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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 151
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and service

We tried the Big Wave for breakfast and then for dinner. Our service was good and attentive. I ordered the salmon special with the side salad. The salmon comes with a choice of baked potato or rice pilaf. The salmon was a small portion that was undercooked. I sent it back and it was replaced with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Rhensrude
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We thought perhaps due to the name that this place would be on the beach with a view, it wasnt. The food was good, steamed clams were fresh. Coconut shrimp was delicious and french fries were crispy. The place was clean and the staff were friendly. Would go back again.

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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We tried the Big Wave for breakfast and then for dinner. Our service was good and attentive. I ordered the salmon special with the side salad. The salmon comes with a choice of baked potato or rice pilaf. The salmon was a small portion that was undercooked. I sent it back and it was replaced with an even smaller portion... More 

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Seattle
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

2nd time I have eaten here and really is good food. This time I had the fresh Razor Clams fried and my friend, Carol, had their Prime Rib dinner. Both were very good. We started though, with crab cakes which were excellent and found a new favorite added to the plate....Calif. marinated seaweed salad with sesame` seed. Delicious when eaten... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner here two days in a row--that's how much we liked it! Very good value with full dinners for $15-25. Perfectly done seafood and such a polite staff. Yummy desserts and don't pass up the great french fries!

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We ate one dinner here. It is a restaurant style cafe, not a diner style cafe. The menu includes fresh local seafood. The food was very good. The service was friendly. They only serve wine and beer; no cocktails. I would recommend The Big Wave Cafe.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had the veggie omelet & the seafood omelet. The vegetables were underdone just right and there was a large portion of seafood filling, Dungeness crab & shrimp. Both were light and fluffy and not greasy. The country potatoes were good and the bread was a cut above store bought. Only drawback was the rather late opening of 8am for... More 

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Lynwood, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Delicious food, fast service, pleasant environment (even on a busy Saturday). The French Fries were the best we've ever had.

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Good was delicious! Serve was outstanding! The food was prepared perfectly, hot, fresh and flavorful! We would go back in a heartbeat!

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not sure what we were expecting when we went in, but we ended up with a nice experience, upscale but not over the top. Our food was fresh and tasty, portions just right, pricing not out of line for coast restaurants. Only negative was lack of air conditioning. While the Oregon Coast is generally cool, so A/C might not be... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was a delightful find on a recent trip to the Oregon coast. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. The grilled halibut was delicious! The steamer clams and clam chowder also did not disappoint. Our salads were fresh and tasty. We will definitely return here on our next visit.

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