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Big Wave Cafe

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822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: The Big Wave Cafe is a casual themed restaurant open for breakfast, lunch...
The Big Wave Cafe is a casual themed restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. We offer daily specials with a focus on local, fresh seafood.
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  • 169
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  • 112
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent food and service! Beautiful inside.

We were in Manzanita celebrating a birthday and chose The Big Wave for our birthday breakfast. The building, right on 101, is rather unassuming. However, inside it is beautiful. But the most important things: delicious food and great service. We had the stuffed French toast (to die for - not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kathleen55057
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Northfield, Minnesota
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Northfield, Minnesota
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Manzanita celebrating a birthday and chose The Big Wave for our birthday breakfast. The building, right on 101, is rather unassuming. However, inside it is beautiful. But the most important things: delicious food and great service. We had the stuffed French toast (to die for - not Weight Watcher friendly but worth every doggone point!) and the... More 

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Thank Kathleen55057
Gillette, Wyoming
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cute place to have breakfast the waiter was friendly and helpful a very good knowledge of the menu the crab omelet was very good yum

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Thank Paul_the_weatherman
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Another staple in our holiday getaway. Big Wave cafe has excellent...all we seem to eat. They have a variety of eggs Benedict dishes., we enjoy the Dungeness crab, which is fresh. Great pancakes...great service. My only regret...no full bar...love a Bloody Mary before breakfast but the coffee makes up for it. Wish it was closer to downtown.

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Thank Peter Z
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place WILL NOT disappoint. If you're visiting Manzanita/Wheeler/Nehalem, this place is a MUST GO! However, make a reservation, and make it EARLY in the evening. This place gets PACKED during the summer months, and since they only utilize fresh, locally sustainable produce and seafood, it's not uncommon for them to run out of ingredients on a busy night. I... More 

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Thank S A
Redmond, Oregon
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This place is open for breakfast through dinner. We have not tried lunch, but had breakfast last year and this year, and dinner this year. Food is great, with specials. This year for breakfast, I got the special -- chopped prime rib and cheese in an omelette, while others at the table got french toast and pancake/egg/sausage combination. All were... More 

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Thank BugsGWP
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My family and I had dinner here. Although it was slightly upscale it was still very family and kid friendly. The seafood was delicious and the service was impeccable. The owner/chef came out and worked the room and asked everyone how their meal was. Although we had one specific server, the entire staff worked together to make sure our and... More 

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Thank rockawaygetaway
Portland, OR
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

A solid breakfast and a darn good dinner will make this place a Manzanita go-to for us. The food is fresh as advertised and the menu/kitchen relationship is good (short menu, large kitchen = high probability things are being done right). I enjoyed well cooked (not close to overcooked) scallops and my wife had some very good crab cakes despite... More 

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Thank 1337review
Portland, Oregon
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102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This place used to be our family go to restaurant, they had great food and very fair pricing. Our visit two weeks ago was met with nearly an hour long wait after we ordered, the visit previous to that they actually forgot our order...they apologized but comped nothing. Even my kids don't want to go here anymore.

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Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Big Wave Café and taking the time to provide us some valuable feedback. I am sorry your visit didn't meet your expectations or our standards. The day you visited was at the end of a very bad weather week with our county declared a state of emergency due to rain, high wind, flooding, landslides and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Very nice Cafe right on Hwy 101 near Manzanita. Excellent food and pleasant atmospher. Prices are reasoable and staff is very friendly.

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Thank GEHTEL
Fairview, Texas
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We had a lot of fun with the entire family. Server was very nice and food was good. Pies were amazing.

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Thank butler68

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

The Big Wave Cafe is a casual themed restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. We offer daily specials with a focus on local, fresh seafood.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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