100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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One of our favorite Union Market spots: the Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Is there anything better than a late lunch of oysters and a glass of Chablis on a lazy day? Well, yes—it’s that followed by fresh-shucked Chincoteague clams and small plates at this Union Market shellfish bar. Selections mostly center on local seafood and bivalves grown by the owners, often combined with ingredients from afar—za’atar-seared tuna with tabbouleh salad, baked clams with Thai sausage and coconut. Make sure to sample the caviar (the paddlefish is lovely and comes with house-made egg salad) and to snag a seat at the bar. Weekends, when the market is humming and the shuckers are in their zone, it’s the best spot to take in the action. Moderate.

Also great: Grilled oysters with smoked-jalapeño butter; citrus-cured salmon; “lambs and clams.”

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