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Sweet Basil

942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
+1 781-444-9600
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussels” (26 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A bit hard to find but menu and service are outstanding. Menu changes periodically. Eclectic and great selection. Hard to choose. Have made several visits a favorite. BYOB

Thank Everett H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We go here regularly and enjoy all of the dishes, most of which include excellent home made pasta and sauces. Bring your own wine since they don't sell alcohol but will serve and charge $5 for corkage. Come early or be prepared to wait. It...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chanced upon Sweet Basil after an open studio nearby. We learned later that had it not been a Sunday, we wouldn't have been able to be seated immediately at this popular restaurant. The host and wait staff were outstanding: personable, efficient and accommodating. The...More

Thank Boarding_Group_4
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 27 September 2017

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 16 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

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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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