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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.6
4.6
1998 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 22 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 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 1,998 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. MA

    MaryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and drink. I would definitely recommend!
  2. BW

    BenW

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    It took 20 minutes after we were seated before anyone showed up at our table with water. Five minutes after that the waitress finally showed. When I politely remarked at the length of our wait she remarked "well it is Saturday night you know". Not the first apology or recognition of the delay which, by the way, you don't find in other restaurants in Charleston on a Saturday night. The lid on the water bottle was encircled with a green, mold like substance which was naturally concerning. The restroom was filthy (I'll spare the details) and led one to wonder did they not have anyone responsible to ensure their restrooms were kept in a condition commensurate with fine dining (which the prices clearly indicated we were experiencing). The waitress disappeared after delivering the bill, and eventually I hunted down the hostess who apologetically provided assistance. Worth note, they were busy and a number of erstwhile employees were clearly hustling. In summary, if you want an excellent Po Boy, don't mind sitting at the bar, and don't have a small bladder, then this is the place for you. Otherwise, Charleston has much better to offer.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The baked scallop was the best I’ve ever had!
  4. NR

    NicoleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and drink! It was very busy and our waitress managed to handle the situation very professionally.
  5. NS

    NancyS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful!
  6. JI

    JIMGHIND

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service, great seafood , tasty drinks
  7. KG

    KevinG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Shrimp and grits best wife ever had.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dinner with friends
  9. DA

    DanaA

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of oysters. We pretty much tried all the small patters and they were amazing. Had all the oyster options on the menu, great selections. Shrimp and grits had what we be levied to be squid ink- absolutely not a fan. Don't recommend that. Everything else was wonderful. Had a good section of whiskeys, bourbons, and other spirits.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the raw bar and Scottie gave us wonderful education while he skillfully shucked the oysters! Great food , wine, and conversation! I’ll certainly visit again the next time I’m in town!
  11. J

    Joyful1

    Detroit

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! We were happy to be able to get in on a Saturday night but we had to sit at the bar. Jon problem except that’s the reason why i rate it loud. But that wasn’t a problem for us. I had a very well made martini and hubby had wine. The bar servers were friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is casual and fun. The oysters were amazing! My tomato and cheese carpaccio was just delicious! I could’ve ordered it again and again! My husband had Scallops Imperial which was luscious but VERY rich. We both had the Crab Cakes and were delighted by them. When we return to Charleston, we are absolutely positive we will come back again!
  12. G

    George

    Charleston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters in Charleston! the shrimp and grits were amazing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, atmosphere and the fresh seafood was outstanding! Scottie at the shucker station made us feel as if we were family and regulars. Be back this coming Friday again. Delicious!
  14. G

    Gigi22great

    Charleston

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about this place! Consistently good!
  15. JP

    JoiP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Clayton was incredible. He was very knowledgeable, personable and kind. He truly elevated our dining experience and will never forget it. And the food was top notch and am so glad we got to experience it
  16. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A little pricey but food was fresh and delicious.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & great service!
  18. BB

    BlackhawkBob

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Rappahanock Oyster bar is a fantastic dining destination. The oysters are typically fantastic and sometimes great daily deals on certain kinds are available. Be sure to ask your server. Other dishes, particularly the appetizers, are always tasty. The vibe is the pleasant and the staff is energetic and friendly. What's not to like?
  19. j

    josephj

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have lunch quiet
  20. CS

    ChristopherS

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Then menu was overall nice but the food was consistently NOT seasoned. What do I mean by not seasoned? Not even basic salt and pepper. However the oysters were amazing. The cheesecake was good except us was supposed to have a cherry compote but instead was blackberries which added too many seeds to the texture of the dish. The server was okay but not attentive to our needs. The manager was pleasant when we had to address concerns. I beg of you do not do the shrimp and grits if you are looking for some good Ol Charleston Low Country Shrimp and grits.
  21. KL

    KathrynL

    Cleveland

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are not from Charleston. My husband hoped to have oysters. He said they were the best he has had. Outstanding. We also enjoyed our entrees and the dessert cheesecake. Great meal and terrific service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing crab cake
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  24. j

    jen59

    Charlotte

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was our second time here, another great meal, can count on fresh and well prepared food, paul was our server-did a great job, we really enjoyed our meal and would highly recommend the fish spread appetizer
  25. JW

    JamesW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Tasty food but noise level was high but not sure they can do anything about it.
  26. E

    Eliot

    West Palm Beach

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. We really like oysters, but don't know one from the other. Our server was able to give us an accurate description of each kind that was available, and helped us make the right choices. The fish Milanese and the crab cake were superb; no filler in the crab cake at all, just lump crab meat. All in all, an excellent experience.
  27. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The baked scallop dish was delicious. The Rappahannock oysters fresh and buttery. Yum!
  28. C

    Cyndip

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great oysters! Staff is friendly and service is great!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best crabcake I've ever had. Highly recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Slow service. Oysters were good. Paella portion very small for the price but it was tasty.
  31. s

    sthayer44

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place! Great combination of food, ambiance, and service. Andrew the GM is a rock star and his staff is terrific! Highly recommend.
  32. RW

    RickyW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Scallops were unbelievable! Had to sit outside but was fine. Inside would have been better.
  33. WS

    WilliamS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here multiple times. The food is always on target. The staff is helpful, professional and they go out of their way to be of service. Well done!!!
  34. PE

    PatriciaE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Raw Oysters were delish. However, Iwas very disappointed in the small plate prep. Was not as we remembered. New chef perhaps? I don't know but my baked scallops were inedible and the baked oysters were pedestrian. I sent my scallops back but was still charged. I actually had an upset stomach for the rest of the day and that was after tasting just a bite. I don't need to go back.
  35. TM

    TripMan

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and the service was very good. Our server had an amazing knowledge of oysters and the menu
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was incredible & service matched. Could’ve used some fans outside to circulate air a bit. We’ll add this to our mix of go to places when in town.
  37. RD

    RobD

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Recommendations were appreciated and very good. Our waitress wasn’t the friendliest, she came across like we were a bother. Regardless of that part of our experience we would highly recommend this restaurant!
  38. JL

    JenL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dining experience! The only negative is that it does get very noisy as the restaurant fills up. The drinks were great and food was fantastic!
  39. SL

    SweetLexi

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch spot with tasty food.
  40. G

    George

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters in Charleston! Had the paella, it was outstanding.

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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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.6 stars by 1998 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 22 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

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 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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