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.
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 spectacular, the ambiance w ...
The food was spectacular, the ambiance wonderful, and the service perfect. Nonetheless, I have given this restaurant a 3 out of 5 stars for pulling some shady adjustments that impacted me negatively. I was not aware of this until a few days later otherwise I would have raised this.
Our second visit and it was up to all ou ...
Our second visit and it was up to all our expectations. Variety, taste and presentation are remarkably good. It was a great evening meal, lots of interesting people, and something "different" with a positive on the difference. We plan to come back when in the area.
We were so looking forward to an outstan ...
We were so looking forward to an outstanding dining experience after all the nice articles oN fine dining recommendations. Seating was fine, however, flies were a definite problem. Server was a person of few words. You felt you had to pull info out regarding menu. We looked online at the menu before arriving. We were so hoping to experience the Rockfish as it was on the sample menu. We were told it wasn't available for lunch. We switched to plan B, and we both ordered the Baked Oysters. We were told baked oysters were also not available. How can an "oyster" restaurant not have their only oyster entree listed on the lunch menu. So we tried to order for the third time. Ordered 6 wood grill oysters for appetizer just to taste the specialty. They were very good, but had to wait at least 20 minutes for them. There were only 4 other diners, so don't know why the wait. Waiter was missing. We ordered the shrimp dish which was good and the crab sandwich. The crab was delicious but brioche bun overwhelmed the small portion of crab. I removed the bread - it was not warmed. Crab sandwich definitely not worth the cost. The side pasta salad was extremely good. The lunch menu was totally unimpressive. We were definitely still hungry. We ordered the apple cobbler with the salted caramel ice cream. Took extremely long to receive dessert. However, the dessert was the only saving grace of the entire meal. The ice cream was fabulous, the apples utterly amazing and the topping was over baked, but good. The bill averaged $35 each. We were served water and never asked if we'd like a beverage. Apparently, the Chef is not seeing what is served from the kitchen. My guest would not taste the oyster appetizer, because it appeared raw, but would have eaten the baked oysters. I am truly sorry to say this was a total disappointment for a retirement celebration.
Don't order the catfish fish sandwich. ...
Don't order the catfish fish sandwich. It was not cooked and very average at best. I am not a complainer on scene or it would have been sent back. Instead I write. The crab cakes had marvelous reviews by our party. The tuna melt ranked very high for value and taste. Unfortunately, my choice will result in no second chances.
I always love the food and ambiance at R ...
I always love the food and ambiance at Rappahanock. I was disappointed that the first 2 wines we chose were Sold Out. With the limited number of choices it seems hard to believe the place could have been out. We settled on a 3rd choice and it was a decent wine, but not a fave.
Great location downtown near the Theater ...
Great location downtown near the Theater and lodging. Very good food served leisurely. The oysters on the half shell were delicious. My baked whole fish was prepared perfectly. Very, very loud. We would have enjoyed the experience much more if we had an attentive server. Unfortunately he had tables very far apart and we were low on his priority list, I don't blame the server. More attention should be paid to assignments.
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.
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