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
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Situated within the historic Union Market in Washington, DC’s NoMa district, Rappahannock Oyster Bar has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best oyster bars in America.
Private Party Contact:
Amanda Osborne: 8447855513
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
The food was good and the service was a ...
The food was good and the service was a little too much. It was hard to have a conversation because the waitress constantly came back to check on us. The only big flaw was we were celebrating a birthday. I wrote on my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. Also, I called the restaurant the day before to tell them about the birthday and they said they would put a candle in the desert. The candle never came and the birthday was not recognized. We came in with birthday presents and they sat us at a small table with little space to store presents except next to the wall. The staff is "fake" nice but doesn't go out of their way to accommodate you even if you ask.
In general our meal was very good. We st ...
In general our meal was very good. We started with a selection of Virginia oysters, which were all excellent; the real strength of this place is the seafood. For mains, my wife had the pan seared fish of the night, corvina, with vegetables, while I had the wood grilled tuna. My dish was uniformly delicious. My wife's fish was excellent, and we both appreciated the restaurant's commitment to real vegetable sides, not just garnishes -- something hard to find in the States. Our only complaint was that my wife's vegetables were distinctly too salty (we say this as people who don't like under-salted dishes). I would encourage the restaurant to pursue slightly "cleaner" and less salty saucing and seasoning, and think it would become with this uniformly excellent.
We really want this restaurant to succee ...
We really want this restaurant to succeed! But it is beginning to slip in "attention to detail" on food preparation and service. Have eaten here 3 times in the course of 6 months. First visit was outstanding; the second visit was very poor service (30 minutes to get a glass of wine and a beer; waitress also forgot our appetizer), but food was excellent! Third visit was this week, and one of our main dishes had uncooked shrimp, no apology from the waiter or chef, simply thrust a new menu to pick another dish. Overall the Paella was watery and not of the same standard as our previous visit. On both occasions, the restaurant did not charge for some drinks and main course to compensate for the issues encountered, and that was fine, but not the point. No one really took charge; no one seemed to care; not even sure there is a manager present. A real shame, as this restaurant was on a great trajectory and still has potential, but it needs to step up...every night.
First time there but not the last. Had a ...
First time there but not the last. Had a reservation and arrived early. Went to the bar and Stephanie suggested the "Dealer's Choice". She made such a great drink we stayed at the bar and gave up our table. The food was as amazing as the drinks. We will be back!
Understand it is a seafood specialty men ...
Understand it is a seafood specialty menu but was a little surprised and disappointed that there was not at least one main course choice that was vegetarian the night we were there. Made it challenging with a diverse group.
Went to Rappahannock for a date night wi ...
Went to Rappahannock for a date night with my wife though had heard some mixed reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The service was spot on; the server anticipated each and every time we needed something. The food was great and portions were just right. I was surprised there were only three different selections of oysters the night we went but the ones they had were quite good. Even my wife liked them and she is not the biggest oyster fan.
The oysters were very good. Probably t ...
The oysters were very good. Probably the best part of the meal. The wood grilled scallops were cooked perfectly but the wood grilled flavor overpowered the scallops. Think: if Burger King did oysters...yuck! My husband's housemade ravioli wasn't any better. The shrimp on top looked and tasted like the tiny bagged cocktail shrimp that you buy at the grocery store. Overall, a below average dining experience with above average prices!
Not your run of the mill seafood restaur ...
Not your run of the mill seafood restaurant. Choices of the more exotic abound. We had the escargot, oysters and grilled octopus. Bartender was wine knowledgeable making good recommendations to compliment our food choices. Not cheap but worth the experience.
Didn't think much of it, considering the ...
Didn't think much of it, considering the reviews. I had scallops which basically had no flavor other than salt. My partner had a good meal but overall I thought it was just overpriced. The bread, was burnt. The waiter was pretentious and acted like he was doing us a favor to split the check up for our three couples. Will not return. There are much better restaurants in Richmond.
The reviews for this place were AMAZING, ...
The reviews for this place were AMAZING, and we didn't get that vibe. The food was good, but the service was just OK. For multiple bar tenders behind the counter - and not many people at the bar - I would not have expected a 10/20 minute wait when we ordered drinks. We did enjoy the oysters, but I just don't know that we would choose this place again.
I made the mistake of ordering the Rockf ...
I made the mistake of ordering the Rockfish and Oyster dish. It is boiled with some potatoes and limited seasoning. I left half in the bowl. Escargot appetizer was served very hot and well spiced. My wife ordered the whole fish, which was different and she enjoyed the fish. The sides were left on the plate after one taste by her. I will not return, but would stick with appetizers and raw bar. Very over priced.
Been here several times in the past 2 ye ...
Been here several times in the past 2 years with groups of friends. The food is always good, although maybe not great. I ventured off the beaten path by having the escargots and then the chicken. Both were actually very good and perfectly seasoned. Just the right and plentiful amount of garlic and butter in the escargots. And the chicken was moist and flavorful. Oysters at the rest of the table were a hit too (Olde Salts).
It may sound a bit petty, but my biggest complaint of the evening was with the slab of granite in a basket that they call bread ($5 upcharge). I gladly forked over $5 per basket of the grilled bread they used to serve, but this stuff isn't worth getting even if it's free. For a menu with so many broths and sauces, the grilled bread is so much better suited. Please bring it back!
Underwhelming. Oysters were great - will ...
Underwhelming. Oysters were great - will return and only order the oysters but won't waste money on the entrees (specifically: ravioli pasta was gummy and not in the good chewy pasta texture way; several pieces of shrimp were overcooked; mushrooms, fennel and tomatoes were nicely done / tuna was perfectly seared rare but overzealously sprinkled with seasoning to look good but didn't taste great; radishes were great). Wine was decent, but server was uneducated on pairing suggestions but overheard him tell the table next to us that he'd check with the somm in the back. Wish he would have done that for us!
We absolutely and positively LOVE Rappha ...
We absolutely and positively LOVE Rapphannock. We've been there many, many times and have never been disappointed. Had a wonderful evening this past weekend---we love sitting at the bar---the wait staff was fabulous with their suggestions and we had a great time---will be back soon.
Excellent seafood, well prepared. Servic ...
Excellent seafood, well prepared. Service was outstanding.
The restaurant is sort of an "industrial" atmosphere. Great bar where you can watch your oysters being shucked. Fun atmosphere and beautiful fresh seafood!
Have been there 2 times before. It was ...
Have been there 2 times before. It was especially noisy this time and the waiter we had took forever to come to our table. The food is very good (well know for their oysters) but for the price it seemed sort of outrageous to charge so much for a few pieces of bread.
Noisy, service slow and indifferent. No ...
Noisy, service slow and indifferent. No bread served to the table, even with escargot appetizer (can't POSSIBLY be served without some bread to absorb the garlic butter!), had to ask specifically for bread. Quality of entrees quite good, though.
The meal was excellent. Our baked oyster ...
The meal was excellent. Our baked oyster appetizer was a great start to a great meal. The entrees were delicious, the wine was perfect, and the dessert was a great cap to the evening. Rappahannock is our favorite restaurant in Richmond, and a must go whenever we're in town.
The food was out of this world amazing. ...
The food was out of this world amazing. The service was also excellent. The ambience was not what I expected. It was noisy and hard to hear each other across the table. I was expecting a more low key, romantic atmosphere.
We were very excited to try Rappahannock ...
We were very excited to try Rappahannock given our love for their sister restaurant, Merroir, in Topping VA. The restaurant is decorated in sleek urban industrial but is very comfortable, and the noise level is energetic, but you are still able to carry on a conversation. Our group of 4 loved the drinks (bourbon sour particularly good) and the menu selections. The tomato salad was terrific and so well described on the menu that all 4 ordered it! I had a dozen of Rappahannock/York oysters and they were fresh and delicious. Our group had scallops, chicken, and the whole branzino and we can only say that the food is just terrific. Really, really good food.
Nice clientale and very diverse will all age groups represented. The bar is nice and is 270 degrees in the front of the house.
A very enjoyable dining experience but there is one item that did not make it a terrific experience - the service. Our waiter was very cold and distant - and disappeared for long periods of time. No smiles. No follow-up at the table. Nobody asked us if everything was to our expectations, no one came to our table until after entrees finished - and then just to remove the plates from the table silently. I looked around and watched - no smiles to be found on employees except the two lovely ladies at the hostess stand. I overheard the table behind us commenting on the same. Just looks like a miserable group of people working there and it reduced our enjoyment. This includes the manager - who brought food to our table and was taken aback when I actually spoke to her - trying to escape as quickly as possible. Come on people - SMILE - ENGAGE you patrons.
I will return again for the delicious food - but I think because of the service issue and gray employee demeanor I will sit at the bar to eat. Bartenders are always pleasant people!
this is THE PLACE to go for farm to tabl ...
this is THE PLACE to go for farm to table interesting food -and the wood grilled octopus is as outstanding as the local chicken. The bartenders are full of great info and love to chat and explain the fabulous collection of hard liquors. it is a blast. and the oysters are THE BEST I have had ANYWHERE and I am an oysterholic.
Went here prior to a play we were going ...
Went here prior to a play we were going to go see. We had made our reservation using open table and were promptly seated upon arrival. Waitress was quick to arrive, took drink order and then walked is through he specials. Returned with drinks and took our order. Enjoyed the oysters on the half shell and escargot to start both were very good. Oysters were plump and flavorful as was escargot. Dinner was the pan seared fish and a scallop dish. Both meals were well prepared and tasted wonderful. Appetizer prices were reasonable, drink and entrees were a bit high. It is an open restaurant so a little noisy and bar seen was very active at 5:30 for reference.
Can't make any comments on the food. Wha ...
Can't make any comments on the food. What food?? You guys have got to be kidding with those prices and portion sizes!!! There wasn't enough food on my plate nor wine in my glass to make a judgement on it. You are ridiculously over priced. So no. I would not recommend you to anyone unless you actually started to put food on the plate. My friend and I spent $65 on a nothing more than a sample. Tiny one at that!
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