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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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$$ - $$$
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300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
757 428 4858
7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We found Sam's randomly looking for an interesting spot to eat on the water. It was a great choice! Highly recommend!! The view of all the boats was beautiful. The atmosphere is comfortable, the wait staff is attentive and the food is special. I'll definitely check it out again next time I'm in town.

Thank kellscloud
Shelton, Connecticut
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a really decent breakfast, and it's right on the water in the marina. Always busy and consistently good! they also serve alcoholic beverages--Bloody Mary's are a personal favorite!

Thank Leftyrrv
Perdido Key, Florida
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great happy hour and the foods pretty good as well. Loved being by the water, even if it was a dreary day. Staff were really friendly and if we lived there it would be our hang out place. The oysters both raw and steamed were outstanding as were the shrimp. On our come back and visit list

Thank Denis B
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this place at the suggestion of other vacationers we met. Their special was build your own burgers, which came with fries. The toppings were great, herb fried tomatoes, onion rings, and a variety of others. The burgers were huge and I took half of it to go. The inside of the restaurant is nothing to... More 

Thank Susan B
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived with our dog. They couldn't seat us inside so they told us if we sat outside near the restaurant they would serve us. They went out of their way to accommodate us when they were extremely busy. The food was excellent, we will definitely recommend this place to others and will revisit.

Thank penny977
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peak season is over so why not go where the locals go for good food?? The jumbo lump crab cakes were fantastic, lots of crab, very flavorful, nice grilled flavor and crust!! Super friendly staff and their double grilled crispy chicken wings were a super starter. Great place, great atmosphere, great staff, fantastic food!

Thank ladybugJ13
Richmond, Virginia
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. I won't go for breakfast anymore on the weekends though, it's just too crowded. Packed, all season. We went on a Tuesday morning. Perfect! I had an omlette with cheese and crabmeat. It was gigantic, packed with crab. Awesome! The service was great, as was the view. It wasn't too hot in there, they struggle with all... More 

Thank sisterwifeone
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything we had to eat was amazing. I had the crab cakes & may husband had she crab soup and fish tacos. Plastic chairs & paper plates, so not fancy, but the food makes it worth the trip.

Thank Kerry H
Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania
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357 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looks can be deceiving. This place has a run down look to it but the food and drink are very good. Had lunch on a hot afternoon. The service was excellent. The beer ice cold. Their wings are huge and meaty. The fish tacos are pretty good. It ain't haute cuisine but it sure is tasty.

Thank TrayBN
Alexandria, Virginia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the down-home atmosphere. Place seems as if it's been there 100 years. Tiki Time is great . great prices on various drinks and apps. FRESH seafood done right. And the soups -to die for! I've been there about 20 times and I keep going back. It never disappoints.

Thank karin g

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: 757 428 4858
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?