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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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Sweet Basil is the one restaurant in Vail that I always recommend! It never disappoints my friends and family."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Their soups are always superb, as well as their Caesar's salad."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "There are few restaurants is the Vail Valley that are consistent good in all experience attributes. Sweet Basil is the best."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dined both lunch & dinner. Fabulous food & service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "All the dishes we had were delicious and beautifully prepared. Additional the service was impeccable. Joey, our waiter, was such a pleasure and even gave us pointers on what to do around town. I will definitely be back when are in Vail and I would definitely recommend it to others."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. Food and service were excellent. It was a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday. I can't wait to go back! This is by far my favorite Vail restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "First, I am not a foodie....basic guy. Nice environment with tables outside facing the street. Food was average; nothing special. Service was good. I was excited to visit based on several recommendations but expectations exceeded reality. Suggest either eating outside/street view or inside with the view of the stream. Best part of meal was the chocolate and camel cake. Price was inline with others higher end restaurants, but come on, we were in Vail. Overall, okay but not memorable."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was superb, the service was excellent and the restaurant has a great vibe.......we really enjoyed this dinner!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "SweetBasil has a $13.95 lunch menu which allows a sampling of the chef's interesting, creative flavor combinations more reasonably than going there for dinner."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Have dined here many times and the food, service and atmosphere are always excellent!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "With it being the shoulder season in Vail, we had the chance to try Sweet Basil in Vail without fighting for a reservation. We has their Spring 3 course menu and some wonderful wines with each course. Overall the food and the evening lived up to our expectations. If you are in Vail, this is some of the best dining you will find."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "There's a reason Sweet Basil has been going strong for 37 years.......excellence. Best food in Vail."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and our server was knowledgable, engaging and attentive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always spot on. Been here many times with out of town guests, and they never miss a beat."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Consistently excellent. Our first choice when in the Vail Valley."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Have dined at Sweet Basil for many years. It is always wonderful and the food, wine selection and service is always first class. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Sweet Basil had just reopened after renovations (facelift). The service was impeccable and sitting on the porch under the awning with the Vail "river" running by was magical. From our first cocktail to our dessert, everything was perfect. My steak tartare was the best I have ever had and our other appetizer was venison carpaccio. Who would have imagined that raw venison could be so tender and delicious. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "There are so many dining opportunities in Vail. Sweet Basil can always be counted on to be an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Love Sweet Basil! Every time we're in Vail, we have at least one meal there. The calamari is the best anywhere!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Sweet Basil is seriously one of the most amazing restaurants. I live in Chicago, and trust me we have great restaurants here, but if you are ever in Vail, Colorado, you must check it out. They have an extensive wine list as well. My husband and I celebrate our anniversary there every year. The Colorado Lamb Tbones are beyond amazing. The Lemongrass infused Crab Bisque was heavenly! I capped off our meal with Hot Sticky Toffee Bun Cake. Yes it is even better than it sounds. There are few places that give you the level of service as Sweet Basil. Yum Yum Yum!!!!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great fish dishes with character and the bibb salad was to die for. Great service and good pairing/wine list."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Your sister property Mountain Standard knocks your socks off. Our food was okay, but nothing special. My food was warm and not hot when server. The duck came out over cooked, but the server fixed that before we started eating it."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were stuck w/ a very rude waiter and busser only to pay very overpriced, average meal. I recommend Terra Bistro instead. The people that must be giving such high reviews for this place must be affiliated with the restaurant somehow. I do not understand why they have such high reviews. Complete waste of time for our last night in Vail. Should have gone to Terra Bistro a second time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Sweet Basil's remains one of Vail's top restaurants and with a higher quality dinning experience than it's recent offspring, Mountain Standard. Tuna was excellent. Steak tartare was very good. Pork ribeye was somewhat over cooked and slightly dry however. Service as always was attentive and accommodating. Ambiance and decor remain first rate as well."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The problem was that everything was sweet, i know That the restaurant name is sweet, but was to much, the Dock dish looked like a kid plate and the cob fish had a chiness i Thai sweet sauce,"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "There is a reason Sweet Basil's has won the Best of Vail many years in a row, great food prepared exquisitely. Consistently producing the finest meals in a restaurant town is not an easy accomplishment, but this restaurant has performed year after year with excellence. If you are in the Vail Valley, definitely worth the time to dine at Sweet Basil's. If you do plan on a trip, make a reservation in advance, or take your chances at the bar, because this restaurant is always full from 6-8:45 every night."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great setting, cozy atmosphere but...table was against a small service station so I listened more to waiter chat than my husband. Entrees were nice and while the presentations were beautiful the monk was under-seasoned, bit overcooked and just warm. I appreciate small plates and finer dining but the portions of fish were rather small. I held off on a wine order until I chose my entree but the experience lacked making the desire to drink less appealing. Waitress was basically an order taker (but she was friendly). I manage a restaurant in a 5 diamond resort and appreciate being led through my experience. I couldn't decide on an appetizer and nothing was suggested. My husband had an excellent ceaser salad however."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Very expensive and I felt like everytime we turned around the waiter was trying to add more to the bill. Would not return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have been coming to the Vail/Beaver Creek area for skiing for several years now and Sweet Basil has always been on our list of "best places" to dine. No disappointment again this year. The Braised goat with mushroom malfatti was not only creatively presented in the shape of a wreath, but even more tasty! The cioppino had such complex flavors that when you close your eyes, you can feel the sea and surroundings. We cannot wait for our next visit to this area to repeat the experience!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014