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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%
Travellers talk about
“halibut” (61 reviews)
“prime rib” (26 reviews)
“crab cakes” (47 reviews)
Opens in 7 min
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We had a delightful lunch, with vino, at this restaurant. The halibut was prepared just right, the wine was perfect and the service was friendly and attentive.

Thank sandopdx
Reviewed 25 March 2018

First of all the seafood was breaded and fried. This included my razor clams, which also were very tough and certainly not fresh. The prices were on the high side but not extraordinarily so. We very much looked forward to our first visit to this...More

Thank troutbum2
Brian W, Owner at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Troutbum2, Thank you for visiting the Big Wave Café. On the day you visited we had a total of 24 different seafood items for you to select from and five of them are deep fried. The razor clams are breaded but then cooked in clarified...More

Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Wonderful, fresh albacore tuna sandwich. Specials based on what was purchased off the dock in the morning. Staff was friendly, everyone felt welcome. Many menu items are locally sourced. Worth the stop.

Thank 359arlenes
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We came in a couple hours before closing and were one of 3 tables in the restaurant. We started with the calamari, the sauce was delicious. We ordered burgers and it seems like they were cooked from frozen, so there was an uncooked layer in...More

Thank jessica_m_griff
Brian W, Manager at Big Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Jessica, Thank you for visiting and providing valuable feedback. I remember your party and I apologize for my kitchen staff verbalizing their desire to close up the restaurant. That should never happen and it has been addressed. In regards to our burgers they only cost...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018

nice place, friendly. right off the main road with easy access and parking. had some really good clam chowder and grilled sea bass tacos.

Thank Doug A
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had the fish tacos for lunch & they were absolutely delicious. The marionberry pie was also excellent. Our server was really friendly & made us feel very welcome. This restaurant is now on our must go to list when we visit the coast.

Thank Cmca64
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We ate there twice this visit. An unassuming appearance will fool you. This is a top notch restaurant. Friendly, casual and efficient - family run. We are fond of fish and ordered crab cakes loaded with dungeness, encrusted grilled halibut and, best of all, sesame...More

Thank JDC50
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

We visited for lunch and had a great meal. Don’t let the outside deceive you. It is a lovely restaurant inside and very cozy. The food is great and we all ordered different things. Our waitress was lovely and restrooms were clean! This is worth...More

Thank cincymom5
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Was a great stop as we drove the Oregon coast. Relaxing open space, very attentive wait staff, and a good meal.

Thank Russ H
Reviewed 18 February 2018

The first time we visited the Big Wave Cafe was on a whim, a luck of the draw. We were impressed with what we had so our next time to Cannon Beach, we headed south to what has become our favorite restaurant on the coast....More

Thank Paulsue222
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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