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Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar

117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-2338
+1 804-224-4121
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  • Excellent88%
  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (24 reviews)
“ice cream” (11 reviews)
“bread pudding” (3 reviews)
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Seafood, Deli, Healthy, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-2338
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

The food at Densons is great! The glamour foods such as the oysters, fish, shrimp and especially the calamari are Fantastic!! What really makes this place special is the attention to detail that they give to some ordinary foods like the home made French fries...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Paul K
Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

We really indulged ourselves in the splendid seafood menu at Denson’s indulging ourselves in oyster soup and grilled oysters a la Denison with Parmesan and sauce in the shell. Followed this with a shared plate of calamari done just right, great light batter coating and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed December 7, 2018

There is a new menu every week. the food is made to order. They use fresh in season food- meats and veggis.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lovetoeatbb
Reviewed September 26, 2018

My husband and I had heard so many wonderful things about Denson's that we just had to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about. We made reservations three weeks in advance...(this is a very small venue, make sure that you have reservations) and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Lisa R
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We loved everything about Denson’s except that it wasn’t open more during the week. The ice cream was fantastic and we went 3 nights in a row AND bought some to take home. Sat down to their Sunday brunch and ordered everything we could possible...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 6debik
Reviewed August 27, 2018

....people rave about it. It was OK; not great. Portions were generous, but not exceptionally tasty. The blackened rock fish sand wich had 2 fillets but the only thing blackened was the color. Crab cake as large but mushy in texture and taste. Was startled...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Joel H
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Denson's was recommended by every online resource and person we spoke to during our visit to Colonial Beach, and now we know why. This popular spot near the beach has a small dining room and does a booming carry-out business. There's an extensive food selection...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DCProfessionals
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Don’t let the modest facade fool you. Step inside to meet the warm owners and sit down to the best food in the area! The crab dip was our starter and we were fighting over the last morsel! The oysters disappeared! And our entrees were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank michele b
Reviewed August 13, 2018

We went for lunch, had oysters, craft beer, giant calamari, crab soup, and great service. Inside and outside seating. No complaints. Open at limited times, so plan ahead and get reservations if you are wanting dinner. Huge thumbs up.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank sukeduke
Reviewed August 11, 2018

The oysters in the poor-boy sandwich was really good but it was a lot of bread to the amount of oysters (the oysters were overwhelmed by the bread). My friend has celiac disease and the waitress went above and beyond to make sure there was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Patricialayne
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $39
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 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
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Originally established in 1912, Denson's Grocery is a 3rd generation family owned and operated market and restaurant. We serve lunch and dinner. Open year round, we enjoy serving our community and our visitors. THE COURTYARD at R&B OYSTER BAR A True Chesapeake Bay Farm to Table Experience! Enjoy your lunch or dinner from our full service kitchen. Our oyster bar is open year round. We serve these tasty bivalves in a variety of ways. Roasted, fried, and for the purist, oysters served ice cold on the half shell, with lemon, cocktail sauce, mignonette, and Saltines. Our menu changes daily to reflect the freshest seafood, beef, poultry and vegetables available. Denson's talented culinary team is sensitive to dietary restrictions and strives to create an unmatched dining experience. 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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