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Big Wave Cafe

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822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
08:00 - 20:00
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Salem, Oregon
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped by on a busy sunny Sunday. Place was busy, but we had super attentive wait-staff (maybe the owner? He sort of looks like Marky-Mark.) Food really delicious and well-prepared. Price seemed high to me at first, but then I decided is appropriate considering quality of food.

Thank shannon683
Portland, Oregon
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's a reason why the Big Wave Cafe sits atop the Trip Advisor reviews...probably several. Unpretentious in its location (off 101) and atmosphere (more diner than fine dining), locals and visitors flock to Big Wave for the food. We arrived early on a Thursday eve for dinner and the place was all but empty. That quickly changed. Our server was... More 

Thank Marthapel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch here while traveling through the area. The waitress was very friendly and professional. I had the halibut & chips and my companion had the razor clams. Both were quite good. I would eat there again.

1 Thank Rena M
Boise, Idaho
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Big Wave Cafe is a great place to tuck in on a rainy day...or any day at the beach. You are welcomed by a big blackboard announcing the source of all their fresh seafood as well as a smile from the staff. Food is fresh, straightforward and ample....and good.

1 Thank ShDiRo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. Surprisingly classy due to its location, I was pleasantly surprised how nice it is. Great service with very friendly staff. I'll go again when I visit from Wisconsin every year.

1 Thank Owen J
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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130 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps it was the appetite enhancers. But I really really really enjoyed breakfast here. It's the sort of hearty, genuine place that oozes goodness. I had the surfer scramble. It was well made, had quality ingredients, and was served by a warm and friendly waitress. It was devoured in seconds. Really enjoyed the super thick and perfectly done toast. Want... More 

1 Thank Bernard G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

All the dishes are tasty, portions are good. Friendly, clean comfy.......the fresh fish stands out. Breakfast is solid, dinner too.

1 Thank zebees
Olympia, Washington
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Always try to stop here on our coastal trips! This time didn't disappoint! Their breakfast special included prime rib hash....was soooo good!

1 Thank rsrosinbum
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We chose Big Wave by recommendation of our motel. We were not disappointed. Crab Cakes-Excellent, Crab Louie-Excellent and French Dip-Awesome!

1 Thank Mark C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Big Wave Café is an interesting restaurant. I have stayed in the area on business trips over the years, and passed it by until this past week. A friend and I went to Manzanita for a couple of nights and we decided to go there for dinner. The outside of the restaurant gives little clue as to what the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?