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Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar

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117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-2338
+1 804-224-4121
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 8:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Richmond, Virginia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I LOVE Denson's!!!! So will you!!!!!!Do yourself a favor and drive to Colonial Beach - even if it's just to go to Denson's. The owners Rocky and Blair are so warm and inviting and always meet their customers. My FAVORITE sandwich is the crab roll which Rocky remembered the minute we walked in the door!!! He doesn't have it on... More 

Thank darlut19
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch based on the reviews and did not disappoint. The shrimp po boy was wonderful. Had a little kick and I'm not one for spice but was just right could still taste the shrimp. Husband had fried flounder and on my next visit will try that.

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New Market, Virginia
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92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made a reservation on the suggestions of several TA reviews and so glad that we did! A very popular spot with locals as there were friends of the owners celebrating a birthday this evening. The oysters on the half shell are delightfully fresh and ice cold! The oyster stew is the best we have ever experienced- sumptuous and loaded with... More 

Thank shvc50
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome restaurant. Great food. Oysters 4 ways. Delicious. Go. Great lunch. Great hospitality. Bread pudding and ice cream excellent.

Thank Skip W
Front Royal, Virginia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017

What a Great Restaurant with a Great Staff, a Hidden Gem for sure!!! Thanks Rocky, we hope to be back soon. Bonnie & Rick

Thank Rick K
1 review
Reviewed February 24, 2017

You could never ask for a better meal- there is so much to choose from. Rocky and Blair are so awesome, they treat everyone feel like family. Absolutely love them!

Colonial Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Denson's has the best food in town. Rocky & Blair really care about the quality of their food and the comfort of their customers. Make sure to make reservations if you are going there for dinner. Its so worth it!!

1 Thank lovetrips2
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

Had a meeting around the corner and this place was recommended to us. Absolutely incredible. If you're in the area, GO! Staff was friendly, attentive - the owner even came out and asked how the food was! He takes care to source meat and produce locally, which makes it fresh and delicious. I had the shrimp po'boy and it was... More 

2 Thank kimfromks
King George, Virginia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 31, 2017

Rocky & Blair are the nicest restaurant owners you will ever meet. They are very dedicated to providing the freshest and most delicious meals you've ever had. The heated patio is very inviting and the service is always outstanding. Try the bread pudding!

Thank HeyDay218
Warsaw, Virginia
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86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2017

Our next door neighbors took us to a place we had never heard of before in Colonial Beach Virginia and boy oh boy were we grateful they did. Denson's Grocery is nothing to look at...somewhat small but it sure packs a wallop. Walking inside it looked like a small deli with just standing room only BUT magically Lilly appeared and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $39
Seafood, Delicatessen, Healthy, American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 am
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-2338
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Colonial Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 804-224-4121
Originally established in 1912, Denson's Grocery is a 3rd generation family owned and operated market. We pride ourselves in not being your 'Traditional' Grocery Store. Hard to find specialty and gourmet items line our shelves. Enjoy these fresh groceries specially prepared for you in our full-service courtyard. We serve brunch, lunch and dinner. We strive to provide our customers a healthy, yet tasty choice of foods. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We want more than customers, we want relationships. At Denson's Grocery, the focus is you. Nothing is set in stone at our market. Just ask and we will do our best to satisfy your individual or group needs. We are not a seasonal business. Open year round, we enjoy serving our community and our visitors. From full time and part time residents to boaters and campers, we can provide an enjoyable culinary experience. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES • Oyster Bar and Restaurant • Boar's Head(R) Delicatessen • Catering • Travelling Oyster Bar • Fresh made Salads • Local and Organic Produce • Beach and Boater Picnics • Monrovia Farm Beef • Certified Angus Beef(R) • Wild Caught Seafood • Trickling Springs Creamery Dairy Products • Hand Dipped Ice Cream • Dried and Cured Meats • Imported, Domestic and Local Wines • Craft and Micro Brews • Gift Baskets • Dock Delivery THE COURTYARD at R&B OYSTER BAR A True Chesapeake Bay Farm to Table Experience Enjoy your brunch, lunch or dinner from our full service kitchen. Late in the afternoon and early evening, unwind with a charcuterie or cheese and fruit plate, served with craft or micro brews as well as wine by the glass in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our oyster bar is open year round. We serve these tasty bivalves in a variety of ways. Roasted 'Drago Style', Rockefeller, or Cackalacky, fried golden, and for the purist, oysters served ice cold on the half shell, on a bed of crushed ice with lemon, cocktail sauce, mignonette, and Saltines. We take special care to secure the freshest and tastiest oysters available coming from various locations throughout the East Coast. Our menu changes daily to reflect the freshest seafood, beef, poultry and vegetables available. Each plate is prepared to your specifications. Denson's talented culinary team is sensitive to dietary restrictions and strives to create an unmatched dining experience. Come in to try our award winning crab cake made with locally picked blue crab. Denson's is proud to support local waterman and farmers. "Family friendly service with a smile, gourmet grocery, carry-out, and outdoor oyster bar." Kurt Rabin, Free Lance-Star

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