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Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

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#64 of 120 Thai in Portland


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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed October 4, 2019

Nestled in a house with such charm and character we enjoy often. Good food. Great service and fabulous environment. Good prices too

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed April 10, 2019

I met two friends here on my first night in town We had the mixed appetizer platter and each had different meals. All were exceptional. Service was great as well.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed February 12, 2019

We tried a few take out dishes and enjoyed for a couple of days on a long road trip. Food and service was great.

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

I have passed by the purple & green sign many times as I have driven down Broadway. I finally stopped in the other night. This building is a two story building and this restaurant is located upstairs so don’t confuse it with the Thai place...downstairs on street level. Inside is small. If it had 15 - 25 people seated it would be crowded. I had the sweet/spicy basil & it was very good. Even though the place is small, it appeared clean & the young lady helping us was very quiet but also helpful & friendly .More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

First we shared the green papaya salad. The flavors were perfectly combined. Absolutely delicious. My entree was the green curry chicken, mild. It was perfect! All veggies cooked to perfection. My dish was accompanied with jasmine rice, topped with forbidden rice. Also cooked perfectly. Thai...food lovers delight!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

The place is nice seemed a bit quite , lots of people got takeout there coming in and out right by where you sit . The food was average nothing that really stood out in flavor . We ordered Spicy friend rice and it had...no spice , when I asked the server why it had no spice he said he requested for us that way . I guess he assumed white people don’t eat spicy . Most of the food was bland , I didn’t have anything that stood out in flavor .More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 14, 2018

**written via notes taken day-of experience All right, so if you are 'in and out' of Portland in just a couple of days, you may not pick up on this: Portland is a "be who you are, any time of day, any day of the...week, any time of year" place. That means no dress codes in virtually all restaurants - Sweet Basil Thai, included. Behavioral codes are lax and often include people eating, while using a 'not-so-smart phone' and/or laptop, or, believe it or not sometimes both! Saw this here, as well. Location is why I chose to eat here, mainly. Sweet Basil Thai is along a 77 bus which was nearby lodging I ended up finding. Thai food is something that meets my budget and dietary choices, as well. Sweet Basil Thai is located in the upper part of a two story building. I have no idea if the place is accessible to those who have mobility requirements. I didn't notice a ramp, but that doesn't mean one is not available in the back? You may desire to call if this applies to you. When I ate, I came in for lunch on a weekday. To be honest, I was disappointed right off the bat. The tables were crammed next to each other; I had no room to put a couple bags that were with me underneath the table. I did not notice a coat rack, but maybe it was hiding?. Crammed tables meant I could hear the conversations of people on both sides - just blah blah blah. The middle aged woman, who appeared to be French was to the left. She and the man with she was with were both drinking, and the woman appeared to be drunk right smack in the afternoon. She was kind of antsy and it made me feel antsy with her squibbling around in the chair. I couldn't help but notice she kept picking food out of her teeth with her fingers - a grown woman? Use a toothpick. The person to my right, actually was quiet. But, he was on his i-phone the entire time. He had silverware in one hand, and was eating with his mobile 'not so-smart-phone in the other hand.' For a SIT DOWN restaurant, that's really unacceptable. I can't believe I was sandwiched between these people. Urgh. The next thing I noticed is when I was just cracking my neck - surveillance cameras! Right in the corner. After that I felt really apprehensive about staying, but I had already ordered. The price was average for lunch. I ordered a special with the lunch menu. When I was waiting for my meal, this group of maybe 3 folks just PLOPPED on in. All very casually dressed. One 'woman' was wearing full on running gear. Her shirt wasn't well-fit and she kept pushing it to cover her sports bra - THE WHOLE TIME. This was to my catty corner. It was difficult to ignore these people (who sounded American loud), because they were just BLAH BLAH BLAH the whole time. No peace and quiet, so thanks a lot! When the order arrived, It appeared all the specifications I noted to the server were met - i.e. if you desire no fish sauce - it worked out for me. The tofu in my dish was cooked pretty darn well, with the sides browned, but the middle soft. So medium style. Some of the best tofu I've had in a Thai dish. Generous portions of tofu in the dish. The server was impersonal, and I felt like a mannequin would do a better job. Female, maybe early 30s. She looked to be Thai. I wasn't looking for a fake friendly, but no one offered any dessert suggestion (maybe they don't have it?). Homemade coconut ice cream is an indulgence I enjoy when the opportunity presents itself. It would have been nice to be directed away from the loud people to the right, and the drone to the left, and the "blah blah blah suppppper hyper coffee-addict loud Americans (?)" The other option, however, would be to be in the room across the way. Over there, was a man with a laptop typing about. Sheesh! Overall, I felt rushed to be in and out. I had anxiety the whole time due to the crammed space and cameras watching me eat. *rolls eyes* I didn't really enjoy the meal. When I went to the loo just prior to checking out - guess what? I look up - MORE surveillance cameras!! I mean, it's NOT THAT NICE of a place.The cameras were positioned really strangely and I thought, "does the owner stare at women's butt's all day, or what?" Is that really necessary? The *priceless* decor inside I cannot comment on, because I have never spent much time studying Thai culture to the depth of knowing if the decor was authentic. But, it did appear to be authentic. Still, is it really worth that much protection? The *only* think I can think of is that due to Portland's heroin problem (found out by talking with some folks), everyone in town is hyper-vigilant? But seriously? Why watch me go literally in and then out of your loo? Why? It's truly unnecessary. The one plus is that this place was NOT kid friendly. At least when I was there! So, that was a nice relief. Overall, just too much anxiety to be comfortable and eat. : / Oh, and almost forgot the kicker - was literally after I exited the place, via the only door, some hyper-coffee addict Portlander (middle aged, white male) literally slammed the door INTO me on my way out. THANKS FOR NOTHING.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Sweet Basil offers a huge selection of authentic Thai and pan Asian influenced preparations. Overall I had a good impression of this restaurant that has a very friendly staff and very welcoming dining rooms. The restaurant is cozy and pleasant with an air of making...one feel relaxed and comfortable. The food, in spite of the big selections varies in consistency of quality, at least in the dishes tried in the two occasions I ate there. Thai grilled eggplant #55 was delicious and a beautiful plated presentation. Whole grilled Asian eggplants covered in a delicious sauce with tofu and broccoli. A wonderful vegetarian option. Their fresh rolls are some of the best I have had with tender wraps and fresh crisp vegetarian filling. The spicy sweet basil with tofu was disappointing because the tofu strips were over fried which made them tough and rubbery. The other vegetables were good and the sauce flavorful. The House special curry is delicious with a creamy peanut curry sauce. Also tried were selections from their other "street Food" restaurant which is located on the first floor of the building which uses the second floor for Sweet Basil. The trout with noodles was tasty in flavor, but the trout was many strips of thing skinless fish that was tough. It was either because it was frozen or I thought dried trout that was reconstituted. Not something I would try again. The fresh rolls with a spicy Thai sauce, were basically the same rolls as on the Sweet Basil menu, but instead of peanut sauce, it came with a fiery hot Thai chile pepper sauce. The sauce was too hot for my taste and I had to ask for a spring of peanut sauce, Actually, I ended up using a little bit of the hot sauce combined with the peanut sauce and it was very good with just enough heat. One important thing to note is that the spice level of heat at Sweet Basil is not typically what one would get at other Thai restaurants. Medium hot is "very hot". The waitress during my second visit warned me of this as well as other reviewers before I first went there. Overall, a very good dining experience with satisfying food. A nice touch and a signature food item at Sett Basil is that they present rice in the shape of a large star on a separate plate. The bottom half of the star is white rice and the top half is black or "forbidden rice".More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

My coworkers and I frequently visit for lunch, and have always had a good experience. Service is friendly, the food is delicious, and sitting on the outdoor patio during the summer is lovely! There are grape vines that cover the whole patio in the backyard,...which makes it a nice hidden spot in the city. I always enjoy the combination lunch platters.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed May 7, 2018

We used to love this place, but haven't been back in years after moving across town. Today we were seriously disappointed. We ordered the Chicken Pad Thai, an old favorite, but it was bland, lacking in spice, few vegetables, and not tasty. The fresh wrap...appetizer was mostly tofu, and the peanut sauce tasted like thick diluted peanut butter. The House Special curry was too sweet and lacking flavor. I tried to order online, but the payment portion of the site wasn't working using two different browsers. Parking is always difficult here, and this time was no exception. All of these issues combined resulted in this review, and we don't plan to return. Very disappointed!More

Date of visit: March 2018
SweetBasilOregon, Owner at Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Sorry looks like everything disappointed you including the parking. I will improve the quality of foods but I can't do anything with parking.

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