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Rappahannock - Richmond, Richmond, VA

Rappahannock - Richmond

4.6
4.6
2221 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Upscale, yet casual industrial-chic seafood outfit - offering an enormous raw bar featuring its own farm-raised oysters - seasonal dishes, plus artisan cocktails, craft beers, and an incredible wine selection in airy digs. Located in the Theatre District of Richmond, VA's City Center.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 545-0565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adaam Campbell

  • Catering

    Rappahannock is an arm of Rappahannock Oyster Co (www.rroysters.com), which provides mobile raw bars and seafood small plates for weddings, parties and other functions.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether a seated dinner or a reception style event, Rappahannock and it's private dining room is the perfect spot for your group!

  • Private party contact

    Rappahannock Restaurant: (804) 545-0565

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking, Rappahannock has many nearby parking lots, such as 4th & Broad and 4th & Main.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Pasta & Wine Dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 3, 2022 only
    Join Rappahannock as Executive Chef Adam Campbell, Sous Chef Alex Gralski, along with special guest, Jason Tesauro (national brand director and chief sommelier for Barboursville Vineyards) prepare and present a six-course pasta and wine pairing dinner. The event will blend Rappahannock's seafood savvy, with local flavors, hand-made pasta, and an expertly curated wine pairing. This event is open to a limited number of guests and is offered first-come, first-serve to those who secure a reservation through OpenTable. The price is $125 per person, plus gratuity and tax. For an additional $25, enjoy four (4) more wine pairings from Italy. If you have any questions, please contact us at rappahannock@rroysters.com or call 804.545.0565.

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What 2,221 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Richmond

    Seafood

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  1. s

    shortpumpdiner

    Richmond

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! GREAT service! If you love grilled octopus, theirs is amazing! A little pricier meal than used to, but everything was on point.
  2. SB

    StephenB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Parents weekend. Oysters were great, but slow food service, almost an hour and a half to get entree and it wasn’t even crowded. Would never return
  3. S

    Susanl

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Feel I’d was fresh and delicious. Service was great.
  4. N

    Nancyva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great meal was had. Loved the Octopus and Paella. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  5. RL

    RobinL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot beat the fresh oysters. Also loved their take on ceviche. Waitstaff is attentive but not hovering and showed up just when he needed to. Love this place.
  6. ML

    MindyLou

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wait staff and atmosphere was great! While food was 100% fresh and the chef obviously is skilled in putting together delicious and unique cuisine, we did find most of what we ordered a bit too salty and for me, use of olives on a good portion of small and large plate choices wasn’t pleasing. But that’s a personal taste. We will be back for the TarTar.
  7. BC

    BrianC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fresh oysters and very good paella. Server was prompt and efficient Suggestion, appetizers should be e en number BIG pet peeve. 5 slices of bread?? Noise level a bit high and not really full some sound dampeners would be appreciated.
  8. MM

    MargaretMG

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    The oysters are great. Martini was fine. Wine selection very good. Un fortunately, we were there on a Saturday night and the place was packed. Too noisy and the tables are way too close together.
  9. u

    unsatisfied

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Expensive, food is average.
  10. JR

    JohnR

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A bit pricey, but that's seafood, right?
  11. FJ

    FredJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have tried oysters at a few places in rva, and these were by far the best inn town. No nonsense vibe. Perfect night out!
  12. KW

    KellyW

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time I’ve dined at the Richmond Rappahanock location. I love everything about this restaurant. The service is excellent, the cocktails and wine is excellent. I can’t say enough about the food! The oysters are professionally shucked, I highly recommend the octopus and steak tartar. I’ve had many a steak tartar in my life but this might be the best. The mains are also delicious. I love that the menu is manageable and everything you order is tasty. I’ll be coming back regularly. Can’t get enough!
  13. T

    Tessa

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Rappahanock was absolutely delicious. The service was exceptional. I will gladly return to Rappahanock for many more meals.
  14. S

    Spike

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Smoke smell, exhaust hood doesn’t move enough air. Service was great paella was average.
  15. TH

    The1Hipster

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town for a wedding and looked on line and found this spot on open table. It was fantastic! Very friendly from the time I walked in. They put me at a high top and my server was great and you could tell he loved working there. I had some red wine (Pinot) and the octopus appetizer. The flavors were fantastic. Then I had the Arctic Char and salad and the flavors were tremendous as well. This is the best meal I’ve ever had in Richmond.
  16. g

    garyz

    Richmond

    124 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    what a nightmare. We arrived at the time of our reservation and had previously requested a wheelchair accessible table. We waited nearly a half hour for a table and only after I suggested an obviously empty table were we seated. When our server finally came to our table we ordered some oysters and the beet salad. We asked that the salad be divided into 2 portions in the kitchen. The oysters came pretty quickly. The salad not so fast and the chef refused to split the salad as requested. No serving utensil so I could divide the salad at our table. Then the long wait started for our entrees. So after having our salad we waited nearly an hour and a half for our entrees. My fish was lukewarm at best. Same for our scallop entree. So we arrived at 7:10 ahead of our reservation and we were eating tepid entrees at 9:15. So many customers around us had their entrees and left even though we ordered before the other Costly and cold. So we won’t be back ever again. Oh and when I caught the server as she wizzed by she make the excuse that the kitchen was backed up. If I hadn’t caught her we might still be there waiting. So if you want delicious oysters have a tray at bar. Don’t bother with a full meal. And did I mention they up charged us for our cocktails. An up charge that was never mentioned. And I didn’t request Tito’s bar pour for an elderflower not necessary to use Tito’s.
  17. RL

    RichardL

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy Rappahannock. Nice bar area for those waiting, great location, smallish menu but means everything is fresh. Enjoyed a mix of raw oysters, salad, steak tartare and the whole blackened fish (Bronzino) all was expertly prepared and tasted great. Fish was moist and flaky! Oysters were fantastically fresh as usual. Tartare was a little over sauced. Will be back soon.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Cocktails were perfection and food good as ever.
  19. BB

    BigBamboo

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I have eaten here several times, this is the first time since CoVid. The menu has been simplified and some of the choices I had previously were not available. I choice I made, was not as good as the other choices I had previously.
  20. j

    johnf

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I dine here fairly often. If it werent for the food quality, friendly staff, great service, and cool vibe I dont think we would come back. This place is a gem and staff always make us feel welcome. If you havent been, you gotta give them a try.
  21. F

    Fred

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely seafood and a nice bar! We arrived earl and had a lively crafted cocktail (bartender’s choice) and half a dozen oysters and it was a perfect start to a great meal.
  22. DC

    DeborahC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding oysters and the paella was delicious. Requested crackers with the oysters and they never came, not a biggie but was it was not 5 stars
  23. R

    Richmonder

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters and other fare at Rappahannock are always top notch. Libations are similarly delicious, and the wait staff are charming, competent and caring. Don't miss this one.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration for our move to RVA. The food was great, Brooke was awesome and sweet. Great Decor and a vibrant crowd. The menu is not large but it is innovative, the seafood so fresh and delicious. Nice wine list. We will return again.
  25. GA

    GeorgeA

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular experience from start to finish!! Excellent Chardonnay, oysters, entrees, and desserts! The Scallops, Paella, Bronzino, and burgers were outstanding. Service was great, too! Definitely a great place for a couple's night out, or a dinner with friends. Highly recommended!!
  26. EZ

    EricZ

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    My wife's ceviche starter ($17) was soupy and had no shrimp pieces, just fish. My beet salad ($15) was very light on beets, but tasted good. My wife's pan-seared arctic char ($35) was tiny - the size of a white castle burger. My scallops ($35) consisted of THREE scallops. Regular-sized, not huge or anything. Really meager for the price. The black rice was unctuous. Service and wine list were great. But the prices are ridiculously high for such tiny portions.
  27. E

    Elle

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Solid place for a date night or work dinner. Oysters were tasty but a few were somewhat grainy. Tartar was a miss. Main dishes (pan seared fish and pork belly) we're fantastic. Drinks & service were top notch.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I've been to Rappahannock a half dozen times and the food has always been very very good. Until last night. It was kinda meh. Got the pan seared fish. Nothing special about it. Maybe it was just an off night. It's always been great before
  29. R

    Rebak

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our wedding anniversary. All the dishes were spectacular! The bartender made two delicious custom drinks based on our flavor preferences. A wonderful night
  30. HM

    HeatherM

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening!! Best oysters around, great service and cocktails!!
  31. DH

    DavidH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent experience. Our table waiter was fantastic, energetic, and knowledgeable. Our Oysters were incredible, and the drinks were perfect!
  32. F

    Flamefiter43

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Loved the scotch and food pairing dinner on July 27th!! EVERYTHING about that experience was positive! The down side is that drinks at the bar are VERY expensive! So much so that we'll stick with the meals only.
  33. n

    notsoeasilyimpressed

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a great find for a stop in Richmond right around the corner from the hotel. My server was wonderful, and even convinced me to order the burger, which I typically wouldn’t at an oyster house, obvi. But it is marinated in squid ink or something funky and I got a say I loved it! Would come back here in a heartbeat. Simple atmosphere. Great food.
  34. NP

    NeilP

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant. Fun environment with nice decor. The beer selection was good and the cocktails were great. Our favorite part of our meal was the hummus special. And it really was special. I’m not always a fan of hummus which tends to be a little boring to me, but this was really good. The arctic char dish was certainly very fresh but not quite as flavorful in my opinion. The carrot purée along with fish didn’t quite work for me. The menu had several great things that we would love to come back and try. The panna cotta was beautiful and delicious. Service was very good. We will be back.
  35. E

    Elvis

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    First time back since pandemic. Was really looking forward to it. But like most restaurants, things have changed. Still good, just not as great as we remembered. Would go again, but with lower expectations. More likely to drop in for beers and oysters instead of the full dining experience.
  36. PK

    PastryKT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Katie was fantastic. Very friendly and made nice recommendations. Always there when you needed her but never intrusive. We found the food to be generally bland, unfortunately. Every dish (3apps, 3 entrees) lacked seasoning, specifically salt. The pork belly dish was supposed to have a gastrique, but I couldn’t detect it. The chimichuri was nice, but not much on the plate. A potato option other than roasted fingerlings wood have been welcome because it repeated on one of our small plates and the pork dish. One of the carrots on the pork dishes was raw, oddly it wasn’t the largest carrot? The hoppin John on the whole roasted fish was the highlight, with the Benton’s bacon flavor a fabulous current running through. The fish itself was very bland. Desserts were overly basic for the price point of $13, and didn’t seem to be on the same level of execution as the savory dishes. A basic cobbler with small scoop of vanilla, and a large bowl of soft serve-consistency caramel gelato with cookies that were called snickerdoodles, but were more like dense shortbread (thick and no crisp edges or soft center). We did enjoy the baked clams (couldn’t detect the coconut element that was supposed to be there?) and especially the bread plate with scallion shallot butter, though we did expect more than one type of bread to be on the plate $9. The grilled octopus appetizer was also quite bland. We were seated by the front door and the temperature was unpleasantly warm inside. Other patrons were fanning themselves with menus and personal hand fans. My friend asked if mocktail a were available, and was told the bartender would make her something delicious. This ended up being a Virgin margarita, and she would have appreciated other non-alcoholic bar options. Overall, we were hoping for better flavors, but service was excellent and we had a good experience. Skip dessert, and ask for the salt shaker when you go.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wine. Great service. Would definitely return when in the area.
  38. KS

    KevinS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal. The best we’ve had out in several years. Service was impeccable.
  39. BR

    BlackdogRVA

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There for dinner with two friends from the U.K. The oysters were outstanding- plump and tasty. So were the whole grilled fish, octopus and scallops. Rappahannock is our favorite seafood eatery in Richmond! Looking forward to our next visit.
  40. A

    Affineur

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had a Moroccan inspired braise of lamb with carrots, turnips and pearl couscous , garnished with slices of plum. Withh this dish Rappahannock went from being our favorite restaurant in Virginia to being my favorite restaurant in the world!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Rappahannock - Richmond offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 545-0565.

Rappahannock - Richmond is rated 4.6 stars by 2221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rappahannock - Richmond

320 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking, Rappahannock has many nearby parking lots, such as 4th & Broad and 4th & Main.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adaam Campbell

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 545-0565

  • Catering

    Rappahannock is an arm of Rappahannock Oyster Co (www.rroysters.com), which provides mobile raw bars and seafood small plates for weddings, parties and other functions.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether a seated dinner or a reception style event, Rappahannock and it's private dining room is the perfect spot for your group!

  • Private party contact

    Rappahannock Restaurant: (804) 545-0565

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