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“Great Food; Service Missteps”
Review of Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil
Ranked #4 of 127 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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 trendy energy.
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We came with great expectations. Our party of four was promptly seated at one of the tables on the deck overlooking the creek (very nice). The positive is that the food was excellent. Very nice presentations and delicious. Some of the portions seemed a little small (monkfish had four pieces, but plenty surrounding it). The negative - the restaurant was busy, but hardly an excuse for the very disappointing service. We commented throughout the meal that the waiter seemed like he had too many tables and kept forgetting the basics (water, a drink order, "how is your meal"). More surprising was the sommelier who made a wine recommendation which was accepted and then promised that he would put in the order and let our waiter know. That did not happen. It took half way through the main course to finally get the glass.

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2  Thank Alan L
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

I love sitting near water while eating. We asked for a view of the creek and the Manager said it wasn't likely but in the end made it happen. First we had drinks at the bar and the bartender was great. We were there on a Tuesday and it was packed. We heard we had to make reservations six months in advance and considering it was July i can see it's true. I had the crab and lemongrass bisque which was delicious. Even though i like Kimchee i didn't care for the Flat Iron Steak Tartare. Too vinegary for me. Nice atmosphere and met a nice couple in the table next to us.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We had diner in our last evening in Vail. It happened at the beginning of June when the restaurant was reopened after a renovation. Very nice place.
Very good food,the service was very nice.

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1  Thank wlaura
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

if you are an adventurous eater, this is a must. excellent food creative and seasonal.
portions are not that big, but you will not leave hungry. in the summer is nice to eat by the patio in the back since it faces the creek. super nice.
do not expect to eat something you ate 6 months before since menu is very new every time.

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Thank Selma W
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Reviewed 19 July 2014


This restaurant rates with the best the US has to offer. great wine list at all prices. food and service are outstanding

Thank Ron L
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