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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” (76 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (58 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In town for a meeting and came here on recommendation of hotel clerk. I intended to get some raw/steamed seafood and a beer. I noticed others around me had wings and crab cakes and the other usual fare. When I looked at the daily special...More

Thank BattenBell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw on Facebook that Sams was open for one of the snow days. Since we live in walking distance we packed up and went out/ so much fun!!! Service was great the waitresses were in such happy spirits and as always the food was great....More

Thank Danielle1636
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over the years, we have enjoyed Big Sam's. Good seafood and good value. I called in a takeout order and arrived to standing room only. They have daily happy hour that is obviously very popular. I enjoyed my mahi mahi sandwich. Although I ordered it...More

Thank bahiadreaming
Reviewed 7 January 2018

I stopped by for lunch Jan 3, 2018 about 2:30 p.m and the place was packed. No doubt a local favorite. The restuarant is situated over water so most of the seating inside has a very nice view of water. I noticed one server in...More

Thank M K
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We stay on the beach several times a year because it is a refreshing change of pace and only a half hour drive from our apartment. While on a walk the other day, we happened upon Big Sam's - its unique exterior and proximity to...More

Thank tfig218
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Great local hangout. Large menu selection - something for everyone. Service was outstanding. Some place we will go back again and again.

Thank Bungie60
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Recommended to this place as where the locals go - no pretensions and with an excellent seafood based menu. wonderfully basic (seating on plastic chairs) but great service in this wooden creekside building and the crab cakes were to die for. A genuinely excellent place...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We came to VB from Arizona and wanted good crab cakes, oysters (raw and fried), and lobster rolls while here. We found everything but the lobster roll at Big Sam's. We also had the she-crab soup which had plenty of crab and the lobster mac...More

Thank Snowbiker
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Snowbiker, glad that you found us and glad that you enjoyed your experience at Big Sam's. Thank You for the nice review.

Reviewed 24 October 2017

On our annual trip to Va Beach we eat here multiple times. We have three small children, so we go before the peak dinner hour when there's not line out the door. The view from the dining area is spectacular. It's not fancy - plastic...More

Thank CampingFamofFive
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank You for the kind words. We strive to consistently provide high quality food at a good price in a fun casual atmosphere. Glad everyone enjoyed themselves. That's our goal.

Reviewed 21 October 2017

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
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Pamela, sorry that you did not enjoy your meal at Big Sam's. If you had made your server aware that you were unhappy with the clams and the shrimp, we would have replaced them or done whatever it took to make you happy before you...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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View, 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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