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Big Al's Restaurant and Grill

716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, NC 27954
252 473 5570
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Ranked #15 of 29 restaurants in Manteo
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: The past is back! Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill serves up authentic American fare in a retro 50's fun dining atmosphere. Restaurant features soda fountain counter, juke box, dance floor, game room/arcade, one of the largest Coca-Cola memorabilia collections in the country, fresh never-frozen USDA certified Prime Angus burgers, home made desserts, 50's inspired gift-shop and blue-plate specials. New owners have recently updated the restaurant from top to bottom with a focus on a quality dining experience with all the good flavors of the era.
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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were excited to visit Big Al's for dessert and the decor was as promised, a fun and festive throwback to the early diners and ice cream shops of the 1950's and 1960's, but the good time ended there. Although our waitress was friendly, the service was lacking (to be honest she looked very young and inexperienced) most of our... More

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Hildebran
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here on several occasions and as usual, the food was fresh and good quality. The wait time did seem longer at this visit and the staff a little sparse. We were in a large party with young children and everyone's order was tasty and correct. Overall good experience!

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The feel is a 50s diner, but the food is a step above. Even though the menu has the usual offerings, the quality is better than you would get at most greasy spoons. They have a wide variety, several seafood dishes, and even vegetarian options. Highly recommend the homemade desserts and the milkshakes are yummy.

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Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We waited at least an hour after being seated for our food, which was average at best. They were not even busy. Used to be better under prior management. They better shape up the service!!!

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Fishersville, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was very disappointed in Big Al's this year. Our family makes an annual trip to OBX and Big Al's was at the top of our restaurants list. We heard the ownership changed, and if that is so, it explains a lot. The service was poor; a long wait for food and the waitress kept disappearing. The usual excitement and... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A great step back in time, to Happy Days era. A soda shoppe with lots of great coke memorabilia. I had a chili burger and a real fountain cherry coke! We were all happy with our lunch and the juke box was playing our favorite songs!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

The service was awful. A 45 minute wait with many open tables. The hostess kept leaving her station and hiding in the gift shop. We were told the kitchen was backed up and that was the reason for the delay but everyone had who was seated had food. It was a bad way to start the meal.

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our family has always made a trip to Big Al's every year. Our food was good, but service was awful! no refills on drinks, then our waitress tossed our bill on the table and never said a word! We then sat a little bit because we really wanted dessert but she informed us we could pay over there and disappeared.... More

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Pittsburgh
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We went here after visiting the aquarium. My husband loves burgers and wanted to try Big Al's. I was reluctant because burgers usually aren't great in an area that specializes in seafood. I was wrong! The burgers were great! I got the burger with the pulled pork on top. It came with sweet potato fries. They were piping hot and... More

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Belmont, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

I called ahead to make a reservation for 10. They said it was not needed and they had plenty of room to seat us when we got there. I should've used this as a key for the rest of the night and found some place else.... It seemed like a good place when we walked in. Not many people there,... More

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