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“LOVED IT” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar
300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
727 428 4858
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Ranked #39 of 1,237 restaurants in Virginia Beach
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Local favorite that is great for visitors as well. Great breakfast right on the water at the Rudee Inlet. Was recommended to us by some locals and overheard at least 2 other people telling other visitors to go there during our 5 day stay. Great lunch and dinners also that feature daily blackboard specials. All desserts are homemade. Seafood, fresh meats, produce and dairy are delivered fresh everyday.
West Haven, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“LOVED IT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

It is on the dock, lots of locals, packed inside - LOCAL and wonderful! I had the California Fish Tacos - fried chunks of white fish on a pile of red cabbage with a creamy cilantro dressing on the side. The fry had me nervous (watching calories) but it was perfect. The breading was light and crunchy and the fry was dry - just a great meal! My husband had shrimp stuffed with the crab cake mixture - heaven. Choice of sides - do the black beans and rice!!! If you are in town - take a quick ride down Pacific and enjoy!!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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106 reviews 106 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
“Best breakfast on the inlet in VA beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

This place is great. It doesn't look like much from the outside, kind of like a run-down shack, but that is definitely part of its appeal. We only went for breakfast and regrettably, it was our last morning of our vacation, otherwise we would have visited again. We got there early and they run a breakfast special called the "Charter Captain" from 7-9 am. Great bargain for eggs, biscuit and a breakfast meat for something like $3. Food was hot and fresh. My son had pancakes which were equally as delicious. The service is unpretentious and friendly. If I ever find myself in VA Beach again, I will definitely return to this local gem.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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newport news, va.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The best place at the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

Words cannot describe how fantastic this restaurant is. The happy hour food and drink specials are great and the food is just wonderful everytime we go. Best place at the beach hands down!

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“We love Big Sam's and eat there everytime we are in VA BCH”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

Big Sam's has the best food, you will not be disappointed. My Mom and sister live in VB so we visit often and it wouldn't be the same without a trip to Big Sam's. It's great for kids too. Our kids are 11 and 13 and they enjoy it as well. My husband and I have also been there late night and it's great. It's very casual, but great food! Crabcakes and Chicken Quesadillas are my favorite.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edina, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A fun restaurant on the inlet with surprisingly good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

When you walk in to Big Sam's, your first impression is that it is a run-down crowded restaurant. Soon, you realize that it is more of an institution. A place where friends go to have a meal together and a place where you can get really well prepared food. Going on the weekend during happy hour can be loud and somewhat daunting but when you see the families, the singles, the old folks, and the young people - all together in one place having a good time you realize what a comfortable and comforting place it is. The staff is welcoming both coming and going, very attentive and good at what they do. While not fine dining, the daily specials are ambitious and extremely well prepared. Our 10 year old grandson rated it the best place for breaded shrimp - a huge platter he refused to share with anyone. The view of the inlet is great but the real ambiance of Big Sam's are the people who work there and the people who eat there.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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