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Sweet Basil Bistro

40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
+1 909-866-9212
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (27 reviews)
“sand dabs” (7 reviews)
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Good ambiance. You must have the Sally pasta for Veggie lovers. It is delicious. Good wine and good service.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Karlo V
Reviewed September 18, 2018

What a wonderful find and in, of all places, the same building as a bowling alley. Don’t worry, though, no noise, just excellent food. We had the Caprese salad which was the usual cheese and tomatoes served on a bed of baby arugula topped with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank MBTraveler47
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Sweet Basil Bistro is under the Bowling Alley not really on the beaten path. You should make reservations small place but tends to be busy. You need to order everything separately. I had the linguine with Alfredo sauce. I added on the grilled shrimp. The...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank clamdiger2
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Good, not great Italian food. Make a reservation because the restaurant is small and does fill up. My husband enjoyed his scallop starter off their daily menu and the surf and turf. I had a plain salad and Sand dabs which were both good. The...More

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank karendU3998WG
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Sally catered my wedding, and it was not a small task! We had about 180 guests, and requested the meal be GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN friendly, and served FAMILY STYLE! Sally took this on with confidence and blew it out of the park. We had two...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Paige V
Reviewed April 21, 2018

Always great meals at Sweet Basil Bistro. Although the restaurant is tiny in size, the meals and flavors are huge! Daily soup is always exceptional. Last time we visited were served the Steak and Lobster Tail - Both fantastic. Excellent service.

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Diane S
Reviewed January 31, 2018

Sweet Basil Bistro is easily accessed alongside Big Bear's landmark bowling alley. We were certainly relieved not to be seated in the cramped entryway and felt uncomfortable for the couples attempting to enjoy their meal as we and other guests came in from the cold....More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank WP664
Reviewed January 16, 2018

The only real Italian restaurant in Big Bear Lake. Good variety, fresh and good service. Both lunch and dinner are a little over priced, but so are most decent restaurants in the resort

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank dclaus47
Reviewed January 9, 2018

There was plenty of quantity, but very little flavor. Pesto was so bland I had to add lots of salt just to give it flavor.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank hhredevil
Reviewed November 26, 2017

This restaurant was highly recommended to us, so we were interested in trying it. For starters we had a caprese salad and the soup of the day, a cabbage and Italian sausage soup. Both were very good. For a main course we had a veal...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank PrinceConsort
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October 18, 2016|
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Response from DLFA81 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't find it very expensive. It was good quality good and wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40629 Lakeview Drive, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-9212
  • E-mail
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