Virginia’s Oyster Country

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We Are Virginia's Oyster Country


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!

The Colonnade >>
Fish Hawk Oyster Bar At The Tides Inn >>
Adrift >>
Dredge >>
Willaby's Cafe >>
Tides Inn >>
Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar >>
Portside Grill on Urbanna Creek >>

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!

Windmill Point Oyster Company >>
Fleets Island Oyster Company >>
Walton Seafood >>
Miss Mary Seafood >>
Urbanna Seafood Market >>
J&W Seafood >>
Rappahannock Oyster Company >>
White Stone Oyster Co. >>

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. Danny Crabbe >>
Capt. Trey Sowers >>
Capt. David Rowe >>
Capt .J. C. Hudgins >>
Capt. William Saunders >>
Capt. Forrest Dameron >>

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!

Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville, Virginia
October 2023
Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival >>
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November 2023
The Urbanna Oyster Festival >>
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November 2023
Taste By The Bay - Wine, Arts, & Ale >>

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Virginia's Oyster Country

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