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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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vipmikeyclimb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

this is the best restaurant in Vail. great cocktails and a decent bar scene food fresh and well prepared
unfortunately, when we dined here, 12/11/17 Vail was dead, no snow, many cancellations
even so restaurant was fairly full

vipOpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Craig was a excellent server, and the food was fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 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...

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

Dsmstl (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious food - great service!

Jcpc21 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 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.

DavidF (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 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.

HungryJA (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

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

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!