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Big Wave Cafe

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822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
Today
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 123
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 34
    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
Lunches

We spent 2 days there and dined twice for lunch yesterday being our last day. Your servers did not prioritiize and were easily distracted and they were less than engaging to us newbies in town. They were carrying on with they're own personal conversations and your grand son was on using his... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Lucmae
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Florence, Oregon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kirkland, Washington
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Not knowing anything about this place, and getting very hungry while driving around, we decided to stop and take a chance...and WOW! The heavens were shining down on our family with sweet cherubs pushing us in the door on Valentine's Day to Big Wave Cafe. The outside is very deceiving of what the inside looks like. The building from the... More 

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Gearhart, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Cannot understand why some of the review of The Big Wave are less that excellent. We have eaten here numerous times and have always had a great meal with wonderful service. I just love their French fries. They are crispy and not greasy. Salads are always fresh and the burgers are tremendous in both size and flavor. We will always... More 

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Nehalem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

every server at the "pass" breathes on it before it gets to you. I and others in my group have mentioned it several times, but they don't seem to care so we stopped going. Otherwise if you enjoy having strangers breathe on your food (can you say spread the flu/colds), it is very good. From the homemade hamburger patties to... More 

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Florence, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent 2 days there and dined twice for lunch yesterday being our last day. Your servers did not prioritiize and were easily distracted and they were less than engaging to us newbies in town. They were carrying on with they're own personal conversations and your grand son was on using his iPhone on the job.while we were sitting at... More 

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Beaverton
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stopped here on Dec. 27th about 11:30 in the morning. That’s important because it looked like the only open restaurant in town and because the hostess asked us if we wanted breakfast or lunch. We said breakfast, which may have been our mistake. Cons: Eggs were cold for both of us. Small waffles were cold. I had ordered an... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Great food great service and big portions at this nice north Oregon coast restaurant! Everything on the menu looks good. We went for breakfast and had a very nice meal on a cold coastal morning. Enjoy -

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Daphne, Alabama
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

We were told by a waiter in Newburg about this place and are glad we drove out to the coast to explore the area. The seafood was as fresh as it gets. We ordered lunch from the appetizer menu. The clam chowder was the best I have ever eaten and the crab cakes were second to none. We also had... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here on a Friday night after driving down from Seattle. I was very surprised to see the overall rating on trip advisor. We were sat within a minute of walking in the door - the restaurant was 3/4 full with several larger parties of 6 to 8 people and the booths were all full. The longest wait was for... More 

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Ridgefield
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16 reviews 16 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I happened across Big Wave Cafe a few years ago--just looking for a place to eat on the way to the beach. Ever since then, I plan on stopping for crab cakes if I'm in the area.

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Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We've been here a few times, years apart, and will definitely eat here again when we get back to the coast. It's more than you'd expect from a "café" but it's not a fine dining experience. The place was perfect for really good family meals, and we usually eat here twice during our 1 week vacations. We've had everything from... More 

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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?