Richmond, VA 23219
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.
Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs: 11:30 am - 10 pm
Fri: 11:30 am - 11 pm
Sat: 3 pm - 11 pm
Sun: 3 pm - 10 pm
$30 and under
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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, Farm to Table, 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
I had been considering trying Rappahanno ...
I had been considering trying Rappahannock and my wife and I decided that a late Valentine Dinner was a good excuse. I had the Rockfish and Oyster stew and my wife had the Virginia Fluke. Both were outstanding. We also had the baked oysters and pork and pickles for appetizers. The Pork and Pickles were noteworthy. We shared an Orange rum cake with grapefruit sorbet. The sorbet was a wonderful compliment to the cake. I would highly recommend it.
Fabulous oysters. Best around, no compet ...
Fabulous oysters. Best around, no competition. We tried the Oysters and Pearls for the first time, and they fairly danced across the palate. Everything else was average to below. The dessert was particularly disappointing. The blackberries and raspberry coulis that decorated the plate were delicious, but the chocolate torte itself was dry and stale. Even the Gelati Celesti vanilla ice cream couldn't mask it. The service was mediocre, which is pretty usual for the Grace Street location. The server failed to notice that the second cocktail, whose ingredients she never got around to sharing, remained half-consumed, and so will not be able to convey to the bartender that it was a fail. This will be the last time I bother with this location. Merroir in Topping, VA, has never failed to exceed expectations, but the Grace Street location always has failed to even meet them. When I need an oyster fix in the future, I will go next door to their Oyster Saloon or drive to Topping and save myself any further disappointment.
I visited Rappahannock for the first tim ...
I visited Rappahannock for the first time the day after Valentines day with my husband. The menu was the typical dinner menu. We ordered bread and it was amazing! However, it was not complementary. We paid $5 for it. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Shirley temples we both ordered. The grenadine and tonic are locally made and it tasted superb. However, I was sorely disappointed regarding the entres.
I ordered wood-grilled scallops with oxtail. My husband ordered the white fin tuna. After one bite, we both turned towards each other and made faces. Both dishes were WAY too salty. My husband was so hungry that he powered through and finished his meal but I snacked on bread and waited for the waiter to come over and check on us. By the time he arrived, my husband was done with his meal. I told the waiter that the food was too salty and he returned it to the kitchen.
Thankfully, I was reimbursed for the meal. We then ordered chocolate torte. Although good, the portions were extremely conservative. While I'm thankful that Rappahannock reimbursed the scallops, I would not recommend this restaurant. The food was overpriced for its quality. If both dishes were over salted, I wouldn't want to spend the cash on risking other dishes.
We made an online reservation for 2:45 p ...
We made an online reservation for 2:45 pm. Granted, we were the only people there, they acted like we were an imposition since they were closing the kitchen to change over from lunch to dinner at 3 pm. The 2:45 reservation was one of two available reservations, so though it's not what we wanted ideally, we took it anyway. The other time was 2:30 pm, so really not very different. Knowing the kitchen closes at 3 to change over, they should not have had such late reservations available for people to take. If this is a problem to have customers at such a time, then they should not have had it as an option to begin with. On top of this, the food was decent, but for the price coupled with the service, it was not worth it and is not worth going back.
My husband and I went to Rappahannock as ...
My husband and I went to Rappahannock as part of an "away from the baby" overnight date to Richmond (we are from Baltimore). We chose Rappahannock because we rarely get to go out to nice restaurants and it had great reviews. We didn't have a bad experience but were also not blown away. Our waitress disappeared for about 25 minutes (she apologized for "abandoning" us without our bring it up, although she didn't really supply any explanation). During that period, we had to flag someone else down to the white wine we had ordered, which was waiting on the service bar, getting warm.
The food was good but...forgettable? Our favorite item was the tuna tartar which was perfectly umami. The oyster/rockfish soup (an entree) was OK. The escargot good. The pear salad was fine. Nothing felt very inspired! In combination with the gray walls and dark atmosphere in general (and I say this as a lover of the color gray) - the whole experience felt drab.
Overall, at this price point, I want to be impressed by both food and service more than we experienced here. Wasn't a bad experience, but wouldn't be on my list of "places we loved."
I took my sister-in-law & brother-in-law ...
I took my sister-in-law & brother-in-law there for her birthday. They both enjoy seafood as I do. She had just visited the Northern Neck with friends & they had lunch in Topping, VA at the sister restaurant of the Rappahannock. They enjoyed their meal in Topping & I asked if they had ever been to the Rappahannock Restaurant here in Richmond. They had not & I had a nice lunch there months ago. My sister-in-law really enjoys oysters (cooked) & my brother-in-law feels the same about blue crab. The menu for the evening had the raw bar for oysters, one appetizer of 6 baked oysters & the entree had a fish & oyster stew. The featured fish was South American (noted to be similar to red snapper) & no crab dishes were shown. We each had the baked oysters (3 orders) & while somewhat unique, they were very small and not something I would order again. We may have been spoiled by her visit to Topping & my treating them to my brother-in-law's birthday at Shagbark Restaurant last month where we had one of the best oyster Rockefeller presentations ever. We ended up going to Perly's Restaurant for more apps & topping it off with a wonderful dessert of warm chocolate Babka with homemade coconut ice cream. So the evening was not a "bust"....but it will never be at the Rappahannock again.
I can always count on a delicious meal a ...
I can always count on a delicious meal at Rappahannock, and Saturday's dining experience with friends did not disappoint. We began with a dozen briny oysters, and they tasted as if they had been harvested moments before. The rest of the meal was every bit as fresh tasting with sides that complemented the main dishes. My only complaint is with the lackluster service but it was a busy night and perhaps they were understaffed. This is still our go-to place for a drink at the bar.
Really disappointing experience. This wa ...
Really disappointing experience. This was our second trip to this spot and after two tries, we are just too frustrated with the service to try again. Oysters were great but it took us 30 minutes to get unapologetic service, drinks arrived after food, and our waitress seemed deeply offended by our presence. Young ladies at the front of house were very nice and apologetic but unfortunately that didn't help. Outside of oysters, food and drinks are underwhelming and overpriced. Lots of other great options on Grace St. these days and plenty of places to get oysters so I advise skipping this one.
This is one of our go-to restaurants. Th ...
This is one of our go-to restaurants. The service is consistent and the food is always great. This most recent visit was a bit noisier than usual, but we were still able to talk. We went for a pre-theatre dinner on a Sat. night. The bourride, was very good as usual, and the pan-seared fish that night was exceptional.
A friend and I came for dinner before a ...
A friend and I came for dinner before a concert. Great location and we were able to park easily which was surprising. Noise level was just right; we were able to hold a normal conversation without shouting or, conversely, feeling too loud. Our waitress was informative and professional although she did disappear for quite a while a couple of times (and they weren't that busy). We enjoyed our food overall although we found the portions to be on the small side esp. for the price. We both ordered the monk fish and it was delicious. That said, we both got 2 tiny strips of fish laid across the top of our sides (which were also fairly small). For $28 we were anticipating a fillet or at least 1/2 of a fillet. I got the cobbler for dessert which was delicious and reasonably sized. My friend got the chocolate torte which was pitifully small and hard as a rock; basically inedible. The Happy Hour drinks were a good deal - decently priced and a good selection. Overall, an okay experience but this place is more about being in a cool place vs. having a good meal. I'd recommend it as a place for drinks.
Great service and food. Nicely flavoured ...
Great service and food. Nicely flavoured main courses cooked well and seasoned just right. Cocktails are worth a taxi instead of driving and the short wine list has some inspiring options. One of our go-to places.
Our meal was wonderful. We had a reserv ...
Our meal was wonderful. We had a reservation at 5:30 and needed to be at the Richmond Forum at 8:00. Our meal was great, and our waitress was very helpful, but the service was so slow that we were not able to order dessert as we had planned.
We've been to this establishment about 6 ...
We've been to this establishment about 6-10 times and have always enjoyed it. Most visits I would give it a 4 - 4.5. On a recent visit I would have had to give it a 4.7. The sushi grade tuna was absolutely phenomenal. Since I can only give a 4 or 5, I have to be conservative but I highly recommend this restaurant.
In my opinion, one of the top ten in Richmond.
We tried Rappahanock based on its reputa ...
We tried Rappahanock based on its reputation even though we had mixed reviews going in. We were pleasantly surprised by our experience. The menu provided an excellent selection of entrees. We had the Sea Bass and Seafood Paella and felt both were excellent. The only downside was that we sat at a high top table which we would have preferred a regular table. We will be going back to sample more items from the menu.
Oysters were great. Sauce was subtle wit ...
Oysters were great. Sauce was subtle with Sherry and sugar and vinegar. The baked oysters were a little buried in lesss savory toppings and a little bit unmatched in flavor. Will try the smoked once next time. Great waitstaff and good vibes.
Excellent oysters! Had three of the four ...
Excellent oysters! Had three of the four folks that had never been to this restaurant and all loved it. Great choice for New Years Eve dinner. I ordered the Blue Runner Jack which I had never even heard of. Came as a whole fish, served over greens and rice. Absolutely fantastic flavor no off flavors at all. Filling but not stuffed. The desserts we spot on as was the entire evening did not feel rushed and Elena did a great job with solid recommendations. Worth every penny.
Our food was uneven. The Yellowfin tuna ...
Our food was uneven. The Yellowfin tuna was very, very good. It was a generous portion cooked just right. The flavor mix with the accompanying prosciutto and other ingredients made the dish. On the other hand, the very large bone-in pork chop was so salty as to be almost inedible. The scallops were cooked unevenly. One was exactly right and two were slightly undercooked. Overall, there were 6 of us. Three thought it was great and the other three thought their dishes were ill prepared. I would give it one more chance. At $533 all in with mandatory 20% tip for 6 people, it should be right the first time.
Our first time there . . . . Food was be ...
Our first time there . . . . Food was better than the service. After finally getting the attention of our waiter, we received a lame excuse for not serving bread.: "The bakery let us down and we don't have any."
It's one of our daughter's favorite restaurants.
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