As the Washington Post writes: "It lacks a sea breeze, but Croxton’s 20-seat bar, flanked by a communal table and patio seating, nevertheless brims with lures: live scallops, meaty chowder, lush tuna tartare ignited with lime and chili pepper, and drinks dreamed up by a former mixer at the top-drawer Columbia Room, JP Fetherston. The regular selection of raw oysters ($2 each) includes Rappahannocks, which Travis Croxton likes for the river oyster’s buttery quality, and Old Salts, pleasing for their briny notes." They also offer “guest oysters” from elsewhere in the country and today they had Stingrays and Barcat. Being the oyster fan that he is, Keith ordered a sampler dozen of each. To drink he ordered a Chocolate City Beer and I chose a glass of Cava. I also nibbled on the Tuna Tartare while Keith finished his large plate of oysters. The tartare was fresh and full of onion and chilies and presented in a small glass. The lime gave it a more ceviche type flavor. The little crisps served with it could have used some salt, but overall this was a nice starter. Next for something warm, we shared a bowl of the Dozen Steamed Olde Salt Clams. Served in a light tomato broth with sweet onions, the clams were full of flavor and I loved the thick cut piece of rustic toast served with it. I happily soaked up all the broth with the bread, providing a nice filling lunch. Rappahannock Oyster Bar is a fun and fresh place to stop for lunch while shopping at Union Market.
Total Rating: 4.08
Food: 4.5, Price: 3.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 3
What I ate:
with lime, chilies, Thai basil
Dozen Steamed Olde Salt Clams
Dozen Raw Oysters
(Rappahannocks, Old Salts, Stingrays, Barcat)