Sweet Basil Bistro

40629 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake
(909) 866-9212

Recent Reviews


Food was subpar this time. We ate there another time, and it was better. The grilled eggplant was disappointing as it was not cooked thoroughly & was on a bed of cut up spaghetti. Not your typical eggplant parmesan. The chicken alfredo was better, but not outstanding. They were super busy though , so I suggest going when they aren't as busy and perhaps it will be a better experience for you.

Aaron Reyes

Tried this place out for Mother's Day. I made a reservation but there was no wait. It was just Ok. Small portions high prices( $23 for 6 raviolis). Didn't even include bread with the meal? Most Italian restaurants include complimentary bread with the Meal but not here. Food was not impressive. Did not feel like a quality Italian restaurant. We ended up getting a pizza at Maggios after we left here to eat at home.

Atmosphere: 1

Food: 1

Service: 1


Always count on Sweet Basil to provide food with lots of flavor and perfectly cooked! This time we added a dessert WOW! Gonna have to make that a regular part of our meal! Did you say service? Ryan & Jamie were busy but not too busy to provide to notch service! Sweet Basil is our Big Bear favorite!

Robert Young

Stopped in for lunch, very nice. Quiet and relaxing. Food was good.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Terri Byerrum

I order angel pasta marinara sauce and mushrooms. There was hardly any sauce and the mushrooms were terrible. I made my own sauce to salvage the meal. The bread was good.

Atmosphere: 3

Amelia Bedilia

This place is delicious!! The food is really good. It’s small but cozy too. Service was excellent!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Lasagna Bolognese, Build Your Own Pasta, Salad, Grilled Artichoke, Chicken Parmesan

We has not dinned here in a while, and we are glad we returned. This is a small casual restaurant, quaint setting, small number of staff. Nice menu with wide variety of traditional Italian fare. Full cocktail and wine menu, we brought wine and paid the reasonable corkage fee. Large salad, suggest getting the smaller size. Lasagna and steak entrees were very good. Donut dessert is fine. Tables close together. Will be back for sure.

Brian was our server. Excellent service, food was magnificent, we left no scraps, the only reason we didn't lick the plates was because we were at the restaurant. It was that good. Wine selection was good, just everything. Definitely coming back. This place is a real gem and I would highly recommend it.


Made reservations for 7 and upon arrival, we were promptly seated and asked for drink orders. Staff was attentive and friendly, making suggestions when asked about food options. Ordered the rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and I was not disappointed! Great food, great service. Will go back again!


The bread and oil were awesome. The soup of the day ,roasted pepper was amazing. The garlic fritters, toasted ravioli and the asparagus with garlic aioli starters were awesome. Our four entrees were good especially noodles cooked perfectly but was not impressed at all with the bolognaise sauce. The gelato du la leche was awesome but Costco does a better chocolate mousse cake. The price of the desserts were not a good value at all. The service and appetizers were the best. $216 for two adults and two teens with no alcohol is a lot.

Luiza Villeroy

amazing food and amazing ambient.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Regally Beagally

Excellent food! The harvest day salad was delicious with apple, gorgonzola and pecans. Sally's pasta dish was really good. I add ed two meatballs to it and would order again!!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5


We had a larger party and they were still willing to accommodate us. Every dish looked soo good and tasted as good as it looked! The atmosphere was so inviting and relaxing. The service was amazing Megan was our server and she knew what she was doing. We will definitely be back especially for her.


Such a cute little restaurant! Super intimate, quiet, and the best staff. I recommend making a reservation because it fills up fast even on a weekday, i went for my birthday and the staff was super accommodating and sweet! Fast service, amazing food and great ambience is all you can ask for in an amazing restaurant experience.


Staff was lovely and attentive. The grilled artichoke was delicious, the bread was yummy and my husband enjoyed his fish. However, My dish - pink sauce with shrimp over linguine was unfortunately not very good. Pasta was overcooked and sauce was just ok. I took a few bites and left th rest.

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