Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

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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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Specials

$20 Dozens

Come in after 4:00pm on Sundays and enjoy any of our VA oysters for $20 per dozen.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 7, 2019

Ends: December 8, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-10:00PM

Charleston's Best Oyster Happy Hour

Enjoy 1/2 off on our three Chesapeake oysters on the half shell and one featured for $1 each day. Also discounts on select beer and wine offerings as well as a happy hour bar menu. Join us on Tuesdays for burger night too!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 13, 2018

Ends: November 14, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 888 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
57 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters, great service and we appreciate Happy Hour.

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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

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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
1 review
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.

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

The oysters were Devine!

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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.

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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 !!!

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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

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

It was my fiancé’s birthday.

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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!

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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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CharlesR
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This place is a little more casual than I anticipated, and they ran out of a few selections of oysters, but the food that we did get was wonderful, and the service was great, so all-in-all, my wife and I left very satisfied. We will definitely go again...we just won’t dress up this time. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and experience.. $$$ pricey though.

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GeorgeH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Yes, I would recommend Rappahannock to our friends but mainly for the oysters which were outstanding. The appetizers were very good but the main dishes were so-so. The shrimp and grits were ok but the serving of grits was small and the black sauce was off-putting. The scallops were ok with the spicy sauce but again the bed of grits was small and tasteless. Having said all this, we will definitely go back but primarily for the oysters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the BIG appetizer platter as a meal! It had oysters, clams, mussels and all kinds of seafood yummies! The vinegar blend for the oysters was in a spray bottle which I didn’t love, but overall we had a great time and the food was delicious❣️👍

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RobSmith
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you eat oysters it the place for you! I had a gift card and don't eat oysters. Also very limited menu for food not breaded and fried. The stew wasn't ready at 2:30 left me with ceviche, my husbands coleslaw and water.

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

They gave away our reservation to someone with the same first name. The bartender was so horrible. Food was good but that was the only plus. We wanted to like it so bad!!!! The service and people that work there were horrible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Drinks however are overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, as was Caty's service. She deftly highlighted the non-traditional look of the shrimp and grits to my father. He doesn't have the most adventurous palate, and probably would have been surprised by the black garlic component. Caty did a great job of aligning his expectations and he ended up loving the dish. Merguez with clams was excellent as well. Really solid desert list, the inclusion of after dinner drink pairing suggestions was a nice touch. I'll definitely be back regularly.

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MarkL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On my first visit, I was looking for a place to share some time in a nice setting with my guests and Rappahannock could not have been better. The oysters and beverages were superb, our server was very helpful in guiding us toward the right selections from the menu and everyone was just friendly.

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vipRichard
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Probably the best raw bar and seafood combination restaurant in Charleston; esp., for raw oysters. They offer a great variety. Other raw dishes also excellent. Good for seafood lovers. Probably not your first choice for anyone that doesn’t love seafood. Service is normally excellent.
Very causal noisy atmosphere -- not for a romantic night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
76 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend was visiting from out-of-town, and we have dined at Rappahannock for the past two or three years. We love the deluxe seafood towers; there are many different types of seafood and shellfish to sample. We LOVE the oysters, and we appreciate that the Rappahannock allowed us to substitute an extra dozen of oysters in place of the clams. The ceviche is delicious, but our favorites are probably the marinated mussels and the octopus salad. Great selection of wines! I usually get a bottle of the Albarino, because it pairs perfectly with seafood.

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Jessica
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent happy hour oyster specials

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vipluv2eat
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have eaten there many times before, and enjoyed all our meals very much. This past Saturday, the 25th, was an unexpected experience. We both ordered the fish chowder soup as an appetizer, our mistake. The soup was so strong with spices, it was very difficult to eat, but instead of returning them, both my wife and I finished them. We both became sick that night with severe stomach problems.

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vipJIMGHIND
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!
Innovative menu with seafood emphasis, very knowledgeable sever!

JI
vipJIMGHIND
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine and great knowledgeable server

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denisem
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Bad seating next to the kitchen and they would not move us, we even had a reservation so it would have been different if the table had been for walk-ins. Cold hanger steak, cold rice like it had been sitting waiting for pic up. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and the oysters were small, maybe too small to be harvested.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was great, food was delicious, and the cocktails were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Had a great time with my date. Will return in the future!

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NatalieB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled romaine was amazing! As was the shrimp and grits - be warned they use black garlic in their dish so it comes out looking a little muddy but the taste is DELICIOUS! I went with my husband and a friend and we all enjoyed our dishes. Service was great and despite Restaurant Week rush dishes came out in a timely manner and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

JA
vipJorgeA
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Seafood should always taste like seafood someone in the kitchen is using very strong Mexican ingredients

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