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 selection was wonderful and the ...
The food selection was wonderful and the items we tried were all great. Exactly what we were seeking for the food aspect. The room is large and VERY noisy which is a huge distraction, making it hard to carry on conversations. When a place is noisy, everyone ends up speaking very loudly, so in addition to not being able to hear each other, the three of us also heard conversations from neighboring tables.
Three friends and I had a wonderful oyst ...
Three friends and I had a wonderful oyster lunch at Rappahannock on a Tuesday.
We were early--but the staff was great to take care of us.
We were hungry for oysters, and so we had the oysters on the half shell--and then had the oyster entree as well!
All were great! We raved about the entree in that the oysters still took the lead and the accoutrements did not overwhelm them.
Then we all had the apple dessert which was absolutely delicious!
Rappahannock is the deal if you like oys ...
Rappahannock is the deal if you like oysters, clams, or mussels from Virginia. The other dishes are terrific as well. The bar is the focal point of the restaurant and plenty of room for beverages and sides. The atmoshere is a little loud around the bar, but there's seating elsewhere if you want a quiet dinner.
My dinner at Rappahannock was excellent. ...
My dinner at Rappahannock was excellent. I started with a dozen oysters of the 3 different varieties. They were incredibly fresh and flavorful and the mignonette was amazing. I saved it just in case I wanted it for my entree somehow.
I had the whole grilled branzino served with coconut basmati rice, sauteed kale and a puree. The fish was perfect and the kale dipped in the mignonette was excellent.
Service was prompt, attentive and the server was knowledgeable! Definitely a 5* experience.
In Richmond just for a night, we were ho ...
In Richmond just for a night, we were hoping to dine at one of the best restaurants in the city, which seems to have become a foodie destination. After some research, we selected this place downtown, based on a number of positive diner reviews on Open Table and elsewhere. We were really disappointed. A ridiculously slow kitchen, combined with inflexibility towards our request for an amazingly minor modification to one of the menu items, resulted in lackluster service. The food -- some of it overcooked -- didn't live anywhere near up to its billing. The variety of wines offered by the glass was quite limited, and the wine servings seemed over-priced. Finally, a high noise level made any kind of conversation very challenging. There's not much going for this place, which seemed generally to lack grace. We departed feeling really sorry that we hadn't chosen another of the dozen or so restaurants that are winning rave reviews in the capital city.
This was within walking distance of the ...
This was within walking distance of the Richmond Marriott Hotel, so convenient after a concert at the Coliseum. This is $$$ drinks and entrees, so if your wallet can cover it, it's worth the price. Food was farm to table and the seafood entrees and sides were wonderful. Staff was wine knowledgeable and helpful for food pairings. Overall, an impressive menu and helpful staff.
Was there pre-Anthem Richmond Marathon a ...
Was there pre-Anthem Richmond Marathon and was disappointed there wasn't more simple, well-prepared locally sourced options. The grilled fish of the day was from South Africa! That's a long haul for a fish, and leaves a pretty enormous carbon footprint.
We arrived with high expectations only t ...
We arrived with high expectations only to experience great disappointment. Positive experience was the young hostess at the door who welcomed us with a bright smile and our waiter Josh who went out of his way in explaining the menu and making sure that we had everything we needed. We ordered 12 oyster on the half shell, they arrived cold and very fresh. The second appetizer 'Baked Rappahannock Oysters, House bacon, creamed Swiss chard" they arrived barely warm, couldn't find the bacon and definitely no cream in sight just the stalks of the Swiss chard thrown hapzardly on top.
We had higher hopes for our main courses: 'House Made Raviolis, outer bank shrimp, chanterelle mushrooms, arugula, stewed fennel and tomatoes" the thickness of the pasta was unacceptable and, to make matters worse, they were cooked 'al dente' and the Swiss chard made another appearance, even though there was no mention of it in the description. My husband ordered the 'Harmony Hill Farm Pork' but was told that the chef had sustituted that dish with a 'Pork Belly' special, the dish arrived with some messy indistinguishable presentation and you guess it...Swiss chard! We actually enjoyed Swiss Chard on 3 of our choices. It was at this point that we wish we had stuck with the oysters and ignored everything else on the menu. Cannot recommend this restaurant, if you are an oyster lover sit at the bar and enjoy the three different types of oysters with a glass of wine or beer...bartender very friendly! Chef needs to work on his skills.
I had a fabulous, fabulous, solo dinner ...
I had a fabulous, fabulous, solo dinner at Rappahannock. I started with a dozen oysters on the half shell (I splurged because I had wondered in during happy hour during which the bivalves are half price.) They were terrific. I followed the oysters with a greens, beans and sausage soup that I happily would have eaten for my dinner. I finished with a grilled branzino. It was incredibly well-prepared -- so much so that I asked my server to tell the kitchen staff that it was the best branzino I'd ever had. Fabulous food, attentive server. I couldn't ask for more.
At the recommendation of a Richmond frie ...
At the recommendation of a Richmond friend, I took my wife to Rappahannock for dinner. Oysters are always on our radar. It also helped it was within walking distance of our hotel.
We were seated promptly upon our arrival. The table was by the window and good for people watching. Our server came over not long after but did not introduce herself. She seemed a tad stand-offish, not rude or abrupt but not overly friendly or suggestive of how to insure a great experience at the restaurant. She jumped right into the specials before drinks were ordered. She did answer our questions about the menu.
The wood-grilled oysters were a nice start, unique from the usual raw. The hamachi crudo was also nice although the fennel was a tad heavy. I enjoyed the Monkfish over a sweet potato hash and paired with beets. It was nice but I did not love it either. My wife tried the Rockfish & Oyster Bourride (fish stew) because she loves oysters and wanted to try something unique. She thought the fennel and the garlic overpowered the flavors and she tired of it quickly.
We decided to skip dessert and additional drinks for asked for the check.
Excellent meal. Everyone in our party of ...
Excellent meal. Everyone in our party of 5 tried a cocktail and they were all very well made. The oysters were fresh and delicious. I had the paella and it was excellent. My wife had a great entree with scallops.
Would recommend for a date night or a small group (4 or 5).
From out of town and everyone was super ...
From out of town and everyone was super inviting. The food was outstanding along with the cocktails. The paella and the fish of the day were spot on. We also enjoyed the chapman manhattan and the rappahannock and York oysters.
We have 6 ppls at the party, it was a b ...
We have 6 ppls at the party, it was a birthday party , our waitress from beginning to the end of the party no smiles at all! And not even a happy birthday wish or offered anything, food was ok . But with the kind of attitude (waitress) she don't deserve for the automatic 20% tip add into the bill. Will not be back!
We had a wonderful anniversary date nigh ...
We had a wonderful anniversary date night thanks to the lovely staff and excellent food. Our waitress, Leisa was outstanding! She was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We would absolutely recommend Rappahannock to our friends.
We all really enjoyed our dinner. We had ...
We all really enjoyed our dinner. We had not been in a while and we decided to come to Rappahanock before a show at The National. We had both raw and grilled oysters and they were excellent. Everyone enjoyed their beer, wine and entrees as well. We will definitely be back hopefully sooner than later. 👌
The Oysters are phenomenal! Other food ...
The Oysters are phenomenal! Other food really good too. We were two couples, mid-70's, booked at 7 pm Friday. By the time we left at 9 the noise level was irritating. But the young folk can handle it. Book early and avoid the noise.
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