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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

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$$ - $$$
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300 Winston Salem Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
+1 757-428-4858
07:00 - 02:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The crab balls were fresh and delicious, as was the she crab soup. The fajitas had too much grease and the shrimp tacos was heavy on the old bay. Service was fantastic!

Thank H4660TPrichardm
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I asked a local where to go for amazing seafood and he recommended Big Sams and told me the crab balls were a must. This was only a short drive from our hotel and we were able to park easily and were lucky enough to get seated quickly at a table overlooking the water. The crab balls were amazing and... More 

Thank maryann246810
Oreland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had it not been for the trolley driver, I never would have known about Sam's. It is sort of buried in the marina, but the food was terrific, the service was great. I look forward to returning on my next rip to VA Beach.

Thank ecniv
Sedona, Arizona
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a mouthwatering crab omelette, shrimp and grits, potatoes and bloody Mary's for super cheap over looking the water. Service was super fast and friendly, ambiance was cute and eclectic. We will be back for sure!

Thank Kegn M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I brought a group of teachers who had never been and although Sam wasn't there to say Hi to and catch up on his kids that we taught, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Small world, gentleman and his son next to us knew some of our staff so he kindly recommended the specialty burger. One of us took his advice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We have eaten here a few times, most recently for my birthday dinner. Go for Tiki Time (Happy Hour) they have drink specials, and steamer specials. There is usually a small wait as it's a smaller place and usually crowded, had steamed shrimp, oysters, and the pasta special. All were very good! Nice view right on the water as well.

Thank dbosss
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Casual, local feel...great food. Not sure which is better Breakfast or Dinner. Each is fresh and tasty. Love the burgers and fish sandwiches. Breakfast is just down home good!

Thank Owner-Pinegrove
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This was recommended by a bartender at a seafood place that didn't serve burgers. He was right -- it was great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Great traditional breakfast, awesome pancakes. They also have really good early bird specials. We really enjoyed our morning there and we will be back!

Thank Danielle1636
Dublin, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Place was very crowded but was seated very quickly. Waitress was attentive but gave me time to look at the very large menu. Ordered the fried shrimp dinner....was a large amount of shrimp but had very little flavor. Willing to try again.

Thank nrlaker

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids
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
  • 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?