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, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Rappahannock Ratings and Reviews
The octopus appetizer was one of the bes ...
The octopus appetizer was one of the best tasting dishes I've had in a while. Can't miss it if you eat here. We paired that with 6 grilled oysters which were tasty and fresh. For the entree I had the yellowfin tuna (rare). It came out cooked perfectly with just enough warmth. The service, bartender and server, were friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and inviting. Would definitely eat here again.
Salmon entrees over-cooked and Whiskey c ...
Salmon entrees over-cooked and Whiskey cake was dry, but octopus starter and paella were very good. Cocktails were delicious, but wine with entrees was slow coming to the table.
One of the pricier dinners we've had so might return for small plates and drinks at the bar, but probably not for a full meal.
The sweet water oysters were icy icy col ...
The sweet water oysters were icy icy cold and delicious. The entrees were not too huge, and the fire grilled octopus as well as the scallops were just wonderful. The scent of the open grilling fire as we entered the restaurant was wonderful. Salads were delicate and flavorful. Out Australian white wine was a perfect complement to the dinner. All in all, a marvelous experience. Too bad we live in NW CT!
We went to Rappahannock on a Saturday an ...
We went to Rappahannock on a Saturday and it was pretty jumpin. Good location and we got a seat next to the window at a high top table. The only downside was that it got a little hot since it was right next to the kitchen.
We decided to split the whole fish and a few appetizers. 2 apps with this is plenty but the waitress thought we may want more so we ordered a third...it wasn't necessary.
We tried the grilled octopus which was really delicious- very tender and not chewy at all. We also tried the charcuterie and tomato salad. I loved the tomato salad- it was so fresh and flavorful. The charcuterie was also good- honestly, I loved the pickled items on the board the most!
The Branzino was delicious- very flavorful and light and flaky. It was great for sharing!
Cocktail selection was great too! And the bartender made us a dealers choice which turned out really well.
As always, the food was fantastic. But w ...
As always, the food was fantastic. But what really made my experience stand out was the staff! We were seated by a window, with a great view of all of the activity on the street. But after a little while, it became too warm (we were also near the kitchen). Our server reseated us immediately and in good cheer - even though it meant we would be leaving her section. The food arrived promptly and was perfection. I would advise the wait staff, though, to let guests linger instead of making multiple attempts to remove a plate with food remaining. We might just order another glass of wine to accompany it instead of feeling rushed!
Great food, including things you don't s ...
Great food, including things you don't see every day (like escargots - excellent!)
We are always skeptical of paella, it is just too hard to do well in a restaurant kitchen - but the paella here was excellent. Perfectly fresh seafood, tasty chorizo, rice done perfectly.
Service was good even on a very busy Thursday evening, very well informed on the menu and happy to offer recommendations.
I docked a star for ambiance only because it was very very warm in the dining area (lots of window glass and a 95 degree day). Also the volume level was very high - not a problem for us but might be for some. More of a hopping bar atmosphere. Not a complaint, just an observation.
Overall a terrific place, highly recommended.
The smell of he wood smoked fish upon ar ...
The smell of he wood smoked fish upon arrival draws you in. The 3 types of oysters on the half shell were delicious enough to make me order some more but cooked. Meanwhile my wife chomped on the clams. and the whole Bronzino was cooked perfectly. Love this place and a tasty birthday dinner went down well with the attentive service.
The raw oysters were absolutely excellen ...
The raw oysters were absolutely excellent. I think If we had stuck to oyster dishes, we would have a different opinion. We shared the octopus appetizer which had an overall flavor of woodsmoke but there were also pockets of spiciness which seemed incongruent. I know it said "wood grilled" but it overwhelmed the dish. We had the Bourride for the main course which had the same overall smoke flavor. It was ok but certainly, for me, did not showcase the flavors of fresh fish.
Our serve was indifferent but adequate. We went on a Friday night with reservations and were seated promptly. I had been looking forward to going there since they first opened and maybe expected too much. Richmond has so many really interesting, good restaurants that it is a pleasure to go out to dinner. Rappahannock was not bad, just not as good as other Richmond restaurants I have tried.
Best oysters I've had! The staff was fri ...
Best oysters I've had! The staff was friendly and extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu. The beer and wine selection was great with some unusual "flavors" to choose from. I would recommend an afternoon or evening outing to anyone. Enjoy!
Outstanding, every time. One of the most ...
Outstanding, every time. One of the most consistent dining experiences in Richmond. The service is always excellent and tonight, the rock shrimp and the octopus starters were absolute standouts. You can't go wrong. We like everything about our evenings at Rappahannock.
Went for business lunch time business me ...
Went for business lunch time business meeting. It was pretty loud and distracting for this purposes. I could imagine it being a lot louder for dinner. Service was good and the food was good. I will defiantly go back again for food and drink
We had high hopes for Rappahannock. Some ...
We had high hopes for Rappahannock. Some were met or exceeded. Many were not. Fantastic space and location. But so acoustically wrong that shouting is required for conversation. This was exacerbated by choice of surfer music (which normally I enjoy but not at killer volume level and during a $200+ dinner). IF we ever return, we'll opt to sit outdoors on the sidewalk. Some food was sublime: oysters, ceviche, bread, kumquat butter. Some was gruesome: something labeled as "paella" had nice flavor (though not a hint of saffron) and contained beautiful housemade sausage yet the rice was swimming in greasy liquid. Extra greasy. Gross! Service was poor: an indifferent, lazy waiter plus inattentive support staff. Nobody wanted to answer our few questions. Appetizers were delivered BEFORE the oysters -- epic fail. Our dirty dishes from every course sat on the table untended, even as the staff sauntered by. In other words, there was a lot to like about the restaurant but its stellar qualities were far outweighed by its shortcomings.
The food here is a bit uneven. None of i ...
The food here is a bit uneven. None of it was bad, it is just that some dishes justified the price and some did not. The locally-sourced pork chop and tuna steak were *truly* outstanding. The paella and bourride were so-so, as in edible but not memorable. My son was able to doctor the bourride enough that it was ok, but, for a restaurant that makes it reputation on seafood, it was a disappointment.
Rappahannock is ideal for a special occa ...
Rappahannock is ideal for a special occasion and for very fresh seafood, but it will cost you. My spouse's 2 craft beers were $10 each, and my 2 modest glasses of great wine were $13 each. He ordered a dozen oysters, which were exceptional but the most he's ever paid for them ($25). I highly recommend the whole wood-grilled fish, which was memorable, plenty and absolutely delicious for $35. Parking is a challenge, but the service was 5 stars. The cocktail menu was confusing and offered several ingredients I've never heard of. He thought his portion of the pan-cooked fish was a bit small for the price. The gelato is amazing - get the salted caramel.
Celebrated my sons birthday. Service was ...
Celebrated my sons birthday. Service was great. Menu was unique in seafood .We had oysters, escargot, the octopus salad and yellow tuna which was cooked perfectly. It was a great evening. Highly recommend if you are a true seafood person.
Everything was great...except the bar se ...
Everything was great...except the bar service. When an order of oysters arrives far before your drink order--that went in first--there's an issue. And it happened a 2nd time during the evening as well.
With that said though, Rappahannock is unbeatable for its oysters, freshness, variety of food and drink items, and atmosphere. I brought friends visiting from PA here and they adored it.
The best in Richmond for seafood
I adore this place for its fabulous oysters, don't miss the oysters and pearls with caviar and their caviar selection and presentation is amazing. I have converted tons of so-called caviar haters to lovers with that app. Their dishes are fresh and fabulous....though sometimes a bit heavy on garlic and the smoke flavor but none the less amazing. This is one of the hotspots in Richmond for their handsome and talented mixologists....especially Paul. He is worth the trip just to see him shake a martini ladies....and his mint juleps are not to be missed!! Let he recommend a nice app or a fabulous cocktail or a type of bourbon if you are at the bar.
Very nice place
I was pleasantly surprised by the food quality there. Nice selection of oysters and Virginia cheese. My main entree was a sauté trout with asparagus and grapefruit. It was really well-prepared.
Very good implementation of the farm to table concept.
The wine list has interesting finds even if there are some glaring mistakes in the wine descriptions (a cote du rhone from Guigal is classified as an Alsace wine!)
Bread service is $5 per table which is an arguable choice.
Attentive and friendly service from Susan.
Great food and great cocktails. We started off with selections from the raw bar, which did not dissapoint. The bartenders also offered some very unique and different mixed drinks. Our entrees were excellent as well. Not a cheap place, but well worth it.
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