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About Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar
Rhett's River Grill offers the freshest in seafood and Certified Angus Beef. We feature items like 12oz bone-in Ribeye, NY Strip, Ribs, Duck, Pasta dishes, Asian glazed Salmon, Crab cakes, steamed Shrimp, Mussels, Crab legs, Bay Oysters and succulent Scallops. Rhett's also offers a full line of sandwiches at lunch and an unbeatable Sunday brunch. We are open 7 days a week and offer a limited menu between lunch and dinner daily from 2:30pm to 5pm. Rhett's has dining for groups and special events. We offer casual dining in warm family friendly atmosphere. So come into Rhett's today with a group of friends or with someone special for a cozy dining experience. Rhett's also has a full bar and offers carry out and catering services. Tuesday nights are all you can eat Crab legs, Wednesday nights two entrees and half price bottle of wine, Thursday nights 50 cent raw or steamed Oysters and on Sunday nights kids eat free with adult purchases.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Rhett's offers a full line of catering for your special event, holiday or office party, cook out or any other event you might be having. Call today to plan out your menu for your next event. Ask for Rhett or call 434-996-7818.
Parking is available directly in the front of the restaurant at no charge.
Public bus stops up the road.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar Ratings and Reviews
I brought my family here for Easter brunch and had a phenomenal experience. The food and service were exceptional. If you're debating about it, just go ahead and order the crab cakes! We sat on the porch outside, enjoyed our time, and didn't feel rushed, even on Easter Sunday! However, Rhett's is actually not using OpenTable for reservations. They use yelp, I believe. So when we arrived, we were one of many families who's reservation was not on the books Sunday afternoon. Rhett himself came out, apologized, and then did everything he could to make our reservation an overall positive experience. I would absolutely recommend going to Rhett's, they took great care of us! Just don't book through OpenTable.
The food and service were excellent as usual. HOWEVER, we went there for Tuesday's All U Can Eat Crablegs and after we were seated were told Rhett's no longer offers that. We were beyond disappointed. We had been going about once a month since it began. We were shocked! Then we find out that only 1 1/2 lb. would be $33 without any sides! We saw the prices rise over the last couple of years but it was a special treat for my grandson and me so even though really pricey (usually $100 after tip) it was worth it. Had we known it was no longer offered we would have gone elsewhere. We really did only go there on Tuesdays. They should at least put a sign on the window or board on Tuesdays to let people know. It was a tradition but sadly no more.☹️
Had dinner with friends for Rhetts customer appreciation week. The service was good, although the server did forget to bring my appetizer when he brought the other two. The grilled oysters were delicious. I had the shrimp and grits. It was tasty but the shrimp still had the tails on. Since it was in a sauce, it was messy to eat the shrimp. I had the bourbon pecan pie for dessert, but wasn't thrilled with it. I have eaten at Rhetts many times. This week just wasn't my favorite. I should have ordered off the regular menu instead of the fixed menu.
Overall, good but not great experience. Came here for dinner before UVa BBall game-I didn't realize its a fair bit out town. Most of the items we ordered were good and the one major miss was corrected by our very friendly server. Everyone is very friendly and service was prompt. Portions are large.
I started with oysters-I thought they would be raw as I requested; they were slightly steamed and ok but not great. My duck was good (although a bit rarer than preferred) and the sides were very good. My daughter's crab cake sandwich was good. First order of ribs brought to my wife were overdone, very hard to remove from the bone, and had virtually no flavor. Waitress noticed my wife not eating them and without even a specific request by us, put in an order for a second batch without charge. Second batch were delicious. Good beer selection and we were done in plenty of time to get back south on 29 for the basketball game. Interesting that my Dark and Stormy was brought to me with the rum in a shot glass and the bottle of ginger beer and I mixed it myself.
I would come again if nearby, but don't think I'd make the trip from UVA area with all the other choices close by there.
We've been here at least half a dozen times in the last year and it has always been good. The food is well prepared and the menu is varied enough that everyone will find something good to eat. We go because they have oysters! They have a full bar and will accommodate requests. Their wine list covers a good set of wines to go with the meal whatever you pick. We've always had good service. Happy hour for cocktails and then dinner is our choice!
On Thursday night during the winter months oysters are .75 cents each for raw or steamed. They were good but the shrimp and grits (only available at dinner) are what draws me to Rhett's every time. I have eaten this dish throughout the South and for my money, no one does it better. You get a dozen shrimp! The sauce is outstanding - I always ask for extra and they deliver. It is well worth the $21 cost of this dish. Ask for Joyce and you will have a terrific waitress with a good sense of humor. Highly recommended.
Good not great -- menu was OK - nothing special - our meals were OK but nothing special. I had the crab cake & it was unremarkable. My wife's scallop & crab casserole was good. The highlight of the visit was our server -- very personable & checked on us regularly.
The industrial design makes this place a little loud. It's a good place to go but it's pricey. We've been before and always get good service. The shopping center it's in is being remodeled. I'm hoping that Rhetts will be expanding because it is a small restaurant and it would be nice to have more seating that's a little more private.
When your dinner is served BEFORE your appetizers there is something wrong. They were apologetic but did nothing to compensate us except not charge us for the $5 cup of soup. The sides, rice and asparagus, on two of the dishes were cold. The waitress was very nice and it wasn't her fault but how does this happen? We are not from the area so don't have to worry about returning.
Very good value for your money although the wine glass prices were a bit high. Not too many seafood restaurants offer the option of steamed oysters so this was a major determining factor for choosing to dine here and everything was better than expected! The steamed oysters were sweet, my delicious seafood etouffee was so generous that I had to take it home for lunch the next day. My husband enjoyed his catfish dinner but he did not like the sweet tasting salsa from the chips and salsa appetizer. My favorite surprise was that this place has crushed ice in which hardly any restaurants have crushed ice anymore so you better believe that we will be coming back here for more!
I was visiting my parents and was for seafood. This place didn't disappoint. Portions were large and plentiful! Our server was lovely and thoughtful and creatively ordered our food to allow us to try several items, without having to purchase full-price orders. The fish was fresh and delicious. It's very dimly lit and not particularly fancy, but it was a pleasant experience all around!
This restaurant is located in a strip center on a busy thoroughfare. Their sign said they are expanding and to pardon the dust. It looks like they need the room as they were totally full when we dined. The food was excellent and reasonably priced and service was good, as well. I had salmon which was done to perfection with miso sauce and my wife had fish and chips which was actually listed an an appetizer but certainly well large enough for an entrée. The wine serving was very generous and we enjoyed this restaurant and would recommend it.
We were on vacation and wanted raw oysters. Found Rhett's on OpenTable. We thought it was a chain, but were pleasantly surprised to find out it isn't.
We started out with a dozen raw oysters that were great. The waitress recommended 2 Va. wines that were very good. I had the shrimp plate and my husband had perfectly cooked duck. We finished with pecan pie a' la mode.
Our waitress was very friendly with wonderful ideas of places for us to check out while we were in town.
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