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
216 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)special occasion (117)notable wine list (101)great for outdoor dining (91)scenic view (88)romantic (78)neighborhood gem (58)great for lunch (52)hot spot (39)vibrant bar scene (35)good for groups (23)great for brunch (18)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • 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.
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    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!!
    Wynn
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic dinner
    NawlinsFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ate at Sweet Basil twice during our recent trip to Vail. The food is so creative and outstanding. I had a party of five and we all tried each others dishes and it was hard to decide who made the best choices. Everything was excellent. Great staff and not pretentious at all. Best restaurant we have eaten at in the Vail area and in the top five of any meal we have eaten anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!!
    ValleyLocal2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service and the food were outstanding. Atmosphere is great!
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    KatieKat
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our first time in Vail (my boyfriend and I visited for LDW) and this was our first restaurant experience while visiting. It was amazing. The food was divine, excellent and interesting flavors, beautiful presentation and flawless service. Really a gem in Vail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in fav Vail restaurant
    Luv4food
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We love Sweet Basil and have never been disappointed until this weekend. The food was just average. The special appetizer - mushroom risotto - lacked flavor. The pork chop was way over-cooked. The monk fish was dry. The only redeeming dish was the staple dessert - sticky toffee pudding cake. I hope this was an anomaly, because we love Sweet Basil, but for the price, it really needs to step up.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Fair
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Did not like half as much as one of the competitors, Terra Bistro. The menu was not great.
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  • changed from perfection
    august272014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have made Sweet Basil a must since its inception. We have a home in vail and visit the restaurant often for lunch and dinner. This past week was no exception. Service was as it has always been for the first 30 minutes. Cocktails and appetizers came in a timely fashion. After 1 1/2 hours we asked for our check.told the waiter we were no longer interested in our entrée. The manager was called.He too insisted we have our entrées which were 'magically' ready, although we never saw them.We explained we were no longer hungry and out of patience. With great reluctance our check was brought to the table. We paid for what we had consumed and left. Was this just " a bad night?"
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Dininginvail
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was good but was somewhat disappointed based on what I had heard. It is very load and tables are close. Portions are on the small size for the price. Was good but not great. Was disappointed in the service. Took a long time to order a drink and was never asked if we wanted another.
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  • Inventive cuisine
    ChompChimp
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always excellent quality and service. Great wine list, too.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing entrees
    denverdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had been to Sweet Basil once before, a year ago and had a great experience. So we were excited to return. Drinks, appetizers, and service were all fabulous. And the sweet toffee pudding was out of this world. But unfortunately, the ribeye was thin, dry (which it should not be at medium rare), and poor quality beef. The rack of lamb was decent. And I don't mind paying for really good food, but it was not worth the $60. I can name 5 places with better lamb that are all at least a third less expensive. We'll be looking for a new favorite restaurant in Vail.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Lunch
    BZappVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My team and I enjoyed lunch earlier this week and Adam was an amazing server and host. He surprised and delighted our group and all of the food was absolutely amazing. Looking forward to returning very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food needs work
    Kalinta
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Staff great, location wonderful. Food needs work. Prices out of control. TINY app ruined by mayo. Pork BLT had mayo slapped on big bread. The pork was mushy slices. Loads of pork & lettuce, no flavor but bacon. Skinny fries luke warm. $25 burger little flavor. Ravioli OK, guest ? being polite. Jar Mayo lousy flavor. (Not homemade or even Hellman's.) "Skinny glass" Bloody Mary came with horseradish overload. It was nicely replaced. Replacement had weird taste as well. We were first customers of lunch day. Too bad. Used to be a great place. 3 lunchs, 1 wine, 1 cocktail, 1 app, came to over $100, then tip. Location is on creek in Vail, but food was blah for flavor & price.
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  • Not impressed
    dani13VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We thought portions were small for the price. We ordered wine and it wasn't chilled. The server did not chill it right away and was not ready for our meal. Just not overall impressed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Uninspiring and overpriced
    foodiemeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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  • Long time favorite / off night?
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, excellent service
    LaFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great meal as always but service was off this time.
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  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 years and still great
    Ridgepoimter
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sweet Basil
    Jean
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    TrudezzyVIP
    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.
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