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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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Opens in 18 min
Seafood, Deli, Healthy, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-2338
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was on my way to Annapolis and visiting hsitoric sites along the way---George Washington Birthplace National Monument, James Monroe's Birthplace, and Stratford Hall are all very close by. Denson's is an ideal place to plan to visit for great food. This is a desitnation...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely little restaurant with delicious food! Definitely need reservations! Food was prepared perfectly and the staff was great!

Thank Jamie O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second time here and they didn’t disappoint. We had an excellent lunch of scallops and crab cakes. The service was excellent and everyone is so friendly. I like that the owner’s come out and check to see if you like your meal....More

Thank Gayle H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has it all--gourmet food, relaxed and quaint feel, and a terrific and friendly staff. Wanted one of each on the menu--hard to choose! Giving it 4 stars because I wasn't impressed with the crab cake for lunch. Local blue crab, but too shredded...More

Thank GailMAnne
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

If you are reading this review, stop reading immediately and make a reservation!!! Food amazing, staff incredible, chef's even better. Very small, very intimate, service incredible. This what chefs dream their restaurant should be. Don't leave Colonial Beach without eating here. Feel like we made...More

Thank Kirk V
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

We visited Denson's on a Saturday night, March 17. The place advertises itself as a "grocery" and that is what you first encounter when you enter. The kitchen is visable from that part of the premises. There is little room to wait and the place...More

1  Thank Toofaraway
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I drove 70 miles to eat at Denson’s Seafood. Our only regret we had not heard of this restaurant sooner. My husband had the dozen of oyster as starter. He said they were the best he has ever had. I ordered the...More

Thank wanda060
Reviewed January 22, 2018

My wife and I stopped here while traveling north. What a gem! The seafood is fresh and cooked to order. I started with some local oysters that were the best I might have ever had. And the other dishes were perfect. But the real surprise...More

Thank James B
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

First, the food and service here are wonderful. Didn't really know what to expect but heard it was good. Had 2 different types of oysters for appetizers and the lamb chops and scallops for dinner. Everything was full of flavor and delicious. Don't think we...More

Thank 68Transport
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Denson's has been in business for decades and is a definite go-to spot for great food. Most items are specialty grocery finds. If you are new to the area, you will see some things you never heard of before, and all is excellent in quality....More

Thank langail
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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
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 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
  • E-mail
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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