Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.7
1446 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
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vipGalah
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great oysters!

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JudyJP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious. We will go back every time we visit the City.

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JMW1503
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous find. Good, service and ambiance all excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience with Alex! A bit loud at first from the bar crowd but phenomenal experience

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LewisD
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service and food were fine. Staff was very friendly.

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Beachbound
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michael our server was knowledgeable and hospitable.

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vipL5JW
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, especially their small plates: baked clams, snapper tartare, and smoked fish dip with homemade saltines. They were all spot on.
The pan seared local fish entree was excellent and well prepared, although I found the heritage rice a little too crunchy for my taste, which is apparently how it's supposed to be.
Chocolate budino for dessert was a pleasant ending. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

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KimberlyN
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience, set at the bar , Alex was superb. Very knowledgeable and helpful concerning menu and make wonderful suggestions for drinks I had a French 75, perfectly balanced. Of course great food makes a good restaurant- a great restaurant has a lot to do with the staff. Alex made our experience GREAT
Bake clams yummy small, crab cake specialty not on the menu all blue crab no filler, baked imperial scallops beautifully cook. Their advertising is VERY true. Only the freshest of seafood. Black garlic Shrimp and grits was delightful. The earthiness of the black garlic paired with the grit. Delightful for the taste buds!

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IkeF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great value, good decor, easy parking, one of my go to oyster spots in town!

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vipkillerbunnies88
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Alex treated us superbly, food was excellent and ambiance was great.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters and the fish dishes were awesome. Highly recommend!

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Oma48
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at bar. Bartender friendly and engaging. Oysters were great, as well as crab cake and mussels. Enjoyable evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails! So glad we visited!

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MirandaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the location in DC earlier this summer, and were so excited to find that there was a Charleston location too! It did not disappoint! Our server, Michael, was amazing and so attentive. We had oysters and bar snacks during happy hour, and all the food was great. Try the fish bites! We will be back!

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Sherry
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a good seafood restaurant in Charleston you can’t go wrong here! Excellent service and delicious food. I had the flounder Milanese that was ever so lightly breaded and served with a grilled lemon and green salad. The delicate taste of the flounder was not overcome by the crisp coating and topped off by the enhanced taste of the grilled lemon. The greens were topped with a lite vinagrette with the thinnest of zest of a lemon. All in all a perfect lunch. And the size was definitely a dinner offering. Perfect.
My friend was pleased with her scallops
In a creamy sauce and the ideal luncheon size.

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ALG17
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. The sauces provided with the raw oysters were delicious and the kid’s grilled cheese and fries was a surprisingly generous portion and very tasty - my son scarfed it down. The service was excellent.

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LDDD
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This restaurant is probably more suited for tourist not locals!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Manager Alex is wonderful. We enjoyed the evening!!!

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Shawnkatt1
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service!

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vipFrankH
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best crab crabs I’ve ever had. Oysters were excellent. Wife had curry shrimp which was also great. Good service, nice atmosphere, fabulous experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful! best oysters and mussels in charleston!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, cool environment, and can be fairly cheap if you play your cards right!

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FrankG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent table. Excellent service. Excellent food. The whole grilled snapper was awesome, along with the ceviche. Oysters great as well. Nicely done!

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micheleb
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was knowledgeable about menu items and made excellent recommendations.

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NickT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sever was great! Food was great and fresh! Drinks great too!

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vipKellyW
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu. She was super efficient, as well as the person that suggested a totally delish sparkling wine for our caviar and oyster feast!!

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Perce
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! The oysters and flounder were excellent!

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vipWendy
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I love this place, but last night the service was very very slow. It took us almost 25 minutes to get a drink and our wine.
The server brought a ginger ale twice that was only seltzer - he did apologize but I guess the gun was not working. They were out of one of the oysters we ordered and the ones we ordered did not taste a bit briny so I think they just gave us what they had and not the Old Salts we ordered. The fish Milanese was amazing and so was the shrimp and grits. We will go back but I do hope the service is better next time.

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LorraineC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dianes menu knowledge led us to great choices. The oysters and presentation were on point and the crabcake was the best we ever had!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, they let us sit at an outside table, because one of the members of our party has vision problems. They were very busy, but the waiter was very helpful. Next time I am in Charleston I will deft have it on my list of favorites.

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vipLawrenceL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, superior consistent food, great space, stunning bar and PARKING! It’s our “Cheers”. Dontt miss it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for oysters! mussels were delicious as was the caviar and homemade chips. would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really nice restaurant. Service was good. We definitely recommend the oysters. Only (small) downside was that it was further from downtown/historic district than we thought. Not really walking distance.

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NancyW
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was good. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was unique and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Drop off of college student

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vipWeezie
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place!

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vipGeorge
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a great spot. Wonderful oysters. Chef Kevin is amazing. our go to place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Expensive. Music far too loud.

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Jennifer
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went here for my boyfriends birthday last night. We had reservations and it was pretty nice out so we sat outside. It was ONE HOUR between the time I ordered my wine and the time that I received it. One hour i waited for my very first drink. Waiter profusely apologized but didn’t have any solutions for us. When asked about it, our server told us to go yell at the bartender LOL…
Food:
3/10 things ordered did not show up
2/10 things were cold
0 were worth the wait
Waiter made it known that he was not thrilled splitting the checks so each couple could get their own. There were 3 couples. When I got my bill back, my credit card did not make it back. The waiter suggested I somehow lost it and asked me 10x if I’m sure that I didn’t have it. He then found it randomly “by the bar”. These are the highlights. Worst experience in Charleston so far. Been here for 8 years.

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JanetW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service were great! Outside dining experience could have been a little bit better. Next time we will eat inside!

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.7 stars by 1446 OpenTable diners.

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