Summer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of our favorite places in Vail. Our waiter was a delight - wish I had gotten his name. The tomato salad was the best we had ever had - the beet was wonderful also. All entrees were perfect - but that dessert! Awesome. Can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennifer Williams
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been to Sweet Basil many times and always had a wonderful experience. This time I was disappointed in the menu selection. For that reason we only enjoyed an appetizer and had dinner elsewhere later. I'll still recommend Sweet Basil to my friends.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grlfrmneb
    Grlfrmneb
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Again! A fantastic dining experience. Very attentive service. Beautiful presentation & food out of this world! I have come here over & over when in Vail & never been disappointed!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Paid 30 for salmon and it was gross. For that much money you would expect that the chef would know how to cook salmon right. Very dissappointed. Will never return here
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    notable wine list
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  • Well Done
    sbennett53
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Sam does a great jog at when checking and has a firm grip on the goings-on all across the restaurant floor. After that it it just gets better. The pairings of food ingrediendts interesting and pleasing to the palate -- everyone at the table raved about their selection. Well done, Sweet Basil!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kmengland
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    oysters were overpriced. ribyeye was excellent. would have preferred to have vegetables on the side not on top of the steak. could have done with more wines at under 70 dollars. I am not saying they were overpriced but there was bias towards top end wines. The noise levels were a bit too high for me.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • A Gem
    bdvirginia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Exceeded expectations Love the T bone lamb. Wife loved the trout.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement celebration
    KCEngagement4
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sweet Basil provided the most perfect place to celebrate our recent engagement. The wine and champagne list was impressive, the atmosphere was romantic, and the food was some of the best I've ever had! From the lump blue crab, to the Caesar salad, to the melt-in-your-mouth halibut main course... It was all unbelievably delectable! We'd heard wonderful things about Sweet Basil, and it exceeded all of our highest expectations!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal at Sweet Basil
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Another great evening at Sweet Basil. Our waiter was perfect as was our me!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good Enough for the Price
    MeandMyBrideVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We love really nice restaurants and are not afraid of $100 plus per person places. Some of the best food we've ever eaten was at some pricey joints. This place is nice -- lovely modern decor, outdoor seating with a view of the river. But the service and flavor do not add up to a $250 dinner for two. Pity, this was a big disappointment for us. The reviews certainly pump this place way up, but they just did not deliver for us. Nope, we will not be back.
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    notable wine list
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  • Great Restaurant
    food4fun
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Sweet Basil never disappoints. The chef is creative while serving very clean food. The staff is professional, knowledgable and always seems to add to our dining experience. They handle special dietary needs extremely well....accommodating while still keeping it creative. We have been coming here for years and are always thrilled to be dining at Sweet Basil!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Greatness
    Bimmerboy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been dinning at Sweet Basil for over 15 years and have never had a bad meal there. For us, the consistency is what keeps us coming back. The service is also always great. Thanks again for a great dinning experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sweet Basil's always a favorite
    Roscoe46
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We often eat one very nice meal a day and if we are in Vail, for skiing or bike riding we try to have a very nice lunch at Sweet Basil's. It has never disappointed us and often still surprises us with a special dish. Service the best most consistent in Vail. That takes a lot. This week it was a BLT. Sounds simple but one of the best sandwiches I have eaten.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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