Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.6
1494 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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SarahM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Angie, our server was great. From beginning to end great meal. Only issue was price of local oysters. Otherwise great meal.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was fantastic!! Excellent meals and ambiance was perfect.

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vipGoodEatsHunter16
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our second time here - was much more impressed by the food this time. Happy hour appetizers were delicious and the oysters were on point (ordered 3 dozen) for the table. The whole fish was great. Docked a star because they were out of a few menu items and low on dessert options. But it was an enjoyable evening. The staff was really nice and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner during Happy Hour! Delicious oysters, delicious small plates ( Szechuan shrimp with toast points, kimchi baked oysters)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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vipAlaineL
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service folks totally forgot about us - took over a 1/2 hour to place an order and then another 20-30 minutes for some of it to show up. Some never showed. Food was fine but overall, not a very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you love oysters this is definitely the place to be! We sat at the bar on a very busy Saturday night where a half dozen bartenders & the manager were in “all hands on deck” mode. The restaurant was packed, as was the bar, but even with all the small plates, entrees, large trays of oysters, etc being served the staff was very attentive and welcoming. Industrial chic & comfortable decor in an old cigar factory too. All in all, very good food with excellent ambiance.

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RichardD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Wodeful service superior food…. Highly recommended.

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SallieC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Mussels and grilled oysters were excellent. Fish and chips, Wagyu steak and curried shrimp were also excellent. Red fish that was the day's special was disappointing and expensive, and we worried we'd have to take my son through a drive-through after dinner for something to eat!! . Service was horrible; it appeared that there were only two servers to cover the entire restaurant and patio as well (maybe a few wait staff called in sick?), and our waiter tried his best, but was just stretched too thin! Loved the atmosphere and building!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first night in Charleston. The oysters were bland. They didn’t have any flavor. We tried all the different types even the “guests”. One of us got the shrimp and grits which were good and another had the fish Milanese which was WONDERFUL.

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vipCHSYankee
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I appreciate that everyone is understaffed and trying to do their best but this place is completely disorganized and seemingly indifferent to their customers. Also extremely disappointed that the staff is not wearing masks. A huge management failure in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

To start, I will say the one positive was that it’s super cute and has a great energetic atmosphere. However, the service and food was horrible. It took forever to get our drinks and our food order was messed up. The grilled oysters seemed like they sat under a heat lamp until they pretty much dried up. The server forgot to bring us plates and took close to 10 minutes to get his attention. Even the bread (how can you go wrong with bread?!) was blah. The mussels tasted like horse manure. It was the worst dining experience ever. We will never go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first time eating there. We enjoyed it and will come back!

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vipGJMSC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nikki, our server, was delightful and efficient. The food was delicious. Our only issue was with the hostess. We were seated at a table closest to the kitchen. One of our party is hearing impaired so we asked to be moved to a booth for that reason. The hostess told us the booth was reserved for a party of 5, which we accepted. However, shortly thereafter, she seated a party of 3 at that booth.

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was horrible. Waiter first approached the table after 10 minutes of waiting. Took 20 minutes for initial draft beer to reach the table. Waiter didn’t take food order until about 45 minutes after sitting down and then served food without cutlery/silverware. Manager feigned interest. We don’t ask for much but really!?!

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vipCarolinaGirl
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, from the oysters to daily fish special to shrimp and grits to the burger. Acoustics are challenging for conversation. Happy to tip the shuckers but maybe there’s a better way than another tip line on the check?

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Charlestonyokel
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The scallops and mussels were Devine. Also enjoyed the Spanish-style cheesecake.

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vipShaunC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

First time visiting…. the service and drinks were good, the food was not what we expected.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rappahannock! We come several times every time we’re in Charleston!!

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vipRussellD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice oysters, great fish, very nice ceviche. good wine list👍👍

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vipRichardH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were excellent,worth the trip,great osyters

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vipBrent
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great oysters, Sunday special $1 per Great!

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vipLocal
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Rappahannock Oyster Bar outperformed. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating. Tried their beat to work with a larger party. Food was excellent. Very fresh

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vipBeautiful
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Nice ambiance. Friendly service. Don't be in a hurry as it takes a while for the food to arrive.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! It was delicious. We had clams, mussels, pursuers and grouper. All excellent!

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YazB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was great, food was excellent the only thing was the time frame on receiving our food was a bit long.

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MartinC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and quality. Highly recommend the slaw as a side. Oysters were great as were the craft cocktails.

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BigRed
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very nice and allowed me to switch tables to be away from the bar since my mother has trouble hearing. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about food, he as able to answer all of our questions and accommodate dietary restrictions. The scallops and beef tartare were to die for, we really enjoyed our visit!

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vipXfactor1
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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KahlaH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience!

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DeniseM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we enjoyed a delightful experience at Rappahonnock. The place was quite busy and the talented servers did their utmost to please. My husband enjoyed the oysters while I had a fresh bib salad. Instead of a seafood filet dinner, we each had a sandwich, the Shrimp Po'Boy and the Oyster Po'Boy. We agreed the shrimp was superior in its taste and crunchy texture.
Be prepared for great food and great service. The interior space is loud when crowded.

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Worthyourtime
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good place overall. The only issue is that they advertise Happy Hour oysters at $2 when the regular price is also $2. That means they should not be considered a happy hour item.

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AliceM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and presentation. We ate outside on the lovely, nicely lit patio and had a delightful evening. I look forward to returning.

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DDRanch
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always like to take my clients there for after work drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. I always love the blackened shrimp and grits! Great service (thanks Michael!). We sat outside and the weather in September was beautiful.

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LoisD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw Rappahonnock oyster were sweet and delightful. The grilled oysters with butter and jalapeños were sublime. The shrimp and grits had black garlic mushrooms on top that was just incredible.
My husband had a drink special, a Rosie Somethingor other, that he enjoyed.
The home made ice creams, vanilla, mint chocolate chip and peach/blackberry were smooth, sweet and creamy.
Our waiter, Anthony, was very nice and very helpful.
Great experience.

KM
KatieMc
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Absolutely loved the ambiance and food! Our server seemed to be having an off night, but it wouldn't stop us from returning.

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SoleLuna
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall was good but we have to wait after we ordered food a good 20 mins, portion were small. The shrimps and grits were quite salty but the red snapper tartare and the Milanese were divine

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.6 stars by 1494 OpenTable diners.

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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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