About Us


Carol and Brian Williams

Carol and Brian Williams

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 Big Wave Team

The restaurant is defined by the skill, talent and diversity of our team, which includes Sam Williams, general manager and Brian and Carol’s son.  Local talented individuals who work in harmony and are committed to providing a memorable dining experience for all of our guests.

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!!!

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