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Sweet Basil Bistro

40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
+1 909-866-9212
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fritters” (7 reviews)
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“sand dabs” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across Sweet Basil Bistro on TripAdvisor when deciding upon dinner one night. We had high expectations based upon the reviews and made reservations for that night. Upon arrival, the small restaurant was crowded, but we were seated right away. The tables are very...More

Thank jen829
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We like chef owned restaurants because what made the restaurant successful at first, continues.The food is really good and the service staff is well-trained and very helpful. Been back 15-20 with friends and family. Has always been a good experience.

1  Thank Alan H
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

My husband & I were there on Mother's Day & it did not disappoint. The proprietor, Sally, warmly welcomed us & chatted with us often. The menu was varied & creative - hard to decide. I settled on a sole with cous-cous & vegetables &...More

1  Thank srashford
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We've been here a few times both with large groups and just the two of us… The service is excellent although the atmosphere can be a little dry. The food though... absolutely yummy. Not overly salted (one of my concerns when eating out) with a...More

1  Thank Samantha41490
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Charming small restaurant that is family owned. The server was very helpful and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. We especially liked the quinoa salad and the pasta. The homemade desserts made by the owner were wonderful. Will definitely go back again.

1  Thank Youleemic
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I had the lobster lasagna and managed to eat the whole portion, when I usually have to take 1/2 my meal home. My husband had the chicken parmesean and said that it was extremely dry. Desserts were $10 so we decided to skip the pricey...More

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

A quaint little Italian bistro tucked away on the bottom floor of the bowling alley barn. The food was exquisite and the staff was very attentive. The entrees were well recipe creations. The establishment seating is limited, so best to book a reservation on weekends...More

1  Thank robc1234
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Nice Ambiance tables with us right for two people to sit and talk. Donna our Hostess was fabulous, her suggestions we're right on. The lobster lasagna not only unique but fantastic taste and very different. We're coming back in 2 weeks and we are definitely...More

1  Thank David Michele S
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We simply cannot miss Sweet Basil when in Big Bear...its never even up for discussion...at least 1 night out has to be there. The food is sublime (can't get sand dabs anywhere else I know of), the drinks are creative & delectable ,the atmosphere is...More

1  Thank Elinor C
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This was our 2nd visit to Sweet Basil and our lunch was great. I read the reviews and decided to try the 1/2 portobello sandwich, soup and salad. OMG the sandwich was wonderful and I almost wished I had a whole sandwich; but the meatball/cabbage...More

1  Thank chillynv
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I've heard it's very expensive. Is that true?
18 October 2016|
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Response from DLFA81 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't find it very expensive. It was good quality good and wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 24
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-9212
  • E-mail
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