It’s the new refrain of culinary travelers: Virginia is for Oyster Lovers. Find out how being the largest producer of fresh farm-raised oysters in the country makes this the ideal destination for getting a taste of this unmatched coastal food experience.
From bold and salty to mellow and sweet, a full range of diverse flavors is yours to explore on the Virginia Oyster Trail. You won’t just taste the harvest – you’ll take a deep dive into the unique culture of the Chesapeake Bay, including visits to oyster operations like this one in Cheriton on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Helping resurrect native Chesapeake Bay oyster production, Rappahannock River Oyster Company grows and harvests enough to supply restaurants throughout the region and give oyster lovers nationwide a taste of Virginia’s fine selection of fresh oysters.
Rustic Elegance? You’re in Virginia Oyster Country
Kick back on a riverbank for unexpectedly sophisticated flavor. Merroir in Topping is known for putting a gourmet spin on raw and grilled selections that are served small-plate style. When Angels on Horseback show up on the ever-changing menu, it’s a right place/right time moment.
Celebrate the harvest with fellow oyster lovers at annual events throughout Virginia’s seven flavorful oyster regions. Held during Virginia Oyster Month in November, the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast features a menu of tasty dishes along with music, dancing and good times with the locals.
Hit multiple stops on the Virginia Oyster Trail to discover your favorite way to experience the bounty. Noted for salty sweetness and a smooth finish, the Lynnhaven Oysters of the Tidewater region define the flavor profile at Pleasure House Oyster Farm in Virginia Beach.
What made the Lynnhaven Oyster so legendary? English settlers in 1607 wrote that they were “as big as dinner plates.” European royalty later demanded their superior flavor, texture and size. Today, the Lynnhaven Oyster is back in big numbers at Pleasure House Oyster Farm in Virginia Beach. Hand selection, tumbling, grading and cleaning keep the quality high for this historic harvest.
You can taste the coast from Grace Street in Richmond. Upscale casual is the mood here, where seasonal dishes, craft beers, a great wine selection, signature cocktails and an enormous raw bar bring the freshness of the Rappahannock Oyster Co. experience to the city.