Brine at Mosaic

4.1
621 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
With four generations of oyster expertise and a passion for farm-to-table dining, Travis Croxton's newest restaurant, Brine, sets Mosaic apart as a destination for seafood lovers.

Along with his family's famous Rappahannock and Olde Salt oysters at the raw bar, Croxton has enlisted renowned Chef John Critchley to set a menu leveraging the best of Mid-Atlantic bounty from seafood to regional meats and produce. Leveraging a wood-fired grill and rotisserie, guests will have a unique dining experience whether they're watching the chefs in our open kitchen, or talking to the shuckers at the raw bar. Expect to be wowed!

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The food was over cooked and burnt, the drink was good. Service was okay

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Strong kitchen skills - all dishes were well prepared, beautifully presented, and delicious. Ryan-the-Server and the anonymous food-runners were quick and efficient. We struggled with the noise level, hard surfaces, and "garage"-type feel of the place. Dominant vibe was more like a hipster happy-hour college-bar than a seafood restaurant. Menu was more limited than on-line research suggested, and the wood-fired steaks and chicken figured prominently. We kinda wondered "HEY! Where's all the Seafood besides Raw Bar stuff?" Oh, well... House Special Cocktails gave good buzzes, the Lambs-and-Clams appetizer had a great harissa-dominant kick, Catfish & Farro was great. Chilled shrimp appetizer was just so-so and skimpy on the shrimplettes. Sea Scallops entre delicious, perfectly cooked, but on the small-ish side relative to price. Blackberry Crumble w/ice cream for dessert underwhelmed.

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Q
40 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was good, we shared tuna tartar as an appetizer. It was excellent! Va cider was good. Son liked the catfish, I had the trout, rather insipid, maybe the seasoning was on the skin which was face up when they brought it out. Ribeye was not cooked as asked, poor quality according to husband. I remember this place being backed a while ago, but the last year every time I have walked by it not even half full.

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S
19 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Started with some very fresh oysters. Had a fabulous fire roasted trout. Had a hard time resisting the delicious bread!!

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c
12 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The trout was delicious, as were the bourbon and gin cocktails.

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J
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent but not a good value. Oysters were outstanding but pricey. Cocktails were puny and overpriced. I would recommend it with the qualification that although the food is great, you will be paying top dollar.

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t
35 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fresh oysters and scallops were delicious. Will be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place, nice people! Excellent food and drink. Go. Enjoy.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WE LOVE BRINE. The oyster happy hour is a great deal, we must've ordered 2 dozen and ate every one. The burger was fantastic and we loved the fries. Our servers were attentive, friendly, and helpful. The drinks were fantastic, we got the apple cider mule and the manhattan. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Or anyone.

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R
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

While the food was wonderful, asking for additional bread turned out to be problematic.

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DH
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Unfortunately, our meal at Mosaic, which we have loved in the past, was marred by poor service. The waiter was dismissive of my lactose intolerance, saying he was unsure about whether another vegetable could be substituted for the mashed potatoes with milk in them. Worse, my steak, ordered medium rare, came medium. When the server placed the plate before me, he said "here is your steak done medium." I said, "I ordered medium rare," and he responded, "Oh, right, medium rare." It was definitely medium and I wasn't in a position to send it back because I was dining with people I did not know well and did not want to hold up their dinner. Also, the recipe for the previously superlative lamb and clams seems to have changed, with there now being little lamb meatballs instead of lamb crumbles. This is not an improvement.

Mosaic has been a standard for my wife and me, but we are rethinking that after a subpar meal.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Overpriced for average food and okay service.

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DN
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for Happy Hour events!

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w
99 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Fortunately we place little value in Valentines Day so it wasn’t important for this date to be perfect but for the price of the food we did expect it to be good. We’ve been to Brine several times and it’s usually decent, sometimes delicious but we’ve never had it as bad as this last visit. We had mushy crab cakes and an over cooked ribeye that was too tough to chew. Had that been our first time we’d never go back and it’ll be a while before we do. The bread, however was delicious as always.

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LB
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brine serves Rappahannock River Oyster Co. oysters which are the best oysters anywhere. Every dish we had was superb. The only thing that would have made it better is to have a roasted oyster dish that is gluten free.

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LM
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My sister-in law, my wife and I dined on a Monday evening. We came in time for happy hour with the specially priced $1.50 oysters. A small disappointment was that only oysters from the Rappahannock were available for the special price. I like to order a dozen oysters split among their three sources. Two of us ordered the wild blue catfish which is locally caught. The fish was absolutely fresh and the accompanying ferro grain and vegetables were good blend of flavors and textures. The restaurant had only a few tables occupied and consequently the service was outstanding. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience and we shall definitely return.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Really mediocre. Oyster chowder was tasteless, thickened way too much, bacon was large chunks and chewy. Crostini had no flavor or style. Trout was fairly dry and with little fresh flavor. My two companions and I all agreed that maybe for drinks and oysters but save a substantial dollar and avoid a bland dinner.

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CC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, the menu was limited but the service was great. The food was good but nothing amazing.

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DN
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Their happy hour special is really great! The 1/2 priced oysters are super yummy. My steak was also very good. YUM!

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OT
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent. However the food was average for the price.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined early for dinner mid-week, so the restaurant noise level was quite low. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing or silly and his recommendations were exactly right. We enjoyed the meal of oysters with a side dish and pre-dinner cocktails. Excellent variations on the Moscow Mule.

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OT
52 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was quite good. I had the scallops w risotto (a little chalky tasting), ciprollini onions (not enough).
The atmosphere was very noisy- hard to talk and hear friend I was with. Not a cozy space

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RW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Food was a bit pricey for quality. A steak above $30 should resemble it. Oysters on smaller side for 2.50 each. Service was stellar.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The fish was delishous, and so was the pinot noir. I would definitely go back. Service was great.

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G
20 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We normally go for the Oysters and the Fish. Usually very good service and a good meal.

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YI
48 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

4pm so the restaurant was almost empty. A very pleasant early dinner.
Wish there were more vegetarian options

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GS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

will never eat here again. We spent $270 for three people and the only decent bite I had was the cauliflower. I cook better food at home. Guess that’s why we were the only ones there at 6:00pm - everyone else knew not to eat here.

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d
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Freshest oysters in the area and Happy Hour makes them a reasonably priced offering

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YI
48 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Saturday late brunch. Hardly anyone in the restaurant, but still it was noisy! Note for true vegetarians- there are scant offerings for you. Kale and beet salad EXCELLENT! Partner enjoyed creamy Rappahannock oysters and grilled trout. Service was great.

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TM
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We both had the Blue Catfish and shared the Tuna Tartare. The catfish was cooked perfectly but over-seasoned for my taste - the flavor of the fish was lost behind the the salt and other spices. Nest time we'll try the trout. The tuna tartare was exactly what you want it to be - very fresh with a combination of flavors and textures that made us wish we had each ordered our own dish. Our waiter was very friendly and super helpful - when we could find him.

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LE
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has amazing, fresh, perfectly prepared seafood. The tuna tartare is the best I've ever had. The ceviche is delicious as well as the fresh fish. I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. I've been there several times, but last night was even better!!!

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B
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Lambs and Clams overly spicy but no real flavor. Lamb was over cooked, dried out meatballs. Butternut squash salad boring and the squash is a joke, sliced paper thin and flavorless. A garnish at best. Not worth headlining on the menu. That Black Ale is very good.

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s
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The holiday drinks were delicious. The oysters were fresh and the homemade hot sauce was fabulous. My favorite is the roasted chicken, which is unbelievable!!!

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e
36 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The oysters were superb. Wish they had a few more options for soup and/or salad to go with them. Great profiteroles to have as a sweet bite.

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g
20 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening and everything was awesome. Glad we came!!!

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S
12 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic: oysters on the half shell, lambs and clams (that SAUCE), warm dinner rolls, and scallops. From start to finish, this coastal gal from Rhode Island was very satisfied.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The cocktails and wine are expensive. It's a beautiful space and the service was great but it is expensive for what you get.

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S
121 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The salad, fish and oysters were delicious and the chef accommodated our food allergies. Our waiter, Bryan, was helpful and friendly. Sadly, the restaurant was so cold I had to wear my coat the whole time.

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a
10 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The restaurant was freezing cold! And while the food was really good, the service remains lacking. It took 15 mins to get our drinks then 30 for a broiled shrimp appetizer. The fish we ordered wasn’t deboned and the plates and serving utensils were just tossed on the table for us to self serve. Wish the service was better and we’d come more often.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Mixed review.....bloody mary without olives.....some sides on brunch dishes not available (potatoes with the omelet). Oyster roll was okay....had better.

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