Rappahannock
Rappahannock

Rappahannock

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rroysters.com/
  • Phone: 8045450565x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: CLOSED
    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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Public Transit: Stop 1052 on the GRTC bus line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, Rappahannock has many nearby parking lots, such as 4th & Broad and 4th & Main.
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Rappahannock reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (103)vibrant bar scene (52)special occasion (45)hot spot (41)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (28)notable wine list (20)romantic (20)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointing after all the fuss
    JoJoBean
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It'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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • oysterlover
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Absolutely 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:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Loved 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place for oysters in Richmond
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Esquire 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:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    Wildcat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food and service but VERY noisy. It was difficult to conserve with a person sitting across a table for 2 from you.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rappahannock Rocks!!!!
    RobinandLinda
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not great
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winesnob
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome All Around
    RVAFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey and tasty
    valueseeker
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our 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 restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gussie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    edwardruhnkejr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food is consistently good including the oysters and the restaurant is very convenient to the Carpenter Center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very expensive!
    coolB
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Very 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:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Mariehen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I 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:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre-Symphony Meal
    BillyTodd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Six 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot before Centerstage event.
    Seefood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We 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:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • title
    whatever
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The heirloom tomato salad was divine. The fish poached in oil was under-cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    So, 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very enjoyable
    ckeith
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Pricey for what you get, but the food was really good and the service was excellent, surprisingly for Richmond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden surprise
    scackley
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandra
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oyster heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Oysters for appetizer - outstanding! Paella for entree - best ever. Service was attentive and timely and we most assuredly will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but not great
    mechreviewer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First, 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:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • (Almost) Everything Was Great
    RVAFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Shucker's Choice
    flavorseekerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Poor service, pathetically small oysters, too expensive!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RRRRR
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience
    Richmonder
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rappahannock
    RVAfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As big fan's of Merroir, their sister restaurant, we were very pleased with our hometown version. Will definitely be back. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown Richmond hot spot
    sunsetdonVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One 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:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    holleez
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We'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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb but dessert disappoints
    WineandDine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    GTPRJames
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious combinations
    Foodisfun
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    RvaLocals
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have never had a bad dinner here. Always great service and incredible food.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as Good 2nd Time Around
    avapat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I ate here for our anniversary last year and decided to make it a repeat because the food was amazing. This time the food was OK. The grilled octopus appetizer was fantastic and the highlight of our meal. The salad greens were tasty (local I think) but the salad itself was not memorable. I got the Bourride (fish stew) which is a beautiful dish but the egg that sits on top was underdone. The soup was tasty but some of the fish was overdone and the oysters were pretty much raw. I know it's a raw bar, but not what I ordered. My husband got the scallops and they were also very underdone. Scallops are tricky and he likes them a little underdone but they were pretty much raw. The dessert, panna cotta, was ok. We didn't finish it.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Overall / But Overpriced
    WahooChip
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Raw oysters fine. Civeche very good. Entrees for wife and I very good. Wine options extensive, but all expensive, even by the glass. $6 for can of beer over the top. Noise level pretty high, but expected for an area with a bar eating up a majority of the dining area. Great option for appetizers and a few drinks, but can get expensive. And finally, wait staff very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Beachinit11
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I went here with my husband and it was ok. Nothing great and we left still hungry. Portions are way too small and I'm glad we didn't bring our teens because there is nothing on their menu kids would eat
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  • Small portions, high prices
    PHCVA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Perhaps their oysters are the draw but we aren't huge fans - of oysters or Rappahannock. We were hoping for a nice fish dinner of some sort. We had purposely not checked the menu, just wanted to be surprised. We felt our waiter was rushing us, although our reservation was 7:45 and we were the tail end of their rush that evening. I ordered the scallop entrée and was disappointed there were only 3 scallops (one large and two medium sized) for $26. It's a good thing I wasn't starving. My husband ordered the whole fish (can't remember what type of fish it was) but it arrived overcooked and burned. He was a good sport and ate quite a bit of it. We will not be returning to Rappahannock, as there are so many better places in close proximity.
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  • So good!
    PickyFoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every meal we have here has been AMAZING! The oysters are perfect. Wine and beer list extensive and great pairings with mem hires. Fresh local ingredients that are just delicious. I'm gluten free and can eat here without worry. Love love love the atmosphere. We say this is definitely in our top 3 favorite restaurants in Richmond!! And in top 5 on east coast (including some great places in Charleston SC)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.