Best Oysters

Rappahannock Oyster Bar
1309 5th St. NE
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

If you can’t slurp down oysters on the edge of a dock, the next best thing is a stool at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market. Owners and cousins Ryan and Travis Croxton supply the spot with Rappahannocks, Stingrays, and Olde Salts straight from their Chesapeake oyster farms. Unlike at some other oyster bars, diners get a front row seat to the shucking and the kitchen, where chefs turn out one of the best crabcakes in the city, as well as specials like lambs and clams. Supplement your $2 oysters with some local brews or cocktails from former Columbia Room mixologist JP Fetherston.