Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

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Seafood
Travis and Ryan Croxton debut their spinoff from the highly acclaimed Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market in Washington, DC. They’ve even brought their DC Chef, Kevin Kelly, to man the kitchen at this outpost. This location in the historic Cigar Factory Building on East Bay Street, allows room for Chef Kelly to showcase more of his cuisine to a larger audience, including an incredibly unique 40 seat raw bar. Oysters grown by the Croxton’s own Rappahannock Oyster Company are accentuated, but Kelly’s signature dishes like lambs’n’clams, crabcakes, shrimp & grits and the best po’ boy you’ll ever eat are enough reasons in their own right for constant visits. Coupled with a great cocktail program and focus on local ingredients, ROB is a great place for any occasion.

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vipClintonM
London
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

I have considered Rappahannock to be one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston for some time. But my dining experience there recently did not meet my expectations. As opposed to other restaurants, no one on the staff was wearing a face mask, for making any real attempt at social distancing when that is possible. They did have the tables spread out, but our server was right up to the table in describing things on the menu. Service was acceptable but somewhat desultory, particularly considering the small number of people dining. If Rappahannock wants to get my business back, they need to adopt facemarks and distancing.

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vipJIMGHIND
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fabulous seafood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to see Rappahannock reopened for dine-in service. It was well organized. The new menu was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but we went on a Monday and they were out of a lot of menu items

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vipSaraM
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience. We ordered 2 dozen of the Virginia oysters and they were some of the cleanest, buttering delicious oysters we have ever had. The meals were all great portions, and everyone was happy. Their oyster hot sauce is something to swoon over. Beautiful restaurant under good management and attentive staff.

CJ
vipCJvb
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good service and attention to detail. Rappahannock River oysters were excellently cleaned and had a nice sweet freshwater flavor. Decor and ambiance was also very nice both inside and out.

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DouglasW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters and service with excellent and the atmosphere was just right

MO
MindOfJP
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first night out as a couple in months and months. We made reservations, and they called earlier in the day to confirm. We got immediately seated, and they treated us like valued guests. The waitstaff was very attentive and nice. The food was insanely good. Oysters were super good – we liked the river oysters over the salt water ones, but both were A+. The architecture in the building where the restaurant is located is so lovely. Just an overall great experience.

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KLA72
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters!!! Fresh and beautifully presented! We also had the most amazing crab cakes and fabulous cheesecake! The building is rustic and cool - the staff is really nice. Great indoor bar and outdoor seating as well.

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vipABDrakelovesCharleston
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love returning to see the team ! Crab Cale season !!!!
Menu and service is incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was great!

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Bigsexy1
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters cold beer

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vipVinotabler
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Accommodating during a tough period. Service is good, food was tasty. Great wine list geared towards the menu. Well done!!

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NatalieB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. Food was exquisite.

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AllenE
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is our second visit. I had six oysters on the half shell to begin and they were excellent. They were fresh and served with the right condiments (although I don't use them much). My wife had the shrimp and grits and it was OK; nothing out of this world. The shrimp are black when they are served because of the black garlic they put on them. Honestly, I think they are trying to hard to "fancy up" shrimp and grits. The black garlic and the peppers did little, if anything, to enhance or add to the flavor. The grits were good.
Since the fish in the fish and chips order was flounder, I ordered that. It was excellent. The breading was minimal and the fish was moist, flaky, and flavorable. Chips were excellent.
If you are interested, no one wore masks or gloves. We didn't mind, but you might.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved this place. Oysters were great and service was amazing.

ML
vipMarthaL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

They ran out of everything including oysters and the food was bland

GP
GregP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They are doing a great job of keeping everyone safe. Cleaning regularly, spacing tables, protective mask, etc. AND... the meal was excellent!!

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vipkellym
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience & incredible food! Highly recommend for an occasion. Service was impeccable!

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Petals
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Katie. Food amazing. Will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl’s Night Out

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters, great service and we appreciate Happy Hour.

CB
vipCBear
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service! This was our first time here, but we will definitely be back

TK
TylerKnode
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rappahannock has EASILY become one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Free parking, Amazing food, and a great atmosphere....What else do you want? I was here on Friday for Pre-Birthday Oysters which are $1/Piece during Happy Hour, and came back Sunday night for my actual Birthday Dinner! Can't get enough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find off the beaten path in Charleston, creative menu, with plenty of oysters to choose from, hot and cold, I think we ordered them all. I went with the grilled fish, which was Black Grouper that night, very fresh, and tasty. If you want a quality evening with fresh fish choices, this is the place to go. I will be back when in Charleston, as my son is a C of C student.

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AllenE
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Skip the ceviche. Taste is excellent but very little seafood in it. Our portion was mostly the juice with 5 or 6 small pieces of fish, shrimp in it. Not $16 worth! The fish and chips were excellent! Fish this day was flounder and there was a hearty portion and it was beautifully cooked. Service was just ok.

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vipMarionU
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner!

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GaleM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A completely wonderful oyster bar experience. Delish!

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mscott1012
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dozen mixed oysters, shrimp and grits, peel & eat shrimp and homemade Earl Grey ice cream! All excellent as was the beer selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The most perfectly cooked grouper I’ve ever had. No need for a to go box

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VirginiaS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth going to again. We took my parents there for dinner during Charleston Food and wine. Ended up getting on the road a little late, I called to let them know and I was old not to worry. We got there our table was ready and waitress was on hand to take drink orders.
Grilled oysters were so good we had to order another set, clams were good, and the bread basket was great in being able to sop up juices from the mussels in beer broth. Everyone including the GM was great who waited on us, and we will definitely come back again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were Devine!

JG
vipJoeG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Happy hour oysters are always a great deal, steamed shrimp were quite good as the grits and collards.

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PeteM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for oysters. While other are offering just one or two in this "between season" these guys have a large selection of quality products. The food and service was top notch. We dined here on a Sunday and it was not packed, which is a good experience in Charleston.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were great but not outstanding. However e freah whole fish was very memorable !!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and great location with parking

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Scott
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

It was my fiancé’s birthday.

DP
DeborahP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 9 and that were visiting from all over the USA. The experience was excellent!

BB
BenB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Was really underwhelmed. I've heard such great stuff and was just kind of mediocre. The fish dip was good and the proteins were great but the pairings were odd and seemed off the shelf like out of the bottle teriyaki sauce with a steak and frozen fries...sad since the proteins were so good! It's like a chain restaurant had a good protein purveyor...

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 576-4693.

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