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320 E. Grace St. (N. 3rd St.) Send to Phone
For contemporary, ingredient-driven cuisine, Rappahannock is your oyster.


Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Rappahannock, Richmond, VA

Rappahannock Restaurant Review

: “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster,” goes the saying. But bolder still are two cousins, Travis and Ryan Croxton, who launched into the tide-to-table restaurant biz on the success of their Rappahannock Oyster Co., begun by their great-grandfather over a century ago and a source today for some of the world’s top chefs. Good for us they did, as everything at this downtown destination with its hip barnyard mien (plus an expected thick lick of salt from black-and-white watermen photos) appeals, from wood-grilled Virginia scallops to braised Wagyu beef cheeks, and house-made egg noodles with wild Burgundy snails and kale. If you come at the right time of year for shad roe, get it. They confit it first for über flavor. But there is no wrong time here. Much is local and, naturally, the raw bar holds Rappahannock’s own Yorks, Stingrays and Olde Salts along with “visiting” oysters from afar like Maine’s Nautilus Island. For dessert, chocolate ganache buckwheat crêpe cake with Italian meringue is a pearl, but then so is each astute server and crafty bartender. Look to the latter for a wicked, ever-changing punch, creative cocktails, artisanal beers, and even Prosecco on tap.

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