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Sweet Basil

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942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
+1 781-444-9600
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sweet Basil is our favorite restaurant in Needham. As soon as you walk in the door you are enveloped by the delicious smells coming from the open kitchen. Seasonal menu but includes some standard items like chicken parmesan, braised chicken with vinegar peppers, bolognese, and a greek salad. Bread & basil pesto to start is great. They used to be... More 

Thank bostravel122
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great delicious food , mostly Italian. Love the pasta and baked lamb leg Bring your own wine Wait staff are courteous No reservations taken, get there early

Thank Betty S
Needham, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here many times, quality is always consistent, only the freshest of ingredients. Highly recommend. Great for catered events.

Thank apvolante
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Consistent delicious food. You always get high quality foods. Never a diapointment. The soup a Tuscan white bean was great

Thank Mark M
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Location easy to get to, good service from waitstaff, very good food at reasonable pricing. Would recommend it to anyone.

Thank david m
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this place, and the founder, Dave, is a great guy who has contributed a lot to the community--including some cooking lessons that greatly improved my ability. I think it the food and menu were slightly better when Dave was there cooking himself, but it's still the best. The only downside is there's much less reason to go the... More 

Thank sethb309
Boston, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our go to Italian restaurant near us. I think they have one of the best home style Italian food around the area. I am sure it has been mentioned many times before, but the wait can be very very long. This is especially true on weekends. I have waited over 2 hours on many occasions. I suggest you... More 

Thank henry j
Brookline, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We meet friends there, usually 8 or 9 of us, every couple of months and we also go in between. The food is always sooooo good and we take home enough for another meal. The staff is friendly and very professional. I had my daughter's baby shower there. That was 6+ years ago and the women are still talking about... More 

Thank patm0rris
Clinton ,MA
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here tonight for a birthday celebration. Luckily we had someone who lives nearby put out names in an hour before we arrived since we were aware of the lengthy wait time ( one of the negatives).We were coming about 45 minutes away. The comments I read about the tables being near the front entrance and awkward if seated... More 

Thank guadsquad
Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember 2 years ago that that the long line, no reservation policy, crowded, small tables, cold air whoosh from a curtain by the door entry and noise factor so loud you couldn't chat with dining companions was all worthwhile for the homemade soups and trendy menu. The visible kitchen integrated into tiny dining area is a good thing. So... More 

Thank diane w

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?