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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%
Travellers talk about
“wings” (75 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (57 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 yesterday

She-Crab Soup is good but expensive. I ordered the clams--they were so overcooked, they were hard. My friend ordered the shrimp and it was probably the worst either of us have ever eaten. There are better places in Virginia Beach to eat for the high...More

Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to this place and I too witnessed out of control kids with their parents drinking away which just makes you shake your head & just think "the poor kids". Read the other reviews and the responses from the owner. Perhaps Virginia ABC control...More

Thank Kev4cats
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want great food for not a bunch of money big Sam’s is your place. Don’t expect a lot of atmosphere just good food great people and a lot of fun. This is pretty much a local Hang out great bloody Mary’s one of...More

Thank bchboy47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there with a larger group and the service was not five star, but it's a dive spot and they were very busy, so I thought it was fine and it didn't impact our experience. In fact, a couple of people ordered food to...More

Thank flisazwava
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big Sams has been one of our "go to" places in Va. Beach for years. I'm worried that it's going down hill. Hopefully just hit it on bad nights the past couple of times. Wondering if they got a new chef??? Service and drinks still...More

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As someone who has worked in the restaurant business in Virginia Beach for many many years, I do understand that the rule of what can go wrong will go wrong is very prevalent in the restaurant business. But many things can be avoided or made...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! So i don't recommend this restaurant. The food was good but they allowed some Yahoo's with 10 kids under 8 to ruin our dinner. The Staff seated the kids at the table next to us and the "Parents" a different table. The kids were...More

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

Barbara, as I will respond to your other reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Google and here. The waitress of the family asked 3 times for the parents to calm their children down. It was a difficult situation for our waitress and Debbie our manager. We appreciate...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 12 September 2017

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 12 September 2017 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 13 September 2017

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

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19 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
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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