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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.
Mary G 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
Great spot for a healthy lunch. My wife and I enjoyed it a lot, especially with the outside seating.
Vidura Stich via google.com - Oct 31, 2021
Stopped by Sweet Basil for lunch and we had a wonderful experience. Portion sizes are great and the
Stopped by Sweet Basil for lunch and we had a wonderful experience. Portion sizes are great and the food was delicious. We look forward to coming back for dinner and desserts.
laquitta l. via yelp.com - Oct 30, 2021
Really good fresh food. Friendly service. Best restaurant I've been to in palm desert.
Really good fresh food. Friendly service. Best restaurant I've been to in palm desert.
Gus S. via yelp.com - Oct 22, 2021
Delicious Small Bites
We stopped in at Sweet Basil for a small dinner after grazing elsewhere, so we did not order much. But what we ate was very good -- tomato & basil soup (the soup of the day), the lobster cake appetizer, and the Caesar Salad with white anchovies. The Lobster Cakes, in particular, were surprisingly good given their modest price; both t ... read more
MBA60302 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 19, 2021
Best new find since dining opened up post covid shutdown. Absolutely divine food, superb service and excellent value. Sally and her staff are masters at creating a memorable dining experience…again and again and again!
Nancie Wingo via google.com - Oct 18, 2021
Lobster Cakes......... Meatloaf on Mashed Potato... Donuts with dipping sauce. Chef here has taken s
Lobster Cakes......... Meatloaf on Mashed Potato... Donuts with dipping sauce. Chef here has taken some chances and been innovative and not been a same old same old like many restaurants do with the same chicken or beef or same deserts etc.. And it works to be a good meal, I will be back to try others menu items as I was very pleased ... read more
Michael S. via yelp.com - Oct 7, 2021
Nice server.. And good food..
Me V via google.com - Oct 6, 2021
Lovely cafe with fresh ingredients & creative dishes. Friendly service. Beer & Wine only.
Lovely cafe with fresh ingredients & creative dishes. Friendly service. Beer & Wine only.
Debbie Duardo via facebook.com - Oct 5, 2021
This place......how can I portray the experience and do it justice. I cannot. A simple, small menu. It doesnt need more. Every flavor was infused with careful consideration and love. Extremely personable staff and owner. The owner in fact is the chef in charge of developing these unique dishes. We were so taken aback on our vacation, ... read more
Chris Stone via google.com - Sep 27, 2021
This place......how can I portray the experience and do it justice. I cannot. A simple, small menu.
This place......how can I portray the experience and do it justice. I cannot. A simple, small menu. It doesnt need more. Every flavor was infused with careful consideration and love. Extremely personable staff and owner. The owner in fact is the chef in charge of developing these unique dishes. We were so taken aback on our vacation, ... read more
Chris S. via yelp.com - Sep 26, 2021
Sweet Basil is excellent the food is fantastic plus me and my wife had a chance to talk with chef Sa
Sweet Basil is excellent the food is fantastic plus me and my wife had a chance to talk with chef Sally she is a very special lady made us feel at home. Everyone that works there no what they are doing. Service was fantastic. The indoor dining area was very comfortable and they also have outdoor seating that looks beautiful. Thank yo ... read more
John P. via yelp.com - Sep 26, 2021
Great place to get takeout or dine in! Super friendly and the food is sooo good you can't go wrong w
Great place to get takeout or dine in! Super friendly and the food is sooo good you can't go wrong with anything. The waiters are super nice and understanding. Everything is clean and up to date as well! Our new locals favorite on El Paseo!
Daisy A. via yelp.com - Sep 22, 2021
Enjoyed!! Lobster cakes delish..service great!
Laura O'Brien via google.com - Sep 19, 2021
Great Italian pasta and seafood. LOVE the fried miniature donuts and dipping sauce for dessert. Pleasant waitstaff.
Marty Tullio via google.com - Sep 16, 2021
From the moment we entered this gem, it immediately felt comfortable and the staff greeted us warmly
From the moment we entered this gem, it immediately felt comfortable and the staff greeted us warmly. Our waitress Michelle, had the patience of Job! She spent quite a bit of time answering all of our questions. The four of us each ordered something different and every one of the entrees were delicious! To top it off our best friends ... read more
K P. via yelp.com - Sep 12, 2021
Took a couple of friends to sweet Basil it was a awesome experience we were greeted and served by Mi
Took a couple of friends to sweet Basil it was a awesome experience we were greeted and served by Michelle she made us feel at home right away. The service was outstanding and the food is beyond amazing. Thank you Sweet Basil for such a fantastic dining experience. We will definitely be back!!!
John P. via yelp.com - Sep 12, 2021
Excellent and Personalized Service...in Francias...A Votre Service. Great food and uncommon wines. Enjoyed a Red Blend from South Africa!
Ravi Lai via google.com - Sep 4, 2021
Amazing food, service and atmosphere! Love this new restaurant on El Paseo. My new favorite spot!
Amazing food, service and atmosphere! Love this new restaurant on El Paseo. My new favorite spot!
Mary S. via yelp.com - Sep 4, 2021
I really enjoyed my meal and fun with my pretty angel betty😊
I really enjoyed my meal and fun with my pretty angel betty😊 ... read more
Reggie A. Mason via facebook.com - Aug 16, 2021
great food & service!! sally pasta was off the chain alongside the Caesar. Cheesecake was absolutely
great food & service!! sally pasta was off the chain alongside the Caesar. Cheesecake was absolutely delicious!! Definitely will be back for more ... read more
Lauren H. via yelp.com - Jul 28, 2021
I appreciated the friendly staff and the food was tasty. I know the restaurants have been impacted g
I appreciated the friendly staff and the food was tasty. I know the restaurants have been impacted greatly with COVID measures and the additional costs, not to mention the recent historical inflation, but I personally feel items are a bit overpriced for the portion size. All that being said, I'd visit Sweet Basil again if in the area ... read more
Ryan-Sum Dum Gai- S. via yelp.com - Jul 26, 2021
Always enjoyed a great meal there. Some nice wines to complement the dishes. Attentive and caring se
Always enjoyed a great meal there. Some nice wines to complement the dishes. Attentive and caring service. Michelle, the server was very Professional. Enjoy the experience. Bon Appetite!!
Ravi L. via yelp.com - Jul 25, 2021
Popped in for a quick bite right when we got to town, service and food was spot on…. We got the grilled artichoke, chicken sandwich and beet goat cheese salad. Yum yum. Excited to go back and Spend more time….
Beverly Pagano via google.com - Jul 20, 2021
This is my favorite spot in the desert for dinner. The owner Sally is so nice and such a hard worker
This is my favorite spot in the desert for dinner. The owner Sally is so nice and such a hard worker. I recommend the Pork Tenderloin or the Filet Mignon with the Gorgonzola crust. Amazing .
Janes B. via yelp.com - Jul 18, 2021
This little gem is clean and friendly. The food is fresh, tasty, and uncomplicated. The miso side salad has a very light dressing and is perfect. I enjoyed my curried chicken salad Naanwich . I left an empty plate! Nice wine list but mixed drinks unavailable.
Clare Abadie via google.com - Jul 15, 2021
Food is spectacular. Service was superb.
Rich Massey via google.com - Jul 11, 2021
We are glad we happened across this place when we were Googling restaurants at El Paseo. Just had a delicious and light dinner -perfect for these hot summer evenings. I had the Sally pasta with a small Mista salad, Husband had the Naan French Dip. It was all really delicious! The portions are not the usual unbearably huge portio ... read more
Donna Monger via google.com - Jul 10, 2021
I was looking for a salad/sandwich restaurant for lunch and found Sweet Basil through yelp. It is in
I was looking for a salad/sandwich restaurant for lunch and found Sweet Basil through yelp. It is in a great location right on El Paseo with plenty of parking behind the restaurant including a back entrance. The restaurant has beautiful decor and is not white table cloth fancy but not casual either, it's a nice medium ground. I order ... read more
Ally P. via yelp.com - Jul 4, 2021
We had dinner on a slow, hot Thursday evening last week and just wanted to say what a delightful tim
We had dinner on a slow, hot Thursday evening last week and just wanted to say what a delightful time we had here. My brother, who is REALLY concerned about Covid germs despite being fully vaccinated, had hoped to sit outside and that's what we had reserved. But being 115 or so degrees outside, the night we came they were sitting eve ... read more
Bill C. via yelp.com - Jun 29, 2021
What a bright and cheerful little place to eat. Unique and delicious dishes. Friendly stuff. Great service.
Susan Lokken via google.com - Jun 26, 2021
Came to Sweet Basil the night we arrived looking for a healthy and easy dinner. This restaurant did
Came to Sweet Basil the night we arrived looking for a healthy and easy dinner. This restaurant did not disappoint! Everything was delicious - the bruschetta on pita, the zucchini soup, and Sally's pasta. The service was great too! Highly recommend if you're looking for a delicious dinner in the desert.
Taryn J. via yelp.com - Jun 19, 2021
I got take out for dinner a few weeks ago based on Yelp reviews while vacationing in the area. The f
I got take out for dinner a few weeks ago based on Yelp reviews while vacationing in the area. The food was absolutely delicious. Lobster cakes- delicious, portion was a little smaller than I expected. Caprese salad- so refreshing and tasty Blackened salmon with orzo- perfectly cooked and the orzo was so flavorful. Croissant bread pu ... read more
Michelle K. via yelp.com - Jun 19, 2021
If you are looking for delicious well prepared food, this is the place for you. We visited Saturday
If you are looking for delicious well prepared food, this is the place for you. We visited Saturday evening June 12th. We ordered Lobster Lasagna, Pistachio Crusted Barramundi, Cabbage Meatball Soup and Bread Pudding. All was beautifully crafted and perfectly seasoned. We feel that this restaurant is one of the best in the valley. Tr ... read more
George P. via yelp.com - Jun 13, 2021
Had lunch here with a girlfriend and we loved it. There are plenty of naan sandwich choices but the
Had lunch here with a girlfriend and we loved it. There are plenty of naan sandwich choices but the wide variety of salads was great. Good wine choices too. Lovely outdoor seating right on el Paseo makes for good people watching.
lesliebauman via tripadvisor.com - Jun 10, 2021
What a great find meandering around El Paseo. Food was delicious and food was fantastic.
What a great find meandering around El Paseo. Food was delicious and food was fantastic.
Scott W. via yelp.com - Jun 6, 2021
Spectacular place, food and people! Took my family in for lunch today, what a great place. Chef Sall
Spectacular place, food and people! Took my family in for lunch today, what a great place. Chef Sally and the crew were so friendly, attentive and the food was sooo good! Had the beef dip on naan, melted gruyere cheese and caramelized onions...Wow! This place is truly a restaurant that makes everything in house from recipes created b ... read more
S I. via yelp.com - May 29, 2021
Nice wait staff. A very pleasant experience.
valarie sullivan via google.com - May 23, 2021
Great atmosphere wonderful service awesome owner ... read more
kevin mackinnon via google.com - May 23, 2021
Overall the restaurant was very nice. The menu was really great! The lobster cakes were a little lacking in seasoning and fresh lobster chunks, the apple fennel salad was delicious! the Caesar salad was extremely mild even though I ordered extra anchovies on my salad. The desserts were great! I definitely will return and try somethin ... read more
Wendi Schwartz via google.com - May 16, 2021
This was my 1st experience with Sweet Basil! Ordered take out for lunch today and it was fantastic, I will definitely dine here again!
Kelley Schick via google.com - May 14, 2021
Ordered takeout from this restaurant for lunch today! Their website was extremely easy to order from, and I loved that they included photos of most of the food. I ordered the Tuscan Tuna Naanwich with the salad for the side. It was excellent!! Wonderful Value for lunch! I WILL be back for sure!
Dayle Gomez via google.com - May 14, 2021
Always great. The food and the service. My go to place.
Pamela Rumi via google.com - May 13, 2021
I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. I had been to their previous restaurant in Big Bear many
I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. I had been to their previous restaurant in Big Bear many times and had wanted to try this. It does not disappoint , the food is impeccable. I have lived in Beverly Hills and London and I am a foodie. They know how to perfectly season without being excessive. Everything is very fresh and I fe ... read more
Steve C. via yelp.com - May 9, 2021
We just wandered in and they had a table for us. Sally, the chef and owner, greeted us and we opted
We just wandered in and they had a table for us. Sally, the chef and owner, greeted us and we opted to sit inside with all safeguards in place. The food was excellent. My filet mignon stuffed with Gorgonzola was perfect. So we're my wife's lobster cakes. Chocolate lasagne for dessert was awesome. Even their least expensive white wine ... read more
Joel G. via yelp.com - May 7, 2021
Delicious lunch menu. If you can get in. Go.
Jeffrey Hammel via google.com - May 4, 2021
Excellent establishment in Palm Desert. Food was very good and the service was excellent.
Ron via google.com - May 2, 2021
We were headed to dinner and looking for the Italian restaurant next door. We walked past and notice
We were headed to dinner and looking for the Italian restaurant next door. We walked past and noticed the food on everyone's plate at Sweet Basil and ended up deciding to eat there, the food looked so good. To start we ordered the grilled artichoke, a shrimp dish and each had a salad. The artichoke was pretty boring and needed season ... read more
Cari N. via yelp.com - May 2, 2021
Love this new-ish restaurant on El Paseo. Good atmosphere, especially the outdoor patio. Have been m
Love this new-ish restaurant on El Paseo. Good atmosphere, especially the outdoor patio. Have been many times. Food and service has always been outstanding. Love every one of the naan sandwiches and the salads. Haven't tried the main entrees yet. Wait staff and owner Sally are excellent, friendly and attentive!
Loree M. via yelp.com - May 2, 2021
Fabulous food, service and ambiance! We absolutely loved the menu and the charming vibe sitting outs
Fabulous food, service and ambiance! We absolutely loved the menu and the charming vibe sitting outside in the tented patio. It felt like we were at a bed and breakfast. Loved the server and the owner. Great place to relax and unwind!
Krista H. via yelp.com - Apr 27, 2021
Very nice place! Good to be out and about again. Came across this place awhile back and it looked in
Very nice place! Good to be out and about again. Came across this place awhile back and it looked interesting. Friendly service, and good food.
Carl B. via yelp.com - Apr 26, 2021
Amazing place!!!!! The food is delicious, the owner always ask us if everything is ok and they really fast. We will definitely be back.
Oded Rahom via google.com - Apr 18, 2021
Best restaurant in the Desert !!! You must not miss it !!❤️❤️❤️
Best restaurant in the Desert !!! You must not miss it !!❤️❤️❤️ ... read more
Debbie Sander via facebook.com - Apr 17, 2021
Outstanding Food and Wonderful outdoor patio!What a pleasant surprise! Highly recommend! Exceeded al
Outstanding Food and Wonderful outdoor patio!What a pleasant surprise! Highly recommend! Exceeded all expectations. First Time Diner! The Caprese Salad has baby arugula perfectly dressed and the Buffalo Mozzarella was so fresh and good. Sally Pasta is light and delicious. Blackened Salmon was perfect! Tomato Basil Capellini very mild ... read more
Ramsey H. via yelp.com - Apr 11, 2021
We were so excited to try this wonderful restaurant on el Paseo and it turned out to be more wonderf
We were so excited to try this wonderful restaurant on el Paseo and it turned out to be more wonderful than expected. Aside from comfortable outdoor dining and excellent service, our meal was close to perfection. We shared the lobster lasagna and flank steak along with a few appetizers and topped off a delicious meal with chocolate l ... read more
Susan R. via yelp.com - Apr 11, 2021
We stumbled into this place and what a find! A lovely menu (I had shrimp and grits) and a small but
We stumbled into this place and what a find! A lovely menu (I had shrimp and grits) and a small but excellent wine list. We were greeted by the owner/chef and had excellent service from our waiter. This is a family business which I love to support.
Bob T. via yelp.com - Apr 11, 2021
This was our first time at Sweet Basil and we loved it. The staff is very friendly, attentive and th
This was our first time at Sweet Basil and we loved it. The staff is very friendly, attentive and the food was excellent. We had the Harvest Salad, Sally Pasta and Gorgonzola stuffed Filet Mignon. The wine selection was excellent too. I really recommend these dishes, they were excellent. Also, the mashed potatoes are the best I've ev ... read more
Darren K. via yelp.com - Apr 8, 2021
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