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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“wings” (66 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (52 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
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300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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...More

Thank Hockey_FanPA
Reviewed 5 days ago 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

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...More

Thank Stan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank LEWIE5
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...More

Thank BobWDE
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...More

Thank Barbara B
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...More

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 2 weeks 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...More

Thank 75Moose
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
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...More

Thank Bubbert1
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a kids menu??
19 February 2017|
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Response from Mike353632 | Reviewed this property |
Check the website
Do you have parking?
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.
Do you have parking?
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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.