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716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, 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

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 45
    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
Second time is not the charm

The first time we went here it was wonderful. Everything tasted so wonderful. We knew we just had to come back then next time we were in the area. Well we did and the whole time we were thinking this is not as good as the first time. It might be because we all order different thing or because it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Lacmarcum
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Camden,NC
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Falling Waters, West Virginia, United States
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is a must stop while in this area. Great food and prices. Takes you back to the 50's. Wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We came in a group of 8 for lunch. Rob made it a great time and we had lots of fun. Burgers and shakes were excellent! Will come back again on our next trip to the Outer Banks

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Rocky Mount, Nc
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This restaurant is as much fun to look at as it is to eat in. The burgers and onion rings can't get any better. I love the reuben sandwich that has lots of meat on it. We all tried different shakes and they were all good; especially the banana shake. This is a large restaurant with plenty of seating. The... More 

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Camden,NC
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The first time we went here it was wonderful. Everything tasted so wonderful. We knew we just had to come back then next time we were in the area. Well we did and the whole time we were thinking this is not as good as the first time. It might be because we all order different thing or because it... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

The food was good, the service was OK. The witness disappeared for awhile and we were the only people on the restaurant. A large family came in and then left after not getting served quick enough. Food was OK.

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Beulah, Michigan, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch while on spring break in the Outer Banks. I had a burger with sweet potato fries & my husband has the club sandwich with fries. Burger was delicious & rest of the food was good. Sweet potato fries could have been more done/crispy. My only complaint was that, instead of spreading patrons out a bit more,... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The food is good.....burgers and fries.....the interior is fun and a throw back....overall I had a fun time

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Roanoke Island  >  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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