320 E. Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23219Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.rroysters.com/
- Phone: 8045450565x
- Hours of Operation:
Tues - Thurs: 11:30 am - 10 pm
Fri: 11:30 am - 11 pm
Sat: 3 pm - 11 pm
Sun: 3 pm - 10 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Dylan Fultineer
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: 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.
A word from Rappahannock
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.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
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Rappahannock reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (107)vibrant bar scene (58)special occasion (50)hot spot (47)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (29)romantic (22)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Long wait...OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/25/2014Made an 8:30 reservation through OpenTable but didn't get seated until 9:10! The bar was hopping so there really wasn't anywhere to sit other than on a bench by the window. We were getting ready to leave when they said they'd finally be able to seat us. They apologized and offered us a dozen oysters and two glasses of Prosecco as consolation. We appreciated that. Our server was friendly/knowledgeable/good/attentive. It was a special day for us - our anniversary - which they new about, so the long delay in getting seated was a bit of a disappointment and caused the rest of our evening to be delayed. Clearly they overbook, so be prepared to wait. Restaurant has a cool vibe/crowd. Food was good. Oysters delicious.Special Features:
- Finally!OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/25/2014I have been looking forward to trying Rappahannock since it opened! Gorgeous space, incredible service and, most importantly, exquisite food! LOVED the Paella! Best date night in a long time.Special Features:
- An Adventurous EveningOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/25/2014We're not foodies, so found the menu very challenging. Eclectic with so many unusual ingredients and unfamiliar terms, online we just couldn't tell if it was appetizing, but gave it a shot. Sorting through the choices took time, but the waiter was knowledgeable, patient and helpful in helping select our dishes. We shared 2 appetizers and 3 entrees and found the food familiar yet surprising with unusual combinations of flavors and textures. Favorites include the wood fired scallops and pork, the rockfish and oyster bouride (a stew), and the celery root soup. Challenging, entertaining, and delicious in a welcoming environment, if you want dinner out that pushes convention, this is a memorable choice. Good selection of whisky and beer as well.Special Features:
- Will not returnOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/24/2014Reception and waiting was adequate. wine list was very poor. Appetizer choices well below expectation. To flaunt oysters, the restaurant offers them in a very restricted way - no stew, no fried oysters. Entree was ok, nothing special. Although Richmond Magazine had rated the restaurant in the top 25, they are no where close to that level.
- FantasticGatorgolferDined on 10/24/2014Three types of wonderful oysters, wood grilled shrimp with a warm bean, fennel and apple salad, and grilled whole branzino....fabulous mealSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- luvgoodfoodDined on 10/23/2014We went there with another couple after reading the recent review in the newspaper rating it as one of the best restaurants in the country according to Esquire Magazine. While it was very good, I would not put it in that category. La Grotta in the Shockoe Slip section of Richmond runs circles around this place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing after all the fussJoJoBeanDined on 10/21/2014It's probably impossible for them to live up the expectations created by the publicity. The clams were fantastic but didn't arrive until we asked for them; the tomato soup with tiny grilled cheese bits was delicious, and the shrimp appetizer was tasty. BUT it took FOREVER to get our food -- probably 45 minutes for all our food to arrive. One of our party stressed that he wanted his scallops fully cooked -- not translucent. Of course, they arrived almost uncooked. They took them back to the kitchen, and they arrived STILL uncooked. They did the right thing and didn't charge us for the clams or the scallops, but it was still a stressful dinner that we didn't enjoy. Such a shame...Special Features:
- oysterloverDined on 10/19/2014Absolutely a great experience. We love your topping restaurant and wanted to celebrate a special occassion. Food was magnificent. And flexible, we were caught in Sunday traffic. They were willing to hold our reservations unt il we could get there. We hope to try your ny restaurant too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place!Sandrance1Dined on 10/19/2014Loved the oysters on the half shell--Our entrees were great I had tuna and my husband had paella. My only complaint are the hard seats--it would be perfect with cushions!!Special Features:
- The place for oysters in RichmondDianaVIPDined on 10/18/2014Esquire Magazine recently named Rappahannock one of the 12 “Best New Restaurants” in the country in its inaugural “2014 Food and Drink Awards.” With its fresh salads featuring locally sourced veggies, equally fresh fish entrees, and delicious desserts, Rappahannock is a wonderful place to eat ... so you don't have to love oysters to dine there ... but if you do, what a treat!Special Features:
- NoiseWildcatDined on 10/18/2014Good food and service but VERY noisy. It was difficult to conserve with a person sitting across a table for 2 from you.Special Features:
- Rappahannock Rocks!!!!RobinandLindaDined on 10/18/2014We had been wanting to try out this restaurant and finally were able to this weekend. AND WE LOVED IT!!!! Everything - the food was incredible, the service was awesome, the entire experience was perfection!!! Also love the idea of local/fresh/organic!!! And Craig was great! We told him that Rappahannock is our new favorite!! AND will be YOURS TOO!Special Features:
- Good not great2foodiesDined on 10/15/2014The food quality was excellent and the service was excellent. Menu selection was average. My wife and I enjoyed it, we just didn't leave feeling like we couldn't wait to go back. Needs something to make a bigger impression. Oysters were very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- winesnobDined on 10/12/2014A friend and I, her first time, my 4th, had dinner Sunday night so it was not extremely busy. She ordered Paella, I had trout. We started with oysters which were wonderful, almost 35 minutes after server cleared oysters she tells us their was a bad clam in paella and it would be a will be longer wait. Server offered bread for our wait. Strange cause I thought bread would have been brought out before appetizer. Now almost an hour after appetizer our entree arrives. Not service I would expect which caused me to be more critical of food. My trout appeared on plate as though it was only fish with nothing else, which there was maybe 2 teaspoons of the vegetable mixture. Presentation was lacking for upscale place.Special Features:
- Awesome All AroundRVAFoodieDined on 10/11/2014We had never been to Rappahannock before and are so glad we finally tried it. It was easy to get a reservation through Open Table, the service was excellent, the food was delicious, and it was a very cool setting. It's a little pricey, but we definitely felt like we got our money's worth for my birthday dinner. The menu is interesting, erring more on the eclectic side than having just the "standard stuff". We'll go back for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- pricey and tastyvalueseekerDined on 10/11/2014Our portions were small and our food was very tasty. This is not our style - value is not very good for the money. Our waiter was very good and we liked the feel of the restaurantSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GussieDined on 10/3/2014This is a terrific place for seafoodies who like bustle and a mixed "in-crowd." Our server was great, fun, helpful, not hovering but there when we needed her. She knew everything about the menu and gave excellent recommendations. The only problem for those of us 55 and older is that it is still quite noisy. That may be part of its "energy," but I keep trying to find the table where I can hear the three of four people with me. I can't imagine it with a large crowd unless, again, noise is what you are seeking. Of course, it is tough to get recommendations, so most people must not be bothered by the noise!Special Features:
- ConsistentedwardruhnkejrDined on 10/3/2014Food is consistently good including the oysters and the restaurant is very convenient to the Carpenter CenterSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very expensive!coolBDined on 9/30/2014Very expensive for no reason. The food was very salty. no wonder why the restaurant was almost empty. very very expensive for a casual restaurant. I will not recommend or go back to this place!Special Features:
- DisappointedMariehenDined on 9/27/2014I expected a more extensive seafood menu. There were a limited number of selections and everything was very expensive. The paella I ordered was delicious, but for the price I would have expected it to have more seafood. The server was efficient, but brusque. The bar was hopping and if I were to come back it would be for that rather than dinner.Special Features:
- Great Pre-Symphony MealBillyToddDined on 9/27/2014Six of us went to this Restaurant before a Symphony Concert. The food was excellent, the service was very good and attentive. The price was reasonable -- especially for such a good meal. We had to go a half hour earlier than originally planned as we could not get a reservation at the time we wanted -- over a week in advance. The Restaurant filled up very quickly and there were people waiting at the bar -- so reservations are really important.Special Features:
- Good spot before Centerstage event.SeefoodDined on 9/27/2014We found the food to be tasty and the service was good. Our meals were fairly expensive- two meals with starters, drinks and tip- one hundred and fifty dollars.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- titlewhateverDined on 9/23/2014The heirloom tomato salad was divine. The fish poached in oil was under-cooked.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, priceyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/23/2014So, the oysters were wonderful! At $2 each they add up though. The scallops and chicken dishes were executed well and were imaginative. Billy Bread was an additional order that may have been nice to provide a slice with the chicken to sop up the lovely sauce. Dessert was divine, I highly recommend the cobbler with peaches, berries and vanilla ice cream. Too expensive to attend regularly, but someplace special when celebrating.Special Features:
- very enjoyableckeithDined on 9/20/2014Pricey for what you get, but the food was really good and the service was excellent, surprisingly for Richmond.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- hidden surprisescackleyDined on 9/20/2014Went here as a surprise for someone special... knowing that this restaurant serves only locally grown items and supports everything local was a huge plus. The wait staff was very attentive; Andrea was readily available to answer any questions as well as making some excellent suggestions. Will definitely go again!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SandraDined on 9/19/2014This restaurant is more of a bar scene than a dining experience. It is a good place for oyster lovers. I found the fish entree to be totally overwhelmed by the sides.Special Features:
- Oyster heavenOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/19/2014Oysters for appetizer - outstanding! Paella for entree - best ever. Service was attentive and timely and we most assuredly will be back.Special Features:
- Nice but not greatmechreviewerDined on 9/19/2014First, if they waiter knows right away that he has to explain the menu then something is not quite right. I understand wanting to be trendy but just spell things out clearly, dividing salads, appetizers and entree's. I thought the choices in each category was very limited. With that said, the rock fish/ oyster stew was very good. My wife enjoyed the scallops. All perfectly cooked, but oddly one was undercooked. Also, the bread tasted like the grill. Priced a bit high for what we got. Nice interior. Enjoyed the industrial mixed with the old barn wood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- (Almost) Everything Was GreatRVAFoodieDined on 9/16/2014The tuna and the shrimp starters were fantastic. The pork belly, the scallops, and the lamb were FANTASTIC! The rockfish with oysters, however, was subpar. The service was great, as well. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate going back to Rappahannock.Special Features:
- Fantastic Shucker's ChoiceflavorseekerVIPDined on 9/16/2014The shucker's choice - 2 x 4 different oysters was excellent! The selection of beer very fine - we opted for a draft wheat ale. The only misstep was the crab cake roll - oversized and a bit stale it did not enhance what otherwise was a tasty lump crab cake. The mahi fish sandwich was well received. Perhaps the finest element to the meal - a cucumber salad was exceptionally tasty. Good vinegar seasonal cukes, sliced paper thin and seasoned with s&p. Simple yet elegant The same description for the peach cobbler - nearly all fruit some brown sugar topping and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fine lunch serving simple yet elegant food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poor all aroundOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014Poor service, pathetically small oysters, too expensive!
- RRRRRDined on 9/12/2014Excellent food. Smoky smell due to wood burning cooking. It does burn your eyes somewhat and the smell stays on clothes so be aware. Even with that I would highly recommend this place. Everything we had was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A great dining experienceRichmonderDined on 9/10/2014The large bar area was filled with men in dress shirts when we arrived at 6 pm. The men at the bar stayed long after the happy hour was over. Felt a bit strange to walk into a restaurant with men only. We could see why they came early and stayed late. Oysters are half price 5-6 pm and the food was delicious. We sampled three different types of oysters, and they were delicious. The dinner menu was varied and interesting. The entrée was served hot and tasted wonderful. The dessert was hot and tasted like it was baked fresh. A very good dining experience. Will definitely go again.Special Features:
- RappahannockRVAfoodieDined on 9/6/2014As big fan's of Merroir, their sister restaurant, we were very pleased with our hometown version. Will definitely be back. Excellent.Special Features:
- Downtown Richmond hot spotsunsetdonVIPDined on 9/6/2014One block off Broad St. , 2 blocks from the Hilton & the Convention Center, 1/2 block to ample public parking. Older building with high ceiling and nice, vibrant atmosphere. The food was awesome. We had raw oysters (they were fresh & a good variety and we had the saltier ones). For the entree she had grilled scallops and I had grilled sockeye salmon. Both were outstanding. We shared deserts of Peach & Berry cobbler, and a Verbena Panna Cotta. Nice wine list but not a lot of selections although they carry some good Virginian wines, which is unusual for most Richmond restaurants (go figure). The wait staff is attentive and work well as a team. This area can be a little sketchy after dark, so I would book early sor travel in a group.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yum!holleezDined on 9/5/2014We've been to Rappahannock once before and the food was just as delicious! My boyfriend loves oysters and eats a dozen by himself. Both times we've been there, we ordered the pork belly entree. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I ordered the Heirloom Tomato Salad, which was good, but lacked flavor. He ordered the pork belly again, and I decided that's just what we'll get every time we go! IT IS SOOOOO GOOOD!!!!! The food is fresh and visually appealing. Long story short: go for the pork belly. You won't be disappointed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb but dessert disappointsWineandDineDined on 9/5/2014The service was outstanding, very attentive but not intrusive. Food was superb. The whole fish was certainly enough to split, as the server accurately said it would be between a pound and a half and two pounds. It was grilled to perfection and perfectly seasoned. Starter salads were great also. But disappointment came with dessert. The chocolate ganache cake we split was just not good...chewy and bland. Usually do not have dessert but thought we would try as everything else was so fantastic. Skip dessert or try something else. Definitely will go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WOW!GTPRJamesDined on 9/3/2014A totally sustainable restaurant that utilizes local growers or their own on site gardens for the freshest flavor and unique menu! We had a dozen oysters as an app (along with grilled shrimp). We tried 4 each of the Rappahannock, Sting Ray and Salt (something). Amazing to try the different flavors and they were fantastic!! My husband had the scallops that melted in your mouth without a grain of sand to be found. I had the braised lamb (neck)...yes...neck, and couldn't have been more pleased. I had only had rare lamb chops, never a neck! Because it was braised it fell off the bone and was mixed with pickled green beans and watercress which made it borderline salty...but didn't stop me from eating every spec on my plate! Fantastic!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious combinationsFoodisfunDined on 8/30/2014Great flavors--deep and rich and nuanced. Oysters fantastic. Paella beautiful. Olive oil poached bluefish--perfection. Be sure to order lots of grilled bread to soak up the sauces.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.