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“Oysters and carpaccio and lobster, oh my!!!”

Public Fish and Oyster
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$55
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Public Fish and Oyster is a full service seafood restaurant and raw bar specializing in fresh, New England-style seafood in Central Virginia. Our commitment is to hospitality, quality ingredients and fair prices in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

From making the last minute (for the last table) reservations to the oyster tasting (different brine-levels, folks) to a beef carpaccio layered-with-nuanced-flavors to the lobster bites in an avocado cream to yummy shortbread with hints of lavender served with strawberry goodness--all presented by a delightfully engaging and intelligent server made for a "let's get a bite to eat" evening into a memorable gastronomic event! Go. Eat. Enjoy.

Date of visit: August 2015
Thank LoriM1639
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

We stopped by for oysters and champagne on a hot afternoon and ended up staying for a light dinner. We didn't have a reservation for that late Friday afternoon, and we were able to grab the last two seats at the bar, which turned out to be fun as we could watch the oyster chucking action and chat with our bartender, the guy who chucked oysters, and other friendly customers who were waiting for tables.

The oysters were fresh and diverse in selections. They were about 10 kinds on the board that afternoon, and you could ask the staff for recommendations, so you could get different flavors. The staff was knowledgeable and happy to help. What is listed on the board is what is fresh for the day, for both oysters and other seafood. So, supplies can be limited. We were able to get one of the few servings of the steamer clams that day. They were fresh and full of flavors with herbs and white wine in the broth. The presentation was beautiful and thoughtful. The clams came with a glass of clam broth for us to rinse off the sand and a glass of clarified butter. The butter was not necessary since the clams were so good already without the butter.

There were lots of options for beer (drafts, bottles, local and otherwise), wine by the glass and cocktails, and many seemed to have been selected to go with seafood. We each had a glass of champagne, which was crispy, dry and refreshing, a good company to the oysters. La Rosette and French 75 were refreshing and went well with the steamer clams.

It is a small restaurant, so I would recommend making a reservation. There is outdoor seating, shared with another restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

The oysters were great! Their shucker was there for only a short time, but his skills were evident. I had a half dozen briny oysters to warm up. We had the prix fixe menu for restaurant week. We both had the calamari (big surprise). I had the snapper and my wife had the lobster roll. For dessert, I had the ice cream with berries and my wife had the strawberry shortcake. The room is small and noisy. Lots of hard surfaces. There is a small patio for outdoor dining. The owner was solicitous and informative. We have pledged to return during regular service.

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank Parker M
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

My hubby & I came for dinner, right at the end of happy hour. (Next time we'll plan to come for happy hour.) Drinks were good. There is one sparkling available by the glass, & the bacon burbon isn't quite as bacon-y as we would have wanted. My husband asked for a surprise cocktail from the bar & that delivered. The oysters were fantastic & the other food tasty. It was a nice time

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank Isabayta
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

we did not know it was restaurant week when we showed up without a reservation. fortunately, our timing was right & we got a table for four. the food was excellent as well as the servers. we are still talking about the food and desserts. wonderful place.

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank rlmhome
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