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Big Sam's Grill and Raw 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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • 188
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Atmosphere, Great Fried Calamari

They brag about their crab cakes, but ours were a little overwhelmed by salty Old Bay seasoning. The fried calamari was excellent-- perfectly cooked and tender, with a light breading that didn't overwhelm, and tangy marinara for dipping. We went for a late lunch on a beautiful 77 degree December... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sally M
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They brag about their crab cakes, but ours were a little overwhelmed by salty Old Bay seasoning. The fried calamari was excellent-- perfectly cooked and tender, with a light breading that didn't overwhelm, and tangy marinara for dipping. We went for a late lunch on a beautiful 77 degree December Sunday when the sun was shining. We had to wait... More 

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Thank Sally M
Glen Allen, Virginia
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this place because I wanted seafood and my husband wanted wings. I didn't care for the seafood, but he LOVED the wings. He even ordered seconds! We went on a Saturday around 3, but it was already extremely packed out. We had a 30 minute wait to be seated, and then once we sat down service was slow... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It might have been a bad night. We had two dinners of shrimp and fried clams. Both were mostly bread and was not fresh. Very poor for the hype the restaurant gets. Too noisy, too crowded and too much frozen food.

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Thank wmsburg
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch. I had the shrimp basket and my wife had the blackened fish tacos. The shrimp were large and very flavorful. The tacos were good as well. Servers were friendly and the price was pretty cheap.

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Thank DMP4321
Lancaster, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My son has been a Big SAMs regular for 20 years. I live out of state, but I never miss having a meal at Big SAMs when I'm in town. Actually, I ate here three days in a row on this trip. I love the She Crab Soup and the Steamed Shrimp. The fried tomatoes are really good too. Everything... More 

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Thank Donna M
jwfornow
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Directed to this restaurant by the Rudee Inlet tours. We were waiting for a whale watching trip (Now that was totally worth it!). Unfortunately our grilled cheese and soup was -meh- There have got to be better options close by. Two stars for the view of the marina

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

jwfornow, What is meh? Was it the grilled cheese? Was it the soup? Was the the soup she crab or clam chowder? Is our view a 5 star view, but we only got two stars because you didn't like the soup or the chowder. Reviews like this don't help us at Big Sam's fix anything if there is actually something... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Love their breakfast/brunch! Hands down the best combos, drinks, and price for what you get. My boyfriend and I often share a meal and have plenty to spare. Biscuits and a 1/2 pound of friend potatoes are always good, can't go wrong with pancakes and bacon!

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Thank speechie05
Charlottesville
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

After many years of disappointing food outside of Tatougs we ventured down to the Lake Rudee area and the couple bars we had seen on the map. Our group of 6 found a table after only a 30 minute wait (which is amazing that time of year and time of day) and absolutely filled up with great seafood for a... More 

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Thank danpri
Winter Park, Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

close to the beach, mid week better chance of getting in. service is ok, not great but hey! Oysters are fresh and reasonable.

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Thank asastring1
Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Went by the great reviews fromTA and was not disappointed,Crab balls were the best we had in Virginia Beach,Get there early for lunch-fills up quickly-limited seating area.we even went back at 4:00 same day just to have more Crab balls.great service and views from the back part of restaurant.beer selection was extensive

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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

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?