Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.7
1570 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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CharlestonSCVisitor
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go, ask for Michael (from Anderson). Our server was such a wonderful host, describing each plate with detail like a proud artist. We began with a toast, enjoying our sparkling Spanish Cava. We then enjoyed oysters, shrimp & grits, and shrimp curry. The chocolate raspberry martinis, after dinner, were delightful. Yes, we indulged and it was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in early December (that have heat lamps but we didn't need them). Such a treat to be outside at this time of year. I had shrimp and grits which is blackened and absolutely delicious. The shrimp curry was equally nice. Our server was Michael and was attentive and funny. Great casual evening in a great setting. Highly recommended! Helen

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vipCarmenMariaM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I were visiting Charleston , S. C. & specifically looking for fresh oysters & various seafood/fish. We hit the jackpot with Rappahannock Oyster Bar.
We had a dozen oysters, Jalapeño Oysters, Ceviche with Tortilla Chips, BlackGarlic Shrimps with Grits, Collard Greens & Napa Cabbage, accompanied with a very nice fry Rose wine.
Last, but certainly, not least, Michael, our waiter, was attentive, pleasant & quite knowledgeable.

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DennisC
Charleston
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining. Will not be the last. The best place for oysters I have ever eaten at. Also have a nice selection of other seafood. Great service.

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vipNancyM
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The catch of the day!
Wonderful.

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Skip
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great oyster and fish menus. Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice location, menu, food, music, customer service. The managers and team are all kind and friendly, looking after the customers with details and professionalism. I am vegan, and I was delighted by the choices provided for me. I will recommend the restaurant to everyone.

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cybr
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Have eaten at most of the east coast spots and are all excellent. Can not wait to try LA in December. Keep up the great job.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drive in from Chattanooga TN and this is always our go to spot for exceptional dining experiences. Fantastic drinks, attention, and service. The oysters are great. Executive Chef Kevin Kelly really has it going on with his culinary delights.

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JeffersonS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

The location is very cool, we received a very warm welcome, and our waitress was pleasant. We were seated at a table right by the kitchen, which at first seemed ok but took away from the ambiance. It was very loud. The food was great though. We sampled each of the selection of oysters, and decided that the Olde Salt Oysters were our favorite. I ordered the steamed clams entree and my husband ordered the whole grilled fish (snapper). The clams were nice, the broth was flavorful. The grilled fish was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters!!!

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vipVeroca
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, marvelous barista and cocktails and good service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my daughter there for dinner. Great atmosphere. Service and food was great. I will definitely be eating here on future visits to Charleston.

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TriciaC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ashley provided some of the best service we have ever received at a restaurant. She was thorough and deliberate in her description of menu choices, thoughtful and kind in her service, and went over the top in providing answers to our questions concerning other featured restaurants in the area.
Food was amazing and quickly served! Highly recommend. We will be back!

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WesJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallop appetizer was incredible. Oysters were very good. The shrimp and grits were not typical Charleston shrimp and grits. I'm not sure what they put on the shrimp, but they were black (not blackened)...easily the best shrimp and grits we've ever had. Also, the waitress warned us that it wasn't normal shrimp and grits. Everything we ordered was awesome.

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vipRicR
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just ok. Hostess was Luke warm, Service so-so, food was ok. Nothing great here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away at everything about the is place! Can’t wait to come back!

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GR8M8S
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been to the original restaurant in DC and was very impressed with the food, service and ambience. I was in Charleston on business and was pleasantly surprised that they had opened one in the city. I was blown away by their Snapper Tartare with yuzu reduction. All you ceviche fanatics will relish this dish. Their version of yuzu is awesome. Going to try to make it when I get home

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NickT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best place in town for oysters. Great fish and chips. Excellent bloody Marys. Out of the hustle of right downtown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. We just did a variety of appetizers and each one was better than the next. Had a variety of oysters including delicious grilled ones in jalapeño butter. The mussels were perfect and the bread flight was just what we needed to mop up the sauce from the mussels. The service was friendly and fun. It was the best food on our trip so far.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The oysters were good, but took forever. We ordered an oyster po boy and they got the order wrong. We had to wait for a new sandwich. The po boy only had four small oysters, the bread was like a hot dog bun. They did not offer a discount or anything for the mistake. Would only recommend for oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and fun oyster and seafood bar

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GeneT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent choice for seafood in downtown Charleston, an easy mile drive up East Bay. Parking is plentiful.
Food was very good.
Enjoyed the experience.

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vipSomerK
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff! Very attentive. I wish the menu was broader. Table took longer to get. Drinks were great! Oysters were phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and setting was amazing. Lots of fun.

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vipMiro
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations last minute (got lucky, I tried to change the time later and it was impossible). The tables outside are comfortable and appropriately spaced on the sidewalk. Parking lot view, but still nice and cozy. Inside was full because of the last minute reservation - but we peaked in on arrival, and it was lively with a nice, laid back, busy bistro ambiance. Service was great, helpful and patient as we were waiting for the last person to arrive, good wine list, full bar, and the oysters were really good (they had 3 on the menu and 3 "visitors" so large choice of provenance). We ordered the shrimp and grits, which was done very differently, with a black garlic sauce, and it was stunning. Very different flavor profile for this classic dish that you find everywhere on the menu in Charleston; might not be for the purists, but I loved it, and I would be back solely for this dish if nothing else, however, the other dishes were really good too. The others were classics: flounder milanese, perfectly executed with a citrusy green salad on the side, and a red fish, very simply made, with a vichyssoise and potatoes, also perfectly cooked, letting the fish shine, not overdone nor overcrowded, almost like a papillote fish. Dessert was good (especially the cheesecake, even though I am not a cheesecake person, but it was really good), but the place really shines through its seafood. We will definitely be back.

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vipDavidP
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The oysters were not that impressive. The bread flight, however, was VERY good. The service was not good at all - the waiter absolutely lost his mind when we asked to keep the menus, so we could perhaps get something additional. Did not tell us about the special, which we overheard at another table, and we would have gotten. We would have stayed, and spent about 4 times what we did, had the service been better.

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DeborahH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anthony was our waiter-he was fun, fast and attentive. We will come back soon

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vipSCRESpecialist
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going here for our oyster fix! The bartenders and staff and always friendly and the oysters are always outstanding!

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drinks. Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
54 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a recommendation from our Uber driver the night before and he was spot on. Great food and atmosphere, can’t go wrong with the oysters, they had a number of varieties which we had to try all of them. Also have some great fresh seafood if oysters aren’t your thing. Our service was excellent, the server was attentive but also knowledgeable of all the menu items. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience! Food was delicious, wine recommendations were on the mark and the service was fantastic! Get the shrimp and grits!

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barbaraM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Great oysters, fish Milanese was terrific as was dessert. Excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing black garlic shrimp and grits - live changing!! The baked scallops were also delicious. Highly recommend!!

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vipMarlies
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for different types of Oysters! Enjoyed eating mussels and the fish tartar!

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spark
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Originally was looking more downtown but glad I expanded my search area. Food and drinks where fantastic and it helps they have their own parking lot.

This is my new favorite place to go when visiting Charleston.

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AngelaW
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! Great food, great service, great atmosphere! (The only odd part was there isn’t an official hostess stand, there was just a guy standing at the bar with his back to the door & didn’t notice when people actually entered the restaurant…. so originally we thought we entered through the wrong door & weren’t sure where to go.)

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MicheleB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Rappahannock Oyster Co is AMAZING! From the convenient parking (right at the front door!) to the energy and ambiance of the space to the service and food…you simply can not go wrong.
It’s warm and inviting, yet energetic and social vibe makes for a perfect evening of dining on oysters. Their cocktails are great, as well. For a real treat, the whole fish is always a win. Beautifully presented and filleted table side. Happy hour (until 7pm) has some great small plates. Of course, the oysters are the main attraction…my personal favorite, Olde Salt - 2 dozen. Oh yeah, the fish bites (battered and fried assorted fish pieces) and the mussels — are to die for! Oh my. I could go on and on. Just get yourself a French 75 cocktail and try a few things…that’s how I roll at Rappahannock!
Management and staff are warm and friendly and truly appreciate their customers. This place can easily become my new habit!

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vipRBfromtheOC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb. Oysters were excellent. Great find in Charleston. Definitely recommend it.

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AllieC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Definitely recommend the oysters and shrimp.

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.7 stars by 1570 OpenTable diners.

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