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Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“prime rib” (26 reviews)
“halibut” (57 reviews)
“crab cakes” (43 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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11 - 20 of 574 reviews

Reviewed 10 October 2017

The food was average and serving size ample. They were busy as many businesses were closed as it was after Labor Day.

Thank joanck
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We usually go to Big Wave for breakfast and were surprised to walk up and see a sign that they no longer serve breakfast. We decided to try again for dinner, which we hadn't done since the previous owner sold the place. We showed up...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We stayed for four nights in Manzanita and had one breakfast and two evening meals here. It is slightly, a walk of half a mile, out of town but well worth the effort. We discovered it by chance when a number of other places were...More

1  Thank Roger D
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We felt very welcome by Carolyn and then we had our dinner.we had the favorite crab cakes,the scallops, the halibut and the coconut shrimp. Everything was excellent and the portions were very generous. The feel of the place was also very comfortable. Easy to recommend....More

Thank Schwick
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped in to the Big Wave after a tiring day driving up the coast. We wanted something quick and this was within walking distance of our coast cabin. My wife opted for the steamer clams and a salad and I had a cup of...More

Thank ECL
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Stopped in to grab some lunch while exploring the Oregon Coast. Thought some oysters and cold beers would make for a nice pre-walkabout snack. Unfortunately, the Big Wave Cafe is over priced and not at all worth the money. We also had poor service. I...More

1  Thank elizabeth m
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I went there to have a light lunch, because I wasn't really hungry but then I saw something interesting listed on the Chef's Specials board that one wouldn't find on the menu, a Shrimp Melt. Seems simple but this was an amazing sandwich which was...More

Thank oatografia
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

The apple crisp looked inviting and plentiful with it oats and brown sugar topping and whipped cream and local Tillamook vanilla ice-cream. But my clam chowder had more bacon than clams and my crab cakes seemed were not very fresh and were flattened pucks rather...More

Thank Tinwei L
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We had dinner here last night. My husband says his prime rib was excellent. I had the crab cakes which were amazing. We shared the just out of the oven apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. It was simply the best apple crisp we...More

Thank Michele A
Reviewed 23 September 2017

FABULOUS! FABULOUS! Today our family of 19 got together for a wonderful lunch at the Big Wave Cafe. We had delicious food, everything from Crab Louie, Fish and Chips, Scallops, Special Cheeseburgers, and special menu items for the kids. The owner and chef came out...More

Thank Shelleyburn
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Questions & Answers
Jim A
1 August 2017|
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Response from Julia353 | Reviewed this property |
We did not need reservations. Needed reservations at farm to table, Blackbird.
23 August 2016|
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Response from Globetrotter1051 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know
Scott S
28 November 2015|
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Response from Chere F | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes they serve beer and wine =) hope you enjoy your meal !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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 Café is a casual theme dock and farm to table restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.
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