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Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil Details

  • 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 (970) 476-0125
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Sweet Basil is riding the formerly-good-restaurant-reputation train and they can get away with it due to their prime downtown location, transient clientele who probably won't be back, and high staff turnover. This restaurant came recommended to us and had generally positive historical reviews, but I wish I could just get my money back from dinner the other night. The food is overpriced, the menu was ho-hum (natural chicken breast??), the food was very bland and uninspiring, the wait staff were attentive but made mistakes and were sloppily dressed (including food splatters), the menu had grease stains on it...I can go on. We sent some dishes back for being very poorly cooked and bland (eggplant, vegetables). I will not return here."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming to sweet basil for years it has never disappointed ....until this last visit . My husband ordered Their soup ( FYI their soups have always been truly amazing ) They decided to switch it up and instead of bringing out your own little piping hot individual sauce pan which they then poured over delectable ingredients, this time they served a luke warm bowl with grease pooling at the top. Sadly followed by the monk fish entree Which was undercooked and underwhelming . Not sure if a new chef was working that night but we were celebrating our anniversary and found it very disappointing"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Service was fantastic. Our waiter was clearly very passionate about the menu and making sure we were pleased. The food selection is interesting. Many of the dishes are Asian-inspired, which I didn't expect. The tomato bisque was strange. It's made with a lobster stock, so it was very fishy. I wouldn't order it again. The caesar was good. The lamb was phenomenal. The pork chop was good. The sticky toffee dessert was incredible. So, my feeling is that the food is overall good with some dishes being better than others."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great meal as always but service was off this time."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was out anniversary and SB staff made us feel very special. The food was incredible and the atmosphere very intimate and romantic. Highly recommend for a special dinner."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Sweet Basil is a rare restaurant. We have been going for 30 years through 6 chefs and they always produce delicious and original tastes. My shrimp appetizer with corn, mushrooms, and lobster broth was so good that I would have gladly had another for the main."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We really enjoy Sweet Basil and go there regularly when we are in Vail. The food is great and they always find a new twist on favorites. My BLT was very good with wonderful bread and great flavors. They even used heirloom tomatoes. Loved it."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have dined many times at Sweet Basil, and always considered it to be one of two favorites in Vail. Lunch did not have any specials, and we thought the menu was no where near the innovation and excitement it has been. I had the Salmon Tartare....the pineapple over powered the whole dish. The fries were wimpy. The garden pea and ricotta cannelloni was overpowered by the pea puree. On a plus note the Deviled Eggs were great. We will now be more cautious about making reservations. A real disappointment."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food and service. The view from the outside deck is probably scenic but we didn't sit there. They did a nice touch for our anniversary."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've dined at Sweet Basil many times over many years. The quality of the food is consistently good. I was a little disappointed with this visit, however. The food was good, but not great and the server was professional, but had the personality of a dead fish. He was curt to a fault, but efficient. Sweet Basil usually has very personable staff, so I was surprised. Every restaurant is entitled to the occasional lapse in excellence and I guess the night we ate there was one of those lapses. I'll definitely go back with the expectation that it will be up to their usual high standards."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Always a treat and delicious. Fusion taste at its best. Presentation impeccable. Service attentive, but not pretentious. On our way to dance performance and were out in time without feeling rushed! We will be back for more and often!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had dinner at Sweet Basil to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Nice table on the porch overlooking the creek. We both ordered the halibut which was cooked perfectly. Our waiter recommended the Coconut Panna Cotta for desert, which was delicious. Great experience."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Vail; however at this visit my menu choice was not acceptable. The lamb sandwich was supposed to be medium rare and it was overlooked and the eggplant was the same. Service was good and an adjustment was made."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Don't miss a dining experience at this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Sweet Basil is consistently fine. The food is always fresh, beautifully composed and not overdone. Our server was amazing: professional, friendly and right there when needed. This restaurant is special."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Better than ever. Delicious Colorado lamb t-bones and oven roasted monkfish. Don't miss the sticky pudding for dessert."
    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"."
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Had a great lunch & would definitely return. Highly recommend !"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Sweet Basil remains the best of the best! Absolutely unbeatable."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance. But we waited 10 minutes at our table before a waiter arrived."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Loved the food and service - can't go wrong here! Easy to book on opentable.com for lunch. Plan ahead on busy symphony nights."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Busy, noisy spot providing superb food with exemplary service. Food is innovative and of the highest quality. Not good for intimate conversation."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Sweet Basil is always consistent, delicious and vibrant. A must stop while in Vail."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014