York River Oyster Company is destined to be a exciting new restaurant located at the York River Yacht Haven in Gloucester Point. Featuring local and regional favorites, YROC offers awesome seafood, steaks, and culinary innovations that will be the talk of the river.

You’ll be sure to have a shell of a good time!


Fun & Exciting Dining Experience

Overlooking the scenic York River, York River Oyster Company is a new and exciting restaurant located at the York River Yacht Haven in Gloucester Point. Featuring local and regional favorites, YROC offers awesome seafood, steaks, and culinary innovations that are the talk of the river.



Check Out This Months Events!

YROC features some of the best local and regional bands that Virginia has to offer every weekend. Mixed with great food and amazing cocktails, YROC is THE party spot on the River!

All Events
Boat Dock

Come By Boat

Why park your car when you can dock your boat? At YROC, we realize that it’s exhausting after a long day of fishing and being out on the water, that’s why we’re all about convenience. So bring your family and friends and we’ll be sure to provide you with “One Shell Of A Good Time”!

For dock parking, please call the York River Yacht Marina at (804) 642-2156 or visit their website for more information here.






Bushels of Oyster Shells Donated to

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Fresh Local Oysters

York River Oyster Company is home of the freshest oysters on the York River that are locally harvested, hand picked and shucked. Served raw, steamed, or fried, our chefs make sure you’ll absolutely love the way these bad boys taste. As you can see, our chefs have even created several very creative oyster specials that leave our customers begging for more!

Healthy & Fresh Seafood

We realize the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, which is why we provide several healthy seafood options! Many recent studies confirm the numerous health benefits of seafood consumption – not only is it a delicious source of protein to incorporate into your diet, it has been proven to offer many benefits to heart, brain and other areas of heath as well – giving you even more reason to enjoy some of your favorite seafood dishes. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish each week for better health.



Meet The YROC Team
YROC – Brian Hines – Head Chef

Brian Hines

Executive Head Chef

Executive Chef Brian Hines came to us in 2013 with 19 years of kitchn experience, including 12 years as Chef de Cuisine and 7 years at J. Sargeant Reynolds Graduate. Brian has been a critical part to our kitchen as he has helped guide and direct our chefs with developing and creating some of the most elaborate and exciting dishes that YROC has ever seen. Although Brian has expertise in all foods, his passion and specialty is creating innovative seafood dishes. At a towering height of 6’6″, Chef Brian takes command of his Kitchen’s and is a culinary force to be reckoned with.  In his spare time you can find him jamming at live music festivals, or traveling the world exploring regional cuisines. Next stop? Europe.

YROC – Brian Mahoney – Manager

Brian Mahoney

Operations Manager

We would like to welcome Gloucester native Brian Mahoney to our management staff! Brian brings over 25 years of experience in the restaurant and wine business. Married and with 3 children, Brian and his family love to live the active lifestyle by playing soccer and golf in their free time. We are excited to have Brian join our team and we welcome his family with open arms to join us at YROC!


Melissa Holdren

Office Manager

Originally a West Virginia native, Melissa decided to move into the commonwealth of Virginia in 1992. Having 33 years in the hospitality industry, she has been the office manager for Marconn Enterprises and Ladyconn Inc for 2 years and is extremely passionate when it comes to making people happy and for them to sit back and enjoy the moment. Married with two children, a son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren, she has lived by the motto of “if you don’t learn something new every day, then you’re not trying hard enough”.


Ryan Norris

Head Chef

Info Coming Soon….

RW – Mario Buffa – Manager

Mario Buffa, Jr.


As a child, Mario grew up in a family full of restauranteurs and over time he developed a passion for cooking and serving foods that are absolutely to die for. In June of 2013, he started his career at the opening of Water Street Grille in Yorktown, VA. Now as a member of the management team, he continues to strive to please every guest who comes to dine at our restaurant.

YROC – Peter Olsen – Manager

Peter Olsen


The York River Oyster Company is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Olsen to the management staff! With experience from Colonial Williamsburg, to some of the most successful and iconic restaurants in Atlanta, GA, Peter brings over two decades of fine dining and high volume experience in restaurants. We’re excited to have Pete impart his knowledge and experience back to his hometown of Hampton Roads. We welcome Peter to the YROC family and look forward to his dedication to providing outstanding food and professional service in order to help enhance our customers experiences and involvement with the community.


Coastal Virginia Magazine: Best New Restaurant of 2015