Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

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579 reviews
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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.

Specials

Charleston's Best Oyster Happy Hour

Enjoy 1/2 off on our three Chesapeake oysters on the half shell and one featured for $1 each day. Also discounts on select beer and wine offerings as well as a happy hour bar menu. Join us on Tuesdays for burger night too!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 13, 2018

Ends: November 14, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times. The food is always good; the service is always good. The seafood is excellent especially the crab cakes when crab is in season.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great but the service was even better. We sat with Eli at the raw bar and had great conversation. The restaurant is beautiful and only scored ambiance as good as the restaurant was dead. Had it been a little busier it was would’ve been a 5 star experience!!

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PK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Neat place for drinks and appetizers. Note: Portions are quite small. Wine is excellent. Food was tasty! Would go back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Bar service was very very slow

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AC
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had to wait one hour for our table which we had a reservation for.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We absolutely loved trying the variety of oysters, so delicious. Amazing oyster shooters as well! We will definitely dine here again.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very fresh and well prepared. A little pricey, but pretty much on line with most downtown Charleston restaurants. Ample parking and relatively convenient location.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this oyster bar and you cannot beat the happy hour special, the servers are great, bar service has always been very slow and understaffed is when you get your drink immediately order another as it seems to take awhile. None the less the food is so amazing I can overlook the thirst!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic menu, great space, excellent food. We went very early on a Sunday evening so it was not crowded but I bet it has a lively and energetic vibe during prime dinner times. Will go back for sure and will recommend to visitors.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely NYE dinner here! Highly recommend it for any occasion!

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hit and miss with the food. Local bulls bay oysters tasted like the fridge :( Shrimp and grits good but temp not very hot. Interesting place and worth checking out. Baked clams delicious.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We Uber’ed off the beaten path specifically for this place. We reserved a high top table, but the restaurant called before we arrived to inform us that there was only bar seating. When we arrived, we were seated at the bar, but noted many high top tables available...
Our bartender (Jenna) was great! The baked oysters were small but delicious!! When we were ordering our main course, we informed our other bartender (Rob) of my husbands food allergies. Most nice restaurants and their chefs will work with us to accommodate food restrictions- especially seafood restaurants because everything is fresh. However, Rob returned from the kitchen to inform us that my husband would only be able to eat oysters and salad due to his grain allergy. I don’t know if it was the chef or the bartender who didn’t want to accommodate by grilling a simple fish and adding veggies... but we were very disappointed. We had to leave and eat elsewhere :(

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AW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service.

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ML
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a large group in for New Years and made the reservation. Service and food were wonderful.

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m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place. They could be a bit friendlier! No comfy seating for couples, just high pub seats. Food’s fine.

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J
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, oysters, caviar, octopus, ice cream and service. Will be back!

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Get the octopus!! It is amazing!!! Also our waitress was extremely nice and had great recommendations. Their homemade hot sauce was incredible!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined on Christmas Eve--a challenge for some restaurants. The staff in the bar - friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Gave us great oyster advice. The oysters were spot on--the Old Salts our favorite. The shrimp ceviche exceptional, with jalapeno, lime and fennel. Housed in a old cigar factory dating back to the 1880s, the atmosphere was hip but true to the area.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve tasting menu was delicious and the staff was absolutely amazing
We plan on returning aoon

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Christmas Eve dinner! Excellent value for a seven course dinner. Would highly recommend. Easy seating & low noise if with older family.

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B
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There was such a large tour group booked there that the noise level was unsavory. The food was excellent and the waitress was really good at staying on top of our needs with so many people in the restaurant. I expected a lively vibe on Christmas Eve, but seeing the huge group with tags around their necks was not what I expected. It detracted from an otherwise exceptional lunch. Plus, we received word that we did not honor our reservation from OpenTable and that was totally incorrect.

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ND
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the service was great! Our son from Maryland enjoyed the seafood.

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The entire experience is first rate...from the General Manager, Kyle's, welcome, to the Chef, Kevin, and Melissa the bar manager everyone made our evening delightful. Oh, and the food is fantastic...fresh seafood and some of the best grits I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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AD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I've had in a long time at a restaurant. Wide variety of choices so there's something for everyone. Lambs and clams was one of our favorite dishes of the night but all 6 of us were very pleased with our food. Service was fast and friendly. Parking was available.

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JG
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make reservations to sit at the bar so you can chat with the top notch bartenders while you eat creative, perfectly prepared seafood dishes. Make sure to try Mel’s egg nog as a finishing touch to dinner fit for a foodie.

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j
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PERFECTLY cooked seafood. Great service. Good, creative cocktails. An all-around excellent restaurant for seafood lovers.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We dined here for brunch on Saturday. The shrimp and grits were amazing - unexpected and superb. We also had two dozen oysters, mix of all the available selection. They did not disappoint. Very fresh and delicious. Will definitely go bsvk

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Just did not like the menu or food. Waiter hovered constantly and did not read our table or desire to be left slone

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E
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super wait staff. Great oysters. Nice menu choices.

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Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal with excellent service.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This was a huge disappointment .......we had a 12:30 reservation for lunch the day after Thanksgiving. We arrived on time and were seated promptly. From there, it was all downhill. The service was so slow it was ridiculous. Our server was very nice and tried hard but nothing was moving. It took about 20 minutes to get a drink. The food came out at 2:00. We were repeatedly told everyone was “backed up”.....no kidding.....but that should be the restaurant’s problem, not ours. My husband’s burger was cold. The oysters were good but the tuna tartare and beet salad was all beets and no tuna. The trout was very good, I was told. One of our party went to the bar to get a glass of wine after waiting for a good long time. The manager seemed totally disinterested while watching this disastrous scene play out. I am afraid he took it out on our server. He should have come over to apologize instead of just standing around. It will be a very long time before we go back, if ever.....we had out of town guests and were totally embarrassed . There are lots of other restaurants in town .......

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rappahannock holds up well as a more casual alternative to The Ordinary. Dishes are fresh and explore new flavors in ways that your average fried seafood shack doesn't. Highly recommend the ceviche and oyster stew, of course in addition to the raw oyster selection (mix of Virginia-sourced and local).

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Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was perfect. The dessert was unbelievable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and service!!

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were great and the service was better. But you just try the Octopus!!!!

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TH
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TLC. That’s what my wife and I needed after landing back home in Charleston after traveling to my mom’s funeral services. We knew we’d get Tender Loving Care from General Manager Kyle and his team at Rappahonick and that’s exactly what they delivered.

Warm, welcome service... great food, including the best oysters in town and some of the coolest, hard to find wines that you can enjoy.

I highly recommend this restaurant and their happy hour specials are excellent!

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l
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect food and service! The caviar set up is wonderful- great treat for a special night!

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CC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The oyster stew should be a larger portion.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Bday dinner

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l
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and good food. While very good food, it is overpriced for what it is. Love the venue!!! Parking is easy. Portions small.

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