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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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Mexican, American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
727 428 4858
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7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Local favorite that is great for visitors as well. Great breakfast right...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We have been coming to VB for 9 years now and this is the first place to make real damn good wings down here. Kids food is standard fare but my lump crab cake sandwich was A++. We will for sure be back next year! Like most say be ready to wait outside but they allow drinks outside which makes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
GoBuckeyes23
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Greenville, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Greenville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We have been coming to VB for 9 years now and this is the first place to make real damn good wings down here. Kids food is standard fare but my lump crab cake sandwich was A++. We will for sure be back next year! Like most say be ready to wait outside but they allow drinks outside which makes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We come to VA Beach yearly and this is the location for our 'seafood' dinners. The food is fresh and prepared deliciously. Our favorites are the fried tomato and fresh mozzerella salad and Big Sam's fried seafood platter.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Stopped in for breakfast this past weekend and the food was great as usual. This is a "locals" type place that's still gets visitors from out of the area. Great location and again great food. Not for the cloth napkin type person. If you order breakfast the shrimp and grits are great as well as the crab cake and eggs!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

The place is small and popular be prepared to wait about 20 min for a table but stop by the bar for a drink first. I thought big sams was a little over priced but hey its vacation! Expect to pay around $10 for a mixed drink but 1 or 2 will be all you need as they are very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Every time we eat here, we remember why we keep coming back. The food is extremely good quality, and well worth the price.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Big Sam's has been the type of local restaurant that we go to for good food, interesting views and people. I ate at Big Sam's on Thursday for lunch. I ordered a basket of fried oysters. The fries were cold, the slaw mostly the core of cabbage. Not a good start, but worse, three of the oysters tasted horrible. After... More 

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

VBfoodie, I was made aware of your complaint on Monday morning. I called my kitchen managers, my floor managers, cooks and servers to get the full story. Food poisoning is a very serious matter. Big Sam's has over 16 certified food service managers on staff. The most in the city of Virginia Beach. I have this many certified staff to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

So, the food here, as described in many of the other TA reviews, was pretty good and they did have a variety of selections which could suit most tastes. But, the service and attitudes of the people working here was just one of the reasons I wasn't thrilled with the place. This is one of those places that has major... More 

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

DML17, I don't think that you get what Big Sam's is. We are exactly that casual relaxed beach place that the locals and most tourists love. In fact most tell us not to change a thing and that they love Big Sam's just the way it is. We don't need anyone from the food network to come in here and... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We love Sam's!!! We eat here quit often. I am not sure how they cook all the food they do in that little space behind the bar but they do! It's always good and consistent!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The good: kids enjoyed fried shrimp and chicken fingers. We liked the grilled/fried wings, pulled pork sandwich and fish tacos were tasty. Restrooms were clean and wait to get a table was 15 minutes at 3pm on a Saturday. And the waitress kept the water and tea coming after a hot day in the beach. The ok..... 1. Place is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Every time we travel to the beach area, we have lunch at Big Sams!! They have a little bit of everything to please the pallet. Fresh & homemade greens, sauces, salad dressings. pancakes, seafood just anything you want, done to perfection and a plate piled high! Its a small place down by the rental boat concession, but you will never... More 

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Additional Information about Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

Address: 300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: 727 428 4858
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Seafood, Oyster Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: 727 428 4858

Price and Cuisine

  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 am

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