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“Horrible service”

Big Al's Restaurant and Grill
Ranked #5 of 33 Restaurants in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: 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.
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Horrible service”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

When we got to Big Al's we had to put our name on a list. There were many tables that were unused. Other customers came in and were seated before us (same number of guests). Once we were seated the waiter came and took our order. We did not see the waiter again until after we had finished eating. The waiter never came to check and make sure our food was correct, nor did he came to offer us drink refills. Needless to say, we will not return to Big Al's.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Dover, PA
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“If you love nostalgia - this is your place”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Step back into the 50's and have a fountain soda a the counter. Food is reasonable and the atmosphere is great.

Visited September 2013
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Newport, North Carolina
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114 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Decent Meal”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We stopped at Big Al's expecting to be blown away by the experience. Our food (cheeseburgers and fries) was decent, with the exception of the fries, which were cold. By the time the waitress came back to check on it we were ready to leave but the food should have never been brought out cold. I doubt I will go back. The food was pricey for burgers and fries as well. Merchants need to remember that a place like Big Al's attracts kids, and the prices need to be reasonable for working families and the prices were a little high.

  • Visited September 2013
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Columbiana, Ohio
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Old fashioned with coca cola theme”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Love this place! Sandwiches r huge and sides drinks are real soda fountain drinks. Coke products old and new everywhere. Price was 25.00 for two people for lunch. Cute gift shop at check out

  • Visited September 2013
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284 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK TONIGHT”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Fun, festive, family diner style but huge multi room restaurant and tribute to coca cola with gift shop , dancefloors for spontaneous jitterbugging, and good piped in music. We enjoyed our cheesesteak at lunch and would take our family back there for the decor and casual food.

Visited September 2013
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