Welcome to Sweet Basil’s Cafe. The Taste of Cannon Beach.

Natural. Organic. Wild.
It’s time we asked … “What’s in my food?”

It is way past due that we all start looking at what we eat. With the recent food scares in the food industry, eating organics and natural products and the opportunity to support local farmers and suppliers is just the right thing to do. After discussions with my wife Debbie, her suggestion to offer vegetarian and healthier dishes sparked the beginning. My love of cooking still goes on but now in a different direction. I call it “My fork in the road”.

With over 25 years in the restaurant business the awakening to simplify my lifestyle to a less stressful environment and to incorporate a healthier diet using natural, organic and wild ingredients really did make sense. I cooked for over 7 years at the Lil’ Bayou in Seaside and before that a restaurant in New York. It was my dream for many years, however, at one point I had to say that other things should take priority.

The challenge in starting Sweet Basil’s was to create a lunch and dinner menus that offered healthy foods that still excited the palate. I think, and more importantly our guests have found, that eating healthier offers and excitement in taste as well as an endless selection of dishes.

Sweet Basil’s Café was conceived by a change in lifestyle and diet of the chef and owner John Sowa, a Cajun/Creole trained chef.


We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan choices as well as seafood, poultry and pork dishes on our menus. From salads, to cold and hot sandwiches, wraps, paninis, tapas, and fusion dishes – all tickle the taste buds. Soups change daily and seasonal offerings keep our guests coming back to try just one more menu item or daily special.

For evening offerings and entertainment please check our site for The Wine Bar. Come in and enjoy LIVE MUSIC – offered almost every night! Our dishes, great wine and beer selection, happy hour and wine tasting will keep you busy for hours while the music further sets the mood.

I sincerely hope you will join us for lunch or for a meal in the evening. Come in and say hi!

Let’s break bread together in Cannon Beach.

John Sowa
Chef and Owner

Hungry Yet?
Come on down and join us for some fresh and fantastic food, wine, music, and good times.


Enjoy an impeccable menu and wine selection at The Wine Bar @ Sweet Basil’s Café in downtown Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The inviting and comfortable atmosphere allows you to truly relax. Add a glass of wine and a few amazing tapas dishes… perfect. Whatever you are looking for, we make it easy to enjoy the night.

At The Wine Bar and Sweet Basil’s Café we believe in the Farm to Table principles and provide as many local and organic ingredients in our dishes as we can. The originality of the dishes as well as the quality of ingredients is, in a word, refreshing. There are also many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available on the menu {even dessert and beer!}.
Our wines were chosen specifically to enhance your dining experience or to introduce you to new, exciting encounters in taste. Our staff will help find the right wine for you to ensure satisfaction and a great time. Definately no wine experience necessary – just a good time.

Check our calendar for live music, wine tasting, specials and more. We can’t wait to meet you!

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