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Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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Ranked #5 of 19 Restaurants in Manzanita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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.
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Boise, Idaho
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The decor is nothing special, but the food is really good. We were told that this is where the local go to eat, and we believe it.

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Portland, OR
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93 reviews 93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

to get that quality a meal so reasonably priced. There were four of us. Three ordered separate seafood entrees, and I ordered the Friday special, prime rib, because I wanted to complement the wine selected by one of the other diners. We shared entrees with forkful trades. The beef was good, but next time, I'll order anything from the fresh... More

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Hinckley, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

don't even stop here we came in with a group of 8 and it took over an hour to get our food. service was very slow. we watch people come in after us, order, eat and leave before we go our food and it wasn't that busy at all. the food was just OK.

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Nehalem, Oregon, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'm a local, but i've never eaten here for lunch or dinner. I decided to come for lunch with my mother in law. It wasn't very busy, which is good. I ordered a 10oz rib eye steak, rare, which came with a salad, french fries, and veggies. I also ordered sauteed mushrooms on top of the steak. The salad was... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

I come down to the Nehalem area quite often. I will eat at the big wave at least once during my stays. The breakfast is good with very good service. But I will have to say it is dinner when they shine. I've had everything from fresh crab and razor clams, to a perfectly cooked roast beef. Their service could... More

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Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Perhaps it was because it a hectic holiday weekend. Perhaps it was because I arrived near closing time in the evening.Perhaps all the staff were tired from serving big family groups.I am not really sure.Service was slow and waitstaff seemed harried,food was ok but expensive for a "cafe".My experience did not jibe with the reviews I had read but perhaps... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast - pancakes for the kids, a wonderful scramble and delicious seafood omelet. It wasn't super fast and they forgot toast went with my meal, but they got it to me quickly enough. Not cheap but not overly expensive either. I would recommend the Big Wave and will go there again if/when I return to Manzanita!

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Bend, Oregon
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Had breakfast on a summer Wednesday. For all the people working there the service could have been a bit more attentive. I had two eggs and yummy sausage patty, with sourdough toast. Good but basic . The fried clams were fantastic and the potatoes very good. Kids had pancakes, bacon ( yummy) and eggs . Would come back again.

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New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We came here for breakfast on a weekday. The restaurant was about half full, but after waiting to get coffee, waiting to place our orders, we ended up waiting more than half an hour for our food. The servers are nice, and I really liked the menu choices, and the breakfast was good once it finally arrived, but overall we... More

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We ate here a few times while camping at the local state park...The food and service is great....I do think the prices are higher this year..We may have to find another restaurant next year...We had a traditional egg and bacon breakfast with tea and milk...It was 25.00 for two people

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