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About Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

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.

701 E Bay Street, Suite 110
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Columbus

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 576-4693

Website:
http://www.rroysters.com/restaurants/rappbarchs

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

Executive Chef:
Kevin Kelly

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (44)
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Local Ingredients (33)
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Special Occasion (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Happy Hour (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Seasonal (11)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (9)
Romantic (9)
Great Beer (8)
Quick Bite (8)
People Watching (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

You'll love the place. The food is very good and well thought out by the chef, and the atmosphere is definitely living up to the Cigar Factory revamped scenery.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Spicy, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great service, amazing experience!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Oysters are the best thing about this place! Our service was fair but I think the kitchen was having difficulty getting food out due to the number of customers tonight
Whole snapper was great, small trout dish was nice but short rib small plate was somewhat salty.. overall a nice evening. will return another time but not on the weekend

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Fun restaurant with lots of great seafood choices. Tried the seafood platter, which was great, along with a bread flight.(not that impressed) and a couple main dishes (including an interesting take on shrimp and grits that we loved). It's a popular place and the noise level can get high, I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for a quiet or secluded spot. Servers were friendly and attentive.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Small portions . Food was good but not distinctive. Staff was friendky

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·Dined 6 days ago

This is a great find. Authentic seafood restaurant (meaning the food depends on the catch and it isn't fried) with a good ambience. The oysters are fantastic and we squeaked into the happy hour pricing. The service is friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Service was fantastic, food was amazing. Rappa-Oysters were great and for only $1 per oyster during Happy Hour!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Went with my husband for date night. The food and atmosphere was great. We shared a platter and an appetizer, which was plenty of food. Staff was pleasant and quick

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, the food and service were exceptional. Our waitress suggested various options based on what each of us were looking for--and then the food all came out as wonderful as it had sounded. Fabulous place to dine--brunch or dinner, or Happy Hour!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and awesome service. Menu not overbearing and the ingredients were fresh. Awesome experience!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love this place! Must try the grilled oysters with jalapeño butter! I’ve been a few times now and everything I have had has been delicious. Service is outstanding and chef’s attention to detail is meticulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Fantastic happy hour and some seriously delicious oysters. Service was top notch as well. I would absolutely go back for happy hour or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for NYE and it was great. Everything we ordered was delicious. The atmosphere is awesome.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been there for lunch and dinner and have enjoyed our experience both times.
Will definitely be back.
GREAT Fish Dip and Charred Octopus!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious, original...elevated local seafood with great service ( something that's often missing here in Charleston.) Going back very soon!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fun, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

They were out of several things. Food came out at odd times. Got entrees 1.5 hours after we arrived. Soup was good when it finally arrived. Would not go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great oysters! fine service, fun atmosphere, on site free parking, wonderful bread and aoili.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious and fresh oysters! Lucy (our server) was excellent. We tried a few items from menu and shared among the table. Leave room for the s’mores dessert!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food and service but very small portions, not worth the money, by far. Recommend anyone going there for dinner should stop at McDonalds first so they don’t leave hungry

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Expensive but excellent food. Especially the whole flounder, crispy with spices. Ask them to de-bone it for you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My wife really enjoyed the raw oysters. Service was great, we were well looked after! Other small dishes we tried we great as well.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was slow. Food quantity was poor compared to other restaurants in Charleston

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had a very nice lunch here. Good fresh seafood, loved the ceviche Excellent service, reasonable wine selection, very convenient parking. Would go again

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service by Sarah was outstanding. The oysters were first rate. Great place. Reasonable prices.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very nice. Enjoyed it.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our experience at Rappahannock was very pleasurable, although the meal lasted 3 hours. We were in no hurry, because it was family celebrating Christmas. My only complaint is that they would not accept my $25 dining certificate from Open Table. I was very confused about this, as I had made the reservation through Open Table, and as it comes to your phone as a gift card, all they would have needed to do was punch in the numbers. Very strange. Maybe they need to be educated on how this works.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The grilled oysters with jalepeno butter are among the best I have ever had.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was great and the service was even better. Delicious selection of oysters and seafood plates! Not many options for vegetarians, but being an oyster bar, I didn't expect much. The salad was really good and the rest of our group really loved the shrimp and grits and the lamb and clams! Everyone was very satisfied!

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing seafood! Not over done but pure, clean, fabulous food! We love this place and brought our family here from out of state over the holidays - it was even better than the last time. Must try - their unique shrimp and grits and octopus!
Very Casual very delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A couple were visiting from NYC and loved it. Excellent menu choices. Fresh and a variety of seafood dishes that were each prepared as if it was the specialty.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

My mom and I went out for a birthday dinner at Rappahannock. We decided to try an oyster bar for something a little bit different than our usual cuisine. We had some questions about the oysters and a couple of other items on their menu. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. The food was fantastic! A nice twist in the traditional southern dishes. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A lovely evening with terrific food and top notch service. The room is not so special, but who cares when you’re eating a divine oyster pan roast?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We stumbled upon this restaurant after a friend recommended it. We had limited amount of time before we had to go to the airport to pick up a friend, but the food came out fast and was wonderful. I highly recommend the grilled oysters and the beer mussels. We loved this restaurant so much we came back again before our flight home.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The oysters were really good. Great happy hour treat. Had the baked whole founder. It was delicious!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I found the food very good but the price value was significantly lacking. Too little for too much. Good for a beer...

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I have frequented this place a few times now and every time it has been delicious! The service is great! The oysters are yummy! The hot sauce is to die for!

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We enjoyed the venue very much. We were on a business trip and it was the perfect spot to entertain and unwind after a long day of meetings. The staff was outstanding and the atmosphere is fantastic!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As always, Rappahannock did not disappoint. A Thursday lunch was fabulous.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We visited on a quiet Monday night so the place wasn’t very busy. Rappahannoc’s menu is strongly seafood oriented as you would expect and they do a very nice job with impeccable service. The oyster choices were excellent and entrees creative. The only caution i have is that the place can get rather pricey. Dinner for two with a dozen oysters, two small plates, and three glasses of House Wine each came to over $120 exclusive of tip.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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