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Sweet Basil Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
+1 909-866-9212
Wed - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Encinitas, California
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 ending to our so so meal.

Thank Liz B
Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 as we did. Sally does an amazing job. Standing room only for walk ins.

Thank robc1234
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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 bringing the couple that is coming with us there!

Thank David Michele S
Las Vegas, NV
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 warm, cozy, intimate, friendly, & the owner& staff are beyond welcoming, efficient & accommodating----it's like... More 

Thank Elinor C
La Canada Flintridge, California
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94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 soup was also delicious and wonderful on a cold day. I would order this again!... More 

Thank chillynv
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73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We have been returning to Sweet Basil for several years now. They are a good place to bring friends. Staff is always attentive, the food is done very well and the atmosphere is pleasant. The food, has always been superb! I like to chicken parmesan, my wife the flank steak. Our friends were equally satisfied. MAKE A RESERVATION!!! no reservation... More 

Thank Clifford D
Big Bear Region, California
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90 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

One of the best places to eat in big bear The owner can serve more people then 4 other servers in big bear I have eaten here 4 times food is always great Bread is fresh baked best Italian food in big bear Small cozy best run place in big bear It's best to make a reservation that's the only... More 

Thank David S
Glendora, California
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Every time we go to Big Bear I have to hit Sweet Basil Bistro and have the most delicious grilled portobello mushroom panini with misto. This is the first place I ever had a mushroom sandwich and Sweet Basil's sandwich has become the gold standard and its unbeatable!

Thank giname2016
Kennewick, Washington
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583 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Small restaurant on the edge of the Village. It was busy mid-afternoon and they were also catering an event, so I suspect it could be very busy at peak hours. Our server was an absolute delight, making sure we had a nice time and a nice meal. The food was quite good; one of the better ones I had in... More 

Thank OutdoorBoomer
Stevenson Ranch, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Amazing food. The lobster lasagna is 5 star, service is great. Very clean and well appointed restaurant.

Thank Csj44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?