Rocksalt

4.5
375 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
ROCKSALT is a seafood centric restaurant located in the Shops at Stonefield, Our goal is to support local brewers, farmers and artisans from both land and sea! We have 22 local beers on tap, some of them seasonal and rotating regularly, and a full bar!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 3:30pm - Close
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Phone number
(434) 326-5665
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dylan Allwood
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Catering
We are happy to cater your event! We can do everything on our menu plus any specialty menu items you may desire.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seminole Tr.
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Parking details
There is free parking directly across from us in 3 directions - at the Hyatt hotel, across the field out front and in the parking deck by the Regal Theater
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Public transit
There is a public transit stop right next to our location.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-7
1/2 off oysters all day Mondays
1/2 off bottle of wine Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Take It Back Tuesdays

$5 Retro and vintage cocktails, swing music and oldie cocktail recipe contests.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 14, 2018

Ends: December 15, 2117

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM

Wine Down Wednesday

1/2 off bottles of wine $50+ every Wednesday night! Don't forget about our Happy Hour daily 3-7 and all day on Sundays!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 14, 2018

Ends: December 15, 2117

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Rocksalt C'ville will be open until 6pm on Christmas Eve. Hope to see you all here!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Bring the old year in with a treat and join us for New Year's Eve Dinner! Don't forget we are serving Brunch 11-3PM on New Year's Day!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 375 People Are Saying
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BR
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the raw clams and fish special, but my wife had the beef short ribs and they were outstanding. Especially for a seafood and raw bar establishment.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Crab cakes are amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a nice meal but staffing seemed thin, so service suffered a bit.

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M
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters and knowledgeable wait staff about the different kinds of oysters. Fun bar area and great drinks. Very nice menu!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely a fantastic experience! food was great ,really good craft beer selection ,handcrafted cocktails,Raw shucked oysters are outstanding! Service was spot on perfect .you couldn't ask for more .We will be back!

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s
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Food very overpriced for quanity, green beans were cold, oysters were overcooked. Wait staff were excellent and food was served fast. We are senior citizens and we found it very noisy.

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n
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Rocksalt was jam-packed when my party of six visited, which slowed down the kitchen. Our waiter informed us of that in advance (and you could see via the open kitchen that the kitchen team was working hard). When the food arrived it was pretty good, although some of the portions were a bit on the small side. Sides of roasted vegetables didn't seem to be roasted all that much. The place overall was fine, but I wonder how much better it might be on a night its staff wasn't overtaxed.

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AY
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Great food!
I had the tuna tartar which was great but needs to be served with toasts!! Any other place that serves this always has something to put it.

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d
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters very outstanding as well as the tuna entree. The swordfish was a bit bland.

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RR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The grilled fish was outstanding. Sides were tasty but small for sharing given their pricing. Ambiance was sleek and industrial, but we were there on a quiet night and it felt a little cold. Overall, though, great service and a great meal.

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AO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food took forever to arrive at table, and it was average seafood at best. It was a good meal, but I assumed it’d be better than average considering the price and time to prepare food. There are certainly better options in Charlottesville.

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f
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dining experience for dinner last Saturday night. The food was delicious! Although, the burger could've been a little bigger, it was flavorful. Our server was great and conscious of the time, since we were attending a concert nearby.

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KY
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Atmosphere, Great Food - Fun-time Pre-Concert

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped in here around 930 pm on a Thursday night; it was one of the few places with the kitchen open that late. We had been traveling all day and it was exactly what we were looking for - outstanding food and drink in a casual atmosphere. The seafood is superb, as are the beer list and the cocktails.

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ED
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I quite liked Rocksalt. It's a lovely modern, open setting with clean lines, slightly masculine colors, and a few big screens for people at the bar. Funny the non-stop 80s music; I guess they're aiming for folks in their middle age. In any case, we went early on a Sunday so it was pretty quiet.

Perhaps my expectations were low. We had the happy hour oysters, and were surprised the briny ones appealed to us more than the sweet ones. He had the stuffed fish/cod and I had the flat iron steak. It was cooked appropriately at medium rare, juicy, and tasty/seasoned well. Dessert was ok, kinda heavy. This place is great for an easy, nice evening out, not too crazy. Good selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. I could bring people here.

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B
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good overall, great oysters, odd tuna tartare, key lime pie delish

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g
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought it was great. Service was excellent. Dinner portions were plenty big in my opinion, and although the sides were extra, they were worth it. Dessert was excellent also - great key lime pie and peanut butter pie!

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EL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though they were understaffed that night, the hosts and other servers communicated well with us and we never felt forgotten. =)

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j
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friday Happy Hour was amazing! Great deals on oysters, beer, and wine. The oysters were great, we followed it up with entrees that were tremendous. Definitely a place we will return to.

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hostess station slow to seat us. But our waiter was attentive. Seafood was very good. I had tilefish w crab oscar, my husband had the catfish. Wondering why this didnt qualify for open table points. Could swear it said 100 when i booked. Kinda loud inside.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious happy hour oysters!

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BF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the whole Rockfish. Most buttery and tender I've had from anywhere. Service was great and the desserts were delicious. Sunday night is all-night happy hour so drinks and oysters were half off. Loved the oysters too.

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ML
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not been to Rocksalt before but had heard good things about it. Decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon for brunch with another couple. We were greeted and seated immediately by a friendly and welcoming person. Service was great and the food delicious. We will definitely return.

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PA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service at a great price. I would definitively recommend it

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BF
Charleston
72 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant and always try to eat here when in Charlottesville. They have perfectly cooked Chilled Shrimp with fantastic cocktail sauce. We can’t get enough of them! We had seared Tuna with salsa verde and the scallop dinner. Both were delicious, perfectly cook, and full of flavor.

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KB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anthony provided thoughtful, attentive service, while Grace graced us with her kindness and amiability.
We sat outside, which was far less noisy than the cavernous dining room inside, so it was a very pleasant night enjoying family and watching the full moon rise.

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KJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good our waiter Michael was on top of things. Had a minor issue when my meal was brought out but it was fixed in minutes. The sound volume in the restaurant is extremely high and would not recommend for a quiet evening.

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PK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time we had dined here, as we are new to the area. We chose Rocksalt from the Open Table reviews. The venue is attractive with high ceilings. While there was some noise from the other, enthusiastic diners, it was not so intrusive that we couldn’t carry on a conversation ourselves. The menu is well chosen and not unduly long with fish a speciality. My wife had oysters to start and I had the oyster chowder, both excellent. We then had the trout and catfish with arugula salad, also well prepared and presented. We drank wine by the glass. There were two wine lists, one by the glass and a very reasonably priced list of special bottles at attractive prices. All wines were well chosen. Last but not least, our waiter Anthony Slater was outstanding. He was charming, friendly, solicitous and efficient. He helped make it an enjoyable evening.

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CD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent seafood options, crab cakes are very good. Asked for 'done' and crispy - and that's what we got. Best, THE best Key Lime Pie. Service was prompt and courteous. We'll be back. Have been here for lunch and dinner, and enjoyed both.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Ok food. At $100 for two with no wine value is not there. Too long a wait between courses. waited 30 minutes for a dozen oysters.

Do the happy hour for oysters .

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JN
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Rocksalt is fabulous. We had roast trout over a fresh tomato sauce. Amazing. Also very good clams and linguine and great tuna tartar. The waitress was lovely and quickly changed a mistaken starter that she had misheard. Sports bar vibe with an industrial feel. Open ceiling with vents and concrete floors. We frankly thought the food was much better than what we expected from the decor.

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JS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Oyster selection & quality was good. Waiter was attentive, though were charged for wrong drinks. Restaurant week meant limited menu, so my wife didn’t get her ideal seafood dinner for her birthday, nor even an entree. Was extremely disappointing. Entrees that I & our friends got were mediocre, especially for price. Nothing was done or offered given that it was my wife’s birthday. I still owe her a birthday dinner. Still confused by the 4 star rating.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The dinner was ok. Nothing special. Great service. We may go back for happy hour but not for a full meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We sat at a table outside. There was a flower basket right at eye level. I realize it was probably to hide the street, but I would prefer to be able to see out. My martini was really good. The food was okay. I could have used some salt at the table. Overall, it was a nice dining experience.

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LR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was exemplary. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is excellent. It took 20 minutes from the time we were seated until the anyone even took a drink order. Not good when you have a reservation!

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B
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both of my dishes- the tuna and carrot soup were very good but both were a little spicy so they were too much together. My guest enjoyed his meal seared tuna salad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Menu a little too limited

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Decent food - though my stuffed trout was pretty dry. My date's hamburger was good and juicy, but nothing special. This is primary an oyster bar and we are not oyster fans. Great local beer!!

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G
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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