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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.7
4.7
2162 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 576-4693

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Kelly

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Columbus

  • Parking details

    We offer free one hour parking 11:30am-5:00pm and unlimited free parking after 5:00pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,162 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Best Food

  • Charleston

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. G

    Gigi22great

    Charleston

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the oysters here! Mine were roasted and so perfect. The flounder Milanese was perfect and the crab cake was too! Love this place!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very loud. Table was in the service area so it was crazy congestion with the wait staff. Service was so slow. Drink order wrong then took forever to get the right one. We’ve been there once before and had a great experience. We will try again and make sure we aren’t seated in the service area behind the bar up against the wall.
  3. SP

    SteveP

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    House oysters were buttery and mild; just the way I prefer them. Also had others available. Server was great and friendly. Entrees were excellent. Especially loved the baked scallop app and the catfish entree.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything our server, Faith , recommended was AMAZING! Can’t wait to go back.
  5. VW

    VelviesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, the owner or manager came over and sung happy birthday to my wife. It was definitely an experience that I plan on coming back too
  6. D

    Dimples

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was awesome and the food was great!
  7. J

    Judy

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious oysters and flounder always!! Baked clams are great too.
  8. TH

    ThomasH

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place! The menu has a good variety of plates (both small and large servings). The wines are reasonably priced and the service is excellent! We come here every few months and sample the oysters but this time we ordered from the menu and we were impressed! Next time we’ll order from the menu again!
  9. 8

    8toomuch

    Greensboro

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Oysters & Fresh Mussels paired with perfectly crafted cocktails. Jason was a delight. Can't wait to return!
  10. Q

    Qdizzle

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mussels and Oysters were perfect! Service was awesome
  11. l

    leahbnyc

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Had a great pre-concert dinner. Oysters were good and we enjoyed the bustling crowd.
  12. HT

    HerveT

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good overall experience Crab cakes were excellent Good service as well
  13. TL

    TammieL

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elvis lives! Great bartender.
  14. BK

    BriannaK

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were great, and I loved the whole fish for dinner.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was good & reservation was honored even earlier than our original time. Before 7 PM the yellowfin tuna burger was out, and the oysters were fraud a little crispy when I asked to be fried lately. Portions were adequate but quite small for the price.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for my husband’s birthday. We sat at the bar and talked to the Oyster Shuckers. They were amazing and gave us a lot of good information.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is excellent. Great service, food and atmosphere. The baked scallops are the fantastic.
  18. CP

    CloeyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bartender was nice and knowledgeable about the menu! Some dishes were a little salty but overall had a great experience!
  19. MT

    MichaelT

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Meet friends from out of town. Sat outside on patio. Service was very slow and a bit forgetful. Food was fine.
  20. SM

    StanM

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went there New Years Eve and the place was hopping! Server was very attentive as well as the rest of the staff. They made us feel special and very welcome. Good was great but the service blew us away.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and great service on New Year’s Eve! The food is outstanding (especially the oysters) and I would highlyrecommend this restaurant!!
  22. M

    Mable

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    We were in front of a refrigerator with sacks of clams. No offense, but I called many weeks in advance and didn’t feel like our table was the same ambiance as most of the restaurant.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have come to this place several times. On December 31st, the ceviche had too much ginger and I was not too impressed with the Paella. The other times we have been there the food was amazing. I wondered if they had a new Chef. The service is always great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food always great service always. Good value and super vibe!!
  25. SH

    SaraH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Incredible seafood- shrimp and cocktail sauce spectacular!
  26. LD

    LisaDGal

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rappahannock never disappoints. The oysters and small plates are delicious. The service is always great and the staff enjoyable.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service.
  28. P

    Pdsnyder123

    Charleston

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Baked clams, steamed shrimp,baked scallop imperial and burgers are just a few items that are amazing~~~~ Unfortunately noise level over the top
  29. D

    Dessie

    Cleveland

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Will definitely be back
  30. r

    robertjames

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rappahannock is a great spot for dinner. The staff is efficient and friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable and pleasant. The food is outstanding. The oysters are always amazing and the shrimp and grits are the best. Go and enjoy.
  31. DM

    DianeM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Rappahannock is a solid standby in our list of Charleston restaurants we frequently return to. They have a great outdoor space, a bustling bar scene with many high top tables and a huge bar, and finally, a quieter dining spot with traditional tables. There is usually ample on site free parking, too. Their happy hour snacks and drinks are very reasonably priced. But, the very best thing about Rappahannock are the *oysters* which hail mostly from SC and VA.
  32. T

    Trisha

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a variety of small plates. Every plate was aesthetically perfect and the delivery was awesome. Definitely some great food and craft beers.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had ANOTHER wonderful meal at Rappahannock! Cocktails, wine, oysters and entrees (paella, shrimp curry and hanger steak (cooked PERFECTLY!) Diana, our server, was a joy! Rappahannock is consistently great, that’s why it is our go-to place!
  34. W

    Wowed

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine here frequently and both find and service are always wonderful. Oysters are fresh as is the fish. Service is always warm and professional. Would highly recommend for value, service, ambiance and food.
  35. G

    Guineaman

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food = great, bar was righteous (Buffalo Trace). Saw friends there. Thanks so much
  36. D

    Dave

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Visiting Charleston for the holidays and ate dinner at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. The service was very good and the restaurant was very busy. The food was excellent! Highly recommend!
  37. e

    eatout

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best and freshest oysters. Awesome service. Love the bar tenders
  38. C

    Cynthia

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I highly recommend this restaurant - the oysters were absolutely the best I have ever eaten. Three of us ate four dozen oysters and each variety was just exceptional! My husband (not an oyster eater) said that the Tuna Tataki was the best that he has ever eaten. I tasted it and it was excellent! The Wreck fish, the scallops and the Paella, I can’t say enough about all of this. Lastly, this review would not be complete if I didn’t mention the most excellent and attentive service provided by Taryn. Special thanks to her, because it doesn’t matter how good the food is if you don’t have good service!
  39. NT

    NickT

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food is always good and consistent. Bloody Marys are very good and a good deal. Prices have gone up like everywhere. The Rap burger I think was a double in the past but now a single so kind of disappointed. Still will go back. Great staff and bartenders.
  40. E

    Erica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diane was amazing! We had the best Christmas Eve and the whole staff made us want to make this a family tradition!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston using the Order Online button. Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 576-4693.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.7 stars by 2162 OpenTable diners.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

701 E Bay Street, Suite 110, Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer free one hour parking 11:30am-5:00pm and unlimited free parking after 5:00pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Kelly

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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