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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
+1 757-428-4858
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“wings” (71 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (56 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted a quick seafood fix. Walked in and sat at the bar and had raw oysters, steamed shrimp, and wings. Excellent! Shrimp was tender and tasty. The oysters were very flavorful and the beer was cold. The staff very friendly. We will go back.

Thank in2pursuit
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cute local restaurant on Rudee Inlet. The food is good and the atmosphere is unique. Their breakfast pancakes are the best!

Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How this could have a high rating is beyond me. The bourbon and 7 was week to bad. The Crab Claws were fried in long over due change in the fry oil. And lastly the raw oysters were very small to very very small. And...More

Thank bullwinkle63
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Bullwinkle63, If your drink was bad, you should have asked your server to fix it to your liking. We don't serve crab claws and our oysters are Blue Points which are very sought after( not for size, but for flavor). We have two parking lots...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Big Sam's before and have had a really good meal. This time we came here during happy hour & had a nice window seat. They have decent prices for happy hour food. The shrimp & the wings were delicious. However, the...More

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been meaning to go back to Big Sam's for a while. It was the favorite Virginia Beach restaurant for Swedish friends who lived here for several years. Located on the water at Rudee Inlet, it is small, very casual, friendly and boisterous. I...More

Thank bbirkhead13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate at Big Sam's after 20 min wait. Glad we did. Great food, nice casual waterfront atmosphere, decent service (a little long, especially waiting for the check). Crab cakes were all lump crab. I had fried clams (which I rarely find) which were great and...More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible breakfast and fun atmosphere. They also have full bar including great bloody Mary's. We are there twice in 4 days and will definitely be back next year.

Thank Bobby F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Big Sam's on a Saturday afternoon. I had the Fresh Market, Herb Encrusted Parmesan Tomato and Portabella Mushrooms with Baby Spinach on a Ciabatto Roll. Although a little messy to eat, it was delicious! My choice of side was...More

Thank MargaretR8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is a shack on the marina, but the breakfast was the best. We had about everything you could imagine (pancakes, omelet, bacon, biscuits, etc). All great. But my favorite was the crab cake, $8 add on but so worth it. Prices for breakfast...More

1  Thank CancunJulie73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We grabbed a drink and sat outside for the 30 minute wait. It was well worth it. The calamari was the best we have ever had and we eat a lot of it. We had oysters, shrimp, clams that were all fabulous. The fried Mahi...More

Thank boonutsmom
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18 February 2017|
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Response from Mike353632 | Reviewed this property |
Check the website
19 June 2016|
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Response from minstrelmiss | Reviewed this property |
There is a small lot. We rode our bikes over from our AirBnB stay and there was bike parking too.
19 June 2016|
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Response from Bob G | Reviewed this property |
Previous replies are all correct. Small lots but plenty of parking close by.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 02:00
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07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 757-428-4858
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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