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“Good entrees, pathetic salad, slow kitchen”

Sweet Basilico Cafe
Ranked #28 of 131 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Windsor, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good entrees, pathetic salad, slow kitchen”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I wish TA had a rating of good as opposed to average and very good. We stopped in for lunch and had the Chicken Tetrazzini and Pesce De La Gente. Adding a salad to the entree was $2.95 and not worth 50 cents. The salads were small and not at all tasty. The red wine vinaigrette dressing was just awful. The entrees were very good and the portions suitable for lunch. The chef got the Pesce De La Gente order wrong which our waiter noticed before serving the food. Unfortunately, the Chicken Tetrazzini sat on the warming table and the alfredo sauce thickened. This further delayed our meal from an already slow kitchen. Estes Park is not the place for seafood. Taking that into consideration, the shrimp and scallops in the Pesce De La Gente were better than what we have found in other restaurants in Estes Park. I am not sure I would return as the lunch entrees really do need the salad to be a complete meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Food was average”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Average food, not value for money, service was decent. Have had better Italian food at a lower price.

Visited June 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Warm Salad.”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Visiting Estes and decided to go to Sweet Basilico. Chose this over Mama Roses because Mama Roses had not one italian item on their kids menu. In any case, the service was nothing special - not bad, but didn't stand out. The salads were served warm on non chilled plates. Spaghetti had WAY too much sauce. So much that I was digging through the sauce to retrieve the last of the noodles on the plate.
Not terrible, but don't know that I'd go back. Homemade spaghetti is much better.

That aside, I did hear another patron say that it was the best meal he had ever eaten. If we do go back. I'll get the soup and try something without sauce.

  • Visited June 2014
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Fort Calhoun, NE
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delizioso!!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Excellent food!! We have been coming to Estes for years and never tried this place until our last visit and I wish we had known about it before because we have been missing out. Their homemade buns and their homemade Italian sausage and their homemade sauce (you get the picture) was all amazing!! You can tell everything they do there is done with love!! We will definitely go back there when we visit in October!!

Visited May 2014
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Williamstown, WV
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“All I Can Say is Awesome!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

This is our first visit to ESTES PARK. We were experimenting based on Trip Advisor reviews. We all loved this place. Our waitress was awesome and quick to make recommendations. The rolls and salad dressings were homemade. Loved the chicken parmesan! Best ever! Had been traveling for 12 days and this was my favorite meal! We shared a tiramisu, it was incredible! If you like Italian, this restaurant is a most!

  • Visited May 2014
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