We Care About Every Dish

At the family friendly Big Wave Cafe, located on the corner of Laneda Ave and Highway 101 in Manzanita Oregon, we care about food. Our dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients that are locally sourced when possible. We are a proud partner of Seafood Watch. Unlisted substitutions politely declined.Enjoy our specialty beer and wine selection.

Seasonal Summer Menu

(GF – Gluten-free; VN – Vegan; V – Vegetarian)


  • Dungeness Crab Cocktail  – $24.50 (GF)
  • Calamari – $17.50
  • Bay Shrimp Cocktail – $18.50 (GF)
  • Fresh Oyster Shooter* – $3.75 (GF)
  • Crab Cakes – served with chipotle cream – $21.25
  • Pan Fried Oysters – served with tartar sauce – $19.50
  • Steamed clams, pound and a half – served with drawn butter – $21.00 (GF)

Soup and Salad

  • Clam Chowder – bowl – $11.00; cup – $8.00
  • House Salad – $8.50 (V/VN/GF)
    w/bay shrimp + $3.75
  • Crab Louie – Manzanita favorite served with 1000 Island – $27.50 (GF)
  • Caesar Salad – Crisp romaine with Caesar dressing, Parmesan, croutons – $15.50 (V/GF)

w/grilled chicken + $6.50 (GF)

w/ bay shrimp + $7.00 (GF)

w/crab +$15.00 (GF)

  • Manzanita Salad – Greens, blue cheese, glazed walnuts, marionberry vinaigrette – $19.25 (GF)
  • Bay Shrimp Louie – Mixed greens topped with bay shrimp – $21.50 (GF)
  • Hot Seafood Salad – Sauteed scallops, bay shrimp, bacon, tomatoes and red peppers layered on mixed greens, topped with a chardonnay vinaigrette dressing – $24.50 (GF)

Main Dishes


Served with our house salad or fries (all day), or choice of baked potato or rice (after 5 pm)

  • 12 oz. Choice Black Angus Center Cut New York – $39.00
  • 6 oz. Choice Black Angus Filet Mignon – $35.00
  • 6 oz. Snake River Ranch Wagyu Top Sirloin – $32.00


Served with our house salad or fries (all day), or choice of baked potato or rice (after 5 pm)

  • Line-caught Wild Alaskan Halibut Fish and Chips – $25.00
  • Grilled line-caught wild Alaskan halibut with cilantro lime butter – $32.50
  • Razor clams, lightly breaded in panko and grilled – $29.00
  • Fried prawns, deep fried in shredded coconut – $30.00
  • Pan Fried Oysters – Lightly breaded in panko – $29.00
  • Sea Scallops – Pan seared until golden brown – $33.00
  • Crab Cakes – Our famous house recipe with chipotle aioli – $31.75
  • Captain’s Platter – Halibut, oysters, scallops, and prawns, lightly breaded in panko and deep fried, two pieces each – $32.75

Gourmet Burgers and Sandwiches

All burgers served medium.
Served with French Fries – sub a garden salad or clam chowder + $3.50
Gluten-free bun + $2.00

  • Tsunami Burger – Cheddar cheese, ham, fried egg and bacon, one-third pound fresh hand-formed Black Angus hamburger with mayo, relish, pickles, onion, lettuce & tomato – $21.75
  • Big Wave Burger – One-third pound fresh, hand-formed Black Angus hamburger topped with mayo, relish, lettuce, onion, pickle and tomato served on a brioche bun – $13.75
    w/Cheese + $2.50
    w/Bacon + $3.00
  • Halibut Sandwich – Line-caught wild Alaskan halibut lightly breaded in panko and fried, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, tartar and mayo, served on a brioche bun – $19.75
  • Crab Cake BLT – Crab cake with bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle aoli and mayo on a brioche bun – $22.50
  • Hot Club House – Cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, 6 oz. of ham, onion, mayo and pickled jalapenos give this sandwich the perfect spicy zip in a ciabatta roll – $17.75
  • French Dip – One third pound of thin sliced prime rib and swiss cheese in a ciabatta roll, served with au jus – $18.75
  • Reuben – One-third pound of thin sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and bacon on marbled rye with 1000 Island – $18.25
  • Crispy Chicken – Hand battered 5 oz. chicken breast, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion on a brioche bun – $18.50
  • Garden Burger – Served with mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion on a brioche bun – $17.50 (V)

Vegetarian Pasta – Penne pasta with an assortment of fresh vegetables. tossed in your choice of olive oil or butter, topped with Parmesan cheese – $24.50 (V)


Sleepy Monk Coffee – roasted locally with organic beans, Fair Trade commodity – regular or decaf – $4.00
Iced Tea & Sodas (bottomless glass) – Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pibb, Barq’s Root Beer, Seagram’s Ginger Ale – $4.00
Stash Hot Tea – Peppermint, Green Tea, English Breakfast, Earl Gray, Chai Spice, Chamomile, Orange Spice – $4.25
Bennett Family Farms Whole Milk – $4.00
Local Microbrews and Wine – by the glass and bottle


Marionberry Pie – $9.25
Apple Crisp – $9.25
Key Lime Pie – $9.25
Peanut Butter Pie – $9.25
Chocolate Eclair Pie – $9.25
Dish of Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – $5.00

About Us

David & Jennifer Cleary

The Cleary family moved to the Oregon coast about 15 years ago.  They took over the Local Grill & Scoop in Cannon Beach at that time. They plan to provide their customers with the same attention to ingredients, preparation and atmosphere cultivated by the Williams family.

“We have already learned a great deal from Brian, Carol and Sam and we plan to continue what they started and hopefully we will do it justice. We’re excited to be in Manzanita, we love this town.”

The Big Wave Team

The restaurant is defined by the skill, talent and diversity of our team.  Talented individuals who work in harmony and are committed to providing a memorable dining experience for all of our guests are the backbone of the Big Wave Cafe.

As individuals, we are enthusiastic and passionate about our craft and are able to collaborate cohesively to ensure exceeding guest expectations. We share the same goals and have a valuable responsibility in accomplishing them. It is our team’s talent, dedication, communication, professionalism and pursuit of excellence that makes the Big Wave greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy!!!

Carol and Brian Williams
Carol and Brian Williams

New Owners will continue Big Wave’s focus on fresh and local food in comfortable family setting established by the Williams Family.

Brian Williams – Chef/Owner

“The food at the Big Wave Café is fresh, simple and prepared with respect. For me, food is about family, feelings and emotions, and so is the Big Wave Café. That is why it is just not a restaurant. The Big Wave isn’t a place to get away; it is a place to get together.”

Carol Williams – Pastry Chef/Owner

“A Le Cordon Bleu graduate with over twenty years of bakery experience, I am living my dream at the Big Wave. I bring passion to all of my desserts. They are made from scratch with a keen focus on baking fundamentals and classic technique where pride is demonstrated with every dish.”

The view toward Neahkahnie Mountain and Manzanita from Nehalem Bay State Park


Contact, Hours, Location

The Big Wave Cafe

Located on the corner of Laneda and Highway 101 in Manzanita
822 Laneda Ave.
Manzanita, Oregon
Friday through Wednesday
11 am to 8 pm
Closed Thursday
No Reservations, First Come, First Seated, First Served.

To-go is also available as kitchen capacity allows.
We may pause taking to-go orders if our dining room is full.