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Sweet Basil

942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
+1 781-444-9600
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bread” (48 reviews)
“mussels” (26 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We recently got take out. As always, the food was delicious and came with melt-in-your-mouth bread with pesto. Yum!!!

Thank Rena F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sweet Basil is the perfect combination for local dining. It has excellent food, wonderful hospitality and a charming and cozy atmosphere. The food is not your typical Italian, but rather an assortment of wonderful dishes including a delicious lamb dish. Portions are extremely generous, but...More

Thank travelingnan45
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The name may suggest this to be a Thai restaurant, but it serves Italian food right in Needham center. We ordered calamari and a green salad with goat cheese for appetizer. The calamari was awesome and the quantity is huge. The green salad was amazing....More

Thank gopalshenoy
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Such a great local place, never disappoints! My favorites are the basil 🌿 pesto that they now package and sell at other locations!😊Love their Greek Salad 🥗 and so many other dishes. Staff is always friendly and helpful. It's also BYOB!

Thank Lmandato
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to Sweet Basil. Absolutely incredible both times! Really warm, friendly staff that makes you feel welcome. The restaurant was packed, but they kindly took down my name and number and alerted us as soon as a table was ready. The...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Had dinner tonight in this place. If you are going to enjoy a great meal here make sure you bring your own bottle! We brought a few bottles of wine so we were fine. The basil dip they give you with the bread is awesome,...More

Thank Donald M
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

This upbeat, very earnest Italian restaurant aims to please, tries very hard, offers some unexpected menu pleasures, and scores on many fronts. PROS: ATMOSPHERE : Neighborhood friendly, with​ a seemingly effortlessly-achieved air of special dining. WAIT STAFF: very friendly and always nearby when needed, and...More

1  Thank staffwriter
Reviewed 21 July 2017

One of my favorite restaurants...love the upbeat atmosphere and friendly service. They start you off with complimentary delicious homemade pesto and bread! It's so addictive but you have to try and control yourself or you won't be able to eat your meal.... This place is...More

1  Thank Dianne O
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Met friends, we were all out of towners. What a pleasant spot. The service, food and overall vibe of the place was excellent. We brought our own wine to be opened and the bread and pesto served while waiting was a treat as were the...More

Thank marquelynn
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The food here is terrific. You can eat in or call ahead and take it out - living nearby we usually bring it home (can get a bit noisy in the dining room). It is also BYOB so that keeps the cost down (there is...More

Thank KWD731
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-444-9600
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