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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 #16 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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56% Recommend
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English first
Manteo, North Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

As a local to this town, I have been going to this restaurant once in a while ever since it opened. It used to be a pretty neat place...now, not so much. They used to do a fabulous Sunday buffet...now they don't even have one. I've always thought the food was overpriced and mostly bland (except the buffet-it was priced... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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119 reviews 119 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We went to Big Al's the day of the marathon to get a bite to eat afterwards. The place looks great, and at first glance at the menu, looked enticing. When we arrived, I was told it would be a five minute wait. We waited for 30 minutes. There were many tables open - this place was not busy -... More

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Seriously the best coconut cream pie that I have ever had! The desserts are even made fresh daily. We had lunch there, and the entrees left a little to be desired, but it was classic greasy food. The entrees were also a little pricey for food that we could get from a fast food joint. Overall, entrees okay, but desserts... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Would not recommend. Despite being half empty, we were told it would be a ten minute wait. Service was very rushed. Two orders were minority screwed up. Expensive for what you get...

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Nothing exciting here, move along. The food is the kind of bland average fare you can get at any forgettable restaurant just struggling to get by. Nothing particularly fresh or tasty, mostly just frozen or pre-bought items compiled on a plate for the enjoyment of people who want the expected and expect very little. From the reviews here it is... More

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Delaware, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Went in to an empty restaurant that had plenty of wait staff standing around. We ordered our drinks of 3 waters and 1 iced tea. 10 minutes later, still nothing. And, since the menu was mostly greasy food, we decided it was a good sign to leave.

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Newport News, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Easy to find. Food and the service was great. Your dinner was brought out in timely manner. Our server always kept checking back with us to see if we needed anything. Prices within the family budget $$. Lots of ample parking.

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Powell, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant was not crowded yet the service was poor. We had a party of eleven so she came and took our food and drink orders together so we could have time to look at the many she said?? We had to ask for refills and the prices were a little on the outrageous. Cute little place with a 50-60's... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I absolutely loved this place. I would definately go back. We sampled a little bit of everything and the food was great. Friendly servers. Great atmosphere.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

When we got to Big Al's we had to put our name on a list. There were many tables that were unused. Other customers came in and were seated before us (same number of guests). Once we were seated the waiter came and took our order. We did not see the waiter again until after we had finished eating. The... More

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