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“Very slow service”

Big Al's Restaurant and Grill
Ranked #6 of 38 Restaurants in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Made our third visit over four-year period on 8/14/13. Will not return. The atmosphere is quite nice, the food is average, but the wait from the time we ordered until the time the food came was very long. We waited for a table about 20 minutes, but I wasn't bothered by that as much as I was the delay in getting food out of the kitchen. (We thought we would be avoiding the lunch rush by going at 2 p.m.)

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Thank RBA64
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Lots and lots of Coca Cola memorabilia in a 50s dinner setting. Food was ok but a bit pricey. Service was very good.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stopped at Big Al's during our day trip to Manteo. Very clean, and very fun atmosphere...they have a diner counter area and even a room with a juke box and a small dance floor (mostly for kids).

The food we had was great. Two people got burgers which were excellent. I got a "build your own" salad, where you look at the list of ingredients (lengthy) and have them make it exactly how you like it. I did a medi-greek salad variation and it was fantastic.

We visited during the summer, right at noon...the worst possible time for a diner visit. It was crowded, but everyone was friendly, things were organized, and service was fast.

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Thank April S
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was our 2nd time here @ Big Al's.
The food is very good. The atmosphere is nostalgic w/ the Coke products.
Last time there it was packed, this time we were seated right away.
The staff could have been more mature. We had to ask another waiter for refills as our waitress was not very attentive. Would have liked the soups to be served before the meals came out instead of with the meals. A nice variety of flavors to add to your soft drinks.
The prices were reasonable, considering it's located in a tourist area.
Overall, a nice place w/ good food and will always stop here while in the Outer Banks!

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Thank Tom-N-Jeanine
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Staff spent most of their time talking behind the counter instead of waiting on customers. Took almost an hour for two hamburgers and fries. We almost left before our order came out of the kitchen. We actually watched other customers leave without receiving their food order. Wait staff was inexperienced and unprofessional. We won't return.

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