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Rappahanock Oyster Bar

Washington DC
Tues11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Rappahanock Oyster Bar

1309 5th St NE

Washington, 20002

This Union Market outpost is run by Rappahannock Oyster Company, so you can expect insanely fresh seafood -- especially shellfish -- from the Chesapeake Bay. Initially staffed exclusively by the spot's oyster farmers themselves, the gastrobar now maintains a server-team of well-educated oyster-mongers, fully prepared to talk you through the production and consumption of the slimy shellfish delicacy. While the kitchen offers tasty small plates and entrees like citrus-cured salmon roe or tuna tartare over fresh beets and sliced orange, you'd be remiss to skip out on the oysters -- served grilled in smoked-jalapeño-butter, raw on the half shell, or arranged in a perfectly-curated sampling plate. The beer and wine lists are impressive in length, the cocktail program is creative and well-rounded, and the historic spot offers a week-day happy hour for oysters and drinks.