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Big Al's Restaurant and Grill

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716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-5570
11:00 - 21:30
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

When you realize they have no customers…you know you've made a mistake. Only open a few hours…staff was unfriendly. sat us in a booth and then forgot us…waited on their friends and we finally got up and left. not just terrible service - NO service.

Thank KingsportPamela
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My visit to Big Al's was a treat as always. Our waitress Liz was very happy and answered all are questions about the new menu. I visited Big Al's last year and the service was excellent.

Thank suebee1961
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped in for lunch and was not disappointed. Had a great cheese steak and fries. Would definitely eat there again.

Thank PP8292017
West Branch, Michigan
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We went here for lunch on our way to Cape Hatteras and it's a cute place, but way too expensive. I got the crab cake sandwich and the little bun it was on was much bigger than the actual crab cake! It tasted okay, but not worth the amount of money I paid for it! We did get a milk... More 

Thank Cara T
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

we arrived about 12 pm and were told that we had to wait for awhile because of a large group from a senior adult home. We waited probably 1/2 hour and were then seated. The food was good diner food - hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, etc. Not sure if I would go back again.

Thank LuAnn M
Omaha, NE
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We arrived about 2:30 pm, a few others in the restaurant but not busy. Seated right away and given menus. Our waitress was MIA. Several stood chatting up front, a manager and busboy scurried around, but no waitress. After 10 minutes a waitress appeared, told us this was not her section, but she would take care of us. We ordered... More 

1 Thank Changitah
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Love The Retro Vibe 50's Style Diner Atmosphere. The Burger A Little Overcooked, With All The Fix'ins Made It Though Panko Breaded . Cherry Coke Garnished With 2 Cherries Too! We'll Surely Reurn.

1 Thank Renee B
Richmond, Virginia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

It had been awhile since I'd been to Big Al's and my sister wanted to go there for lunch. We got cheeseburgers with fries and desserts. Have to admit the burger was ok, the fries were ok and the surroundings were ok, but the Creamsicle float was the bomb! Next time I'll probably eat lunch somewhere else and save Big... More 

Thank Nancy T
1 review
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Went with the wife and kids. Great portions. Decent selection and fountain drinks. Too full to enjoy one of their obviously fantastic desserts. Excellent service too.

Thank Jason C
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Cute place, oldies music playing, good food. Our waiter James was the most polite and happy person... he covered the whole bar and our section, never frazzled, no Mistakes. Burger was good, very filling

Thank darlene_condon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 716 S. Highway 64/264, Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Roanoke Island  >  Manteo
  • Phone Number: +1 252-473-5570
The past is back! Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill serves up authentic American fare in a retro 50's fun dining atmosphere. Restaurant features soda fountain counter, juke box, dance floor, game room/arcade, one of the largest Coca-Cola memorabilia collections in the country, fresh never-frozen USDA certified Prime Angus burgers, home made desserts, 50's inspired gift-shop and blue-plate specials. New owners have recently updated the restaurant from top to bottom with a focus on a quality dining experience with all the good flavors of the era.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?