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“Good Service...Good Oysters!”

Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar
Ranked #2 of 459 Restaurants in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Good Service...Good Oysters!”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

My husband and I dropped into Harpoon Larry's this weekend since we were visiting CNU. Each time we drove by, the parking lot was pretty full so we decided to try it.

Everyone was friendly, the bar was clean, the servers were attentive and friendly and the local oysters (3 different types) were fresh, tasty and delicious. We preferred the James River oysters over the other 2 types even though all were good. The James River oysters were plump, meaty and sweet. The perfect oyster in my book.

Drinks were good too. I had a martini and it was done pretty well. It wasn't cold enough for me but I just moved onto an ICE COLD Bud Lite and enjoyed that! My husband had a couple of Guinness and they were good too.

We only had drinks and oysters but we'll be back...it was fairly priced and very good.

  • Visited April 2014
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great fresh local seafood.”
Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We visit Newport News/Hampton every year or so. We ate here twice on a recent visit. Yes, it is not quite the same local oyster bar ambiance that is used to be....but it is still good local seafood in a casual lively atmosphere. Do not expect fine dining or elegant presentation...expect good local shellfish and fish. We had Virginia oysters, steamed shrimp, crab cake and steamed clams.... All quite tasty. Great selection of beer on tap that went well with the seafood. Service was quick , efficient , not elegant but if you want to be fussed over and pampered this isn't your place . Yes it was a bit noisy, but its an oyster bar!! If you want fresh classic shellfish and great draft beers to wash it down ...this is your place.

Visited April 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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“ Fresh Seafood , Great Prices”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Thank goodness that Harpoon Larry's opened in Newport News. This is a great addition to a booming town. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun, the staff is friendly. It is nice to have a causal place to go,with a reasonably priced menu. Try a major selection of beers or their famous rum runners. Eat fresh sushi on Sunday nights or try my favorite dish "Shrimp and Grits." The hush puppies are yummy!

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Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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“Disappointed”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We have been going to Harpoon Larry's for years. New location is nice but food was terrible. Service is mediocre. Have gone 3 times since they moved to NN location hoping we just had a bad experience each time. But won't waste anymore money there again.

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Hampton, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Oyster Monday,Yumerama!”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

My wife and I just had the pleasure of dining at Harpoon Larry's this past Monday night. When we arrived we found out it was in fact Oyster Monday. Since that is one of the reasons we went, we were happy. They had a bogo special of their Oysters Rockefeller. Always excellent. The platters we both had included shrimp,scallops, and oysters. Their seafood is exceptional. Since moving to their new location, which is much larger than where they used to be in Hampton, the emphasis seems to be more on their food and less on the bar scene. Much more to our liking. Their drinks are good however, nothing wrong with a good bar also. As I stated in the title to this review "Yumerama" all around. Mondays never tasted so good.

  • Visited March 2014
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