Where to Eat in Nehalem: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Christa Meece

Nehalem /niːˈheɪləm/ is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated in 1889, the city is lies along the Nehalem River and Nehalem Bay near the Pacific Ocean. It is bisected by U.S. Route 101. The population was 271 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Nehalem

1. Wanda's

12870 H St, Nehalem, OR 97131-9518 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 503-368-8100
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Wanda's

Awesome place to eat. Their business card says " Best Food This Side of Jupiter" And that is no understatement. Their Hungarian Mushroom soup is out of this world. Their baked goods are just as great. Breakfast is served all day. This place is a sure keeper. When you walk in and the place is packed you know it must be good. The only minor issue is their limited parking. This is a small restaurant that is big on taste.

Reviewed By joanck - Reardan,Wa.

Good basic breakfast food.Ample sized servings. Great fresh baked items to go. Attentive staff. People were waiting for cafe to open @ 8 A.M.

2. Big Wave Cafe

822 Hwy. 101, Manzanita, OR 97130 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 503-368-9283
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

Big Wave Cafe

The Big Wave Café is a casual theme dock and farm to table restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.

Reviewed By jessica_m_griff - Beaverton, Oregon

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 the middle. It seemed like the cook (not chef) was ready to go home.
If the meal was significantly less than $50, I may have been satisfied with our meal, but wouldn't go back.

3. Bread and Ocean Bakery

154 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130-9045 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 503-368-5823
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

Bread and Ocean Bakery

Beautiful bakery located in Manzanita Oregon. The owner and chef is Julie Barker, who was the owner and creator of the late great Blue Sky Cafe. The food is absolutely fabulous and so creative.

Reviewed By Emilie D - Chicago, Illinois

Mom and I popped in while strolling through Manzanita during the Thanksgiving holiday. Great little place for breakfast or lunch. I had the veggie frittata and Mom a caprese sandwich. Both were good and service prompt. This is a great place to pick up lunch on the go (beach, hike, etc.).

4. buttercup Homemade Ice Creams & Chowders

35915 Highway 101 N, Between Hal's & Nehalem Trading Company, Nehalem, OR 97131-9598 Takeout American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 503-368-2469
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

buttercup Homemade Ice Creams & Chowders

Reviewed By Rachel W - Seattle, Washington

We were craving chowder and stopped here on a whim while passing through Nehalem. We are SO glad we did! They had 4 chowders on the menu - one traditional, and three that were more unique. We had the traditional one and the thai curry chowder with cod and shrimp added. They were both fresh and delicious. The ice cream looked great as well, but we were too full from chowder!

Definitely stop here for lunch if you are in Nehalem. It's a charming spot and they serve fresh, home-cooked food.

5. Rising Star Cafe

92 Rorvik Rd, Wheeler, OR 97147-0037 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 503-368-3990
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Rising Star Cafe

Reviewed By ECL - Sunnyvale, CA

We were drawn here from all the good reviews and were so glad that our hotel hostess suggested she make reservations for us. As others have said, this is a small place and you come for the fresh seafood prepared imaginatively with abundant complimentary veggies. Wife had the rockfish and it was so fresh and cooked just right with potatoes and veggies. I had the cioppino which was packed tons of fresh fish of several kinds in a zesty tomato stew. Hugh chunks of fish and shrimp with fresh peppers, onions, and kale. We could only enjoy a third of these delicious preparations, saving room for a warm blueberry pear crumble with ice cream.

Prices for what you get are low, and there is widespread popularity of Rising Star. I don't know when we'll make it back to the Oregon coast but if we do, we're definitely going to return to this place.

6. manzanita news and espresso

500 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130-9140 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 503-368-7450
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

manzanita news and espresso

Reviewed By M H - Northern Virginia, Virginia

We stopped in for coffee and a light breakfast and ended up with just the coffee as the only pastries were packaged up in cellophane which didn't compel us to buy them. Now that Big Wave Cafe has stopped serving breakfast, Manzanita News and Espresso could fill a need by offering some nice, fresh breakfast treats! Please bring them on!

7. Hugo's Coffee

13015 H Street, Nehalem, OR Cafe +1 503-368-4444
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Jim G - Manzanita

We stopped at Hugo's on our way out of town. The coffee was wonderful and the lady who served us was especially nice. Look forward to stopping there again!

8. Manzanita Cones and Coffee

387 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130-9995 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast +1 503-436-1470
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Manzanita Cones and Coffee

Reviewed By CherylGlendaleAZ - Phoenix, Arizona

We went here several times. Great ice cream with lots of flavored. Also really great, friendly service! The ice cream isn't overly heavy or sweet...and I'm an expert!

9. Marzano's Pizza Pie

60 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130-9045 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 503-368-3663
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Marzano's Pizza Pie

Reviewed By Surfpinky - Lakewood, Washington, USA

We miss the old dining room experience but we understand the business reality of converting to a take out only model. We had a large spicy Italian and Cesar salad and thoroughly enjoyed woofing the whole thing in our oceanfront room. The only downside side is the cooling of the pie before you get home. Just not the piping hot table experience of days of yore but we muddled through. It’s still my favorite pizza. Give it a go!

10. The Pizza Garden

35815 Highway 101 N, Nehalem, OR 97131-9599 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 503-368-7675
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 110 reviews

The Pizza Garden

Reviewed By Kevan R - Cannon Beach, Oregon

Reading the August reviews, I wondered if they were in the same restaurant. Having been here before, we did not let those reviews influence another visit. My wife and I share a thin crust medium pizza, half supreme and half with meatballs (not on the menu, but recommended by Jennifer). Toppings were fresh, right to the edge and plentiful, served piping hot. Yes, it can take longer than other pizza places that don’t use fresh ingredients or prepare everything from scratch, but it is so worth the wait. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Nehalem River. You might see a family of bald eagles.

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