Pesce Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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For over twenty years, Pesce has been a favorite among Washingtonian diners for its fresh seafood and creative bistro entrees. We discover the freshest seasonal ingredients from local markets and the regional countryside, and select only the highest quality seafood from our fishmongers…and we do so daily.

Because of this obsessive pursuit of quality, our menus are hand-written each day and presented to your tableside on chalk boards. Our recipes, innovative yet rooted in classic technique, are intended to evoke a sense of pure bliss.

Have a glass of wine and bite to eat at the bar and you may feel you’ve been transported to a Parisian bistro. A relaxed environment, Pesce can host anything from a business lunch to an intimate dinner, or even a semi-private event complete with the option of a personalized menu.

Pesce, the best seafood destination in Dupont for 20 years and counting!


Regine Palladin, Owner
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vipClaudiaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. Like the window table.

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vipMurasaki
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cozy place with a unique menu focused on fish. A reliable restaurant that has been around for years and still delivering.

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Traveler
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, delicious meal (popcorn shrimp with lightest of coating; Caesar salad with twist of smoked trout; halibut and monkfish as entrees), good setting. It's harder to imagine fresher-tasting fish. The Washington Post was right in praising Pesce as best seafood restaurant around.

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ThadB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pesce has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

OK experience overall. Good food, but overpriced for what it is. Impossible to talk without screaming in the front dining room. Very cold draft when patrons are in and out.

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vipMarshaF
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lunched with a friend. We sat at the table in the window. We shared the beet salad to start. She had the arctic char and I had rockfish-- both excellent. It's a great place for a leisurely meal and conversation is easy.

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vipDate
Sydney / NSW
139 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was pretty good. However, I saved the date to be a birthday dinner for my wife. It was in the notes on the reservation. The restaurant (all personnel) never even acknowledged her birthday - never even said Happy birthday to her which was very disappointing.

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Hstreetdiner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was prepared perfectly and tasted like Top Chef!

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MonteR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We overheard profanity-laced tirades from a staff member on two occasions. The staff member even kicked in the kitchen door. We were fearful for our safety. The service was very slow. Our water glasses were never replenished.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and creative, the service attentive and friendly, and they happily accommodated dietary restrictions. The chef was everywhere and entertaining to talk to. Pesce has a lot of personality and feels like a neighborhood restaurant, but with dishes that surprise and delight.

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vipJeremy
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there for Valentine’s Day, it was one of the worst dinner experiences I have ever had, food didn’t come out correctly, food was cold, we waited 45 minutes before the first course came out, by the time we got the main course it was cold as ice, the chef has to be the most unprofessional person I’ve ever seen, as we watched him screaming and yelling at the staff in the dining room. Needless to say we will never be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They were clearly overwhelmed by Valentines and/or understaffed but the experience was not good at all. We waited more than an hour for our appetizer, and nearly 30 minutes to get our drinks.

During that time, we were offered a couple times other tables’ drinks and food. Their lobster bisque was one of the worst soups I’ve ever had. It was dark brown water with a semi-lobster flavor and no lobster in the bisque at all. My fish entree was undercooked.

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DylanF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Restaurant has the potential to be something decent but poor staffing choices and lack-luster cuisine make that impossible here.
Food was OK, but had expected better going in.
Service was a tragically comical with one waitress comping atleast the first course for each of the 3 tables next to us due to delays/mistakes. (Our waiter was better but did not seem to care about the guest experience)
Bar Tender came out screaming and cursing the kitchen at one point which silenced the whole restaurant and didn't end until another staff member intervened.
Value was perhaps the biggest disappointment.
The highlight we shared with the tables adjacent was the pure absurdity of the affair.
It was an experience for sure, just not the one we'd expected!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! Try the sea bass or scallops!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service. Clearly understaffed. We sat for 25 minutes and we were never brought bread or water and did not have our orders taken. We then witnessed a couple next to us order appetizers to share - one came out and the other did not come out for 15 minutes. We took this as a signal and left. Not what we expected for a prime time Valentine’s Day reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the best prepared fish meals I have had (yet).

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lisam
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Far exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious - everyone enjoyed their meals - and the service was top notch. We'll be going back again soon.

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vipGWprof
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is good, service is lackluster. Really hard to get water refilled. Fantastically overpriced for entrees and tiny portions.

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MarkR
Norway
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great fish restaurant that always delivers first class, fresh and tasty food and never disappoints. We had a lovely meal of delicious mains and starters. I still love their branzino!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant. Food was absolutely delicious! Great service and Menu..
would highly recommend this delightful restaurant. Sadly we were visiting from overseas or else we would make this restaurant a regular. Thank you!!

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vipJorgeM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was really good. Ambiance was ok. Price for food was a bit on the expensive side.

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LyndaP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasions. The lobster was to die for. Great garlic and butter taste. Juice was worth dipping.

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vipMarshaF
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I met a friend for lunch. I had rockfish with a vegetable saute and a beurre blanc sauce. It was excellent. My husband had a giant prawn and papaya salad. He said it was very tasty, but the prawn was a tad overcooked. He and our friend both had the grilled sardines on a puff pastry, which they both enjoyed.

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vipSofiaA
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lisa the bartender was SO Sweet and welcoming, better yet everyone was!
Excited to dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I ordered a whole grilled Branzino which I had to debone and it was mushy. Very disappointing!

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vipSigma60
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend and I shared courses. Big hits were grilled octopus in delicious miso broth, roasted branzino with rosemary and thyme, and a warm chocolate tart.

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ValS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Service and food disappointing. Cold food and served within 5 minutes of ordering. Food looked as if it was not cooked from scratch. Very disappointed.

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vipGreatplace
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. It’s the place we always come
Back to when In DC

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiter with altered consciousness. On drugs of some sort that left him incompetent to wait on our table. He mispoured our wine, soaking it all over the tablecloth. We then moved to an adjacent table, whereupon the waiter did the exact same thing. Both times, he attempted to pour from a small wine carafe into our wine glass, and he missed the glass both times. It was totally surreal. After the second time, stunned, I led my wife out of the restaurant. I’m sorry that I did not get a chance to try the restaurant, which I had not been to in about 15 years.

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scotts
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to seafood restaurant. Amazing menu and super fresh.

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vipMike
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We did not appreciate the waiter telling us and every table around us to order a certain wine that he was promoting

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ChrisN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ALWAYS first-rate service, food quality, cooking...client, as usual, had a great time!

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vipLarryN
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had a delicious and delightful dinner at Pesce. Everything was extremely fresh and perfectly prepared. The service was friendly and efficient. We were all pleased and all said we plan to go back again soon.

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BethM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, relaxed dinner, made even more enjoyable by the presence of Chef La Porta

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great find! We loved the custom menu on the chalkboard. All of the food was phenomenal, including amazing appetizers. The shrimp bruschetta was outstanding and so unique. The server was friendly and attentive, and he gave us some great advice on entree choices. I’m definitely going back the next time I’m in DC.

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dupontdweller
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, but would have appreciated some vegetable "sides" or separate vegetable options. Would like to see some options at lower price points if possible.

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vipTravelGal
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Super fresh fish. Great service.

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vipSonyaB
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love Pesce! It is such a great local gem. I have never had a bad meal there, and they know how to prepare fish. It is never overcooked, always flavorful, beautiful presentation, the works!

I’m so glad that it has been a mainstay of seafood in DC.

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CarolT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal- grilled octopus pasta terrific.

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vippeanutbutter
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had not ben to Pesce in awhile.
It was a Sunday and it turned out that many things on the menu that we enjoy were not available.
As a neighborhood place, it seems to have gotten increasingly expensive and with a limited menu it would not be on the top of my list as a go to.
Wine was expensive and so on.

FAQs

Pesce Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 466-3474.

Pesce Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 690 OpenTable diners.