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Upscale, yet casual seafood restaurant nestled in the historic Grace St. corridor of downtown Richmond, serving up seasonal dishes, craft beers, diverse wine, signature cocktails, and an enormous raw bar focusing on our very own oyster farms (ie, Rappahannock Oyster Co.). Rappahannock has assembled incredible talent to revolutionize the concept of farm to table.
Richmond, VA 23219
Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch is served Monday-Friday 11:30am-3pm
Raw bar all day with Happy Hour starting at 4pm Sunday-Thursday
Dinner is served Monday-Friday starting at 5pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Rappahannock is an arm of Rappahannock Oyster Co (www.rroysters.com), which provides mobile raw bars and seafood small plates for weddings, parties and other functions.
In addition to street parking, Rappahannock has many nearby parking lots, such as 4th & Broad and 4th & Main.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Rappahannock Ratings and Reviews
We were visiting Richmond to attend a concert on Friday night; this place was listed on the concert venue website along with three other options. I did some research and ended up making a reservation at Rappahanock. I am glad I did. The oysters were perfect (awesome sauce) and the whole fish was excellent. We had great service, the place was very cute, and while it is not inexpensive, it was worth the price. I would go back the next time we are in Richmond.
The restaurant temperature was too warm. It always takes a long time for the wait staff to acknowledge you. The oyster shucker had a towel is his mouth at the bar while shucking oysters. That's gross!!! Our waiter offered to buy us dessert since it took so long. We were headed to a concert at the National so we declined but it was a nice offer when we had not complained about the length of the service. The food is amazing and worth dealing with the mediocre service.
The good: I love eating here. Fresh oysters are a PLUS. Interesting drink selection. Food is always creative. However, the noise level is quite high so if you expect to have a conversation, probably not the best place to go (unless you want to converse at the bar). The staff is always very friendly. This is a popular place so a reservation is mandatory (in my opinion). The down side to it being so packed all the time is that the service leaves a little to be desired. They try very hard to be accommodating, but it's slow, so I wouldn't recommend this place if you have time constraints.
Loved it. I did not think it would live up to the hype, but it did. We had the trout caviar, oysters, duck confit pasta, and octopus, all outstanding. Even the strawberry rhubarb cobbler was exceptional. Excellent service, from the warm welcome to the attentive waitstaff. This is most definitely place to which we will return.
Good food and service. I mentioned it was my 50th birthday in the reservation, but nothing really came of it. No special seating or service. Actually a large table of very loud people was set next to us, so maybe that was my present. At least they could leave the duck off the pasta for my vegetarian wife. However, we were charged full price even though there was no duck. But, like I said, good food and service.
My brother raved about the oysters--best east coast oysters he's ever had. He eats a lot of oysters. All of the dishes were inventive, solid efforts. Good service. Creative bartenders made us a dealer's choice that showed off his stuff well. Well done all around.
We went for dinner before a show at the Carpenter Center. The waiter was very conscientious about getting us out on time. The raw oysters are always great and did not disappoint. The pork and pickels were amazing as an appetizer. I couldn't believe how much my 13yo enjoyed the lemon pasta with Duck confit. That being said, the lemon pasta is as clues to a kid friendly meal as you will find here at night. The lunch menu is much more promising if you want to bring an older child.
We found Rappahannock through online reviews, looking for something near our hotel for a pre-show meal which meant 4:30 pm-- an odd meal time. Happily, it was happy hour (even on Sunday) and we enjoyed a dozen excellent oysters with our wine before moving on to our entrees. My dining partner had the scallops-- perfectly cooked with a unique pea and pureed fennel sauce--- which was wonderful. My paella was good--plenty of shrimp, clams and mussels, lots of sausage. It was very good, but I felt it would have benefitted from some fresh tomatoes. The wine list is a bit pricey, but offers a good selection.
The service was friendly, warm and attentive; the ambiance was comfortable, and I would definitely recommend it.
Coming from west coast I was suspect of oysters from east coast and eating them this late in season. Rappahannock educated me. Excellent York and Old Saltys, true to their name. Pricing was so much saner than I'm used to seeing. Rest of dinner,a pasta dish, was average. I enjoyed the space and would go back happily for oysters.
Rappahannock Restaurant is a great place for a trendy night out with friend, if you can get a bar seat, by far the most appealing feature of the restaurant.
However, if you get to sit down at a table, expect to be poorly served. Food is outstanding, as usual. Drink are overpriced, as usual. Floor is understaffed, as usual. Noise level is elevated, as usual.
And to make the noise even worse, what is up with that music settings. All you could hear was the subwoofer going boom, boom ba-boom, but no background music to be heard whatsoever.
I will cut the restaurant some slack, for now. After all, they just reopened after six weeks. But the restaurant's owners should seriously consider hiring a new floor manager who knows what he or she is doing. On opening night there were three hostesses uselessly idling by their station, chatting away their lives, while TWO servers were running around and serving all the tables of an overcrowded restaurant. Drinks took forever to come, and I felt so bad for the young waiter who served us that I did not dare say anything negative to him, because it was not his fault.
Oh, and don't make it a $1 oyster night if you then run out of oysters by 8 pm. That was lame.
Dined with my wife on a Friday night after a concert at the Carpenter. Service throughout the evening (from seating, to drinks, to dessert) seemed slow considering the size of the crowd. Drinks, especially the wine, were of a good size and lasted until desert. The menu was diverse and presented for several good choices. Both entrees arrived properly cooked and at the right temperature. We enjoyed the evening except for the wait between courses.
Only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because there were several clams in our seafood paella that were unopened, so it was disappointing to be served seafood we could not eat. Other than that, fantastic experience! Our server was incredible, drinks were exceptional, and they oysters were perfection!
This establishment is one of my favorites in Richmond. The oysters on the half shell are always phenomenal. The drinks are well prepared. The entrees are usually outstanding but this time I was disappointed. I had the noodles with the restaurant substituting clams for calamari. The clams were very chewy and almost inedible.
I trust it was just a one time mistake.
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