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Sally is the best owner and host. Goes out of her way to talk to everyone. And she takes time off
Sally is the best owner and host. Goes out of her way to talk to everyone. And she takes time off to research new and fantastic dishes.
Angela Ruscigno via facebook.com - Jun 30, 2022
amazing food, amazing owners.
Deborah Waterhouse via google.com - Jun 26, 2022
Sweet Basil is an awesome high-quality, delicious restaurant. The owner, Sally, is very helpful and
Sweet Basil is an awesome high-quality, delicious restaurant. The owner, Sally, is very helpful and welcoming. The restaurant was very clean and we all agreed it was the best dinner we have ever had. Staff was so friendly and nice.
T E. via yelp.com - Jun 26, 2022
A lovely place to dine with hubby, friends, or even by yourself-The atmosphere, customer service, and food was all Superb!! Must try the lobster cakes, roast beef sandwiches, and mini donuts-absolutely delicious!
Tanisha Jefferson via google.com - Jun 24, 2022
Wonderful dining experience. Food melted in our mouths. Great customer service. Owner is the sweetest lady you could meat. Going back tonight foe dessert ... read more
Sheree Seeley via google.com - Jun 21, 2022
Amazing food and atmosphere. Order the specials, Sally will not steer you wrong. ALL the desserts we
Amazing food and atmosphere. Order the specials, Sally will not steer you wrong. ALL the desserts were delicious too!
Amy B. via yelp.com - Jun 19, 2022
Went for dinner as sun going down. Patio very nice. Shrimp and grits were fantastic. House wine was
Went for dinner as sun going down. Patio very nice. Shrimp and grits were fantastic. House wine was great price and will try again. I tried a salad that was perfect. Looking forward to go back.
Dave W. via yelp.com - Jun 12, 2022
I came to Palm Desert for a girls' weekend, and went to Yelp to find a good place for dinner. They h
I came to Palm Desert for a girls' weekend, and went to Yelp to find a good place for dinner. They had 4.5 stars, so I strongly recommended this place to the group. We showed up, and were skeptical, because it wasn't completely packed with people. We couldn't have been more wrong. Everything was delicious!! From the appetizers down t ... read more
Katherine L. via yelp.com - Jun 12, 2022
Sally the chef and owner is a delight. Every dish she created was superb, and she made many modifica
Sally the chef and owner is a delight. Every dish she created was superb, and she made many modifications to accommodate two vegan guests joyfully. The Lobster Cakes are a must!! Go for the mini donuts for dessert, you won't be sorry, amazing!!!!
Jane B. via yelp.com - Jun 9, 2022
Sally is the owner & chef. The food is incredible and she is such a warm and friendly host. The blac
Sally is the owner & chef. The food is incredible and she is such a warm and friendly host. The blackened salmon and my salad was so delicious. I'm stunned this place isn't packed. Yuuuuuumy!!
Angela C. via yelp.com - Jun 9, 2022
Amazing food. Amazing presentation .lobster cakes were SO GOOD! Everything was amazing
Amazing food. Amazing presentation .lobster cakes were SO GOOD! Everything was amazing ... read more
Christine A. via yelp.com - Jun 9, 2022
Fantastic choices and food. Such a treat.
Mark Garboden via google.com - Jun 3, 2022
Excellent bistro with farm-to-table vibe
There are multiple great eating options in Palm Desert not to mention everything Palm Springs has to offer but this establishment can hang with the best of them. Our lunch was top notch. From the eggplant cigar apps to the sandwiches and sangrias, everything had that California farm-to-table vibe; fresh ingredients and great flavor.
jonathansN3610RP via tripadvisor.com - Jun 1, 2022
Went to sweet basil tonight with friends. None of us had been there before. Outstanding! Delightful
Went to sweet basil tonight with friends. None of us had been there before. Outstanding! Delightful owner. Great service. Food was excellent. No one in the desert has sand dabs but they had them. Delicious. Reasonably priced. Highly recommend it!
Barbara R. via yelp.com - May 29, 2022
Went here twice in 2 days. The "naan"witches are great--tuna and curried chicken both nice. The dess
Went here twice in 2 days. The "naan"witches are great--tuna and curried chicken both nice. The dessert donuts were to die for. The service attentive. The crowd local. Keep up the good work.
Bill B. via yelp.com - May 28, 2022
Love this place. Food and service are excellent.
Bob Fiorentino via google.com - May 23, 2022
A stylish, pretty place with super fresh food, made from good ingredients. The owner was there, maki
A stylish, pretty place with super fresh food, made from good ingredients. The owner was there, making sure everyone was satisfied - and we were. Our server was knowledgable and accommodating, and we were happy with every single thing we got. Can't wait to go back!
Nom D. via yelp.com - May 19, 2022
Really good food! The lobster lasagna is delicious! The service and staff were especially nice and f
Really good food! The lobster lasagna is delicious! The service and staff were especially nice and friendly.
Nancy W. via yelp.com - May 12, 2022
Rex and I were trying to find a good place for dinner tonight and ended up in El Paseo and literally stumbled upon Sweet Basil. The staff is really great, the owner (Sally) was extremely nice and so very helpful and the food was over the top great. We want to do more "stumbling" like this! Thank you Sally and your great staff. Un ... read more
Joanne Bratton via google.com - May 9, 2022
First time here but will definitely be back! Really great dinner, attentive staff.
Louise Bray via google.com - May 9, 2022
Went here for lunch with a friend. Was very happy with the service and the food ... read more
Vanessa “Jaya” Johnson - Beyond Reiki Healing via google.com - May 4, 2022
I had lunch here recently and was very impressed. We sat outdoors and had a beautiful table. I found
I had lunch here recently and was very impressed. We sat outdoors and had a beautiful table. I found the staff to be very upbeat and knowledgeable. Great menu selection . I would definitely go back ... read more
David D. via yelp.com - May 4, 2022
Just what we were looking for! Wanted a healthy, tasty meal and Sweet Basil did not disappoint. The
Just what we were looking for! Wanted a healthy, tasty meal and Sweet Basil did not disappoint. The Owners were part of our wait staff. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and accommodating . Such a pleasant experience!
Mary C. via yelp.com - May 2, 2022
Sally and Martine are the owners. So charming. The food was delicious and the gazpacho first rate. D
Sally and Martine are the owners. So charming. The food was delicious and the gazpacho first rate. Delicious food! Excellent service thank you Sally. First time in and can't wait to come back!
leslie e. via yelp.com - May 1, 2022
The menu had something for all of us. We selected this place based on all the fresh ingredients list
The menu had something for all of us. We selected this place based on all the fresh ingredients listed in the descriptions. Every detail was clearly thought through. Well done.
Susy L. via yelp.com - Apr 23, 2022
Thank you yelp for helping us find this adorable restaurant!.. the service was very friendly and com
Thank you yelp for helping us find this adorable restaurant!.. the service was very friendly and comfortable, like you were in someone's home. We had some delicious eggplant cigars., sand dabs.. so fresh and I finished the whole plate .. my daughter had the shrimp and grits and loved it also.. I hope we will travel to Palm desert and ... read more
Christina T. via yelp.com - Apr 22, 2022
A little small, a little expensive, but worth it with big flavors and mixtures of ingredients.
Anthony Usera Power of Chiropractic via google.com - Apr 17, 2022
Simple, easy dinner after shopping, enjoy the sunset lit sky sitting outside.
Dominique Wilson via google.com - Apr 4, 2022
This was an impulse stop and super glad we did. Dinner was excellent and the quality of salads and a
This was an impulse stop and super glad we did. Dinner was excellent and the quality of salads and appetizers was perfect. Wanted something healthy and this hot the spot. Only nit was the donuts for dessert - a tad dry but ultimately tasty.
Dave G. via yelp.com - Apr 2, 2022
Delicious lunch spot! Highly recommend the pork sandwich!
Katharine Kenney via google.com - Mar 26, 2022
Thoughtful and delicious menu items. All the flavors are absolutely on point to please the palate. T
Thoughtful and delicious menu items. All the flavors are absolutely on point to please the palate. There's a nice wine menu to peruse for a dinner drink, and the ice tea has wonderful flavors if you want something refreshing to drink. Definitely worth multiple visits!
Natalie M. via yelp.com - Mar 26, 2022
Delicious food amazing patio dining!
The ambiance, service, and food was delicious! Definitely worth a visit! Great wine list too! Outdoor patio a plus! Felt like a scene out of a movie. Loved the decor. Fresh farm to table! Thank you Sweet Basil!
498tk via tripadvisor.com - Mar 17, 2022
Return Visit Reaffirmed Our Appreciation for this Restaurant
We made a return visit to Sweet Basil a few weeks ago (our 1st was in October, see review below) and were happy to confirm that the positives that we'd noted the 1st time were not a fluke. As with our first visit, we showed up without a reservation during the dinner hour and the hostess had a bit of trouble finding us a table, but sh ... read more
MBA60302 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 17, 2022
My husband and I were there on a Saturday night. Loved everything about the restaurant.
My husband and I were there on a Saturday night. Loved everything about the restaurant.
Sherri A. via yelp.com - Mar 14, 2022
Probably more like 3.5 stars. This is the type of restaurant I wish there were more of but also wish
Probably more like 3.5 stars. This is the type of restaurant I wish there were more of but also wish was slightly better. I dig the healthy bistro menu with lots of salad options and quality ingredients, and the chic-casual atmosphere. Perhaps simply because of its El Paseo location, however, the prices are higher than they should be ... read more
Sherri M. via yelp.com - Mar 13, 2022
Wow! What a find! Every single thing ordered at our table was excellent! No complaints at all. My Ba
Wow! What a find! Every single thing ordered at our table was excellent! No complaints at all. My Barramundi was superb, my husband's pork delicious, blackened shrimp pasta delicious and the stuffed steak outstanding. The service was wonderful and that isn't easy in today's world. Then there was the croissant bread pudding.....there ... read more
Smrtshoper R. via yelp.com - Mar 11, 2022
Second time here and both time top notch service and food. The owner is really nice too. :) ... read more
Ana Wash via google.com - Mar 1, 2022
Sweet Basil is becoming our go to place for evening dinning. Sally and & Martin have created a great
Sweet Basil is becoming our go to place for evening dinning. Sally and & Martin have created a great environment, along with a wonderful variety in their menu, and service that is equally good. Try it sometime, I'm sure you'll come back again ... read more
Frank T. via yelp.com - Feb 21, 2022
Wonderful Bistro
This is an exceptional little restaurant perfect for lunch or dinner along El Paseo. The service is highly attentive, welcoming and friendly, while the menu includes many interesting items. The hand full of times that my husband and I dined here everything we ordered was delicious... the quality and freshness of ingredients stood out ... read more
NancyB4679 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 21, 2022
Good food great atmosphere
Good food great atmosphere ... read more
Karen Goodyear via facebook.com - Feb 20, 2022
We have been to Sweet Basil often and enjoyed it every time. Food is outstanding and a very enjoyable atmosphere.
Chrissy O'connor via google.com - Feb 20, 2022
Wonderful food and service!
Wonderful food and service!
Coleen-Ann Mulhern via facebook.com - Feb 19, 2022
Naanwiches … yum! Try the beef dip … flavor is proportionate to messiness … so good! Lobster Cakes too … the fennel/apple slaw is perfect with them … mwah!!
Dawn Anderson via google.com - Feb 18, 2022
Food was good enough - though expensive. Sat on the sidewalk & had people waiting to be seated & hovering over the tables.
Diane Borgia via google.com - Feb 15, 2022
This place is amazing!!!$ The naanwiches are incredible. The staff is so friendly and knowledgable and makes great suggestions regarding the menu. We met Sally the owner and she was one of the sweetest people in this world! Cannot wait to return!
Irena Kerr via google.com - Feb 12, 2022
Amazing food and drinks in a pleasant atmosphere and music ambient. I'll highly recommend!
Amazing food and drinks in a pleasant atmosphere and music ambient. I'll highly recommend!
Roxana M. via yelp.com - Feb 12, 2022
It was my birthday yesterday - my husband took me to Sweet Basil for lunch which turned out to be one of the nicest lunches I have had here in the Valley.
Peggy Greenwood via google.com - Feb 10, 2022
Fresh and healthy ... read more
Benny Mor via google.com - Feb 9, 2022
I love this spot- so light and airy filled with plants and wine ephemera. I stopped in for a late lu
I love this spot- so light and airy filled with plants and wine ephemera. I stopped in for a late lunch. The outside street patio was full so I opted to eat indoors. I ordered the harvest salad and a glass of wine. The salad was very fresh and tasty, the Chardonnay had a surprising but delicious caramel under note. Great menu. I will ... read more
Leslie E. via yelp.com - Feb 8, 2022
Sweet Basil California Eatery intimate farmhouse setting in the Noe Valley section of Palm Desert, CA. is the epicenter for some of the best Sardinian food you'll get anywhere except maybe Sardinia! With a home made taste and feel, the dishes served here are as representative of that small island paradise off the coast of Italy as y ... read more
Betty Baileysh via google.com - Feb 7, 2022
Great food, great people.
Jan Lundwall via google.com - Feb 5, 2022
Fantastic food and service. Naan sandwiches are soft and perfect temperature. We had the French Dip
Fantastic food and service. Naan sandwiches are soft and perfect temperature. We had the French Dip and Curry Chicken, similar to British Coronation Chicken, which I love and haven't had in years. Eggplant cigars were also excellent. We loved sitting on the patio and will be back!
AnnaMarie B. via yelp.com - Feb 3, 2022
Pretty Good but Room to Improve
We dined here on our last night in Palm Springs based on the menu that looked amazing. Service was excellent and the food was generally very good. A few minor critiques … we were served Zucchini with our mains and they were unseasoned. Some salt and pepper would have been great. We ordered Naan bread with house made Boursin cheese an ... read more
rodr345 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 3, 2022
Great Find...will return many times !!
I've read all of the reviews and totally agree with what has been said...I also tried out the Lobster cakes and along with the fennel/apple slaw and aioli sauce they were absolutely delicious.....now what I really want to complement Sally and her people on was the Octopus !!! This is one of my favorite dishes and I have tried it many ... read more
Byoung2 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 3, 2022
Absolutely delicious, great atmosphere and staff.
Damien Few via google.com - Jan 30, 2022
Eggplant cigars are to die for Great filet and Barramundi white fish Loved everthing
Eggplant cigars are to die for Great filet and Barramundi white fish Loved everthing ... read more
Mack G. via yelp.com - Jan 29, 2022
Love it ... read more
Omid Berg via google.com - Jan 24, 2022
Wow... what an unexpected surprise! The food was exquisite and a great wine selection. We had lobste
Wow... what an unexpected surprise! The food was exquisite and a great wine selection. We had lobster lasagna and the filet special. Both were generous helpings and beautifully prepared. The gorgonzola appetizer was to die for. We will most definitely be back. Our new favorite!
Grace M. via yelp.com - Jan 22, 2022
A favorite spot on El Paseo. Thoughtful menu of delicious choices that feel fresh and homemade in th
A favorite spot on El Paseo. Thoughtful menu of delicious choices that feel fresh and homemade in the very best way and the service feels personal, knowledgeable and friendly. The lobster lasagne is hard to resist. Lovely sidewalk patio setting with cloth covered tables and a nice wine list complete the picture. Love it.
zurich e. via yelp.com - Jan 21, 2022
Great food and even better people! 💕 We highly recommend.
Great food and even better people! 💕 We highly recommend.
Dawn Vukich via facebook.com - Jan 16, 2022
If this restaurant had 10 stars I would give it to them. Walked in had a perfect table for my Mom an
If this restaurant had 10 stars I would give it to them. Walked in had a perfect table for my Mom and I. You definitely knew who the owner was happy and very in control. Had a fabulous waitress. Ok now let's talk about the food. Exceptional would recommend this restaurant to everyone. So fresh and beautiful presentation. Hats off to ... read more
Kathy T. via yelp.com - Jan 16, 2022
Sweet Basil has the best portobello mushroom sandwich I've ever had. They have gluten-free options a
Sweet Basil has the best portobello mushroom sandwich I've ever had. They have gluten-free options and cauliflower crust homemade! Love the grilled artichokes and homemade donuts. Service was great, even in these hard times.
Tricia F. via yelp.com - Jan 13, 2022
The Portobello mushroom so delicious, carrot ginger soup was interesting but good food. Thank you for you service it was a great experienced. The ambiance was perfect good location.
Ma Gen via google.com - Jan 12, 2022
The originality of flavors is what I love most! The setting whether you sit inside our outside on th
The originality of flavors is what I love most! The setting whether you sit inside our outside on their dining patio is lovely... personally I prefer outside. Favorite app is the lobster cakes and for lunch the Hot French Dip naanwhich. A great addition to Palm Desert and the El Paseo area! They are open for lunch and dinner. I've al ... read more
Christine S. via yelp.com - Jan 8, 2022
Sweet Basil serves absolutely delicious food, beautifully presented by servers who are attentive, fr
Sweet Basil serves absolutely delicious food, beautifully presented by servers who are attentive, friendly, and provide outstanding service. The ambiance is warm and welcoming ... and all of this fairly priced. Definitely the go-to restaurant whenever you visit Palm Desert. And if you live in Palm Desert, then you already know that S ... read more
Ellyn G. via yelp.com - Jan 7, 2022
I grew up in the high desert but have been gone for some time now. Recently, I came back to visit my
I grew up in the high desert but have been gone for some time now. Recently, I came back to visit my family who is still there. My sister, who lives up north and I rarely see also came. We decided to go to Palm Desert for a nice day and lunch. We love supporting local business' and found this great place! It's small, quaint, cutely d ... read more
Erika O. via yelp.com - Jan 3, 2022
Really enjoyed a holiday lunch outside on El Paseo. They have very nice outdoor, fresh air seating.
Really enjoyed a holiday lunch outside on El Paseo. They have very nice outdoor, fresh air seating. Everyone loved the sandwiches, soup and the beet salad was great! Since we had a group, they seated people as they arrived instead of making us wait until every one arrived. Very pleasant service and didn't rush us.
Cindy C. via yelp.com - Dec 30, 2021
We had the best time today at Sweet Basil. Our server, Michelle, was fantastic. She was knowledgeabl
We had the best time today at Sweet Basil. Our server, Michelle, was fantastic. She was knowledgeable about the menu, super friendly and had great taste in her recommendations for our first visit. I guarantee you we'll be back again.
Daniel B. via yelp.com - Dec 30, 2021
This is an excellent restaurant. I had the French dip on Naan bread and it was very good. Also the French press coffee was great too. Good service.
Carl from Chicago via google.com - Dec 26, 2021
I wish I had taken a picture of the delicious food I had here, but unfortunately.... It was to good
I wish I had taken a picture of the delicious food I had here, but unfortunately.... It was to good and did not stand a chance lol. My best friend and I loved this place. My server Michelle was amazing. Will be back for some more very soon.
Justin C. via yelp.com - Dec 24, 2021
This was one of our regular dinner choices when they were in Big Bear - and now they've moved to Pal
This was one of our regular dinner choices when they were in Big Bear - and now they've moved to Palm Springs area, so we visited when we were there seeing family. The location in Big Bear isn't owned by the same folks, but the menu is extremely similar with the same quality and a great new owner - and this one? As good as always! Lo ... read more
Jeffrey V. via yelp.com - Dec 23, 2021
One of the new gems to Palm Desert Sweet Basil was such a delite for the palate as well as the soul! The hospitality was superb..very kind and friendly staff that made you feel like you had been coming there for years and the food was amazing. My boyfriend ordered 2 orders of Lobster cakes because they are THAT good, and everything e ... read more
Kate Button via google.com - Dec 20, 2021
The best Italian food I ever had. The couple mom and pop cook all their own food and make sure all t
The best Italian food I ever had. The couple mom and pop cook all their own food and make sure all the customers are happy. Remarkable place. Fantastic eggplant parmigiana.
Bob W. via yelp.com - Dec 13, 2021
We had a great birthday evening and dinner. I brought a empty stomach and had several dishes. I had
We had a great birthday evening and dinner. I brought a empty stomach and had several dishes. I had a flank steak entree , bruschetta , lobster cakes , mista salad , and lasagna dessert. My wife had the filet mignon and the tomatoe basil soup. They were all excellent.
Steven T. via yelp.com - Dec 8, 2021
Had the smoked salmon salad and the curry chicken naan wrap. Both were fantastic. Server was great.
Had the smoked salmon salad and the curry chicken naan wrap. Both were fantastic. Server was great. Didn't catch her name but she was very personable. Will be back when we are in the area next time to try other items.
Nick K. via yelp.com - Dec 8, 2021
Delightful friendly atmosphere. Very nice sunny outdoor seating as well. The food is fresh and farm
Delightful friendly atmosphere. Very nice sunny outdoor seating as well. The food is fresh and farm to table. I had a burrata salad with spicy shrimp and my friend had a savory mushroom sandwich. We both loved our lunch. The Chardonnay wine pairing was perfect. I wish I could remember the name so I could share that info also. For des ... read more
Lydia J. via yelp.com - Dec 1, 2021
Main points: good food, good portion sizes, and great customer service -- great staff, great management -- just a great team in whole. After our previous dinner plans exploded (it's an another story -- summary: previous place passively-aggressively didn't want our business), we found Sweet Basil California Eatery and WE ARE SO GLAD ... read more
Y. Hsin via google.com - Nov 24, 2021
Very nice cozy restaurant.
Alina Shialli via google.com - Nov 22, 2021
First time at Sweet Basil and will definitely not be the last! We had four foodies from New Jersey v
First time at Sweet Basil and will definitely not be the last! We had four foodies from New Jersey visiting, and everyone was happy. Once seated, we were greeted by Sally (later learned she is the owner), who told us about the specials. Our server Martin, was very knowledgeable and gave honest opinions about certain dishes (later lea ... read more
Julie D. via yelp.com - Nov 19, 2021
Amazing food, nice patio and owners that care!
Amazing food, nice patio and owners that care!
Curtis Lovell via facebook.com - Nov 14, 2021
BB upscale menu st resasonable prices great staff ... read more
Robert Fey via google.com - Nov 11, 2021
Wonderful Italian restaurant with delicious food, impeccable service and ambience. Definitely 5 Sta
Wonderful Italian restaurant with delicious food, impeccable service and ambience. Definitely 5 Star. We’ll be back…again and again.
Sarah Karen Bergmann via facebook.com - Nov 8, 2021
There's something to be said about a dining establishment that is built on good food and great custo
There's something to be said about a dining establishment that is built on good food and great customer service, (Tip: It makes for a really good experience.) After a previous restaurant in the area acknowledged we although we had a reservation for 10 but still decided to give our table away anyway, we quickly found Sweet Basil which ... read more
Yosh H. via yelp.com - Nov 8, 2021
Tuna .........not to my liking.......The lobster cakes the meatloaf and the donuts to dip were very
Tuna .........not to my liking.......The lobster cakes the meatloaf and the donuts to dip were very good.......probably would try something else on this menu.
Michael S. via yelp.com - Nov 7, 2021
Fantastic food.
Nemanja Maroti via google.com - Nov 1, 2021
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