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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

4.6
4.6
1936 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 576-4693

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Kelly

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Columbus

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,936 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. NN

    NicoleN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must go to dining experience!!

  2. CR

    CR29

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you’re an oyster fan, this is definitely the place to go. They were incredibly delicious! The menu has plenty of other options as well.

  3. f

    foodie227

    Savannah

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday dinner. First time very good wait service explaining the menu items. Oysters were outstanding! We’ll be back!

  4. HL

    HarryL

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    This place has Great food and drinks. We sat outside and Victoria did a wonderful job as our server. The fresh oysters were outstanding. The drinks were fabulous and delicious. The seared black grouper was mouth watering as was my wife a crab cake. I highly recommend.this place but save up for your trip as the entrees are a bit overpriced, as are the drinks (but you kind of expect that )

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Prices are out of the box for basic bar food. Drinks are better than the food, but extremely small and expensive. Nothing special.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing. Just do it.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you’re visiting or looking to take friends to amazing restaurant. Look no further. I spoiled my friends who came to visit and took them here and it was the best food we have had the whole weekend.

  8. RT

    RonaldT

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Seafood and especially the oysters were very good. Understaffed waitservice.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    We went for Happy Hour and sat at bar in front of the Oyster shuckers . Great $2 oysters. Nice wine by glass list and bottle list. Extremely attentive service Oyster guys were fun and very talkative. The service is team style so someone was always there to serve, take order or clear. Very fast turnaround. Food beyond the oysters was ok but to be fair we didn’t opt for any main entrees. Overall pleasant experience but I wouldn’t hurry back given the multitude of great food options in Charleston.

  10. CH

    CHRYS

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Third time there. Probably won’t go back.

  11. AC

    AlisonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great dinner. Delicious food. I recommend the ceviche and oysters. We also had the Fish Milanese which was flounder that night- it was delicious and undersold if you ask me as far as recommendations for their tastiest dishes. The flounder was paired with a bright salad with citrus vinaigrette that made the dish for me. We also got the crab cake but agreed this was our least favorite. I expected the sauce or paired cabbage slaw to bring some acid or citrus, but sadly no, so the whole flavor profile was a bit one dimensional and slightly sweet. Needed some pop. Overall, highly recommend.

  12. s

    spacecricket

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Went for dinner. It's a bit far from the Market, but worth the trip. he service and the food were both good.

  13. AB

    AlexandraB

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ate here right after getting engaged! Had great food and service

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time I’ve been to the restaurant and I didn’t think it could get better than the last time I was there, I was wrong! This time we sat at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable about all the oysters and he recommended everything we ate at it was amazing! He was very on point when it came to the different beer and even gave my husband a sample of one to make sure he liked it before he got a poured something that he didn’t like. We will definitely come back again!

  15. DK

    DrKDP

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Wonderful restaurant for oysters and seafood. The grilled oysters are top-notch as was the Smoked Fish Dip. The steamed shrimp are very good served in a butter-wine mix. Don't forget the bread - dip it in the shrimp broth or the grilled oyster sauce.

  16. D

    Delish

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious! Wonderful crab cake! Kaitlyn our waitress recommended wines & entrees! Fun for group dinner!

  17. FF

    FoodieFan

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Vacation dinner. First time here, it was great.

  18. CB

    ChrisB

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great oysters and service. Sat at the shucking station and Scotty was awesome!! Made some great suggestions. We’ll definitely go back.

  19. LM

    LindsayM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Waiter wasnt great. Didnt get right amt of oysters ordered.

  20. t

    travelingman

    Greensboro

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sean and Haddie were AWESOME. I eat out multiple times a week on business. This was a date night and they were both super friendly and their recommendations were terrific. The whole experience was one we will want to repeat again and again.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe. Food was terrific. All manner of dress so if you feel like being casual, you will fit in. So glad we went. The oysters were yummy!

  22. j

    jimw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    It was very loud but other than that it was great

  23. FB

    FaithB

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and service. Have 4 stars for food only because my daughter did not enjoy her Wagyu beef as much this time. Last time, it came with the Carolina rice, spinach and shitaki mushrooms. This time the seasonal veggies were Lima beans and snap peas. Otherwise, everything was great. Baked clams are also very delicious!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Service was not great. Over priced bland food.

  25. BK

    BobK

    Charleston

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Sea food was fresh with great taste raw or cooked. Service was a bit slow.

  26. TD

    TahooDallas

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Interesting location in an old cigar factory. We had the crab cakes which were outstanding. I'm not an oyster person, but their oysters looked fresh.

  27. B

    Brad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were great. We had a reservation at one of the high tops near the bar and we were sat immediately upon arrival. The restaurant was full but it wasn't too noisy and we didn't feel crowded at the table. We ordered oysters and beef tartare for appetizers and had the pan seared local fish and crab cake entrees. I would recommend all to anybody going for the first time. We will definitely be back!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been comping to Charleston for years and this was our first dining experience here… will definitely return!! Wonderful outside seating, service was slow however chef made personal stop at our table to apologize and tell us about our dishes (impressive personal touch on a busy evening) and returned to table for a personal “Happy Birthday” wish for my son who was turning 19! Quick Uber ride from King St. if staying downtown. Highest recommendations for their shrimp & grits… I’ve ordered that a thousand times from other restaurants but this was a unique and fantastic version! And fun oyster shooter options on cocktail menu.

  29. D

    Datenite

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food quality. Great service. I will be back

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great birthday dinner. Food and service was terrific!

  31. E

    Elizabeth

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We ate outside, where it was much more quiet, and had a spectacular meal. My husband had shrimp and grits, which he pronounced the best that he's ever had and I had the tuna, which was melt in your mouth delicious. All was served up by Rebecca with a cheerful attitude. She went the extra mile to make sure that we were well taken care of!

  32. NP

    NatalieP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you crave fresh sea food that is the place to go, reasonably priced, relaxed ambiance

  33. JL

    JohnL

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Our server was fantastic!

  34. d

    djwpar3

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    Fresh ingredients, creatively prepared, well presented. Very casual atmosphere, many locals frequent this "out of the way" location(it's NOT in town). We were VERY impressed with our server ALEXA...she knew the menu and how everything was prepared, she was very patient helping us decide. We were also undecided on 3 white wines...she described each perfectly, and gave us a sample to help. This was our first visit, it will not be our last.

  35. GM

    GinnyM

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were wonderful. I would definitely go here again and again. And best price on oysters I found in Charleston

  36. MS

    MichaelS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We went there twice because of the value and the incredible menu. Oysters were amazing and shucked well with no bits of shells. Drinks were great as was the service.

  37. c

    cfisher

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has the best shrimp I have ever had!! We ate there twice when in Charleston. Run…don’t walk. ;)

  38. NG

    NashGrubLove

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We booked this dinner last minute on our last day of vacation in Charleston, and we are so happy we were able to experience this place! The location was charming and downtown while not crazy crowded, the food was incredible, and the service was outstanding! Our waitress (forgive me for not catching her name) was from France, and she was so sweet and gave the best menu recommendations! From the small plates to the drink/wine menu, she really was spot on for quality recommendations for us. We are grateful to have had her for the experience. After eating at several of the “must haves” with the insane waits and over hyped food, this place was far above even their best reviews. It is the only place we ate in Charleston that we are excited to come back to try again.

  39. VG

    VikkiG

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, service and the best quality oysters!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service right away when walking in with reservation. Host greeted us almost right away and sat us at the bar so we could observe the oyster shucking. Shuckers we’re very friendly and engaged you in conversation is you showed an interest in it or would leave you alone if speaking with your date. Waitress were very friendly and attentive to all needs and gave suggestions on what to try.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston is rated 4.6 stars by 1936 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

701 E Bay Street, Suite 110 Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Kelly

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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