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Sweet Basil's Cafe


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Wine Bar, Cajun & Creole, Healthy

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Bruschetta Of Salmon
local smoked salmon, cheese, tomato and basil. (3)
Wild Tiger Prawn Martini
large tiger prawns served with banana chili salsa.
Veggie And Hummus
market fresh vegetables with our homemade hummus.
Bison And Bacon Meatballs
bison with cured bacon in our spiced tomato sauce. (3)
Clams Mateo
clams, bacon, tomato, onion and herbs in white wine.
Berenjeña Con Queso
fried eggplant with provolone and parmesan cheese. served with organic greens.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
dates stuffed with bleu cheese and almond wrapped in bacon.
Camarones And Artichoke Hearts
shrimp and artichoke hearts with garlic.
Pulled Pork Sliders
an american tapas with slow cooked pork, bbq sauce and coleslaw. (3)
Tapas Special
not every night, but most weekends, chef john will come up with a surprise special for the evening.
salad dressings: balsamic, roasted tomato, sesami ginger, mango lime and ranch
Crab Cakes Sweet Basil's
two perfectly seasoned dungeness crab cakes coated in cornflake crumbs served with our dipping sauce and organic greens.
Crab And Artichoke Melt
dungeness crab heaped on 7 grain bread with artichoke hearts, our dressing and muenster cheese.
Crab Roll
dungeness crab, celery, dill & mayo in a soft roll.
Braised Pork Shanks
slow cooked pork in a red wine tomato sauce over brown rice.
The Veggie Wrap
a spinach tortilla wrap filled with organic greens, basil pesto, tomatoe, cucumber, roasted sweet red peppers, zuchini and avocado.
Vegetarian Rueben
the vegetarian answer to corned beef: field roast veggie meat. served on whole wheat bread with sauerkraut and provolone cheese. can be made vegan with soy cheese and veganaise.
Italian Panini
simply tomatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella and provolone. can be vegan with soy cheese.
Roasted Chicken And Apple Salad
organic greens, tomato, cucumber, apple slices and all natural chicken breast with cranberries and pecan pieces. your choice of dressings.
Mojo Crab Salad
dungeness crab in our zesty remoulade over organic greens, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Sweet Basil's Plentiful House Salad (full Or Half)
a plentiful dish of organic greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow squash topped with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. your choice of dressings.
the following are a few of the chef's favorites for the season. as local produce and ingredients become available your server will let you know of any changes and additions. our "market vegetables" are purchased at our local farmers market.
Dungeness Crab Stuffed Portobello
a large oregon grown portobello with a slice of organic tomato is topped with dungeness crab, a touch of mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, and finished with provolone cheese. the dish is served with organic greens and our house dressing. Suggested Wine: 2006 Elstrom Estate Pinot Noir.
Thai Coconut Curry Salmon Filet
pacific wild caught salmon pan seared and poached in a yellow thai coconut sauce with potatoes, onion and carrots. (mildly spicy). Suggested Wine: 2009 Chehalem Pinot Gris.
Crawfish Étouffée
chef john's favorite cajun dish. slow cooked rich brown sauce with onions, peppers and celery smothering sweet louisiana crawfish tail meat. served over rice with market vegetables on the side. Suggested Wine: 2009 Rex Hill Pinot Noir.
Shrimp Creole
a staple of creole cooking. large shrimp are cooked in a tomato based creole sauce and served over rice. Suggested Wine: 2009 Chemistry White Blend.
Pork Shank Osso Buco
a 22oz pork shank cooked to perfection in a rich tomato and red wine sauce served over creamy parmesan polenta. served with market vegetables. Suggested Wine: 2007 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chicken Tchoupitoulas
pan seared all natural chicken breast is served on a mixture of pan roasted red potatoes with mushrooms and andouille sausage, and topped with a creamy béarnaise sauce. served with market vegetables. (tchoupitoulas is pronounced chop-a-too-las). Suggested Wine: 2009 Flying Fish Merlot.
Pot Pies
an all american favorite, here are three choices that are sure to please. each starts with a sherry veloute sauce with a medley of market vegetables. chicken pot pie, and vegetarian pot pie.
Cheese Platter
a selection of our nightly cheeses served with accompaniments and bread.
Salumi/charcuterie Plate
spanish and italian cured meats, dry-cured sausage and olive tapenade.
Olive Plate
a selection of imported olives served with bread sticks.
Our guests asked for more Cajun choices knowing that is Chef John's specialty. The new items prepared a little healthier using Olive Oil in place of butter and Vegetable stock as the base
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Chicken, Tasso Ham and Andouille Sausage
Seafood Jambalaya
Shrimp, Crawfish, NW Crab plus Tasso and Andouille
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo
Gumbo Z'herbes
Crawfish Pie
Sponsored by: Sweet Basil's Cafe

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Cajun trained
1. Cajun trained
" Cajun cooking at its best!"
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2. The Osso Bucco
2. The Osso Bucco
" My entree was the Osso Bucco, oh so good!"
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3. Seafood Jambalaya with Crab
3. Seafood Jambalaya with Crab
"Excellent seafood jambalaya"
Mark W
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Offering a healthy choice at the coast. Many vegetarian and Gluten free options. House smoked pork and meat options also available. At dinner Cajun/Creole dishes are featured plus local Northwest ingredients. Live music nightly in the Wine Bar.
US$ 7 - US$ 22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Wine Bar, Cajun & Creole, Healthy
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food is decent, but the owner seems oblivious and/or unconcerned with customer service. The restaurant is cramped and a bit dingy, but most importantly, severely understaffed; I’ve never seen more than one waiter/hostess working (the entire restaurant), and that person is always slammed, as...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank cougar423
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded today

I'm sorry that you weren't happy with your visit to sweet Basils.i assure u I'm very aware of customer service and do my best to provide that on every visit. Did the one waitress tell you we have people out with the FLU in both...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is small but very accommodating! We had a party of five and they managed to squeeze us in on a busy weekend night! The food was absolutely amazing! Our party had a variety of dishes including the etouffee and everyone loved their selection....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Batt2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really needed a great lunch after our disastrous tasteless dinner the night before at Pelican Brewery. Food service and ambience were perfect. Our waitress was awesome and when I asked her what she liked she said her favorite was the pork and cheese sandwich....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank parisryan
Reviewed 17 February 2019

Great professional chef/owner who knows his ingredients. We were looking for fish options without frying and this is the place. The curry sauce was hotter than we expected, but tasty. Turns out they have a whole Cajun/Creole menu. If that's your pleasure then go here....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 2bits2go
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Best restaurant in the area! We have been for both lunch and dinner and the vibe and the food and wine is always perfect. If you are gluten free you will be very happy here!!

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank amayamarie
Reviewed 22 January 2019

We found that Sweet Basil's Cafe had good reviews so we decided to try them one night on our trip to Cannon Beach. We were able to get right in even though they don't take reservations. They had live music playing which was nice. I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank CH_Rainescape
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I highly recommend Sweet Basil's Cafe. The food was incredible. The friendliness of everyone there made dining a delight. (Watching the hummingbirds swarm the feeders was an added bonus!) We will be back!

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank raezz
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2019

Tks so much for sharing your experience with us. Happy you enjoyed our food and yes the hummingbirds are an added treat, John s Chef/owner

Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Best chowder I’ve ever had and gluten free. We have enjoyed all our meals and great live music on Fridays. It’s one of our must stops whenever we are in Cannon Beach

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank 664paml
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

The sandwiches were amazing and I loved the gluten free bread. Excellent options for vegetarians, gluten free folks and carnivores. The cubano is highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank F8214QUadama
Reviewed 30 December 2018

We were despairing of finding a restaurant in Cannon Beach on a Saturday night that was open after 8 pm, had room, and wasn't a burger joint or fried food emporium. Then we tried Sweet Basil and while there was a wait there was also...More

Date of visit: December 2018
3  Thank Leatherneck6693
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7 January 2018|
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Response from KHForever | Reviewed this property |
For us as business owners, lacked customer service & a clean environment. We felt on this day at least, the employees didn't enjoy serving customers. Just another day at work. We have higher expectations because of our... More
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Response from Connor O | Reviewed this property |
The patio is dog friendly. It is not under construction.
20 April 2016|
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Response from djinscottsdale | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a Thursday, in March, and they did not have music. I suggest calling the restaurant to find out
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