Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar

Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rhettsrivergrill.com/
  • Phone: (434) 974-7818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Rhett Craddock
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Rhett's offers a full line of catering for your special event, holiday or office party, cook out or any other event you might be having. Call today to plan out your menu for your next event. Ask for Rhett or call 434-996-7818.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 29 North
  • Public Transit: Public bus stops up the road.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available directly in the front of the restaurant at no charge.
A word from Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar
Rhett's River Grill offers the freshest in seafood and Certified Angus Beef. We feature items like 12oz bone-in Ribeye, NY Strip, Ribs, Duck, Pasta dishes, Asian glazed Salmon, Crab cakes, steamed Shrimp, Mussels, Crab legs, Bay Oysters and succulent Scallops. Rhett's also offers a full line of sandwiches at lunch and an unbeatable Sunday brunch. We are open 7 days a week and offer a limited menu between lunch and dinner daily from 2:30pm to 5pm. Rhett's has dining for groups and special events. We offer casual dining in warm family friendly atmosphere. So come into Rhett's today with a group of friends or with someone special for a cozy dining experience. Rhett's also has a full bar and offers carry out and catering services. Tuesday nights are all you can eat Crab legs, Wednesday nights two entrees and half price bottle of wine, Thursday nights 50 cent raw or steamed Oysters and on Sunday nights kids eat free with adult purchases.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Seafood
    Lovgnvle
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It is great for seafood. We are from out of town and we always dine here at least once per visit. The seafood is always fresh and good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localguyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    When we arrived they did not have our Open Table reservation, blaming it on Open Table. They did not have another table available and it was a 20 to 30 minute wait. This is the second time this has happened.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only OK
    carolyn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I saw this on Tripadvisor and decided to try it. It was more like bar. The food was only OK. Salad was an extra charege of $10.00. Scallop Augratin was just ok. Tasted like dry italian breading on top and over powered the seafood taste. I could not tase the crab or scallops. Didn't finish because I didn't like it. My hubby had the same and did not like it. Our waiter/bartended said it was his favorite meal on the menu. My daughter had linguine alfredo with cheese and that was very good. I would not go back ther again.
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  • Food was better than expected!
    Tami
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service was outstanding, server offered suggestions, exceeding our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we came!
    SueAnne
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We made our reservations through Open Table knowing nothing about the town or the restaurant. We considered changing our reservations so that we could eat in downtown Charlottesville. However, we talked with one of the local winemakers, who gave Rhett's a rave review. We kept our reservation and were glad that we did. The food and service were very good. It was quiet on a Sunday night, which was just what we needed. Would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LTMike
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great meal, great selection of meals to choose from. Service was good, will visit again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful value for great food!
    GoodEats
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It's been awhile since we last visited Rhett's. It was the evening after a whole football game and, although there were lots of folks there, our 6:30 reservation went without a hitch. We ordered Mr. T's plate and it arrived overflowing with mussels, shrimp and calamari as well as a dozen outstanding oysters. The service was excellent and we really enjoyed our visit. Rhett's will be a regular local seafood stop for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood
    Cvillemarine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It's a treat when I can come to Rhett's for dinner. The raw oysters are always very large and taste better than any in Charlottesville. Other dishes have very large pieces of seafood, they don't believe in small shrimp, cutting scallops in half, or skimping on the portions. The food quality has always been superior to most I've been to. If you make reservations with open table, call to make sure they got it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Crozet2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was very disappointing. The biscuits did not taste homemade. The eggs were fair. The bacon was very small & not a generous portion as we've had at other brunch places. The hash browns were terrible ----- resembled grilled mashed potatoes. We will not come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marginal seafood restaurant
    foodhobbyistVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Started with a flavorful curry shrimp bisque which, unfortunately, contained very dry (perhaps dehydrated) pieces of shrimp. Oysters were well prepared but served with what would seem to be a savory side ( orzo with sun dried tomatoes) that was actually overly sweet. Biggest downer, the crab cakes. Two good sized, charred on the bottom filler patties with some crab mixed in. Ate one, left the other. All entrees served with two sides, a starch and grilled asparagus (no other vegetable options). Bar could be a source of local micro-brews on tap but all beer is bottled. That's a shame for a restaurant with a raw bar. Can't say that we'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good portion size
    lainy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The portion sizes here are out of this world. I reccomend the shrimp and grit cake. It is so good. Lots of flavor and not skimpy on the shrimp. Big shrimp cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    sands
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Came in from out-of-town. Found Rhett's on Open Table, and we were impressed with both food and service. Raw bar was fantastic, and the seafood and my steak were perfect. Laura was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar reviews archive.
  • Great seafood menu.
    SunsoulVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Rhett's was very accommodating to our large group. The only disappointment was the service. We had 20+ people, and were serviced by one person for a long time. When the other person arrived, things seemed to flow a little more smoothly. However, I specifically told them in the "Open Table" special instructions that some of our group needed to leave quickly, and I asked specifically for exceptional service. That said, the food was great. The oysters were amazing, and the seafood menu is extensive. Everyone seemed to enjoy the farewell party for one of our co-workers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Dinner
    jimj
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I had never been to Rhett's before and were very much surprised when we dined at this "local neighborhood" restaurant. We were staying at a close by hotel and checked Open Table for a place to dine. We never expected the quality of the the seafood to be as great as it was. From the coconut shrimp to the roasted (garlic,butter,panko) oysters---everything was first class. The dinner fried oysters and dinner mahi with miso was very tasty---presented well---and priced well. Service was exemplary and the willingness of the kitchen to provide us with whatever special requests we wanted was much appreciated. We will return to the area in September and will be having at least one or two meals at Rhett's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Fried green tomatoes were excellent. Portions are large and food selections are many, it's well prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummyeats
    Yummyeats
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We really enjoyed the food here. The service was great--loved the waitress. We plan to go back for our reunion next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rhett's Seafood
    sunsetdonVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This was a business meeting. It was my first time but he is a local and has visited several times. The food is good, not great. The service was OK, but our waitress acted like she would rather be anywhere than serving us. The price was very fair, less than $90 with tip for 2 entrees, premium beers and sides. We also had oysters on the 1/2 shell to start.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    2Pittsburghers
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had Easter Sunday brunch at Rhett's and enjoyed it. Reservation was for 11:00 a.m. and our party of 6 was seated promptly. Our toddler's stroller was stored for us out of the way of diners and staff. The stuffed french toast was a hit, as was the egg sandwich. The crab cake eggs benedict was OK, but not great. The only negative of the meal was the orange juice - a large glass that was filled to the top with ice and only a little juice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous fresh seafood!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We had outstanding service from the minute we walked in; the receptionist gave us a large, quiet booth & Toni, our server, immediately showed up at our table, told us the specials, answered our questions. Food came promptly; quality & preparation of seafood (we got scallops & salmon) was excellent & all our special requests were met. Also - nice warm bread, promptly refilled, and to our surprise, terrific desserts: warm bourbon pecan pie with vanilla ice cream - just a hint of bourbon & tons of pecans; also a refreshingly tart Key Lime pie - usually that's overpoweringly sweet. (Re noise level: we were there on a weeknight; probably noisier on weekends.)
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 hour from seating until entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Unacceptable. The pacing of the meal was all off. We waited about 30-35 minutes for our appetizer, bread, and soup. It was another 25 minute wait for our entrees. My fish and chips was passable but my fiance's burger was so burnt that it was inedible. They wanted to "make it right" by making him a new burger to take home. We waited another 15 or so minutes for the re-made burger and when he ate it for lunch the next day - he realized it was just as burnt as the burger he sent back. Completely unacceptable.
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  • Great place
    Sweetreview
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great seafood cooked to perfection! Recommend the shrimp and grit cake!!! Mmm
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 'Fraid if this gets out.
    Lenore
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Order the Riverside margarita. Best in town. We like them straight up with a little salt. Excellent, real live liquor. Food: My personal favorite is the fried green tomatoes. Tasty sauce complements the tomatoes well. My husband always goes for the loaded potato skins, and I snitch one or two. Seafood is consistently excellent. My friend and I ordered the salmon entrée from the regular menu. Yum. My husband had a salad and topped it with grilled salmon. We keep returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday in Lent
    mari
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great service and fantastic fish/seafood--will definitely return. Greeted warmly by hostess
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters and more
    ARIADNE
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    My family loves oysters so Thursday nights at Rhetts is the place to be when a dozen oysters are half price. And the other entrees ordered were enjoyed as well: Shrimp Feast, Hamburger, and Seafood Feast. Thank you Rhetts!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Charlottesville
    todwinVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We visited Charlottesville on a recent trip and looked for a good restaurant for dinner using Open Table. Rhett's was near our hotel and was a very nice surprise. We had a wonderful dinner. My husband and I enjoyed the evening's special Rock Fish which was prepared perfectly. Our daughter chose the scallops with Alfredo sauce and she loved it. Our only complaint is that our server was inattentive and never checked back to see if we needed more water or wanted to order anything else. We also waited a very long time to get our check and our appetizer came out with the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the rockfish special
    localguyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I had the rockfish special and it was delicious. My wife had a NY Strip steak and she says it melted in her mouth. The food is always excellent at this restaurant and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • We come here often
    OnceAYearGuy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Good night at Rhett's for half price oyster night. A great time was had by all. Service was great even though the place was jammed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rhett's has the best seafood!
    localguyVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Rhett's has the best seafood! We enjoyed the trout dinner and it was so delicious and our server was excellent. We look forward to our next visit to Charlottesville. We will definitely be dining at Rhett's.b
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
    LoveRhetts
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The menu is awesome- The seafood is well priced, well prepared , the serving staff could not be better. The she crab soup is MUST and the clams casino are the best I have ever had. Casual atmosphere- great for anyone! Don't miss Rhett's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great scallops and crab
    samantha
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Always a good place to get dinner. Servers are wonderful. Food comes out fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent non-chain experience.
    Jojobinks
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Not being a chain is a good thing. The food is good, some foodies may find the offerings to be contrived and flat, but I found that the food was good and unpretentious. The meats are cooked well, and dishes are comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    crv0513
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    For our first time visiting we enjoyed our visit. It was a little busy and service was slow I assume because of that. We ordered she crab soup and oysters for appetizers. The soup was really good. We really liked the rich flavor!The oysters were big but nothing extraordinary flavor wise. My crab cakes were a little soggy possibly due too the sauce on top. My husband etouffe was not as spicy like he expected. We plan on trying brunch and some other items at lunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't let the strip mall dissuade
    Restonian
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Don't let the strip mall dissuade you from giving Rhett's a try. Numerous delicious seafood options in this neighborhood eatery. We had the fried oyster dinner (with at least 18 big oysters!) and the fried catfish. Both were excellent and came with ample veggie sides. Portions are large, so try to resist the hot loaf of freshly baked bread that comes out before hand. (If you can!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect choice
    Frances
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Rhett's has amazingly fresh seafood. They could use a little less butter and salt, but the preparations and tastes compliment the seafood. Best wait staff ever!! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab Lover
    Cvillemarine
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    This place is for the seafood lover, they know how to cook their food well. The all you can eat crab legs were cooked perfect every time. I've never had a bad meal at this place. The oysters are the biggest, best tasting in c'ville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a delicious dinner.
    localguyVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    We had a delicious dinner. We decided to try the trout dinner and it was outstanding. We look forward to our next visit to Charlottesville just so we can dine at Rhett's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good food, especially
    NewtoCharlottesville
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Reliably good food, especially seafood. Convenient location. She crab soup is excellent. Salmon is very good. Small Caesar salad is plenty for one as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get together at Rhetts
    Ilikelocal
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    It was the first meeting with acquaintances and we chose Rhetts (a recent discovery). Our waitress was helpful in describing dishes and making recommendations. Our friends really enjoyed their first visit. We were able to sit in a booth which gave us some privacy and we were encouraged to linger. The food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We made our reservation about
    Dale
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We made our reservation about an hour prior to our dinner and they didn't have us down on their list. A little embarssaing for us both.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disaster of a night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    the salads were good. that was the good part of the evening. the salads came first , for some unknown reason, instead of the appetizer. no bread came with the salad or before, although we ask twice. The beef/steak special was tough and covered in some terrible sauce that looked like it was just dumped on it. it was inedible. the pasta special was very poor also. it appeared the pasta, salmon, and shrimp seem like it had been through a blender. it did taste good. the was a lot of grease floating in the bottom of the plate. Even the cocktails were not good, and it was just gin and tonic. how do you mess that up? it was intended to be a celebration evening with my daughter. first time to C'ville. very bad experience!
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