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Sweet Basil's Cafe

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271 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110-3038
+1 503-436-1539
11:30 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice decor and good staff, but were disappointed with our meals. Perhaps it was an off day since we visited during the off season, but my crab roll seemed very ordinary and husband's turkey sierra sandwich wasn't super flavorful either. I added the sour kraut side to my crab roll, and that helped. We'd always wanted to try this place... More 

Thank RandRabroad
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, I'm really sorry you were disappointed with your visit to my restaurant. I don't know how to respond as the two items you ordered are certainly in the top 5 in popularity. I can only try to explain what we do. The crab roll came about from my days in New England and the "Lobster Roll". We take crab... More 

Cannon Beach, Oregon
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268 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

So had to try crawfish etoufee. It was flavorful, but, for shellfish, I'll stick to shrimp or lobster. Quite a large portion of those little critters, in a mildly spicy sauce. My wife had crab cakes, which I sampled. They were quite large with a decent salad. The presentation was excellent, but the crab cakes were not as good as... More 

Thank yvrbrit2
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. Sorry you weren't super pleased with crawfish tail meat, it's a freshwater critter that sweet and similar to langostino's. next time please ask for a shrimp version which you may enjoy more? I'm kinda shocked about the crab cakes as almost all our diners rate them as the best they ever had being 90%... More 

Canby, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Lovely little boutique restaurant with upscale menu and wine list. Live music was a plus on this friday night.

Thank meandmyselfandi2017
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we're happy that you enjoyed visit. I hope you will join us again Thank You John Sowa Chef/Owner More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I just had a tour of the Pacific Northwest. We visited Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, and several locations in Oregon. We enjoyed some wonderful dining but by far our favorite meal was Sweet Basil's cafe in Cannon Beach. The service was wonderful and the food was incredible. They were so friendly and nice it will ensure another... More 

Thank Jennifer B
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Just wanted to thank you for you for taking the time to write about your visit with us. I'm happy that you enjoyed Sweet Basils and look forward to your joining us again thank you John Sowa Chef/owner More 

Pasco, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This is a nice little cafe just off the main strip in Cannon Beach. Their food is wonderful and they have several vegetarian and vegan options along with the usual fish dishes you'd expect to find on the coast.

Thank Nick G
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review.It's always nice to hear we pleased another guest. Hope to see you again John chef/owner More 

Gladstone, Oregon
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199 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We stopped in for take out, I had a pesto veggie wrap, filled with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, spinach and other goodies, soo yummy and very filling. Came with a small portion of vinegary cole slaw that was very good and multi grain chips. Just what I needed after a weekend of fried seafood and heavy chowder. Hubby... More 

Thank Oceantoes
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I'm happy that your experience was positive. It's especially great to see the concept work where Vegetarians and Carnivores can enjoy dining together. Hope you'll come back to see us. Chef John More 

Modesto, California, United States
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

There are a handful of restaurants within walking distance in downtown Cannon Beach, we visited Sweet Basil's Cafe at the recommendation manager at "The Waves". I am glad we did, we were seated directly in front of the kitchen and were able to see chef "John Sowa" in action. This was our first time at this lovely little cafe and... More 

1 Thank NorCal A
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and I'm happy you enjoyed your visit with us. I'll be sure to thank the Waves for referring you. Sorry about the "music" volume, I will discuss the volume with the band. Please come back to see us on your next visit. Chef/john More 

Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Came in from other tripadvisor reviews and was happy to see a full restaurant on a saturday in december. they were able to seat me immediately where i shortly placed an order for the vegetarian pot pie. after a long day in the rain, it was filling and warm + it had good flavor and hit the spot. One star... More 

Thank Colleen F
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and visit. Unfortunately at times our small kitchen gets bogged down if guests arrive all at one. I assure you we are working on a remedy. I'm surprised about the waitstaff situation and can only think that it might have been due to a rush and they at times really try to be as quick... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

My husband and I were looking for a good quality dinner place, without breaking the bank. I had the Crab stuffed Portabella and my husband had the awesome Pork Belly Burger. Both had flavor galore. We can't wait to go back again on our next trip there.

Thank Patti G
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for dining with us. I'm happy the hubby liked our Pork Bell Burger. We created it for one primary reason....to wow you. Guess it worked. Thanks Chef/John More 

Eugene, Oregon
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Although there are lots of vegetarian, organic, gluten-free, locally-sourced, non-GMO options, especially at lunchtime, this little gem earns its rating for classic Cajun cuisine. Excellent seafood jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish ettoufe, crawfish pie and two kinds of gumbo make for tough decisions. A superb pork shank over cheesy polenta and killer crab cakes make the dilemma even more serious. Often,... More 

1 Thank Mark W
Mrsilverfox, Owner at Sweet Basil's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Mark for your great review. We'll keep the quality going and hope others appreciate it as much as you. I'm working on some menu changes that will bring a few more Creole dishes to enjoy. This summer we're planning on outside BBQ and more of our own smoked choices. Thanks again Chef/John More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$13
American, Wine Bar, Cajun & Creole, Healthy, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?