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Sweet Basil's Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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"
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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 14 January 2012

In January 2011, we had a fabulous meal in this charming little spot. Sadly, on our return in December, we arrived on the day the restaurant closes for a well deserved day off. Never mind, we'll come by next time and not make the mistake...More

Date of visit: December 2011
1  Thank ZLI
Reviewed 7 January 2012

If you are looking for a place to eat with good food and not tons of people this is the place. So many folks don't even know it's there and that's a shame because the food is so, so good. Give it a try.

Date of visit: November 2011
Thank Coastaleater
Reviewed 5 January 2012

This is a perfect location for lunch, try one of the grilled sandwiches and enjoy!

Thank LChambl9948
Reviewed 3 January 2012

We found this little restaurant tucked away in cannon beach by the use of our iPhones. It is very small but cozy. You feel at home with great music on Fridays. The service was excellent. The food was fresh and delicious. We definitely will be...More

Thank Lisaungie
Reviewed 30 December 2011

The owner was very friendly and the food was excellent. Great unusual menu selection. I especially enjoyed the Bison meatball appetizer.

Date of visit: December 2011
Thank TravellerBCW
Reviewed 29 November 2011

This little cafe is tucked in the back of a strip of shops that would be easy to miss. The food here is fresh and unique...vegetarian and gluten free options. Next door is the wine bar featuring the best of local and other wines. On...More

Date of visit: November 2011
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Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2011

Thank you for your review it is most appreciated. As it happens this weekend is our Cajun weekend and we have groups coming from Portland to enjoy a little bit of Louisiana in Cannon Beach.When our guests enjoy their visit with us we all take...More

Reviewed 15 November 2011

First off...they have Gluten Free Pizza, and it's really good. With all the pizza served in Cannon Beach I didn't think anyone had gluten free, but thank you Sweet Basils. Also the food is really good, my husband had the pot pie and he LOVED...More

Date of visit: November 2011
2  Thank PacificNorthwestBest
Reviewed 1 November 2011

Sweet Basil's is off the main street tucked into a very cozy corner. When weather permits you can sit outside but inside is where you get to smell all the great dishes the chef is preparing. Pulled pork and shrimp poor boy are my favorite....More

Date of visit: September 2011
Thank Coastaleater
Reviewed 23 October 2011

Read the reviews before going and realized this place is not for everyone. Hope this might help... If you would rather have a chef than a cook make your dinner then go here If you would rather be left alone while enjoying your food than...More

Date of visit: October 2011
Thank Desh
Reviewed 26 September 2011

the place was quaint, live music by a local musician The service was horrid, now mind you it has maybe 10 tables. When we arrived we were one of 5 tables that had patrons it took over 10 minuets just to get a menu about...More

Date of visit: September 2011
2  Thank Richard R
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2011

It always is a concern when a guest is not happy at our place. My staff and myself work to have our guests enjoy there visit. When I see a review like this or any other negative one it concerns me. Fortunately I have never...More

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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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