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Sweet Basil Bistro, Big Bear Lake, CA

Sweet Basil Bistro

4.7
4.7
52 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Sweet Basil Bistro is Big Bear's original Italian Bistro, family owned and operated for more than 15 years. Located within walking distance of Big Bear's downtown Village, Sweet Basil Bistro offers lunch, dinner, wine, craft cocktails and more, in a quaint and intimate atmosphere. Join us for a date night or family celebration, or just treat yourself.

Sweet Basil Bistro's menu includes pastas with homemade sauces, steaks, seafood dishes, appetizers, homemade desserts and so much more. All of our meals and sauces are prepared in house.

Online ordering for pickup and takeout are available at www.SweetBasilBigBear.net

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed–Sun 3:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (909) 866-9212

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Big Bear Lake

  • Cross street

    Below the Bowling Barn. Big Bear Blvd between Lynn Road & Bonanza Trail

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Big Bear has a free Trolley! Check their website for times and availbility! https://www.mountaintransit.org/routes-schedule/

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 52 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inland Empire

    Best Overall

  • Inland Empire

    Best Food

  • Inland Empire

    Best Service

  • Inland Empire

    Best Value

  • Inland Empire

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. V

    Vince

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Weekend Trip Family Dinner
  2. J

    Jaybirdfree

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    Very loud. Very small. Food was good. Wouldn’t go back.
  3. RG

    RandyG

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet Basil is a local secret, hidden a small way from downtown. The food is SO GOOD, and the atmosphere and staff are both super friendly. Try the tiramisu! So good. This is one of favorite restaurants in Big Bear.
  4. DB

    DeniseB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are always wonderful
  5. DH

    DeborahH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Love the food here, but this visit the background music was way too loud, the wait to order and the wait for our food was way too long. The calamari was chewy and rubbery, but the main courses were very good. If you don’t mind waiting for generally good food and shouting to your dinner partner, this place is for you.
  6. LF

    LauraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a charming little place! Everything was excellent! Do make sure to make a reservation, though. It is a bit small and seating is limited.
  7. SD

    ShadowD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small but very nice restaurant. Some noise from bowling alley however the service and ambiance was great and the food is so delicious! Fresh, flavorful and this will be a new regular spot when we visit.
  8. DD

    DarlaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm am an Italian american and grew up with a Mother that was an amazing Italian cook. I never wanted to go to Italian restaurants because they never could compare. Sweet Basil is the closest yet! Very authentic and delicious. So glad it's in my town.
  9. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally the best restaurant on the mountain. We drive almost an hour each way. Tonight was deep fried ravioli, Fettucini Alfredo, and Garganzola stuffed Filet Mignon.
  10. SM

    SallyM

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal great food and service
  11. MP

    MarciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The only thing is I would prefer to have brewed ice tea. Not the instant stuff which that is what was served! You can definitely tell the difference! I would not order that again! Everything else was great. We brought 2 friends there for the first time and they loved the food so hopefully they will be back also!
  12. D

    Dblmed

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a charming and taste centric find is Sweet Basil. Located near the Bowling center, but far enough away - easy parking. Food choices were wide and each in a special preparation. Owners and servers are proud of their quality preparations & are very helpful. Highly Recommended...
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy dinner at this restaurant.
  14. TS

    TennisS

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find in Big Bear! Everyone was awesome. Don't let the location deter you, as it is off the beaten path from the village. This place hits every mark and fantastic food!
  15. LR

    LynnR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner date when you’re on vacation. Service was professional and not rushed. Food was delicious like you would expect from a small Italian restaurant. It is a gem. We will be back!
  16. E

    Eliot

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable meal, started with grilled artichoke appetizer. Then Chicken Parmesan and Meatloaf for our entrees. Both were delicious!!! For dessert we had the special that evening, fig and strawberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. We definitely will be back as the food was very good and the service was professional and friendly.
  17. c

    clayful1

    Palm Springs

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Owners serving great food. Highly recommend this lovely place.
  18. NW

    NancyW

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet Basil is our favorite restaurant in Big Bear. A little off the beaten path, this gem always pleases. Excellent service, ambiance and food. Last night there was a wonderful new special dish-steelhead trout over quinoa with a lemon butter sauce. Yummm!
  19. GI

    GIDEONH

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Big Bear Lake. We can’t wait to come back!!
  20. CH

    CynthiaH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Downtown Big Bear was very busy, but we were able to make a last minute reservation online. The food was great and everything was well appointed.
  21. M

    Marc90049

    Los Angeles

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food served lovingly by experienced and caring wait staff who know the dishes well. The cocktails were made perfectly. Family owned and it feels like eating with the family you love and none that you do not. I have been several times and I look forward to going back again soon!
  22. AS

    AllisonS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, awesome servers, cute place. Little pricey but heck, you're getting tasty halibut in the mountains!
  23. Z

    Zelda

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The stand outs food-wise were the blushing martini and the lemon mascarpone cake. The calamari appetizer was pretty good but the wild mushroom pasta was rather disappointing. Very al dente and not much flavor- just a huge unartfully arranged pile of pasta. My dining companion did really like his ricotta ravioli with alfredo sauce. The service was great and friendly at first and then, strangely, once the place started to empty out all the servers vanished, and it took forever after we were long finished and our mostly empty plates were sitting in front of us to finally get out of there. Maybe they were just having an off night. We’d probably give the place another shot sometime, but we were a little disappointed after reading a lot of great reviews.
  24. F

    Flowergrl

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and good, fresh food with several “special” selections to choose from. Small restaurant with limited seating, but big on varied selection of all courses.
  25. DG

    DeeG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love that big bear has an Italian restaurant with gluten free pasta options!! The waitress did a great job of steering me away from sauces with gluten in them.
  26. DW

    DenisW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not many people in restaurant for lunch. Our server was very good and polite. She was patient with some of us who have hearing impairment. The food was excellent. We were pleasantly surprised and highly recommend this restaurant.
  27. k

    kahuna

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  28. JG

    JohnG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Big Bear. Would recommend to everyone.
  29. MC

    MaryC

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and very kind staff. Highly recommend!
  30. M

    Margarita

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was helpful and welcoming. The food was delicious and very filling. One of the best places that we came across while in Big Bear.
  31. BS

    BethS

    Yosemite

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was wonderful. Didn't like the country music playing loudly inside an Italian restaurant. Since it was a short distance outside The Village, it wasn't crowded. Great service!
  32. S

    Superb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and service. We have enjoyed many special celebrations at Sweet Basil. Always a pleasure at this unique intimate restaurant.
  33. NW

    NancyW

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to dine in Big Bear. Excellent food, service, ambiance-a small neighborhood restaurant with the cozy feeling we love
  34. w

    waterlily1

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the food and good service.
  35. MB

    MatthewB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a very nice meal. Some changes over the years, but still very nice, a good value, and delicious.
  36. SM

    SallyM

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good meal/service/drinks
  37. SC

    SergioC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service. The food and wine was tasty and refreshing!
  38. t

    tfr1948

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was quick and attentive. Food was prepared as we asked and was very good. Recommend this place when in Big Bear. It’s just outside the village below the bowling alley.
  39. NB

    NedB

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding entree (panini) and salad and Spinach soup that was beyond amazing! Good wine list for a smaller restaurant. Not small in quality though.
  40. SD

    SteveD

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Will definitely go back next trip

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sweet Basil Bistro using the Order Online button. Sweet Basil Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 866-9212.

Sweet Basil Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Sweet Basil Bistro

40629 Big Bear Lake Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Below the Bowling Barn. Big Bear Blvd between Lynn Road & Bonanza Trail

  • Neighborhood

    Big Bear Lake

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed–Sun 3:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Big Bear has a free Trolley! Check their website for times and availbility! https://www.mountaintransit.org/routes-schedule/

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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