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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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Mexican, American, Seafood
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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: 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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  • 173
    Excellent
  • 108
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 11
    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
Holy cow this is good!!

I love, love, love Big Sam's. There is nothing better than a plate of FRESH raw oysters and a COLD can of beer for dinner! It's a place where friends meet and share the cheer! Always coming back for more!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
GwendolynZenker
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

I love, love, love Big Sam's. There is nothing better than a plate of FRESH raw oysters and a COLD can of beer for dinner! It's a place where friends meet and share the cheer! Always coming back for more!

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Roselle, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you're looking for great atmosphere stay away from this place (i.e. drinks are served in plastic cups, kids running around, wooden tables, noisy, etc.). However, if you are looking for great food, Sam's is the place to go. I had a very delicious crab cake sandwich, which was a nice size and had very little breading and was not... More 

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Woodstock, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Yep, it's a dive, but the food is fantastic. Go early or be prepared to wait. The dinner specials are always unique. It's like funky gourmet meets beach dive bar. One of our family favorites. If you want something other than seafood the pork bbq quesadilla is out of this world.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You go to the beach to relax, right? This is the place! Good food, great prices, and great happy hour! This is not a fancy, get dressed up place. Come in your shorts and chill.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We originally stopped by Waterman's with a party of 8. They told us it would be a 2 1/2hr wait. So we decided to got to Big Sam's. Here we waited 1 hr and 45mins. The inside is not fancy at all but it's right by the water. The calamari appetizer was excellent. It was cooked to perfection. The other... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Saw it walking by and decided to try for breakfast. BEST pancakes ever!! Actually, everything we had (breakfast) was delicious. Went twice during a week long vacation and only waited a little (20 minutes) on Saturday am. Laid back dining, fast service and very fresh, hot tasty breakfast. Wonderful view of the inlet. My whole family agreed that we love... More 

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Manassas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Third time visiting and dinner was awesome. My wife and I both had the specials. I had broiled rockfish over mushroom and crab risotto and she had broiled scallops over bacon mashed potatoes with asparagus. It was by far the best seafood dinner I've eaten out in a very long time, if not the best I've ever had at a... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I got the crab burger to go and it was delicious. This is the perfect little seaside food shack, the kind you would go to for a burger and fries by the water. Would I recommend this? For a quick meal, yes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband got the fried oyster basket and I got the flounder fish basket. Both were great and service was too. Sweet tea was ok. It's a small restraint so we had to wait 25 minutes but it was worth the wait.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Food was good the first time we went the second time we didn't stay because the staff was so rude> It was a Sunday and apparently they only want you there at certain times. We felt so unwelcomed that we left.

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

We are very sorry that you perceived our staff as rude. I am thinking that you probably arrived at the end of our breakfast service. It is at this time each day that we must momentarily stop seating and allow our kitchen staff time to switch over from breakfast to lunch and dinner service. This can take about 15 minutes... More 

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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: Mexican, American, Seafood

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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