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Sweet Basil's Cafe

271 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-3038
+1 503-436-1539
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (17 reviews)
“tapas” (15 reviews)
“étouffée” (10 reviews)
American, Wine Bar, Cajun & Creole, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
271 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-3038
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Sweet Basil's Cafe
1. Cajun trained
" Cajun cooking at its best!"
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2. The Osso Bucco
" My entree was the Osso Bucco, oh so good!"
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3. Seafood Jambalaya with Crab
"Excellent seafood jambalaya"
Mark W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reading through to the end of this review will give you a terrific tip on getting the best meal deal in Cannon Beach. Sweet Basil's Cafe is well worth the extra few steps off Cannon Beach's North Hemlock Street. The Louisiana decor and music immediately...More

Thank Cleon P
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Second time here and this time my wife asked to put some spice and heat in the seafood jambalaya and it turned out absolutely exceptional. Service was great. We asked for a bottle of wine from the bar and the Chardonnay was chilled to perfection....More

2  Thank Fredrik G
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for your review and I'm happy you enjoyed your visit. Also, yes try the nights special when here I usually try to highlight different ingredients than what's on our menu. John S Chef/owner

Reviewed 11 January 2018

We love all of the food at Sweet Basils. It’s all well done and it never disappoints. The Crawfish Etoufee is brilliant with a rich and deep tasting rou. The pot pie is delicious. We live in cb and love eating here. The only downside...More

2  Thank Shelley E
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This small and very casual restaurant is off the beaten path, and deserves an appreciation for the small staff, with carefully selected and freshly prepared menus. Small plates, tapas, and fine wines with very personally prepared plates is worth a visit. We repeat this with...More

Thank memaw1936
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

thank you for your review. I'm a little confused as it seemed you enjoyed your visit, the staff and food but only gave one star which is the lowest rating which really hurts our overall ratings? Did we do something that didn't meet your standards?...More

Reviewed 3 January 2018

We read the reviews, as well as read about them from their own perspective. I think we all look for not only fresh food, cleanliness, friendliness, but also value when we are choosing where to dine, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even an...More

Thank Elvin and Doree... D
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your review and visiting Sweet Basils. I'm really confused because I checked our web page and on premise menu and the only item we removed was the shrimp roll. I wasn't really happy with the way we were serving it and felt...More

Reviewed 30 December 2017

Sweet Basil's Cafe is one of the four best restaurants in CB (the others being EVOO, Stephanie's and Newman's). Amazing how the chef can crank out such good food in such a small kitchen. The jambalaya is absolutely delicious and authentic. My wife had the...More

1  Thank DandPinWA
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you for your very nice review. We really enjoy hearing from our guests and am happy you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you back again. thanks Chef John

Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Some of the best food I've ever had. We were going to go Castaways because it was highly recommended, but the wait was over an hour, so we tried our second choice, Sweet Basil's. It's a small place, but the food was Amazing! I can't...More

2  Thank Patrick M
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Thanks for your nice review and I'm happy you had a chance to dine with us. I guess it was to be! thanks again John Sowa chef/owner

Reviewed 17 November 2017

My wife had the mac/cheese with crab and I had the seafood jambalaya. Both were delicious. The jambalaya was excellent but spicy so be warned.

2  Thank ORState
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thanks so much for your positive review. It's always great to hear we did good! Hope to see you again. JohnSowa chef.owner

Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

There is a reason this gentleman won Iron Chef!!!! The Clams Mateo were absolutely amazing! The special of the night Crab Mac n cheese was very rich, creamy, and the texture of the crab as it rolled across my tongue made me smile. The Crawfish...More

2  Thank Troy H
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thanks much for your positive review. It's always great to hear when our guests enjoyed their visit. John Sowa chef/owner

Reviewed 15 November 2017

This restaurant has an outstanding array of delicious feed. The seating is limited and seating is tight but really ends up being a gourmet treat when you receive your meal. We had a dinner there one evening and lunch there next day. This absolutely will...More

2  Thank 297lawrencen
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thanks for your nice review. It's always great to hear we did good! Hope to see you on a return visit to Cannon Beach John Sowa chef/owner

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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
Teresa B
16 July 2017|
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Response from Connor O | Reviewed this property |
The patio is dog friendly. It is not under construction.
21 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 271 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-3038
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Oregon Coast  >  Cannon Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 503-436-1539
  • E-mail
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.
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