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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Redmond, Oregon
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We land in Manzanita fairly regularly, over the years we have completely bypassed the big wave, thinking it was a "diner" style of restaurant. A couple of nights back we decided to try it out because an acquaintance had said the food was pretty good and reasonably priced. I wasn't very hungry so I just ordered the crab Cocktail for... More 

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Thank jimimac
Dundee, Oregon
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't beat the clam chowder here. A very nice serving and delicious. The fries were very good also.The halibut was flaky and perfectly cooked. A little noisy, but tastefully decorated.

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Thank Janlee S
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here a number of times, and it's good enough for breakfast and lunch, although it's quite expensive for a family. Wish it were tastier, because Manzanita needs a place that's suitable for children, which this is except for the food and price!

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

Greetings Ann, Thank you for visiting our restaurant. Our goal is to always exceed guest expectations and I am sorry we didn't meet yours. We take feedback seriously and work hard on our goal of improving every week. Our prices do reflect our goal to source fresh, local products cooked to order and they do cost more. Our focus in... More 

Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We toured the northern Oregon coast for 5 days and this was our best meal in all! The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We will return!

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Thank jkkeidel
Seattle
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Terrific food in what looked like a roadside diner, but turned out to be a really lovely experience. Food wonderful; decor, ambiance, service too. Other customers all seemed to be having a fine time at lunch-- all kinds of folks-- tourists, locals, fishermen, hikers. Will definitely eat there again--it's memorable!

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Thank Lilacmay
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This trip just had breakfast; nice scramble, fresh fruit, crispy bacon. Four of us in the booth, all enjoyed the service and food.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

While driving down Hwy 101on the Oregon coast..had a wonderful surprise with this cafe. We loved the coziness of the the interior and the very friendly staff. The Clam Chowder was amazing thick, tasty, and rich! The Manzanita Salad was huge and could easily serve 2! We were delighted with this restaurant and wish we lived in the Northwest and... More 

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Thank Mary Kay V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Friendly service and great food. Enjoyed the Halibut fish and chips from previous trip. Going back today for chowder and fish and chips, can't wait!

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Thank Chris W
Portland
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149 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

For lunch we had an unbelievably good seafood! The giant halibut sandwich is accompanied by extra crispy fries. The clam chowder is loaded with bacon and potatoes for a delicious add on. Dinner features halibut, salmon, and tonight is Sat. so prime rib is also on the menu with homemade marionberry pie for dessert. We will be back!!!!

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Thank DewPortland
Vancouver, Washington
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

In the past we used to eat at a restaurant farther in town, but they are no longer serving dinner (new management, I believe). Based on other reviews we decided to try the Big Wave Cafe and we're certainly glad we did. We'll probably dine here ever time we're in Manzanita. I had the fish and chips which were simply... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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 - 8:00 pm
Saturday
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?