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Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“prime rib” (26 reviews)
“halibut” (57 reviews)
“crab cakes” (43 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Big Wave Café is an interesting restaurant. I have stayed in the area on business trips over the years, and passed it by until this past week. A friend and I went to Manzanita for a couple of nights and we decided to go...More

2  Thank peoplehavetheri... .
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We ate here a couple times during our Manzanita visit in June, 2016. Both times the meal of local seafood was great. Both our servers did a nice job, and we will definitely return when we next visit Manzanita.

1  Thank Golf_Scuba_Eat
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and so glad we did! The chowder was very good and so were the burgers! If you get a salad I highly recommend the Marion berry vinaigrette it was fabulous! Very friendly staff!! Will definitely return!

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We land in Manzanita fairly regularly, over the years we have completely bypassed the big wave, thinking it was a "diner" style of restaurant. A couple of nights back we decided to try it out because an acquaintance had said the food was pretty good...More

Thank jimimac
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

You can't beat the clam chowder here. A very nice serving and delicious. The fries were very good also.The halibut was flaky and perfectly cooked. A little noisy, but tastefully decorated.

Thank Janlee S
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here a number of times, and it's good enough for breakfast and lunch, although it's quite expensive for a family. Wish it were tastier, because Manzanita needs a place that's suitable for children, which this is except for the food and price!More

Thank Ann E
Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2016

Greetings Ann, Thank you for visiting our restaurant. Our goal is to always exceed guest expectations and I am sorry we didn't meet yours. We take feedback seriously and work hard on our goal of improving every week. Our prices do reflect our goal to...More

Reviewed 9 November 2016

We toured the northern Oregon coast for 5 days and this was our best meal in all! The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We will return!

Thank jkkeidel
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Terrific food in what looked like a roadside diner, but turned out to be a really lovely experience. Food wonderful; decor, ambiance, service too. Other customers all seemed to be having a fine time at lunch-- all kinds of folks-- tourists, locals, fishermen, hikers. Will...More

Thank Lilacmay
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This trip just had breakfast; nice scramble, fresh fruit, crispy bacon. Four of us in the booth, all enjoyed the service and food.

Thank sandi482015
Reviewed 25 October 2016

While driving down Hwy 101on the Oregon coast..had a wonderful surprise with this cafe. We loved the coziness of the the interior and the very friendly staff. The Clam Chowder was amazing thick, tasty, and rich! The Manzanita Salad was huge and could easily serve...More

1  Thank Mary Kay V
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Jim A
1 August 2017|
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Response from Julia353 | Reviewed this property |
We did not need reservations. Needed reservations at farm to table, Blackbird.
23 August 2016|
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Response from Globetrotter1051 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know
Scott S
27 November 2015|
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Response from Chere F | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes they serve beer and wine =) hope you enjoy your meal !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Oregon Coast  >  Manzanita
  • Phone Number: +1 503-368-9283
The Big Wave Café is a casual theme dock and farm to table restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.
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