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716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, NC 27954
+1 252-473-5570
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: The past is back! Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill serves up authentic...
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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Good for:
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nostalgia Trip

I loved the soda fountain and diner decor and the amazing range of Coca-Cola collectibles. The menu offered a nice selection and the staff were friendly. Located right on Highway 64 on Roanoke Island, it's a fun place for a decent meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
SconeGoatLover
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
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246 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I loved the soda fountain and diner decor and the amazing range of Coca-Cola collectibles. The menu offered a nice selection and the staff were friendly. Located right on Highway 64 on Roanoke Island, it's a fun place for a decent meal.

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Chesapeake, VA
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This place has been around for years so you would think the service would have been better especially on a Saturday afternoon at lunch. Food was good, I had a club sandwich and it was good, the hubs had the French dip special and enjoyed it. Service was not very good, waiter was slow and forgetful. Everything was fine in... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My family ordered take out from this restaurant in August. We felt ignored as we waited to pick the food up, and by the time we did get the meals the food was cold. I ordered Philly Cheese Steak and found it to be pretty light on ingredients except the roll, which was also not overly large. Fries were soggy... More 

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colonial heights
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went here for lunch. Love the 50's decor. I had soup and salad while my husband had popcorn shrimp and a chocolate milk shake. He is a milk shake snob and loved it!! The shrimp was very good as well as the soup and salad.

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Mohawk ny
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We stop here on every visit, we have been taking friends for their first visit years now, and when they return its a must stop. Great coke memorabilia and food is great.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. It was prime rib night, but we were focused in diner choices. Great atmosphere and music ( sound system playing 50's ) they have a dance floor, tons of memorabilia, fountain counter, booths and good wait staff. Food was good / very good. We plan to return. ( very clean )

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Clarksburg, WV, USA
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The cheeseburgers and pork bbq are great. Lots of fries! This was a fun place to eat lunch. There are pinball machines, coca cola memorabilia. It is open and friendly. Great for a family.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My mother and I went here for lunch a few days ago. We havent been in a while as the last time (years ago) the service was poor and the food was bland. Well thank goodness we decided to try it again. Our waitress Liz was by far one of the best we have ever had. So sweet and on... More 

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Webster, NY
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We ate at the counter but there was plenty of seating throughout. Surprised it was so empty for a Friday dinner in august. Fun decorations. Food was good. Food arrived quickly! Stools were uncomfortable. Waitress wasn't great, had to ask for many items she forgot. Not sure we would go back soon. There must be other options to try in... More 

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New Providence, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Real vintage coke displays, great shakes and hamburgers, sandwiches and good fries, restaurant has good retro. Design to make you feel your back in the 50's and 60's. Service good and everything clean including the rest room.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, NC 27954
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Manteo
  • Phone Number: +1 252-473-5570

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?