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Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“prime rib” (26 reviews)
“halibut” (53 reviews)
“seafood” (48 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 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...More

Thank jgc1968
Reviewed 23 August 2016 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...More

Thank rhonda c
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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...More

Thank w0rldtraveler007
Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

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...More

Reviewed 22 August 2016 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...More

Thank DrT4709
Reviewed 22 August 2016

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...More

Thank Lianne T
Reviewed 20 August 2016

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...More

Thank Oceantoes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

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...More

Thank indeptravelforus
Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2016

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...More

Reviewed 19 August 2016 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...More

Thank bamurray
Reviewed 18 August 2016 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
Reviewed 14 August 2016

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....More

Thank robelle27
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 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 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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