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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
+1 757-428-4858
07:00 - 02:00
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to Virginia Beach many times and finally checked this place out. Somewhat of a limited menu compared to some restaurants. We enjoyed our visit for dinner and the food was very good. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we went back a few days later for lunch and were not disappointed. Prices were about average for... More 

Thank Hockey_FanPA
Morganton, NC
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went during happy hour. We waited about 10 minutes. The she crab soup was the best. Raw oysters were a bit small but delicious. All in all a hit.

Thank bnbpen
Rockville, Maryland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Big Sam's is on Rudee Inlet at the south end of Virginia Beach. If you can arrange to get a window seat, it's worth the extra wait. They don't take reservations and wait times can be as long as 90 minutes on the weekend. The food is very good. I particularly recommend the shrimp tacos. Their margarita mix came out... More 

Thank Stan L
Troutville, Virginia
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193 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped in for an early dinner during happy hour. They have a lot of great happy hour food and drink specials, and as a result, it was pretty crowded. However, we got a table right away, overlooking Rudee Inlet. Tried out some of their steamed clams, which were delicious and inexpensive. Then I had a crab cake sandwich, which was... More 

Thank LEWIE5
Laurel, Delaware
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife selected this restaurant from the reviews. We have been to the inlet before, but this place was not there. When we pulled up I was thinking, oh no. But we were there, tired and hungry, so we proceeded. It was crowded and we had to wait, so that was a good sign. The inside was not fancy. But... More 

Thank BobWDE
Front Royal, Virginia
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Appears to be a dive bar but has a rustic dining area serving excellent seafood! Being right on the inlet, the view of the boats coming and going make for a relaxing evening. Reviews stated it was noisy but we did not find that the case. Maybe because it was mid-week and probably a little early (5:30) for the rowdy... More 

Thank Barbara B
Evansville, Indiana
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was really good as was the service. The atmosphere is more like a neighborhood bar, older building and lots of noise. We enjoyed it so much we went a second time during our 6 day visit. Prices are moderate and selection of items is plentiful. If you can't eat dessert there take some home. The pies were delicious.... More 

Thank Tom F
Laurel, DE
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42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Big Sam's. We got there early but there was still a 20 minute wait. That didn't bother me as it was the weekend. We were seated and I ordered the fish tacos (fried flounder). Gotta say, the best I have ever had! Friendly wait staff, food was prepared well and boy did I want... More 

Thank 75Moose
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had to stop in for lunch on a recent visit back to my hometown. Still an awesome place. Best crab cakes at the beach. Breakfast lunch dinner. It doesn't matter you'll get an excellent meal.

Thank bdubu2000
Lititz, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was very good and the service excellent. The only problem was the raucous table next to ours. Yelling, laughing, inappropriate language, too much to drink. I would normally say that Big Sam's didn't have anything to do with this behavior, but, I have been in restaurants where it wasn't tolerated. I like to have as much fun as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?