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“good food - closing Aug 1st” 4 of 5 stars
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Sweet Basil
4910 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6002
301-657-7997
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Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Thai
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“good food - closing Aug 1st”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

For what it is worth - (They had a sign on the window saying they will be permanently closed on August 1st).

They had good flavorful Thai food with a curry that my daughter actually liked (She wants things very mild and most places are too spicey). The papaya salad was also good and had a good spice kick to it.

Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Rockville, Maryland
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Thai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012 via mobile

Very tasty Thai food, Tom Kha Gai, Chicken Fried Rice and Chicken Penang were excellent, but the Pad Thai was average. Overall, excellent food, great value and ambience. Will definitely go there again.

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Rochester, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Nourishing but not stimulating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Sweet Basil is a welcoming place, features friendly servers and an attractive menu, but seems hesitant to offer the spark and excitement of Thai cuisine to ordinary diners. My entree - a routine Pad Thai dish -was nicely presented but somehow quite unremarkable for taste or spiciness. Compared to other ethic eateries in Bethesda, Sweet Basil seems almost devoid of an ethnic identity in the one meal I had there. If "bland" is too extreme a description, so is "spicy". There was nothing specifically wrong with the meal; but there was nothing specifically noteworthy.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Impressive ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I picked up some carry-out on a Friday night, and the place was quite busy. I attribute much of its popularity due to diners actually being able to carry on a conversation without screaming. They've paid attention to the sound factor, putting carpet on the floor and keeping the background music light and at a very low volume. Lighting was bright so you could read the menu easily.

When I got home and tasted the food it was quite good. So my rating is based heavily on the observed ambiance.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, MD
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Lunch Special was outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

My wife and I were about to take advantage of the buffet at the Indian restaurant Haandi, located next door, when we notice the lunch special at Sweet Basil - for $10.95. It turned out to be an excellent experience and we will be back. For $10.95 you select a drink, an appetizer, and the main course. My wife had a special Thai tea (which she really liked), the wonton soup and the Pad Kra-Prow Gai. I had a diet coke (which was large), a curry puff pastry, and the Panang chicken. The Pad Kra-Prow was very good, and the Panang was excellent. Overall, this was an excellent lunch...and the price was more than reasonable.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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