Rappahannock
Rappahannock

Rappahannock

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rroysters.com/
  • Phone: (804) 545-0565
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Rappahannock reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)vibrant bar scene (79)hot spot (64)special occasion (58)neighborhood gem (48)good for groups (31)notable wine list (25)romantic (23)late-night find (12)great for lunch (10)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great Discovery in RIC
    bemiller328
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Saw the write up for Rappahannock in Esquire Magazines list of Best New in the US. Checked menu out online, and decided to try with a co worker during a recent business trip. Going to just call "R" so I don't keep trying to spell out. First, the food. Great menu choices, though relatively limited. Though I did not ask, I believe this is a "farm to table" restaurant, as menu choices focused on a lot of seasonal products. Notably, there was no beef dish on the menu.As you might expect, oysters (night I visited they had three types) are prominently featured at top of menu as well as salt clams. Tried 2 of each of the oysters which were fresh, full and delicious. Server even guided me to the different characteristics of each in terms of their sweetness through salinity. Menu featured a number of other appetizers and salads. For dinner, my companion had a grilled marinated shrimp dish which he found pretty amazing. Shrimp were full and the marinade was done lightly so as not to overpower the freshness of the shrimp. Also he said they were perfectly grilled, meaning more of a medium than grilled into rubber texture. Had the beet salad as well, which looked great. I had the pork special of the day, which was a generous and perfectly seared pork belly, served over a bed of sauerkraut, apples and lentils. Awesome dish. Only disappointment and it is minor is that they were out of the lamb (and it was only 7 PM). Next time. The wine list is relatively limited from what I could see, but fairly priced. Excellent selection of draft beers (and they do a flight of four for you, many of which were locals) as well as a small selection of bottled beers. The cocktail list had a number of custom blends with some great variations on traditional libations. Did not try desserts, as servings were ample with the appetizer. Bill for two with tip was just under $100. I would definitely go back and do recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passionately Outrageous!
    Impressed
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Sunday night at Rappahannock was superb! Amazing, sublime plates in which the different tastes loved each other! The creative palate of Chef Dylan and Sous Chef Deon make for a wonderful dining experience, as does the wait staff. These folks are passionate about what they do ... and they buy local!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely menu. Excellent Service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had a group of 5 for a birthday celebration. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine/cocktail list. We'd made a reservation so we didn't wait at all despite there being a lot of customers waiting. Lovely experience. I'll be back. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner with dad visiting town
    NomNom
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Took server recommendations and had the scallops and pan-seared fish. Phenomenal to the last bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening Place
    Eric
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Friends who travel to Richmond on business tell me that there are a lot of good restaurants and this is one of them. We were in town for the Richmond Marathon and ate here before the race. It's not your typical dinner before a long race place. I had some rice with a whole Spanish mackerel. I was a little taken aback that the fish was not filleted like other restaurants do, but it was split and easy enough to eat. They have an interesting beer selection, and good wine choices. Of course, they have oysters...Rappahannock, York and James. I had two each on the half shell and enjoyed them. Definitely will go back next time I'm in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing service
    Bill
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Rappahannock has been one of our favorite additions to the Richmond food scene. The food is always wonderful, but the service during our last visit was really sub par. The waiter took a good 10 minutes just to come to our table, then it was every bit of 10-15 more minutes for our drinks to arrive. Waiter blamed the bartender which was surprising/frustrating as we only ordered beer/wine, nothing fancy or difficult to make. The food was still excellent, but for the prices charged we expect better service than we received. Waiter could have explained they were busy/understaffed and really helped his case, but he was very unapologetic and arrogant. Will definitely think twice before going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tavern atmosphere, inspired food.
    Jules
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent and ambitious food in a very casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Late
    FanLover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nice to find a place where we can grab dinner after a performance at the carpenter center!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great paella
    Warrentonian
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our friendly waiter guided us to choose a variety of oysters that were delicious. He also recommended the paella to my husband, who thought it was amazing. My trout was nicely cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second as good as the first visit
    Kylie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We do not eat out a lot and only patronize food we don't usually prepare ourselves, so Rappahannock was a find the first time and just as impressive the second visit. Best to love oysters as we do. The waitstaff has been trained to talk about oysters for those who are unfamiliar with the differences offered. We are fans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Richmond Gem
    DelightfulDiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Stumbled upon this restaurant. Scene can be for business, family or whatever occasion. Excellent vibe for a date on any level! Will dine again when in area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but issues
    HistoryLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good food but a 72 minute wait is too much & on top of that entree of grilled fish of the day was barely lukewarm. We like Rappahannock, but kitchen problems prevail.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was great!
    KandDOL
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Four of us had dinner at 6PM prior to going to the Altria Theatre. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was very good and our server was great. We were seated a little before 6PM and finished dessert about 7:15PM. Plenty of time to get to the theater. We were seated at a table but the bar looked like a great place to eat also. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place to eat in dt Richmond, VA
    imDLaw
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Service, food, ambiance. Put them all together and you have Rappahannock. We were in town for 2 nights and liked Rappahannock so much, we returned the 2nd night. Well done on all levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere! Group of 8 and we all loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Great
    SallieC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Lots of hype about this restaurant and it was very good. However, all four of our party reported good, but not outstanding entrees. We all felt that the service was not outstanding and the prices exceeded the food and drink quality. If we go again, we may try more of the signature oyster or paella dishes. Too many excellent restaurants in Richmond now that have raised the bar!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    DiannaW
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great atmosphere. The food was phenomenal, every bite a flavor explosion. We had the raw oysters, baked oysters, and pork belly. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS MEAL
    Jodashde
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I have eaten at Rappahannock now four times and had take out once. I like the fact that they source much of their food from local waters and farms. This was the best meal I have had there. I had the pork belly - so did my friend. A small scattering of home-fermented sauerkraut over savory lentils added a crisp, sharp dimension to the buttery softness of the pork. We both described that it was out of this world. When I dine out, I always try to get something that I wouldn't ordinarily make at home. I have ruined pork belly when I have tried to cook it at home - it was nothing like this! We also had a variety of raw oysters to begin the meal - they were delicious - some a bit brinier than others - the difference in the terroir was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit dissappointed.
    Pastaman
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I was excited to finally get to try Rappahannock. I had heard good things from my chef friends so this had been on my "must try" list for a while. The food I saw going out to other tables looked and smelled great. The seafood sampler was well-crafted, but the condiments could use some help. I received the paella and actually started laughing at the portion size. It tasted great (albeit too al dente) but there must have been some price hike from the distributor on the Calasparra rice. It was almost a small plate portion size. For $32 I expected something a bit more substantial.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    RenaeVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I find with two girlfriends prior to attending the Alton Brown show this week. Our waitress inquired about our schedule and promised to have service line with with our timetable. She was so professional and kept her promise allowing plenty of time for us to enjoy all courses. Enjoy we did! Oyster appetizers were so yummy. Our entrees were delicious and apple pie dessert perfection. The noise level made it challenging to visit, but we enjoyed the lively crowd. A great dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    a bit pricey...but the food (which occasionally needs some translation from the server) did not disappoint...baked oysters and paella (with clams, mussels, shrimp and sausage) were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Dine2and2VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at Rappahannock. Started with baked oysters and cerviche. Both were very tasty and perfectly prepared. We shared the paella which was baked in earthenware. While different form those we had eaten in Spain, the seafood was moist and seasoned appropriately. The waitress recommended a wine to accompany the paella which was perfect. We'll return often.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for pre-theatre
    Frances
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Consistently delicious seafood and drinks, and easy walk to the Carpenter Center.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service-too much pork
    Bluemur
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a 530 reservation for a 7 pm show at the Carpenter Center - a block away. Ordering about 5:35 pm, we had to beg the waiter to try to find out about our food at 6:35 pm. It looks like they didn't have enough chefs or wait-staff. He somehow rushed the food out and left the check at 6:40. We ate quickly and just got to out seats by about 7pm. I cam to the restaurant because I heard it had good seafood. However, many of the interesting sounding seafood dishes had pork, bacon, or ham on them or cooked in them. I don't eat pork products and wish that restaurants would understand that not everyone likes pork products on their seafood dishes. I don't recommend this place. My wife and I said that we were unlikely to return
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapponting
    SteveN
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Despite arriving in time for a reservation well in advance of the time we needed to leave for a theater curtain, the service was so slow we almost didn't make it. Then my dish arrived luke warm, with a poached egg on top that I'm sure was supposed to be runny to mix properly with the dish but was rock hard. Because there was not time to send it back I just ate it as is.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Over rated
    proRVA
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Although the food was good, it not outstanding as advertised. In our opinion, this is another restaurant that tries to make their offerings different by including ingredients that detract rather than add to the flavor. This is our second trip to the restaurant and probably our last.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I can see how, if the place is packed, it could get loud, but it was not on the night we were there. Really good food, truly. Good service and decent drinks. I wish this version of Rappahanock was in DC (the outpost at Union Market is good, just not as good as this outpost!).
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  • Long wait...
    TMRY
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Made 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.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Adventurous Evening
    jigray3
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We'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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Reception 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.
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  • Fantastic
    Gatorgolfer
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Three types of wonderful oysters, wood grilled shrimp with a warm bean, fennel and apple salad, and grilled whole branzino....fabulous meal
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We 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:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Sandrance1
    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!
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    hot spot
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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.
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.