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EXPERIENCE THE OYSTER RESURGENCE

Oysters are BACK and in a big way due to the work by the watermen and oyster growers of Virginia’s River Realm. In our waters, Crassostrea virginica (that’s their biological name) has made a comeback, any one sports team would be envious of. We’re shipping worldwide so come and taste what the fuss is all about.

4 Ways To Experience Our Favorite Bivalve

Around here, oysters are kind of a BIG DEAL! and we celebrate them ALL YEAR LONG thanks to the introduction of aquaculture. That means no more waiting for the months with an “R”!

Dine Like A Local

Right here where they are harvested are the places to have your oysters-fresh from the water. Try out something new or simply natural, raw on the half shell, we have lots of choices especially when you pair with our local wines. Merroir meets terroir!

Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar
Urbanna
Merroir
Topping
Deltaville Tap and Raw Bar
Deltaville
Tides Inn
Irvington
Willaby's On the Beach
White Stone
Dog & Oyster Micro-Vineyard
Irvington
The Colonnade
Irvington
Fish Hawk Oyster Bar At The Tides Inn
Irvington

Farm Fresh Oysters

Whether you’re here visiting friends or headed back home, be sure that the taste of the River Realm goes with you. We have lots of places to get fresh, local seafood and lots of things to go with them. Check out these purveyors of oysters and other local treats!

White Stone Oyster Co.
White Stone
Windmill Point Oyster Company
White Stone
J&W Seafood
Deltaville
Rappahannock Oyster Company
Topping
Miss Mary Seafood
White Stone
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Co.
Deltaville
Fleets Island Oyster Company
White Stone
TM Williams & Son Seafood
Urbanna

Watermen Heritage Tours

Experience the Chesapeake Bay with an authentic working waterman as your personal guide. These Captains have created on-water tours relating to the ecology of the Bay, how seafood is harvested, our waterway history and general site seeing. They even create customized tours for families. Join them for a life changing experience as you get out on our rivers and creeks to explore the River Realm. Tour sizes determined by size of each Captain’s vessel.

Meet The Watermen

Capt. William Saunders
Irvington
Capt. Danny Crabbe
Kilmarnock
Capt. David Rowe
Kilmarnock
Capt .J. C. Hudgins
Capt. Forrest Dameron
Kilmarnock

Oyster & Seafood Festivals

Get your festival groove on with oysters all year long. River Realm has seafood festivals, oyster roasts old school style with plywood tables (you bring your own oyster knife) to more formal affairs. Lots of these are planned for months in advance so get your tickets early. The year culminates with Virginia’s Official Oyster Festival the Urbanna Oyster Festival!

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