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Sweet Basil on Moody, Waltham, MA

Sweet Basil on Moody

4.3
4.3
174 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Our newest location offers indoor dining and take-out from 5-10pm Monday thru Thursday, from 4-11pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 4-9pm on Sunday. We offer chef-inspired Italian dishes, along with a full bar that includes hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 11:30 am–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 472-2805

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Harrison Grams

  • Neighborhood

    Waltham

  • Cross street

    Chestnut Street

  • Parking details

    Moody Street offers street parking but If you are looking to avoid the hassle park at one of the many municipal lots along the way just off Moody Street. The closest lot is located just past Balani off Chestnut Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. V

    Virgule

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time at Sweet Basil, and we'll be back. We ordered the Greek salad, chicken spring rolls, artichoke & spinach ravioli. Be aware -- portions are very large; the two appetizers would have been enough for us. Though their website says you can't reserve outdoor seating, we had no trouble being seated outdoors when we showed up for our reservation. Our server was friendly, attentive, and accomodating. A total plus experience in all respects.
  2. JS

    JohnS

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was all overcooked The place was not busy but the service was terribly slow and unattentive. The waitress didn't even offer dessert or coffee- just brought over the check after clearing the table
  3. SB

    SeanB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely will return
  4. AR

    AnthonyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Your noise question doesn’t make sense. Noise was fine.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    3/4 of the meals we got were mediocre to not good - four cheese ravioli, shrimp scampi, spinach and artichoke ravioli. Not really an Italian restaurant - not a lot of food options to begin with.
  6. F

    Frances

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    The food was good overall but service was pretty slow. The server was very kind and felt bad but it was still a bit of an annoyance. My partner enjoyed the food though and still would like to go back
  7. SH

    SeanH

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointing trip this time. Wait staff seemed distracted. My bolognese was mostly sauce and very little pasta.
  8. l

    luv2dinealot

    New England

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this place. Food was great and service was wonderful. Would go again.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were celebrating a graduation and we were a large party of 9. We have always enjoyed Sweet Basil before and we were thrilled to be able to make a reservation. We had a large table in back where we could look closely at the weird art on the walls. The food was mediocre at best- such a disappointment! The portions were large so there were lots of mediocre leftovers to bring home. Not sure what’s changed but not sure we’ll be returning anytime soon.
  10. EM

    EileenM

    New England

    221 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We dined outside on Moody Street on a lovely evening. The restaurant was fairly busy and there were not enough staff, which is how things often are today. Everyone was doing the best they could. The bread basket is wonderful, crusty, chewy bread with a delicious pesto for dipping. It is hard not to overdo it on bread. I ordered the four cheese ravioli, which was filled with so much cheese that I did not care for it it. They took it off the bill and offered me something else in return. They were quite lovely about it. The rest of our party enjoyed their entrees and remarked how much we enjoy the food here, made even more enjoyable by eating al fresco.
  11. MP

    MelissaP

    New England

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food was pretty good (especially the octopus) but our service was really slow. We had empty water glasses for over 30 min as an example.
  12. B

    Beth

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Food was delicious! What was disappointing was an Italian restaurant that does not offer cappuccino, and that had NO decaf coffee at all. It was a chilly night my friends were cold and had a long drive home ahead of them. They were craving cappuccino and upon learning there was none, then a cup of decaf. ..but there was none. Just sayin’
  13. S

    Steverino

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice staff and terrific food. Comfortable environment with a great outdoor seating area.
  14. L

    Lori

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love everything about this restaurant. Food is always fresh and tasty. Servers super friendly and flow key. We usually sit outside, but this time we sat inside at a funky table with 2 seats that look like couch thrones at each end of the table. Super fun and comfortable.
  15. D

    Dlivermore

    New England

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Very accommodating to our guest with special diet. Portions are very large but sacrifice some quality for quantity. Overall good experience but the attention to detail could be improved. Pesto sauce with bread excellent! Cocktails inventive and tasty. A welcome addition to the neighborhood.
  16. SB

    SherylB

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meals, large portions, excellent appetizers. Shared mussels, fried calamari and baked Gouda to start. Extremely flavorful. All pasta is homemade and preparation is excellent.
  17. SG

    StacyGrey

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous flavors!! The shrimp scampi was one of the best I have ever had - the freshest ingredients, PERFECTLY cooked shrimp. The mussels too were outstanding!
  18. KH

    KathleenH

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just ok. Raviolis were chewy and filling not that great. Seated near area where they dump the dirty dishes. Descent vibe, just not great.
  19. AT

    AngelaT

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    There is only one minor detail I believe should be considered. This was our second visit and both times we ordered the fried calamari. The first time we ordered it, it was extremely salty. The second time we ordered it, we were hoping it wouldn’t be as salty; however, it was as salty as the first time we ordered it. We will not be ordering it again, sorry to say. Thank you.
  20. JH

    JennH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ended up waiting 20 minutes and sitting outside. One of the first beautiful Friday evenings in New England! Food was absolutely delicious. We started with the chicken wings, mussels and Gouda appetizers. Moved on to chicken piccata, the Bolognese and a vegetarian ravioli dish. All superior. Service wasA little slow as they were quite crowded outside. But very attentive! Will definitely be returning!
  21. GH

    GregH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Interesting decor and good service. Portions are large. Food is good but not outstanding. Overall, a solid choice.
  22. KA

    KristieA

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time dining with Sweet Basil on Moody, it did not disappoint! The outdoor atmosphere is wonderful, great service and delicious food! Will be going back!
  23. c

    cab2

    New England

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and drinks were great! Only wish the server had told us how big the portions were...there were only two of us and we each ordered an appetizer and entree--way too much food...ended up taking our entrees home but loved everything we tried. Mussels, crispy rice salad, seafood stew and stirfry noodles. Had a couple of Easy Lover cocktails--all delicious! Will definately go back to have more mussels and try some of the other dishes.
  24. NK

    NityaK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Over all the experience was good. The drinks could have been better. Service could have been a bit better.
  25. JT

    JenT

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Balani is so delicious. The atmosphere is great, the art is interesting and fun and the staff awesome!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and amazing food!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The meal was excellent and the staff was very welcoming. Our waiter was not the best. He ignored us for quite a while after we were seated. He was pleasant enough and he had several tables, but he sauntered rather than hustled.
  28. R

    Rjkmurphy

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative cocktails, innovative menu. Love the decor and artwork. The playlist was great and the volume was perfect!
  29. M

    Melrose1

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a little gem on Moody Street! The staff and food were fantastic, I can't say enough good things. And the decor is fun and beautiful.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent blend of complex flavors. Generous portions. We will be back.
  31. GJ

    GJAWaltham

    New England

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I wanted to try a new restaurant in town and both remembered Balani. the food was very good, with interesting combinations of flavors. We decided to do small plates and sides. Service is relaxed, and sometimes we felt like we were forgotten by our main watire. But the staff was attentive and other members filled in. I'm not sure if this was by their initiative or how Balani rolls. Otherwise, we enjoyed it and will go back with friends. Great Cocktails, creative and tasty.
  32. BJ

    BruceJ

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our second visit in a week. We brought another couple with us who felt the experience was great as well. The only comment from my wife as well as the other couple is the use of a certain spice, not sure which but my wife tasted it with her burger on the first visit and the pineapple chicken on the second trip. So Balani if you use a defacto house seasoning on everything perhaps you should rethink it on every dish. Both the burger and the chicken were good but had this certain taste that prohibited both from being outstanding. We will be back. Service can't be beat. Great staff.
  33. MW

    MollyW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We split 2 apps. More than we could finish. They were really great about letting us linger.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was some of the most flavorful I have had in recent memory. And the portions were huge. Every single person who came to our table was amazing. We had wanted to go to Somerville but couldn’t find a reservation anywhere but Balani gave us everything we would hoped for in Somerville as a vibe and atmosphere. And with delicious food and drinks, we couldn’t have been happier!
  35. SE

    SarahE

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and delicious food! I had the salmon and seaweed salad and it was delicious.
  36. OT

    OTFoodie

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall a nice experience. Staff was friendly and great service. Ambiance is a little dark, but like the center socializing areas. Best Chicken Satay ever. Scallop special was very good. Seafood stew was okay-- the octopus tentacles in the stew was disturbing, if I order it again, it would be sans octopus. Date cake is fantastic.
  37. RP

    RobertP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was exceptional!! The food was second to none. We have adopted Balani as the best coronary experience we've had in a long time. We will frequent there again and again!!
  38. NT

    NTown136

    New England

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience starting with wonderfully creative and flavorful food and delicious cocktails. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is just right. Festive and beautifully decorated with quirky fun background music but it still allowed for easy conversation. Make sure you ask for the dessert menu. Wow! Best dessert I’ve had in memory paired with great choices for dessert drinks.
  39. e

    ellens

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb experience! Another culinary hit by Dave Becker. The owner of Sweet Basil in Needham and Juniper in Wellesley has created another winner. We loved everything about the decor, the staff and especially the Asian inspired food and craft cocktails!
  40. S

    Sarah

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Pretty ambience. Food was not great. We won’t be returning.

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You can order delivery directly from Sweet Basil on Moody using the Order Online button. Sweet Basil on Moody also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 472-2805.

Sweet Basil on Moody is rated 4.3 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

Sweet Basil on Moody does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Sweet Basil on Moody

469 Moody St Waltham, MA 02453

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chestnut Street

  • Neighborhood

    Waltham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 11:30 am–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Moody Street offers street parking but If you are looking to avoid the hassle park at one of the many municipal lots along the way just off Moody Street. The closest lot is located just past Balani off Chestnut Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Harrison Grams

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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