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About 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.

193 East Gore Creek Dr.
Suite 201
Vail, CO 81657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Dining Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5pm-10:00pm; Bar is open throughout the day.

Cross Street:
Wall Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 476-0125

Website:
http://www.sweetbasilvail.com/

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!

Executive Chef:
Paul Anders

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Sweet Basil Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (58)
Creative Cuisine (57)
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Fit for Foodies (56)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Notable Wine List (47)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Romantic (34)
Scenic View (34)
Worth the Drive (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Seasonal (19)
Business Meals (18)
Fun (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
People Watching (16)
Cozy (15)
Casual (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Healthy (11)
Waterfront (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was such a great experience on our honeymoon! The food and atmosphere is perfect for such a great occasion

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is the BEST Place in all of the Vail/ Beaver creek area!!! Great every year when we come for our weekend get away...

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Sweet Basil. Our server was exceptional.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious food - great service!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Sweet Basil is right on the pedestrian mall in Vail Village. Lot's of restaurants around, but this is a special one: Waiter was very attentive, explained specials well, chilled our wine! Varied menu, reasonably priced, remember we are in Vail Village. We also visited their sister restaurant, Mountain Standard and it was great, too, overlooking Gore Creek.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Colorado. Exceptional service. Exceptional food. Bar area where you enter is very active and very loud, and the dining area is also very active and always busy. But those are the signs of great establishments. We were there for their 40-year anniversary. East to see why this restaurant has been around for so long.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made reservations in advance and requested a specific windowside table when I stopped by in person earlier in the day. However, table request was not accommodated. Food was very good and portions were ok but not huge. Reasonable prices for Vail. Excellent tableside service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A fabulous lunch while visiting Vail. Everthing was excellent. definitely go.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 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.

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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 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!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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·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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Every bite delicious

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Creative, delicious plates! A pleasing palette experience!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One entree was missed and it took 30 minutes to get it served after the other meals.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food! Great combination of flavors, will come back.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Sweet Basil has been the Vail market must dine restaurant. We have been enjoying exceptional cuisine and service since the late 90’s. A superb wine list for perfect pairings is available. After an exquisitely presented dinner make sure room is left for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with a glass of Tawny Port. Pure heaven.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We drive up a couple times a year from Parker and always choose Sweet Basil for lunch. Top notch from start to finish.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall it was a disappointing dining experience and not what we expected. The ambiance is modern and it is busy, but the service standards need to be addressed with management.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had an absolutely delightful evening. Our waiter was FANTASTIC. Super knowledgable and understood that we didn't want to be rushed so he served appropriately. My daughter ordered the salmon and although the flavor was good the inside was still a little cold and raw. We should have sent it back but felt everything else was spot on. My daughter who is pregnant asked that the bar staff make her a nonalcoholic drink and they made her a very tasty and refreshing drink. Thanks for another great evening at Sweet Basil. We will definitely be returning next time we are in Vail.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This is simply the best restaurant in Vail Village. Always innovative and delicious!
They have some new items on the menu for the Fall that were wonderful. We were having a birthday lunch and everyone raved about their choices. The Jasper Hill Cheddar Fondue was amazing. I had the Gnocchi Pomodora as my main dish....Fabulous! They blend favors together so well!

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The best meal we've had in ages. Our waiter was excellent in describing the entrees and giving recommendations. The food was creative.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Sweet Basil was the perfect place for a date in Vail. The waiter was great as he explained all the options to us and helped us navigate food and drink options. My spouse has a nut allergy and it was apparent that was clearly communicated by the waiter to other key staff members.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great dinner as always! Service and Food was excellent

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Vail! Amazing food, creative dishes for every taste, great wine selection and impeccable service.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We chose Sweet Basil for my 60th birthday dinner. It was so great, from the grilled octopus appetizer to the shellfish pasta, the best I've ever had. They seated us at a table right by the window. It was great. Thanks to Amanda for taking good care of us.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

As always a fantastic dinner, superb service, Never disappoints

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Whenever we are in Vail Sweet Basil is a must visit for dinner. The food and wine are great and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Sweet Basils has always been a very popular spot in Vail and I simply don't get it
We returned after many years and now I remember why we stopped coming to the restaurant. It is still too loud when it gets busy. Service is ok but there seems to be a "Sweet Basils" attitude which rests on the days of old while they are celebrating 40 years in Vail Appetizer..Corn Chowder was very good but our main courses were average at best so really not worth the price they charge With so many other options it is baffling that Sweet Basils remains so popular

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food - the charred octopus was fantastic. Great flavors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our reservation wasn't found when we arrived and the gentleman who proceeded to seat us said that it is no big deal, perhaps you booked another Sweet Basil restaurant, blah, blah, blah. I'm not stupid. I know I booked the right restaurant and had a confirmation call from the host just a day before. Not a good way to start the night. Plus I had put notes in the reservation indicating a special occasion and nothing was acknowledged.

Our server was also very rehearsed and never smiled once. It was definitely not a warm & fuzzy experience.

We used to live in Vail and have been to the restaurant several times. We are also both in the industry. This was a very disappointing experience.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

If you're a person that enjoys spend a lot of money on terrible food then this is the place for you! Feel free to treat yourself to rude service and cold food!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Go here. Dishes and cocktails were awesome. Service was top notch.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We were quite a challenge to our waiter as we had in mind a "tasting menu" with several of the dishes on the menu for all of us to taste! He was quite patient and took the time to figure it all out so that each of us had a main dish and there were several small dishes for all of us to taste. This was not on the menu! We were happy to wait for this delightful meal. A "hats off" to the chef who also took extra time to figure it all out in the kitchen when they were very busy that day for lunch. It all turned out terrifically and everything was very tasty. We would heartily suggest they add a "tasting menu" to their regular menu! :-)
To boot, we had some allergies to deal with as well!
Our guest from Canada was impressed with all the food! And we were impressed by the waiter Justin! Thanks Justin, you made the day!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We loved everything about Sweet Basil. The food was prepared perfectly, wine pairing awesome, desert out of this world.
My daughter suggested Sweet Basil also raving about everything they offered. She's been there several time while on business and love it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Sweet Basil has been a great restaurant for food and service for many years.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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