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Sweet Basil Bistro

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40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
(909) 866-9212
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Tuesday
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Anniversary Dinner!

This little gem of a restaurant was recommended to me by a local resident. My husband and I were not disappointed. Great food!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Ann S
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This little gem of a restaurant was recommended to me by a local resident. My husband and I were not disappointed. Great food!

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Corona, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you go, please make reservations. I made mine early January for Valentine's day. The service and the food was good.

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Newport Beach, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Though it is away from the "main" restaurant strip, this was a great find. We were unable to find anywhere else to eat but Sweet Basil Bistro was able to accommodate us. The red pepper salmon was delicious, as well as the make-your-own pasta. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone staying in Big Bear.

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los angeles
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I was looking for a place to eat and could not find a place to park in The Village. This place is just on the outskirts and has a parking lot. The food is excellent. The service was fine. The decor is great. Loved the picture in the ladies room. I did not order a drink, but my friend did... More 

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Rosemead, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This restaurant is a gem in Big Bear. Great Italian food, very reasonable prices and a children's menu. I had the ravioli special which was excellent and my wife had the spaghetti with meat sauce. The children also had pasta. Every one enjoyed their meal. For dessert we had the donuts with three dipping sauces, this is a must. Will... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Nice little restaurant in BigBear lake, cozy, small but cute and good service, Go for the panini those are the best on the menu, pasta was well cooked but nothing too fancy. Better call ahead and make reservations, they dont have many tables.

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Big Bear Lake, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We found this restaurant to be very good. All the tables were filled except two for lunch. Very popular for local people. I picked linguini pasta with homemade sauce (basil and pine nuts). It was good but little bland. My only complain is that this restaurant does not have any sea food (such as my favorite seafood pasta).

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Big Bear City, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We love going to see Sally at Sweet Basil Bistro! The food is always top notch!! And the service is great too! It's a small quaint little place, so make sure to make reservations!! But you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu! And they have the Best Pizza at lunchtime!!

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Orange, California, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

We've been coming up here for years and have bemoaned the lack of decent restaurants. Thankfully, that is no longer true. I have a couple of other favorite places in town, but this is now #1. The menu selections are creative and well executed. The wine list is small and affordable with some good finds. We had a $27 Malbec... More 

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Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Unique and homemade dishes. We had surf & turf with tiramisu for dessert. Waitresses are awesome here and overall service is great. It's very popular so lots and lots of people waiting and no room to move. Maybe expansion should be in the works?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: (909) 866-9212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?