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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 #36 of 1,226 restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We went into eat at this restaurant and right in the front room we saw RATS in plain sight, very close to the kitchen. If they were out in plain sight on a busy Fri night then I would hate to see how many are crawling around after hours. YUCK!!! Will not be going back and I would recommend you... More

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Bella S, My staff told me that a field mouse ran in our front door. They captured it and let it go. Problem solved. Very sorry that you had to see it. We have a very stringent on going pest control program being that we are located on the water. We have never had a problem with pests and do... More

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a same place on the water down near the resort strip. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table as the place was packed. During the entire visit the service was outstanding. The hostess and waitress were very friendly and efficient. The view from our table was great. On the down side the place was very... More

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Scott Smith 6, Very happy that you enjoyed our staff and the food. When we are busy it can get loud. I hope it did not interrupt your experience to much. More

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Featured on Drive Ins and Dives - rightfully so. We loved the casual atmosphere but the real star was the food!!! Crabcake sandwich was thick, double the size of most sandwich cakes. The fried oyster sandwich was also delicious. Batter was just right! Service was quick and amiable. Nice view of the inlet. We were too full for 69 cent... More

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Gail W, thank you for the glowing review. I have had a few reviewers say that we were on Diners, Dives and Drive Ins. To my knowledge they have never been here, but I am glad that you made it. More

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Awesome crab cake sandwich on a sunny spring day. Nice, comfortable family friendly atmosphere. A couple of local puppies stopped by and so did the super nice and always smiling owner: Big Sam. Bartender even knows how to make my favorite martini, the "Gin Laden". Excellent ! I shall return.

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BKruler, thanks for enjoying Big Sam's for what it is. You get it. Casual, good and fun is what we are all about. Thanks again for the great review. More

Thurmont, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Went on Friday night 3/14/14. Arrived about 7:15 p.m. and left my name with the host for a party of 2. Was told it would be about 45 minute wait which was ok with us. Weather wasn't too bad so we waited outside with about 15 or so people. After 45 minutes most of the other people had gone inside... More

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Bill H, sorry that you were missed by our host and I am glad that he rectified the situation for you. I am also glad that you enjoyed everything including the crabcakes. We look forward to serving you again.Thank you for the nice review. More

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Went there for dinner and ordered appetizers and the lobster salad. The wings were really good. I can't describe the flavor, but they were delicious. The lobster salad was fantastic. We will definitely go back. Don't expect fancy - it's extremely casual - but the view is great since you are right on the water. Can't wait to try their... More

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bdewolk, Very happy that you loved the food at Big Sam's. Thank you so much for the great review. More

Martinsburg, WV
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My wife and I ate at this restaurant for the first time on a recent mini vacation. Wasn't sure what to expect when we pulled up in the parking lot as the place looked like part of the fishing center. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised. The server was extremely friendly and prompt with taking our drink then breakfast order. We... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Nice place to look out over the Marina on Rudee Inlet, a few minutes walk from 5th Street. It's kind of a pub looking place. We didn't eat there, but the staff were great and the prices seemed reasonable. There are lots of TVs on with various sports showing.

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Went with a couple of local friends who ordered the double fried wings...and were gracious to share. Really awesome wings! Have been told they are insanely crowded in the summer and were running a 45 minute wait at lunch on Sunday in Feb. Good stiff cocktails as well. If you can get in the door, it will be worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Every time we visit our daughter in college down in the area, she requests that we eat at Big Sams. We happily comply with her. This place has the best wings! I always buy the burger with the crabmeat (forget the name, getting old). Staff has always been nice to us. It's a beach joint, so it's not five-star beauty,... More

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