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An East Coast Seafood Legend Starts Shucking Oysters Downtown this Spring

Rappahannock Oyster Bar brings briney flavors to the ROW DTLA project

Uni from Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown’s ROW DTLA project keeps staffing up with strong new concepts, this time adding a seafood option called Rappahannock Oyster Bar.

The East Coast-based Rappahannock team is expanding West with plans to launch a corner location inside the larger facility come spring. It’ll carry a much larger footprint than their flagship location at Union Market in Washington D.C., which sits at a smooth 336 square feet (including kitchen) with only 16 bar stools, a communal table, and some patio seating.

The upcoming home of Rappahannock Oyster Bar at ROW DTLA

With the Los Angeles build-out, the plan is to give folks a variety of different dining options, from some quick service oysters at the bar to a full sit-down experience that can easily top $100. That means larger format dishes that rotate seasonally based on the available produce in California, alongside oysters and other sustainable seafood found up and down the West Coast. If all goes well, the company would even like to eventually open their own oyster farm somewhere out west.

Right now, the Rappahannock team is busy opening up in Charlston, South Carolina in early 2017, along with a fall 2017 location at the wharf along the Potomac in DC. When the oyster bar does come online, it’ll join a lot of notable names already slated for ROW DTLA, including Aussie transplant Paramount Coffee Project.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar DTLA
777 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA