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Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.


$6 - $39
Seafood, Deli, Healthy, American
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed April 19, 2021

We have eaten at Denson's several times over the past several years and the food never disappoints. The sandwiches are unique and fresh. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is due to the ordering process (inside dining still closed due to COVID)....You have to look up menu on line and then either email or phone in your order. They warn you about the difficulty getting through on the phone so we emailed. The food was excellent but what I ordered didn't travel well (calamari with thai chili sauce)...chili sauce leaked through the cardboard container. Will definitely continue to eat there but will wait for the inside dining to open back up.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 21, 2021

We rave about Denson's food - got it to take out and eat at Colonial Beach Brewing next door. Everything we ordered was tasty: delicious pork cutlet sandwich (very big portion of meat), great fries, and fried oyster po' boy sandwich.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed January 5, 2021

This restaurant was fabulous and worth the trip. Excellent fish sandwich, burger and service. What a gem. We will definitely be back

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

The best Italian subs! Everything I've had from here has not disappointed and they are very friendly and hospitable!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed February 17, 2020

Denson’s was recommended to us last summer. It’s a small place so you definitely need a reservation. We were thoroughly impressed. I had some dietary restrictions and they accommodated every one and the meal was still outstanding. I wish I could have had a dessert....They treated us like long lost friends when we told them we hadn’t been there before. They only use fresh products, therefore, no crab cakes in February. Definitely will go back in the summer.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 31, 2020

This was a delightful surprise. We came for oysters and were not disappointed. We shared Oysters Cackalacky, Oysters Denson, and fried oysters. Cackalacky is so named because of the North Carolina sauce used. For my entree, I had scallops in mango reduction sauce with crispy...brussel sprouts. Incredible. The owners are very hands on and attentive. Note for next time: I saw desserts being served to other customers, including an eclair that appeared to be the size of a small dog. Presumably those at the table were sharing.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

From the minute you walk in you feel at home. Couldn’t ask for better service there a tru team. Very limited seating inside but totally cozy. On to the food, solid menu , great imaginative specials. Priced well, all fresh made to order. Bar none...the best find I’ve had in a long time. My only regret, I don’t live closer. BravoMore

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 4, 2020

My husband and I stayed close to home for our 33-year wedding anniversary and decided to have our celebration dinner at Denson’s in Colonial Beach, Va. Our reservation (definitely need reservations) was for 6:30pm. We arrived ahead of time but only had to wait a...short while before we were seated. Immediately upon entry to the store/restaurant the aroma hit me. It smelled so good. We were greeted by the owner/chef – Rocky Denson and his wife, Blaire. They were very welcoming. I was happy we had a few minutes before sitting down so we had a chance to look at the food and beverage items available in the grocery part of the business. They offer a selection of local and non-local wine and beer as well as cheeses, meats and pre-made offerings that are grab and go items. We were seated at one of the 5 tables available in the enclosed porch. During the warmer months they have an outside area that seats roughly the same number of people as inside. We started off with our beverage order. My husband ordered the Blue Mountain Brewery Kolsch they have on tap and I ordered a glass of Man (South Africa) Chardonnay. We’ve both had the Kolsch before when we visited Blue Mountain Brewery but this was my first taste of this wine, it was very good. Blaire explained the oyster options available. They offer a bubble and brine flight along with 3 cooked options Denson’s Style Order, Oysters Rockefeller and Cackalacky style. We ordered a combination of Denson’s style and Rockefeller style, 3 each. Both were good but the Denson’s style (butter, garlic and parmesan cheese) were our favorite. Next, we each ordered a soup course. My husband ordered Oyster soup and I ordered the Lobster bisque. What can I say – they were both DELICIOUS. For dinner, my husband ordered the 14oz Delmonico steak with green beans and mashed potatoes. He ordered the steak rare and it was cooked to perfection. Rocky came out to ask if the steak was cooked like he wanted. I ordered Rockfish – grilled with crispy Brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. The fish was cooked to perfection – very light and flakey with just the right amount of seasoning. The Brussel sprouts were to die for – I loved them. The green beans were very simply prepared and delicious and the mashed potatoes were creamy goodness. Neither of us could finish our dinners so we boxed them up for home. Blaire offered us a free dessert to celebrate our anniversary. She explained the desserts available – bread pudding, cheesecake with caramel topping, triple chocolate cake and a large selection of ice cream sandwiches. We opted for the local fare and picked the bread pudding. OM MY GOD – it was so decadent. We truly enjoyed our meal and can’t believe it took us so long to visit. We will definitely return sooner rather than later.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 23, 2019 via mobile

My parents came and had lunch and said it was ok, the prices were good. They shared a Pimento cheese sandwich and a chicken salad sandwich. They thought gorge chicken salad sandwich was super great but the Pimento Cheese sandwich was below par. The atmosphere...was very casual. stated they would go back and try something else the next time they came to town.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2019

Fantastic food, personalized service, small hometown/family feels! We love visiting Denson's - oysters are amazing and so is everything else that you may be lucky enough to try!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Yes, Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar offers takeout services.

Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4