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Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar

) #9 of 1,148 Restaurants in Virginia Beach ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Seafood
300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
+1 757-428-4858
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wings” (69 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
“oysters” (55 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3637
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shrimp tacos, angry she crab soup, fried shrimp and burger were all delicious! Wait was about 10 minutes at 6:00 pm on a Wednesday night in July. Not a lot of parking, but there is parking nearby. Wait staff were efficient, quick, attentive and...More

Thank Kerri d
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Bloody Mary's and fresh breakfast anywhere at the beach. Fun and welcoming atmosphere. Seafood and wings with cold beer a must do.

Thank WickedVa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, the secret is out...and it's that Big Sam's is AMAZING! Don't look for anything fancy with regard to the ambiance - it's on the water at the beach...so dress for it - but get ready to belly up and have some AMAZING food! Locally...More

Thank 13kbb3101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place! Large portions and very reasonably priced. But it's even better at happy hour. Staff was very friendly. If you want to see a well run kitchen, sit at the bar top and watch them work.

Thank Joan J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by this local favorite to find ourselves in the middle of a great happy hour. They had fresh steamed shrimp, clams, oysters, and wings on the HH menu. The place was packed. We stood behind the " bar seating" which was more like...More

Thank Virginia G
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

1  Thank whyner
Sam C, Owner at Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 20 June 2017

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 12 June 2017

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
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18 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
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
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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