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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a hidden gem! We ate breakfast here 4x! The pancakes are hands down the best we ever had. Next time we are going to try dinner. Friendly service and great ambiance! Right on the water.

Thank laredo11
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Found Big Sam’s on a previous trip to the area; couldn’t wait to get back. Oyster and beer special during Tiki Hour well worth it. Had a dozen raw oysters, a couple beers, and the blackened mani for dinner. Excellent ! Only negative: I was...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food was very good and a good value. Good service. Only issue is the noise was significant. Would return there.

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Crunchy French fries and shrimp. However fish tacos were bland, and blackened fish was really just grilled. Expensive lunch did not meet expectations.

Thank livinginPA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The husband and I had an hour to ourselves without the kids. We had the BEST happy hour there. Oysters,shrimp, clams, wings (double grilled) loved it all. Waitress was wonderful, everything is always great every time we go. Even during busy season they work so...More

Thank Danielle1636
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

May look like it would be less pricey than a fancier restaurant but come prepared, it isn’t. Also was quite noisy for a Thursday. Bathroom location not ideal either, ladies waiting ended up standing at our table watching us eat, awkward! Food was good however...More

Thank GinaC08515
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gina, Glad you liked the food. Just so you know, high quality seafood isn’t cheap to serve, but it is all that we serve. We keep our prices at or below our competitors in order to stay competitive. It is the high season in Virginia...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything stays the same and always great food and service. Go for breakfast every time we are in VB love it.

Thank Cricket B
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cricket, thanks for the kind review. We are trying hard. BigSam

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here based on a suggestion from a tour guide and we were not disappointed. If driving by, I would have never stopped. The staff is friendly and the food and drinks are great. I ordered the flounder tacos and they were great!

Thank Janet C
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Janet, Glad that you found us and that you enjoyed your visit. Thank You for the review. Big Sam

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was looking for a restaurant the Sunday night (around 9 pm) prior to Memorial Day and having difficulties as most restaurants were closed or had waiting lists. Found Big Sam's on Trip Advisor, called, and they quickly were able to set up for six when...More

Thank mtown27
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad we could be there to serve you up a good meal. Thank you for the review. Big Sam

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I look forward to Big Sam's every time I'm in VA Beach. Good food. Great service. Reasonable prices. Popular with the locals. 'Nuff said.

Thank Russell Y
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Russell, than you for the kind words. We try very hard to do a great job for our customers all the while keeping it fun and casual. Thank You Big Sam

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February 18, 2017|
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Response from H4660TPrichardm | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember if there was a kids menu but we travel with some picky kids and there was no problem.
June 19, 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.
June 19, 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
Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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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