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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
4.8
1049 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

With an ambience steeped in rustic charm and a menu filled with treasures from the sea, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace focuses on fresh produce and quality ingredients in its welcoming eatery. Specializing in a wide variety of oysters, from such places as Virginia, Japan, Rhode Island, British Columbia and Washington state, Peal Dive Oyster Palace takes oyster preparation seriously, complementing the delicate taste of the oyster. Appetizer options include crispy crawfish fritters, barbecue shrimp and wood-grilled oysters. Besides oysters, house specialties have a decidedly Cajun flair, with items such as seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee and Gulf Coast Redfish, all of which have an amazing balance of spices.

The rich entrées at Pearl Dive Oyster Bar are further replicated in its dessert menu, with winning options like Beignets and Brazos River Bottom Pecan Pie.

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Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 319-1612

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Chris Kispert

  • Private party contact

    Catherine Ker: (202) 319-1612

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Cross street

    On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is accessible via metro. We are a short walk from both the Dupont Circle and U-Street/Cardozo Metro Stations.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • OYSTERMANIA

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Available in Pearl Dive Oyster Palace starting at 4 PM. Raw bar oysters on the half shell are 1/2 price !

Popular dishes

Menu

Cold Appetizers

  • Soup du Jour

    Chef's Daily Preparation

    • Cup$6.00
    • Bowl$8.00
  • Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

    Cocktail Sauce, Lemon [Min. of 3]

    • ea$2.50
  • Chopped Salad$14.00

    Buttermilk-Jalapeno Dressing, Market Vegetables, Avocado, Popcorn Crawfish

    • Classic Caesar$11.00

      Chopped Romaine, House Croutons, Garlicky-Anchovy Dressing, Parmesan

      Hot Appetizers

      • Lobster Rangoon$15.00

        Lobster, Cream Cheese, Crispy Wonton, Sweet-n-Spicy Chili Sauce

        • Addie's Mussels

          Garlic, Shallot, Chicken Stock, Butter, Lemon, Chili Flake, Grilled Baguette

          • 1/2 Lb$11.00
          • 1 Lb$17.00
        • Blackened Grilled Shrimp

          Garlic Red Chili Butter, Lemon [Min. of 3]

          • ea$2.00
        • Cornmeal Crusted Oysters

          Cayenne Aioli, Lemon [Min. of 3]

          • ea$2.00

        Hot Oyster Plates

        • Rockefeller [3 Pcs]$11.00

          Broiled Oysters, Spinach, Bacon, Parmesan

          • Wood Grilled Oysters [4 Pcs]$10.00

            Garlic and Red Chili Butter, Gremolata

            • Angels on Horseback [4 Pcs]$11.00

              Grilled Bacon Wrapped Oysters, Vin Blanc, Balsamic Reduction

              Handfood

              • Oyster or Shrimp Po'boy$16.00

                House Pickles, Lettuce, Diced Onion, Cayenne Aioli, & Dive Fries

                • Dive Burger$17.00

                  Roasted Green Chilies, Pepper Jack, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cayenne Aioli, House Sesame Seed Bun, & Dive Fries

                  • Amish Chicken Dinner$21.00

                    Creole Spicy Fried Chicken, Bacon Braised Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes, Creamy Cole Slaw

                    • Corn Meal Crusted Oyster or Blackened Shrimp Dinner$22.00

                      Bacon Braised Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes, Creamy Cole Slaw, Cayenne Aioli/ Garlic Red-Chile Butter

                      Spoon Worthy

                      • Creole Gumbos

                        Holy Trinity, Bacon, Tasso Ham, File, Okra, House Spices, Served with Buttered Rice and Garlic Bread

                        • Seafood Gumbo$24.00
                        • Shrimp Gumbo$22.00
                        • Chicken & Andouille Gumbo$22.00

                      Knife & Fork

                      • Wood Grilled Gulf Red Fish$26.00

                        Sage & Native Pecan Brown Butter, Stone Grits, Haricot Verts

                        • Blackened Swordfish$28.00

                          Black-Eyed Pea Jamabalaya, Boudin Blanc Sausage Buttered Rice, Chili Peppers

                          • Wood Grilled Hanger Steak$30.00

                            Salt Roasted Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Chimichurri

                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                            What 1,049 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.7Service
                            • 4.6Ambience
                            • 4.5Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Washington, D.C. Area

                              Seafood

                            • District of Columbia

                              Seafood

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                            1. EB

                              EnvoyBoy

                              Washington DC

                              100 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              100 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall4food5service2ambience4

                              What happened to the front of house team?  We got a lukewarm greeting upon arrival, whereupon it was obvious nobody had noted the requests in our reservation.  When we brought them up, it was met with disinterest.  Upon leaving, we walked right alongside the same hostess that initially greeted us who looked up at us, and then looked back down at her tablet, saying nothing as we departed.  What happened to the usual "where everybody knows your name" vibe you get from the team here??  We left feeling like we were treated as one-time tourists from out of state and not the local regulars that we are.  All that said, the food and service continue to excel!  We were trying to remember a dish we ever didn't like and couldn't think of one.  Amazing things come out of that kitchen!  Hopefully their excellence and popularity are not leading them down a road of arrogance and complacency.  That would be worst of all. 

                            2. CP

                              CPNP

                              Denver

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fabulous and Quincy took good care of us! Don’t forget to vote!

                            3. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Had a great experience and great oysters! Cal our server was great. She has a way of making us feel so special. She is surely an asset to the restaurant. Will came back again.

                            4. F

                              Fatima

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We went for date night and we will definitely be back! Everything exceeded our expectations from start to finish. All of the servers (yes, I said all) were so attentive and made sure that we were well taken care of. The food was very delicious. Seating was a little crowded (but we went on a Saturday night) and although the patrons by the bar were very loud, the DJ was able to make the ambience a lot better. If you’re looking for excellent food and wonderful service, make your reservation at Pearl Dive.

                            5. JF

                              JennyFTB

                              Tallahassee

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Service is off the chain! Our server, Tim, was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. I think the manager sat us and he checked on us during our brunch as well. Another sever stopped to ask if we needed anything. It was wonderful! The oysters were delicious and I appreciated how the list went sweet to most briney, and the runner who delivered them made sure we knew which was which. We shared dishes and thoroughly enjoyed the banana foster French toast and beignets. The clam chowder was a bit thin in texture, but the flavors were there. Bloody Mary’s, and perhaps a shot ;) were on time! Great experience, great place, and superb company because my friends are the best part of every brunch!

                            6. CC

                              ClaudetteC

                              Tallahassee

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent cocktails great oysters and food! Over the top service! Can’t wait to go back!

                            7. t

                              truth2tell

                              Memphis/West TN

                              13 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Nate was excellent. Service quick, great suggestions. Gumbo was wonderful.

                            8. CA

                              CharlesA

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Pearl Oyster Dive is a gem with great tasting food and fantastic servers. I like the personal touch starting at the door with Nick and extending throughout the experience with Tim at the table...Great for Family or Couples or Friends. Of course you can come by yourself, but will wish you had shared the time with someone else. We will definitely be returning soon.

                            9. M

                              Meme

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                              Po’boys nit very good 👎

                            10. TT

                              TastyTravels

                              Birmingham

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              The food - especially the seafood - was delicious! The muscles were worth a return trip. So so good. The only thing to know is the tables are right on top of each other, super close together. Service was also very good, friendly and helpful.

                            11. AF

                              AnniceF

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very good experience! Excellent!!! Highly recommend!

                            12. DC

                              DonC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was our first visit and we focused on multiple appetizers. The front and wait staff were accommodating throughout the evening and made note worthy recommendations . . . well done . . . well done.

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We sat at the oyster bar and staff told us we were the first to “re-christen” it since the pandemic started. Everyone was so friendly and attentive, and it was fun to feel in the middle of the action. My husband and I had raw oysters (duh), and split a bowl of chicken & andouille gumbo, and the fish of the day. Food was delicious! All around great experience.

                            14. QQ

                              QQQQ

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Can was our server and he was amazing - super professional helpful and friendly. Food was great

                            15. EC

                              EvaC

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              4.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall4food5service3ambience3

                              Food is always great; service is normally great too. Outdoors seating has been rebuilt for some reason--not as comfortable unfortunately. Otherwise, always love it here!

                            16. HM

                              HaleyM

                              Nashville

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was delicious and the service was great!

                            17. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Charleston

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Tim was great!!!

                            18. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The only thing that tops the food and the atmosphere is the service. We came here twice on a short vacation. Amanda and Nate were the best servers we have ever had and they and all the staff made us feel so welcomed. We will definitely return to DC to see Amanda and Nate again at Pearl Dive.

                            19. AD

                              AfternoonDelight

                              Charleston

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Tops on all fronts! Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Excellent Ambiance!

                            20. KF

                              KeyaF

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall3food2service4ambience3

                              The taste of the hot oysters have declined. I’m not sure if the chef has changed or not but the food doesn’t taste the same. We were very disappointed and we normally look forward to our Wednesdays here.

                            21. JR

                              JeffreyR

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food here is outstanding. And the oysters are as good as any I've had. The place has that great 14th Street energy to it. But what really made our visit perfect was our server, Nate. We were a large, joyous group! And Nate knew exactly when to engage a bit in our joy, and when to leave our family to our very happy brunch. Definitely eat here -- get Nate as your server and it's a bonus!

                            22. SW

                              SarahW

                              New Orleans

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food! Great service!

                            23. n

                              nataliev

                              Miami

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Our server Nate was amazing. So was all the rest of the staff. Would definitely return. The food was pretty tasty too.

                            24. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was absolutely superb. We couldn’t have been happier with the service and the suggestions!!!

                            25. J

                              June022015

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              4.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              I miss the pastries and fried chicken at brunch. Those most definitely are not beignets!

                            26. ML

                              MLaRocca

                              Raleigh

                              99 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              99 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The oysters here are SO fresh, we were blown away. This was a crazy busy night and the service was still great. We were only two people but we still had two orders of the Angels on Horseback (yummy!). I had the shrimp po'boy and my friend had the crabcakes, both were exceptional. We had each type of raw oysters, all of which are fantastic. I'll be back!!

                            27. VN

                              VNB99

                              Washington DC

                              47 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              47 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious fish dish! Excellent recommendations by our server, Taryn, who was awesome! Eager to return to try more dishes.

                            28. F

                              Foodie81

                              Philadelphia

                              28 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              28 reviews

                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always food was to die for and serving exceptional. Glad to be back.

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We love this place. Great food and staff, fun casual atmosphere. My college-bound boy needs a job for the summer so tonight he filled out an application!

                            30. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              22 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              22 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                              It got really dark and really loud around 7:30pm. It kinda got clubish. I didn't know this was this type of place. I just wanted to have a business-ish dinner and the venue turned into something else. That said, the food and service was great!

                            31. TS

                              TheresaS

                              Washington DC

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food, sassy service, fun decor and reasonable prices.

                            32. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Cleveland

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Went here for my wife’s birthday and the service right from the start was next level good and even hooked her up with a free glass of champagne for her birthday. The server Nate was very personable and outgoing, and made awesome recommendations for each course of the meal. We enjoyed some raw oysters, because yes….followed up with the servers recommendation of the grilled octopus (we have never had it before and wow was this incredible). As for entrees we had the blackened catfish and shrimp and grits, both of these meals were great. Overall, one of my favorite restaurants I’ve been to while living in DC. You get a lot of bang for your buck here, the portion sizes are terrific. Highly recommend going here!

                            33. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Cleveland

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing oysters

                            34. KJ

                              KevinJ

                              Richmond

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great vibe…

                            35. l

                              lawdawg

                              Atlanta

                              43 reviews

                              5.0

                              43 reviews

                              Dined on April 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Still our favorite after all these years. Amanda fabulous server! Skip the tik-tok—just eat the oysters!

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We had a delightful Sunday brunch. While the food was excellent, as always, the service really stood out. From the reception through the meal, everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Our server, Taryn, made us feel especially welcome and made the whole experience really stand out. Couldn’t have been happier.

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Great oysters and great service

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Raleigh

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Bring the frose back!!!

                            39. K

                              Kiki

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                              Brunch was really tasty! The mussels, shrimp po boy, and shrimp and grits were 10/10! Drinks were also really good! Our waiter Nate was amazing! He kept us laughing and was very attentive and patient with us as it was our first time at the restaurant! Thanks again, Nate!

                            40. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Cleveland

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was delicious! Tatiana was an outstanding server. Since the moment we got there we were greeted by the host who also was super nice.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                              • Contactless payment available
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                              • Extra space between tables
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Pearl Dive Oyster Palace offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 319-1612.

                            Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is rated 4.8 stars by 1049 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 49 times today
                            Google Map for Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

                            1612 14th St Nw Washington, DC 20009

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets

                            • Neighborhood

                              Logan Circle

                            • Hours of operation

                              Brunch
                              Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
                              Dinner
                              Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                              Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • Public transit

                              Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is accessible via metro. We are a short walk from both the Dupont Circle and U-Street/Cardozo Metro Stations.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Chef Chris Kispert

                            • Additional

                              Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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