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Sweet Basil Bistro

40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
(909) 866-9212
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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English first
irvine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

True Italian pasta with the best marinara! Right combination of basil and tomatoes! Fillet mignon with lobster tail, broccoli - all perfect!

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San Clemente, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We're in Big Bear every year for skiing, and camping in the Spring/Summer. Every year we make a point to hit SBB. Definitely make reservations, because this place is always packed. Hmmmm, must be a reason for that eh? The food is always outstanding, and they're not afraid to press the edges a bit on some of the fare they... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Who would have expected such a wonderful little restaurant tucked in a strip mall? My husband and I did our research and, based on the reviews, we decided to give it a try. The food was delicious. We had the Crusted Salmon and the Flank Steak. Both were wonderful. The disappointment was the seating situation. The tables are so close... More

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Anaheim, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

A local recommended this place and boy was it a waste of money. What kind of Italian restaurant can't even make good pasta? I know my pasta because I've loved it all my life, and have been to numerous Italian restaurants. Sweet Basil Bistro is a joke, an overpriced joke. Our server was nice, and the decor inside is cute... More

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Orange County, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, we thought we'd try to Sweet Basil. We went on a Saturday night and didn't have reservations. Thankfully they squeezed us in. The best meal we had while we were in Big Bear. The wait staff was very attentive. I had the soup special which was sausage, kale & garbanzo bean soup. Delish!!!... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had no expectation of finding a fine dining restaurant in Big Bear, so we were very happy to discover Sweet Basil Bistro. She won't win any Michelin stars, but Sally's plates are creative and satisfying. Try the Braccilone - breaded flank steak stuffed with roasted tomatoes and Gorgonzola over linguine with tomato basil sauce. I usually avoid anything "breaded",... More

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Manotick
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

By far the best meal we had while in Big Bear for 4 days in September. This attractive small restaurant (seats about 40) is situated below a bowling alley just adjacent to the downtown. We started with salads - he had the Cesar which he said was one of the best he'd had, with a delicate balance between lemon and... More

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PAHRUMP
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Had our 49th aniversary dinner here. The food was excellent, the staff very nice and the prices are not outragrous. A nice romantic atmosphere.

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Cincinnati, OH
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We ate here twice during our visit to Big Bear Lake. Good drinks, good salads, good service. Entrees were excellent. My wife raved about her filet, cooked exactly the way she ordered it (extremely rare). Same on the second visit, when she ordered the flank steak. Pastas were also excellent, and the portions are ample. The place is a little... More

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Ventura, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

My wife and I had another great dinner at SBB last Sunday night. We shared a light dinner of Garlic Fritters (a unique variation on garlic bread), Portabello Mushroom & Artichoke Salad and the night's Pizza Special. This is a gem destination for fine food in Big Bear! Our 2nd visit and will be coming back!

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