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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
727 428 4858
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Ranked #32 of 1,245 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Local favorite that is great for visitors as well. Great breakfast right on the water at the Rudee Inlet. Was recommended to us by some locals and overheard at least 2 other people telling other visitors to go there during our 5 day stay. Great lunch and dinners also that feature daily blackboard specials. All desserts are homemade. Seafood, fresh meats, produce and dairy are delivered fresh everyday.
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English first
Saint Louis
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a casual place to have a beer and some seafood. The crab cake sandwich was excellent. I have made two trips there.

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Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Big Sam's is delightful. You will see all kinds of people there - a family of 3 generations eating together, obviously very wealthy people with boats in the marina, those who work on the water, good friends, children with parents..... It is small (noisy due to size), and often has a waiting list. However, it is worth it. The pancakes... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Wings wings wings!! Fried then grilled these wings are so delicious! 3-7 is tiki time or happy hour and at 59cents there are no better wings anywhere! Big portions and fare prices. When in town I will also come back to big sams!

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Mathews, Virginia, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend the shrimp tacos! They are sooooo good!! I crave them all year. They are a must try! I did have the clam chowder and it wasn't a fav. It was Hatteras style. It was my first time having it. I will say it was packed with clams. We went for breakfast the other two times and it... More

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is the second time I have eaten at Big Sams never disappointed the best crab cake and the largest steamed shrimp I have ever eaten. My friend got blackened tuna she really enjoyed it. This is not a fancy place very small but on the water. Casual dress, raw bar atmosphere , not expensive.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

filthy grease the food was cooked in. Ok that was a bit harsh, however, the food we had was mostly fried, overcooked and somewhat greasy. The best items to order were the She-Crab soup which had massive chunks of crab in it, Excellent. I'd also recommend the blue crab balls. All crab, hard to even deep fry the taste out... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

OMG! This place rocked our world!- We travel (wife, kids,) all over the country, and are always looking for a great place to eat where the locals eat. We don't want fancy, we don't want trendy, we want good local food. So, we spend a day parasailing and tucked into the corner of the marina is a small, beaten-up little... More

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South Hill VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great restaurant, if you don't know where it is you're not gonna find it by accident! Worth hunting it down. It gives you a great view of the inlet, but you could mistake it for a shack! But get in there!!

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This restaurant is right near a marina in Virginia Beach. If you have a car, it is a great place to have breakfast. lots of locals go here because they greeted each other. The food was delicious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped in on a Saturday evening - the place was hopping, but the host handled the wait list with ease. We were told that it would be 30 minutes to be seated, but it only took 15. The interior has a crab shack/local feel; the bar is just inside the door. Our waitress had our drinks out in a... More

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Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this review

Ellen, thank you for the nice review, we at Big Sam's certainly appreciate it. I would like to apologize for the wrong shrimp price on our online menu. That is our fault. We had to change the menu and it did not get uploaded to the website. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. I want you to know... More

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