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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston, Charleston, SC
Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston, Charleston, SC
Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston, Charleston, SC
Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston, Charleston, SC
Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston, Charleston, SC

Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.7
4.7
2488 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

8:30 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 2,488 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Good for groups

  • Charleston

    Seafood

2,488 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and great oysters. Other entrees - grouper, mahi mahi and paella were also excellent. A great place for weekend lunch!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of Charleston’s BEST!!! Seafood is out of this world

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  3. LizO

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate at the bar and the food was excellent. The bartender was friendly. We didn’t have to wait long for the food. The drinks were made well. The place has a nice ambiance. I ordered scallops which was considered a small plate and it was plenty of food. I had never had scallops prepared the way they were and I was pleasantly surprised. My friend had linguini and clams and they were very good. Other friends had the oysters and liked them. I’m from California and if I come back to St.Charleston I would definitely return.

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  4. WalterS

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent Music was loud for lunch time when conversation are important Ran out of cream or milk for coffee which is unheard of

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  5. suziedewitt

    Seattle

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED this place!! We are not oyster people! We LOVED the bar-b-que & the grilled oysters. We had a great time, our server , Chase, was awesome and made great recommendations!! We’d definitely come back. Not cheap but worth every penny. The wine was delish. Highly recommend Rappahannock!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a go to place for my husband and I when we visit Charleston. Every visit we get a dozen of Rappahannock oysters, a Po’ Boy, and either the smoked fish dip or crab dip. It’s truly phenomenal and definitely a highlight to our trip!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience with Rappahannock was perfection! Diana was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The mid-day mocktail was wonderful. The caviar was delicious! Everything we ordered was amazing!

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  8. PattiW

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Kaylee was wonderful. Quiet night , food and drinks brought quickly. Our table of four ordered Shrimp and grits (2) and Crab cake (2). Both were delicious but could have been a little warmer. Shrimp and grits are a different take on the standard , the black garlic sauce was really good. The Crab cakes had a ton of lump meat and virtually no filler. We closed down the night but were not hurried out. Highly recommend including the on site parking at the Cigar Factory.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Our server, Diana, was amazing! Knowledgeable, welcoming, efficient. Her recommendations were spot on. Food was well prepared, not overly salty, well seasoned and Devine

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great all round! Great food and drinks, loved the brick building, great service.

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  11. TonyS

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for a casual Sunday afternoon dinner. We were there early and noise level was moderate but as the place filled up assume noise level would increase.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered small plates to share: Baked Clams, crab dip and scallops imperial. All were outstanding but the scallops were exceptional! Faith, our waitress, was very friendly, taking time to go over the menu, answering our questions and taking very good care of us. She is a real asset to your restaurant! Looking forward to returning!

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  13. jani

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    we enjoyed the lunch very much . except bar service very slow . We were told short on staff

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great, as well as the food and overall experience. But we had reservations for bar… and we’re seated at a table because the bar was full.

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  15. teresahs

    Charleston

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    These things were delicious - raw oysters, fried oysters, crab dip and bloody Marys. The child's fish and chips was a very measly piece of fish. It looked kind of like a fish stick. My husband ordered shrimp and grits. The waitress told him that the shrimp are covered in some kind of black sauce. My husband is an adventurous eater, so he was up for trying it. It was TERRIBLE! I can't believe anyone likes the black shrimp. Seriously, I'm not a picky eater at all, but we both thought it was not edible.

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  16. Denise

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pricey and small portion. Drinks came after the meal. Shrimp was black. :(

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and oysters were great! Other food ??? Staff is great.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The oysters & clams were excellent, as was the service. We sat at the oyster bar.

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  19. JohnN

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent fodder especially the scallops. Oysters are superb. Friendly attentive servers. Lively ambience

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  20. CathyM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent oysters and great drinks and fun with the bartenders! Friendly atmosphere, good food and an absolutely great server always makes the experience, and we had that last night in Kailee. First time here, and we will definitely be back for more oysters!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service, flounder had no taste to it. Salad and apprisers we served with the meal.

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  22. Andy

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We reserved an outdoor table a few days in advance, but received a call just before arriving saying that the heaters outside weren't working. At reception we interacted with 5 different people in succession, which bordered between confusing and funny. Staff were clearly a bit overwhelmed on Valentine's Day (understandable) but I noticed they were also training new people for some reason. The food itself is enjoyable but not quite on par with the top tier places in the city--though the prices are ($48 paella). They don't normally serve local oysters, but they had them on special (at a mark-up) for Valentine's Day. It's basically Pearlz, but labeling itself as gourmet and charging 50% more for raw oysters.

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  23. KarenK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and the grilled oysters are why we come here! Great oyster bar w amazing drinks as well. Scallops also were really good and the salads were perfect. Shout out to the crab cakes too

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  24. DonnaM

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I shared the baked scallops which were amazing. My husband ordered the Shrimp & Gritts and I had the crab cake. The food was wonderful as well as our server Kailee!!

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  25. Bruegg

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, casual, interesting food & atmosphere! Fun night!

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  26. AngelaDrake

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could give TEN stars for service , I would ! Love the fresh seasonal menu as well ! Hot oysters ! Fresh local fish ! Love it !

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  27. SherrP

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab cake & grouper were fantastic!! Best ever! Faith was an outstanding & cheerful waitress!! We will be back! Thank you

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  28. RayM

    Pinehurst

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and our server was the best! And the oysters were great too!

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  29. Rcpa

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent grilled oysters Great take on shrimp and grits

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  30. HeatherB

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant in great location with incredible food. We will be back!

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  31. MarleyB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal! Great service! Overall a wonderful time. Our party stayed a little after closing because we were having such a nice meal and lost track of the time but the restaurant never made us feel like we had over stayed our welcome. Southern hospitality and cuisine at its finest!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely recommend! Will go back when in town again.

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  33. RobinE

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food. Very busy night but service still good. One of our go to places.

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  34. Remy93

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience here. The bartender was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. His humor kept us entertained. The Rappahannock oysters were some of the best I have ever had and the smoked fish dip was DEFINITELY the best I’ve had (and I have had a lot.) Our bottle of wine was spot on (and it was half priced bottle night so a bonus.) We were there for happy hour so the oysters were $2 bucks each which was great. We will return.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great oysters! Great service ! Taren was the best and made our dinner amazing. Thank you !

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  36. RahmanK

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Are here after running the Charleston half marathon. Perfect post race celebration choice!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are visiting from the Raleigh-Durham area and decided to eat here last minute. Food was great, but the service was wha made our experience amazing! Our set was so enthusiastic and passionate about the restaurant and made great recommendations.

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  38. ZachA

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were amazing! Highly recommend….good atmosphere

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  39. bkmorris

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good and our waitress was excellent and made excellent recommendations. She was there when we needed her and left us alone when we needed our privacy.

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  40. DavidC

    Cleveland

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Rappahannock since they opened. They never fail to impress with food and service. Happy hour is one of the best in the low country. Oysters for $2/each! Great selection of food but definitely try the crab cake or fish Milanese.

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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

FAQs

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 2488 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

8:30 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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