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“Food speaks for itself, and very well” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Merroir

Merroir
784 Locklies Creek Rd, Topping, VA
804.758.2871
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Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Topping
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: A riverfront gourmet oyster tasting house featuring the celebrated farms of Rappahannock Oyster Company. Also enjoy 4 craft brews on tap, dozens of world-famous wines and bottled beers, and an always-changing menu of small-plate delicacies.
Alexandria, Virginia
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Food speaks for itself, and very well”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

After having sampled this "tasting room" wares at Union Market in DC, we just had to make a trek to the "mother ship" and we weren't disappointed. We were planning on spending Thanksgiving in the vicinity of the Tides Inn, a Chesapeake landmark, and realized that the Rappanhanock Oyster Company outpost was at Merrior, in nearby Topping. So, off to lunch we went and boy are we happy we got there a little before the lunch crowd descended upon the place.

Don't go for the ambiance, decor, or white table cloths because you won't find any of that. But, for goodness sake, do go for some of the best oysters and crab cakes available anywhere. The building looks like a work shed (but clean) and you enter on the side porch (screened in with heavy plastic during the winter to keep you warm). We sat outside and one of the many picnic tables and had great table service.

This is a kitchen (actually, a flattop and a couple of grills parked outside, under a canopy) that doesn't get in the way of incredibly fresh and fine seafood. We started with the dozen raw oysters (four each of their variety) and they ranged in saltiness and taste, depending on where in the bay they were raised. They were perfect and had us slurping down the remaining brine in each shell less we miss a drop of flavor. The crab cakes (had them in DC as well as here) were the same delicious mass that tasted of the sweetness of the crab and not the binder. I also went out on a limb and had lamb and clams, which was a heavenly tomato broth (hint of spice) with rough cut peppers/onions and ground lamb with about six clams resting on top. Again, the cooks let the food do the talking and we heard them loud and clear. Yum.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, you just have to stop in and have some of the best seafood, service and no-frills experience that money can buy (not too expensive either, for what you are getting).

It might be a little hard to find, but get there and enjoy yourself.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reston, Virginia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Great oysters!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is the tasting room for Rappahannock Oysters, and oysters don't get any fresher than these. Chef Cris also prepares some very creative small plates, and they have some great beers on tap, and a surprisingly nice wine selection. Recommended!

Visited November 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed at the Inn at Tabb's Creek (great!) and Lori suggested this place. Went with 2 other couples and had a great time. Food is great, with many iterations of oysters as they are the star of the menu, but make sure you try the scallops, rockfish, oyster stew, crab cake, and yes even a lamb chop! All served tapas (small plate) style, so may seem a little expensive. Nice selection of wine and beer. Very personable staff (especially "Coach"). WARNING-this is a VERY popular place that is VERY small-expect long waits in the summer. We were there in November and had a short wait, but certainly worth it, no matter how long you have to wait.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Raw oysters are wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place is beyond casual. "Dining" is all outdoors at trestle tables. While the menu includes oyster stew (almost all potatos) and crab cakes and mussels, the stars of the show are the raw oysters on the half shell. Order adozen and you will get four of each from three different locations. All delicious, all different! Located on a creek/river?, it is a wonderful, reasonable experience. If it rains, go somewhere else!

Visited October 2012
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Virginia
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“good oysters , mediocre service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have eaten here 4 times now and each time come away with the same feeling.
A bit expensive, average food and below average service.
I realize that is billed as a tasting room but Merroir has a way to go before we will be back .

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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