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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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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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Springfield, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in VA Beach and wanted to meet an old friend at an oyster bar. Most of my old favorites have closed since I moved and he picked Big Sam's. What a perfect Jimmy Buffett place. Great seafood! My Mahi Mahi was perfectly served with a salsa sauce. Amazing. The black tacos are to die for. They only serve... More 

Thank grumpyvet
Zanesville, Ohio
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172 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband was craving oysters and he noticed they were selling them for $.79 each during happy hour so we thought we'd try it out. He loved the oysters and some of them were huge! He ordered a dozen and then bought 6 more~he liked them so much. I had a half pound of steamed shrimp with French fries and... More 

Thank Tigercar5
Toms River, New Jersey
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Supposed to be a locals favorite. Went on Sunday night...waited 30 minutes. Place has no "ambience", to me a upgraded bait shack...not a problem if the food works. BUT....wings are touted on menu as so great, sorry, have had better at chain restaurants or my own kitchen. The broiled seafood platter was very good, with odd sides.. Raw clam app... More 

Thank BarbaraD523
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Local hang out but the tourist find it too! Food is great as is the service! Pancakes are great! Great for families.

Thank jhayes61
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our breakfast at Big Sam's so much back in June of this year that we decided to go back in September during another trip to Virginia Beach. Portions are generous, prices are very reasonable and the staff treats you very nice. They must give you a pound of home fries with your breakfast and since it's morning 'happy... More 

Thank steveenglebright
Dublin, Ireland
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151 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On recommendation from the hotel, we ate here on a Wednesday evening. Lines were out the door and there was a 30 minute wait for a table so we opted to eat at the bar. Service was fast and efficient. The food is cooked right behind the bar area so it can't get hot and steamy there. Constant stream of... More 

Thank katy-lied
New Lenox
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a dive but the location and food are great! Diners, drive-ins and Dives would be a perfect fit for this waterfront gem. Try the Lobster tower...fantastic!

Thank ILfamilyof5
Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit while at va beach. Got lucky to eat during their oyster happy hour - . 85 cent raw oyster /clam which was good along with wings. Main courses (fish tacos and mahi entree) was ok a little bland. Only thing is they didn't have crabs.

Thank ReviewerO
Glenview, IL
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Classic spot on the water. We shared fried oyster and fried clam baskets. We should have substitued a different side---one side of fries was enough for 3 of us!

Thank Ironchef49
Buckinghamshire, UK
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We We were recommended this restaurant by staff at the Aquarium and were not disappointed. We all had great food and the location was good by the river. were re

Thank MichaelVisits

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?