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Big Wave Cafe

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822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to eat! We came here with kids and had two glasses of water spilt. One was our fault one was the staffs. The staff was great and very helpful with the spills and GREAT with the kids. They even got to know our names. But the best part was the pawns! The food was the... More 

Thank jgc1968
Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Restaurant is a short and extremely beautiful drive from Cannon Beach. Well worth the drive. We had 14 in our party do we called ahead for reservations. Arrived to find everything set up and ready. Marcus our server was super. Very informative and knowledgeable regarding all menu items. Willing to accommodate special requests. Excellent food. Excellent service. Best homemade key... More 

Thank rhonda c
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163 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The place is fine, has been remodeled to give it a more upscale diner feel, but the food was just okay. The Halibut and Salmon fish and chips were both overcooked to the point of being dry and rubbery, but the beer was good and the staff were friendly. Overall I suppose it was fine, but not for the price... More 

Thank w0rldtraveler007
Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Big Wave Café and providing us with some valuable feedback. Our goal is to always exceed your expectations and when we fall short use it as a learning opportunity. I will review the cooking process for fish n chips with my kitchen crew to ensure they understand the method and technique to prepare the dish... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While attending the Wedding of our nephew in Manzanita, OR, we found The Big Wave Cafe for a Saturday Brunch. Busy, yet not a long wait. Our group ordered a cheese omelette, a veggie omelette, and eggs Benedict. The side order of bacon was nicely done. Not greasy and not fatty. Crisp and tasty. The omelettes were generous portions. Not... More 

Thank DrT4709
Cannon Beach, Oregon
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I came back to the Big Wave after writing a review that noted some flaws I'd perceived. They were very good, on their way to great, I'd said. After my last meal there, I'm convinced that they're devoted to remedying any shortcoming, that their only desire is to please their customers and honor the locally grown and caught food they... More 

Thank Lianne T
Gladstone, Oregon
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't have to wait long for a table like sometimes. The place was busy and there is usually a wait. Service is friendly but slow. Great chowder, fresh salad, Great halibut fish and chips with panko crispy coating. The fries aren't my favorite kind, these fries have a crunchy coating added to them like at the fair, but they aren't... More 

Thank Oceantoes
Irvine CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty flower boxes outside. Worn booths inside, cracked seats. Chip on the pour spout of small milk pitcher.Good music. Trying to be upscale, nice wooden floors, modern decor rather than beachy or down home. We shared a stuffed french toast - it was excellent. Wonderful marionberry syrup.

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

Thank you for visiting the Big Wave Café and taking time to provide some feedback. I have some good news for you, we had all of our booths reupholstered this past week and they look amazing. This is the second time we have done this in three years and due to restaurant volume we will go to wooden booths the... More 

McMinnville, Oregon
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I ate dinner here 8/16. No reservations taken but the wait wasn't bad. 2 seats opened up at the bar. Prompt and pleasant service. Each of our seafood dishes came with house salad beforehand and her halibut was sourced less than 30 miles away. My prawns were 5 large and generously proportioned coated in a light coconut... More 

Thank bamurray
San Gimignano, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice food, pleasant decor and very pleasant staff (especially with meal substitutions, crying children, etc.). Would definitely recommend for a casual meal.

Thank SandRoony
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ended my rainy weekend last week in Manzanita. before returning to PDX. While I was unable to enjoy the beach or even the shopping, I fortunately chose Big Wave for lunch. Had the best meal of the trip. The salad and dressing were superb. The halibut as fresh and good as it comes.

Thank robelle27

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 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 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?