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Sweet Basil

2482 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5pm-10:00pm; Bar is open throughout the day.
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Phone number
(970) 476-0125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Anders
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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.
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Private party contact
Sam Ferraro: (970) 476-0125
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Cross street
Wall Street
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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!
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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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KJacobs (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious food, a bit overpriced for the portion size though.

vipDiane (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been raving about the gnocchi ever since my lunch with a friend earlier this summer, so when I saw that restaurant week was coming up I made sure to make a dinner reservation for my husband and I. I wanted my husband to experience, the "little pillows" (my term for the gnocchi). We started with the gnocchi, so light, hence the pillow reference, in a wonderful tomato sauce. We also ordered the oyster special (a dozen oysters) and were not disappointed (we're from the east coast and it's tough to get good seafood here). My husband ordered the lamb shank in a harissa sauce and it literally fell off the bone. I had the barramundi, which was done perfectly. We had a bottle of cab franc to accompany our meal. While the desserts looked interesting, we decided to pass and leisurely finish our wine. The servers are well trained and work together well to make an enjoyable experience for the diner. We most certainly will return.

vipBridget (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

My husband and I went to Sweet Basil for our 10th wedding anniversary. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. Our server was far more concerned with the table of 5 behind us to even introduce himself. The pork tenderloin my husband ordered (which was said to be cooked to medium) was so over done and dry that it took him several minutes to chew one piece. I was hoping for a quiet, intimate restaurant where we could share some conversation and reminisce but it was so loud that we barely spoke to each other. When we did try to talk we had to practically yell just so we could hear ourselves over the noise of the restaurant. We didn't linger for dessert or anything extra, we both just wanted to get out of there to the quiet of the outdoors. It was an epic bummer.

DJay (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Wow! We did it right with four courses and a nice bottle of Silver Oak. It has been a long time since we we have enjoyed the food at a restaurant as much as this meal. Absolutely every course from the oysters started through the Tomato Tower salad, to the entree and desert were all perfectly prepared and served. Our waitress Amanda made the evening special and was a true professional. Would highly recommend to all.

Lindi (Denver)
1.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

The meal was cold, the service was just so so, very loud and the food was very mediocre. Been there many times but it's gone down hill. Maybe lunch but never dinner again!

BonnieK (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambiance of Sweet Basil.
We were seated in the back part of the restaurant with a stream view.
The oysters and Bavette steak were outstanding! Fresh ciabatta bread and the sticky toffee dessert divine.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Autumn menu delighted. Cobb salad was 5 stars with a fall explosion of delish going on perfectly balanced apples against delicious cheddar. The squash and toasted pumpkin seeds added fabulous flavor and texture and THE DRESSING! Spouse ordered the fish tacos...WOW! We will go back during this short visit.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Great food, outstanding service, consistently great place to eat!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Every bite delicious

skiinghoosier (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

Creative, delicious plates! A pleasing palette experience!!