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Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
+1 503-368-9283
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“prime rib” (26 reviews)
“halibut” (56 reviews)
“crab cakes” (42 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure how this places gets such good ratings on Tripadvisor. Our meals were mediocre at best. I had the bay shrimp louie, basically an untossed salad with some shrimp. It came with a tepid piece of garlic toast. The burgers only came with...More

Thank YuccaBC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had about a 10 minute wait to be seated and I am glad we chose to wait. The breaded halibut and the Philly cheesesteak were both off the chart fantastic.

Thank ArizonaJIMandJILL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant twice in our visit to Manzanita. The crab Louie salad was excellent, with a beautiful presentation and fresh vegi's. On the second visit we tried the excellent prime rib, and halibut and chips and the steamed clams. The steamed clams...More

Thank M B
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We were looking for lunch and spotted the Big Wave right on Hwy 101. We were not disappointed. I had the Rueben and my wife had the French dip which came with there crispy fries. Yummy!!!

Thank Norris H
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Big Wave Café. What a surprise. Great scallops dinner. Melt in your mouth with a wonderful flavor!! Very nice service as well.

1  Thank sandygking
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

A group of 5 of us stopped for lunch. The service was really good but the food was just average. There was road construction going on out front, maybe it was just an off day.

Thank kshea052016
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Dropped by at lunch time and ordered the salmon salad special. Salmon was fresh but completely unseasoned, salad was a bed of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes were very unripe, cucumber slices were not crisp, and the promised mushrooms were absent (server later said that was her...More

Thank Jackie M
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Questions & Answers
Jim A
2 August 2017|
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Response from Julia353 | Reviewed this property |
We did not need reservations. Needed reservations at farm to table, Blackbird.
24 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 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 Café is a casual theme dock and farm to table restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.
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