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Big Al's Restaurant and Grill

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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 - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • 144
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 38
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
50's diner with a dance floor

Very friendly staff and great food. The jukebox worked and it was in front of a small dance floor. The food was great and if you are in to Coke memorabilia, there's plenty to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
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San Diego, CA
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent personal pizza my wife had a eggplant Parmesan it was good very resonable place to eat but service was slow

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Thank jose c
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Food is very good, and we love their lunch buffet! Our server, Michael C. was so very nice and he clearly loves his job. Our order was right the first time and very good. The hostess, Leah was very nice too. We've been going there for lunch for many years and always enjoy the food, atmosphere and how nice everyone... More 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Very friendly staff and great food. The jukebox worked and it was in front of a small dance floor. The food was great and if you are in to Coke memorabilia, there's plenty to see.

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1 Thank escapefromsocal
Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

I had a shrimp Cesar salad. It was plentiful and the grilled shrimp was medium in size a tasty. I came as part of a tour bus. They handled the group with ease

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1 Thank ChicagoMagyar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Michael was our server, He was a great professional and cheerful . He was very attentive. His attitude was over the top polite. He deserves a raise. I will return because he made our experience so pleasant Yhe food was also great

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1 Thank Tom B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

James did a great job with prompt service. He is cute but I wish he was not such a tease. It was a fun place with a family atmosphere. The dance floor was lots of fun.

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1 Thank Mary B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Service was great! Michael was really accommodating and friendly. Everyone is always friendly and talks to you. The GM Derek is around and friendly, along with other managers like James and Liz.

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1 Thank Jessica V
Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Great staff - very attentive. The buffett was lacking in luster so we ordered from the menu. All food was good! Great fast place for sit down

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Thank M S
Ashland, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Wow! This place is excellent. The service, atmosphere and food were all fantastic. It was one of the highlights of our vacation. There were ten of us at our table and our waiter, Michael C was one of the best waiters I've ever had. Very polite, friendly and responsive. He took a great picture of our group for us too!... More 

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1 Thank Dan O
Hatteras Island, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

I have eaten numerous times here and love the cherry cokes....and ofcourse the food....yesterday though was one of the best experiences there....Rob is who seated me and waited on me....made the best cherry coke ive ever had there....he was friendly and prompt and fun....as a former server and someone who has been in customer service its hard to please me....this... 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: Families with children, 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 - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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