100 Very Best Restaurants: #68 – Rappahannock Oyster Bar

A Dozen Raw Oysters


This Chesapeake-oyster spot now has two DC locations—a bar inside Union Market and a glass-enclosed room at the Wharf. The former has more convivial charm, but both turn out some of the area’s best seafood—a zesty fried-oyster po’ boy, clams topped with merguez sausage, and a pancake-flat crabcake with celery-root slaw—plus Virginia oysters (we’re partial to the briny Olde Salts with a glass of ice-cold Muscadet). One thing the Wharf location does have over its sibling: a hefty cheeseburger. Moderate.