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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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Port Jefferson, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

From the outside doesn't look anything special, but the food and service was amazing! There was a happy hour 3-7 which includes $0.79 oysters, $0.59 clams and $0.69 wings. I love wings and am very particular and these wings were really good. Our waitress was really nice and attentive and the food came out really quick and everything tastes really... More 

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Liverpool, NY
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Bring on the jumbo-jumbo lump crab cake! This cake was enormous, incredibly fresh, perfectly seasoned and the thing dreams are made of. The mimosa a bit of a dud as well as the scrambled eggs (both over and under done on the same plate) but great service and pancakes made up for it. Our meal was top notch :)

Thank minstrelmiss
Claverack, New York
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

A real fish bar with lots of choices. This is one of those restaurants that is just about the food. Fried or broiled, nothing fancy, located right on the Rudee Inlet. Very busy, lots of locals, often a line but clearly worth the wait.

Thank lilap25
Hartford, United States
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Heard about this place from a friend who had visited before. We went the first morning we were in VA Beach and were so glad we did. Had their special with eggs and crab cake and it was great! The place itself is smaller but reminds you of being on the beach. Staff were friendly and it seemed to be... More 

Thank mwar1
Richmond, Virginia
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Mouthwatering wings to die for. Double grilled and delicious without being too hot. Blackened Mahi sandwich was also very good. good value, great service and nice atmosphere, seemed popular with the locals. Would definitely recommend.

Thank notnel
Natick, MA
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213 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We always come here when in Virginia Beach. Always crowded. Try the grilled seafood platter. It has scallops vey well prepared.

Thank momskier
Dayton, Ohio
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Thanks for the recommendation Levi & Kristi! Great seafood dive...well for oysters, chowder, PBR, and home made coconut cream pie! Happy hour is from 3:00 - 7:00! 79 cent oysters!

Thank Aaron S
Lexington, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We tried Big Sam's after paddle boarding at Rudee Inlet SUP. The reviews about it being a little sketchy on the outside, but serving great food on the inside were 100% correct. We had the She Crab soup, the Flounder and Chips Basket, the Grilled Cheese, and the Chicken Fingers. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Enjoy!

Thank TravelerMGK
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Fantastic food, quick service! Slight wait, but was well worth it. I always order the fried clams and they are perfect everytime!

Thank Sherri D
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Small restaurant but was surprised when we got inside. Right on dock with a view of the boats. Was seated and served promptly. Rock fish was great for lunch with more than I could eat. Be sure and get tarter and shrimp sauce as both are great. Would go back again. Get there before noon as they do have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, 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?