The Best Seafood Restaurants in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

Washington, D.C., has long been one of the foremost restaurant cities in the world - with fine establishments feeding the movers and shakers that make up the city with some of the best dishes in America. The best seafood in D.C. brings the taste of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay to District diners with all the flair and style the city has become known for. But where are the District's most discerning diners going out to eat when they're in the mood for seafood? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. Here, we have pored through data from thousands of in-the-know D.C. diners to pick out the greatest seafood restaurants in Washington. From local crab joints and neighborhood institutions to upscale seafood eateries in the heart of the capital, the best seafood restaurants in D.C. serve up some of the world's most distinctive cuisine. Grab a table and enjoy a meal tonight!

Restaurants:O-Ku - DC, SER, Matisse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Spanish, Contemporary French
Neighborhoods:Washington, Arlington, Tenleytown

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
529 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This lively Union Market hot spot is one of the District's choice spots for prime sushi and seafood. The sleek interior is full of the city's movers and shakers enjoying the restauRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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SER

$$$$·Spanish·
Arlington
1,158 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
The laid-back atmosphere of this Arlington tapas place makes it an ideal spot for a dinner out in the suburbs. Ser is one of the District's most colorful restaurants. Diners feast Read more
93% recommended

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,233 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Matisse is one of the most revered Washington, D.C. restaurants. This upscale, contemporary restaurant off of Wisconsin Avenue has been a destination spot for years. The French-MedRead more
98% recommended

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
750 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
Pearl Dive is one of the more fun seafood restaurants in Washington. Alongside some of the best seafood in D.C., Pearl Dive features a bocce court where diners can test out their sRead more
96% recommended
Late Night Find in Washington, D.C. Area

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
234 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Business Meals
This hot spot in the trendy D.C. Georgetown neighborhood is a seafood must-go. Full of great vibes and a lively crowd, Dylan's two levels and patio offer a great spot for summertimRead more
91% recommended
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Johnny's Half Shell - Adams Morgan

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Adams Morgan
475 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Celebrated chef Ann Cashion delivers New Orleans seafood vibes to D.C. at Johnny's Half Shell. In the heart of the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, Johnny's Half Shell is one of tRead more
98% recommended
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,039 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
BlackSalt is one of the District's most intriguing restaurants. Diners can get some of the best seafood in D.C. at the BlackSalt take-out fish market or sit-down restaurant. Sit-doRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Pesce Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
690 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
This longtime Washington D.C. seafood favorite features some of the city's most exceptional dining vibes and best dishes. Pesce's ever-changing chalkboard menu changes daily as freRead more
82% recommended
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Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,697 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Great Beer
The Brasserie Beck is the place to go for beer and seafood. This lively, buzzing restaurant is in the middle of McPherson Square and boasts plenty of post-work diners enjoying the Read more
90% recommended
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Del Mar

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
1,148 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
This exciting Spanish tapas restaurant boasts some of the best seafood in D.C. and some of the best views in the city. Located right on the Washington Channel, the upscale restauraRead more
89% recommended
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Kellari Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Downtown
2,618 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Greek hospitality and Mediterranean food define this superb seafood spot. Located near Farragut Square, Kellari Taverna features a unique ordering style. Servers bring diners to thRead more
82% recommended

Fiola Mare

$$$$·Seafood·
Georgetown
2,972 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
On the edge of Georgetown, Fiola Mare features some of the best seafood in D.C. right on the waterfront. Grab a table at this Italian seafood favorite and look out over the PotomacRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
535 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
Located in the heart of the trendy McPherson section of D.C., the Rare Steakhouse is a neighborhood gem. There's a sturdy, old-school feel to the restaurant in its fare and its intRead more
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,040 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Washington D.C. outpost of this nationally-renowned steakhouse chain features some of the city's top seafood. Head in to grab a table in the traditionally-styled steakhouse andRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Potomac
432 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
This seafood hot spot in the middle of Potomac Village is a prime place for a casual dinner or lunch. Bright and lively inside, Lock 72 is a classic American restaurant with some oRead more
96% recommended
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The Prime Rib

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,184 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Washington's Prime Rib restaurant is a trip back in time. The restaurant features an upscale, traditional setting that recalls mid-century Manhattan. It delivers a throwback diningRead more
89% recommended
Best Service in Washington, D.C. Area

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,027 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This nationally-acclaimed seafood chain has one of its prime locations in the nation's capital. Located inside the historic Colorado Building, Ocean Prime features a menu of seafooRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in District of Columbia

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
Charlie Palmer Steak is a Washington D.C. restaurant institution. This upscale steakhouse is a gathering point for the Washington D.C. powerful, with views of the Capitol out its wRead more
88% recommended
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