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Sweet Basil

193 Gore Creek Dr, Ste 201, Vail, CO 81657-4549
970-476-0125
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Ranked #4 of 101 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Wall Street
Description: 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.
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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Drove up to Vail for a short day trip with my wife and walked around the village. Walked past a number of restaurants and checked out their menus and Sweet Basil was the most appealing to the two of us. The restaurant has been around for few decades according to the waiter, who was also very attentive. The Mezze and... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The super friendly staff made us immediately comfortable. The food was perfect in every way - portion size, flavor, creativity and price. I had a seafood salad with a glass of chardonnay, sitting on terrace overlooking a charming street in Vail. We all had empty plates and lots of smiles!

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Denver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The sauces and presentation made the dishes delightful. We sat by a window with views of the creek. Very nice

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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of our favorite restaurants in Vail. Great upscale food and drinks. The patio is great with views of the river.

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

It was raining out and we were waiting for the USA Pro Challenge Tour to arrive. Decided to go to Sweet Basil which a friend had suggested. It was a wonderful experience !! The food was fresh, delish and the service was amazing !!! We all had a great time and loved all of our meals !!

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Houston, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Everyone we spoke to before visiting Vail mentioned Sweet Basil and why we enjoyed it, it was our least fav meal of the trip. I started with the beet salad and my husband had the tomato salad and both were good. Keith had the trout and I had the halibut and they were good but not exceptional. our meal was... More

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Boca Raton, FL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

After reading all the previous reviews, the seven of us were really looking forward to our dinner. The Caesar salad was completely tasteless. The romaine, which was served in whole lengths (which I've enjoyed at other restaurants) was wet. Only the 3 croutons had any flavor. The 3 bite-size pieces of fish, which were supposed to be on a bed... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Sweet Basil is a unique balance of carefully prepared food and drink and casual comfort. The service was attentive without being bothersome, and our waitress was personable and direct. Vail is pricey in general, but at least one gets fine value for money here.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Sweet Basil is a great restaurant in a ski resort town. We were here in early September which is a beautiful time of year to visit Vail on beautiful Gore Creek. With the towns Bavarian flair, we found this little restaurant gem and loved it. The waitstaff waited on our party of six with special dietary needs. I like that... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

As return visitors, we had our expectations. We always have the crispy calamari appetizer as a light lunch. They changed the dish completely including the dipping sauce, which was different than the one posted at the door. It had very few shrimp and calamari rings. It mostly had asparagus and onion. They had else eliminated the spices peppers. We also... More

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