Finally tried sweet Basil in Needham last night. Very noisy, very small, very crowded. Had to wait 1 hour although they said 20 minutes. A pleasant wait in comfortable chairs outside and the owner came out to chat with us. He was very nice.
The salads and appetizers were good. The main courses were terrible. Inedible.
We (2 couples) had ceasar salad, arugala with beets and goat cheese and fried calamari. These were all good as was the bread with pesto. however, the main courses were so bad they were almost inedible. My husband and another diner had the chicken cacciatore. My husband could not eat his at all and the other diner ate a few bites. I had the chicken marsala which was two thin very tough veal cutlets floating in a thick gross gravy tasting ever so slightly of marsala wine but mostly of gravy/ flour. A few measly portobello mushrooms on the plate. Really awful. Fourth diner said hers we "ok"- the evening special of monkfish. The presentation was terrible- big bowls of slop. Too bad- the salads and fried calamari were quite good.
Also, they charge $5 per bottle as a corkage fee- a silly charge in a cheap place, and do not take credit cards.All four of us agreed that we would not go back.
Goodbye Sweet Basil.