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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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American, Mexican, 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 146
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Great Smoked Wings!

It seems this place is always busy ... but that's a good thing! The wait staff was friendly, and the smoked wings were wonderful! There's plenty of room to hang out on the front deck while waiting for a table and lots of folks to talk to. Prices were very reasonable, and service was fast once... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 11, 2015
vabucsfans
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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268 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

It seems this place is always busy ... but that's a good thing! The wait staff was friendly, and the smoked wings were wonderful! There's plenty of room to hang out on the front deck while waiting for a table and lots of folks to talk to. Prices were very reasonable, and service was fast once we were seated.

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went here after visiting the Aquarium. Our waitress was very friendly and welcoming, and was glad to see our little granddaughter. The food was good with some of the freshest oysters I've ever had. We all enjoyed our meals and can't wait to go there again. Don't let the "dive bar" appearance when you come in the from be... More 

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Don't let the look fool you...when we pulled into the parking lot, I was a little worried. When we got our food though my worries went away!! The food was really good and our waitress was extremely nice! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone!

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Washington, D.C.
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This place is loved by the locals for good food and drinks. Gets very busy so plan accordingly. It has an awesome crab cake. Hardly any filler and no shells. You would think that's easy to find at the beach but not necessarily.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Big Sams has been delivering good food and good prices for what seems like forever. Great local joint with water views and good food and drinks.

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Plant City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

This place is small, but the food and service were great. It was a rainy night, and there was a wait, but everyone was very accommodating! Family friendly atmosphere too.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Overall we enjoyed our meal at Big SAMs. The menu is very extensive and the emphasis is on fish and very nice it was too. The mahi mahi was nicely cooked. 3 small complaints stopped it getting a 5* The coleslaw was a little watery, meaning it was a little old I hate drinks served in plastic glasses The whole... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We love the food at Big Sam's & it is in a convenient location with good views. The interior definitely needs a good cleaning & some major renovation.

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Best She Crab Soup!!! Entree was Excellent, could have been a little more plentiful for the price of the broiled Seafood Platter, Excellent just the same!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I am a huge fan of good local restaurants and I enjoyed an amazing breakfast with my wife. Nate, one of the cooks, did an awesome job with suggesting new York strip with eggs and the pancakes taste amazing. Will be going back soon. Nate deserves a raise!!!

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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, Mexican, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?