We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
+1 757-428-4858
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wings” (68 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (54 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
Write a Review
Reviews (557)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 554 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We were taking the dolphin tour and went early to go to Big Sam's for something to eat before that. This was our second time coming here. The food was very good and the girls are very friendly. It's definitely a hidden gem at Virginia...More

Thank Deb911
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Sam's is like a diamond in the rough. It doesn't look like much on the outside, but the food and service inside is incredible. If you're a fan of she crab soup- this is your place. It's all good. They have a good amount of...More

Thank MrPeteVirginiaBeach
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was taken here as a guest by one of the locals. I ordered a house salad with a crab cake. The salad was a bunch of endive and a few bits of romaine with mostly hard strips of dry mildewy tasting julienned carrots on...More

Thank whyner
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

whyner, 6 days a week we have fresh produce, poultry, meat and seafood delivered every morning. We have a small kitchen and a small walk in. Everything is prepared fresh to order. The salad mix is a fresh mix of field greens. The carrots, red...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We never miss Big Sam's when we visit Virginia Beach. It's a friendly unpretentious place with good food but the real attraction is the crab cakes. I don't know how they do it but Sam's has the best crab cakes anywhere and I've had them...More

Thank DayGloPirate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to go to Big Sam's if you are at Virginia Beach. This was our sixth or seventh return visit since we discovered it years ago. We always try to get there early because the "Big" doesn't refer to the buildiing. I always get...More

Thank Johnblueridge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big Sam's is a locals place that is hidden in Rudee Inlet away from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk area. It is a nice place to get away from the crowds of tourists during the summer months. The good beer list and seafood...More

Thank naturistcouple1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This out of the way restaurant is very rustic on the exterior. Once you are inside and seated, the waitstaff offers a menu with great choices, even for young children. The food is fabulous. I ordered the crab cake, which was the best I had...More

Thank Kooolmomma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Big Sam's on Saturday afternoon during the very Popular Patriots Festival. They have been a popular dive for many years. Good good at reasonable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Known for their wings they also have steamed clams, oysters and shrimp. On...More

Thank Kerb69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the Rudee Marina. Next to the Jet skis. Food was good.Good portions. Waitstaff was nice. You can sit outside looking over the marina.

Thank The-Irish-Rover-07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Here for family vacation and wanted to look for a "locals" restaurant. We found it! Excellent food and service was fantastic.

Thank mwilkinson2424
Nearby Restaurants
Waterman's Surfside Grille
2,519 reviews
.36 km away
Sunnyside Cafe & Restaurant
471 reviews
.33 km away
Mahi Mah's Seafood Restaurant
2,093 reviews
.47 km away
Nearby Attractions
Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground for everyBODY
124 reviews
.37 km away
Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle
409 reviews
.35 km away
Rudee Flipper
287 reviews
.08 km away
Rudee Rocket
123 reviews
.11 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a kids menu??
19 February 2017|
Answer Show all 6 answers
Response from Mike353632 | Reviewed this property |
Check the website
Do you have parking?
19 June 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
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|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from Bob G | Reviewed this property |
Previous replies are all correct. Small lots but plenty of parking close by.
Improve this listing

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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing