Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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$31 to $50
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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.


Specials

1/2 PRICE WINE NIGHT

Available in Pearl Dive's Dining Room starting at 5pm
All bottles on the wine list are 1/2 price

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 29, 2019

Ends: October 30, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-11:00PM

OYSTERMANIA

Available in Pearl Dive's bar starting at 4 PM and the dining room starting at 5 PM to close. Raw bar oysters on the half shell are 1/2 price.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 24, 2019

Ends: June 25, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 707 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server David knows the menu and meal ingredients forwards and backwards. He steered us to a fantastic dining experience. Food was excellent, perhaps the best burger in recent memory. Drinks were strong.

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food very loud. Service was ok.

PW
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Good food. Good service. The bar was packed at 6 pm and it was very loud. It was less loud when the bar thinned out.

MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place! We will be back!

CW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I never tire of Pearl Dive. "Lo Que Los Gatos Suenan - What Cats dream of" is one of my favorite dishes as is the BBQ shirmp and I love their Oysters, hot or cold. Wash all of that down with a Pearl Cup and I couldn't be any happier. The service is always friendly and staff are knowledegable.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a friends bday. Such a great time. From the time we got there until we left everyone was super attentive and helpful. We ordered several rounds of oysters which were all delicious. I can’t wait to come back when I’m in town again!

DA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Definitely coming back!

MB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic. Some of the best seafood I have had in a long time. Reminded me of some of the meals I have had in New Orleans.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service was great !!!!

TN
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed and loved Mariscos de Campechana, which I would strongly recommend everyone to try. But if there was a half size option, we could have enjoyed other great stuffs in the menu. For a party of two in mid 50s, it was quite a challenging size, when home made bread was so tempting too.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service & recommendations on raw oysters

LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little loud, and the dining room wasn't even full.

The food was delicious. Our server, Nick, was professional and welcoming, as were the support staff. We're planning a return visit already!

DT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by with my daughter while on vacation and we loved it. Our server was wonderful - helped us pick several oysters to try. We wanted to try everything on the menu but settled on oysters, mussels, shrimp cocktail and oysters Rockefeller as well as dessert.

Everything was super fresh and incredibly tasty. Our only regret is that we don't live in DC and won't be back soon.

RS
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Terrific food with very fresh seafood. Excellent service. Quite loud, but we were seated as far away from the deafening bar as possible, so it was tolerable.

EP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic cajun and creole options. Amazing playlist featuring everyone you want to hear during a birthday brunch. Friendly, engaged staff. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is the place to be!

TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! We went for brunch while on a diet and she was extraordinarily informative and helpful navigating our food restrictions.

WB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb, well run restaurant with top notch staff from hostess to waiters to kitchen. Excellent menu, delicious food, great service with a smile. Best Oysters Rockefeller anywhere.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited in Sunday for brunch. Terrific service and mimosa or blood Mary by the pitcher. Delicious food. The clam chowder is New England style with fresh briny oysters wood grilled, yummy redfish on grits. Grits were coarse not fine and a bit of seasoning helped. Great recommendations from server. Good value for price. Definitely will return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration at one of our favorite places in DC.

PL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Promptly seated for a 7pm reservation by a welcoming hostess. The noise level was moderately high however there is a difference between a noisy restaurant and a lively one. This is a lively with everyone is enjoying the food and ambience. Started with 6 oysters. Great daily selection from the west coast and east coast waters. West coast oysters tend to be smaller more buttery and lighter in brine flavor. The east coast are brinier and have a bit more oyster liquor. I ordered 3 of each to run the range and was not disappointed. Served cold with three sauces horseradish. Perfectly shucked. Also a minor point but they were served with a small packet of saltines which you can nimble on between oysters to help clean the pallets before the next oyster which helps to taste the difference between the varieties. Most oyster houses fail to provide this old-school extra but it in my opinion shows the expertise of the kitchen. I then moved onto 4 wood grilled oysters with garlic chili butter with a crispy gremolata. Absolutely delish. A small bread basket with mini corn muffins and home baked rolls helped to sop up the butter. Next was the bbq shrimp appetizer over stone ground grits and a small piece of garlic bread. Outstanding. Messy (you peel the shrimp) satisfying and very savory. The grits were both soft and enough grain to be a perfect foil for the shrimp. They also bring a warm moist towel with a lemon wedge to wipe your fingers off after you have finished the dish. Now on to the main. The roasted redfish over grits with brown butter and pecans was perfectly executed. The skin crisp, the fish moist and flavorful. The nutty flavor of the brown butter was subtle. The flavor profiles worked wonderfully. Dessert was a cake with pears and ice cream sweet enough but not overly. Perfect ending. My server, Brooke, was excellent and offered great suggestions. Whoever is cooking is a master. All staff I encountered we friendly and well trained. Thank you for a fabulous nite

RM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat! Great staff, wonderful food and awesome atmosphere! It never disappoints!!

C
Cumbria
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service! The 50 percent off all bottles of wine Tuesday deal is another attraction. We sat down for dinner, but there was a vibrant happy hour scene too. Will definitely be on my list next time I am in DC!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was a fantastic server. The Cat’s Dream is the best dish on the menu

KK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FOOD WAS GREAT AS USUAL. SERVICE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT.

KK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was well seasoned and very tasty. We also had a very nice conversation with Cloe the General Manager who recommended two other restaurants within their brand. Service was excellent.

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brooke was an excellent server. The entrees came out at the perfect time after the appetizers. You all are able to accommodate vegans and accommodate our big party. Thank you for being flexible with us we appreciate service!

EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service . Would definitely recommed

T
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing. I especially enjoyed the oysters wrapped in smoky bacon and the etouffee. The salad with veggies and popcorn crawfish was another dish not to miss.

ED
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe in this place. BBQ shrimp. Ravioli. Gatos. Everything is tasty. Do not sleep on their burger and fries - one of city’s best IMO. NYE desserts were excellent. The butter cake!!

j
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience. Definite thumbs up!!

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pearl Dive is a classic neighborhood seafood spot on 14th - perfect for everyday dining. I love the casual atmosphere, and the food was delicious!

IH
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, best oysters and mussels in DC and the waiter was totally knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu.

BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place for my sister and BIL and we try to get here at least one time a year. Delicious variety of raw and cooked oysters, fish, and other food. It never disappoints. They also have a wonderful serving and front of house staff. We made an online reservation for Christmas Eve. There was a snafu, the restaurant called and let us know only earlier seatings were available. They couldn't have been more accommodating to our needs as well as making sure their staff got a chance to have a Christmas Eve as well.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! And delicious oysters!

k
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pearl Dive continues to shine! The food remains terrific, the service remains top notch! Keep up the great work!!

I
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had oysters for the first time in September while visiting New Orleans. Since then I had been wanting to find a restaurant in DC that served oysters in a variety of ways. I found it here!! Everything was awesome. The waiter (I forgot his name) was excellent. His timing was on point - each time he came to our table he knew what we wanted before we asked him. He was by far the best waiter I've had in 2019! I eat at a lot of restaurants and hands down - he is the best. I was there on Saturday, Dec 21st around 12:45 - we had a 1:00 pm reservation. I'm upset that I forgot his name. We ordered the brunch special - eggs benedict w/fried oysters. We couldn't get enough of the sauce with the mussels - we kept ordering more bread!!! The bourbon pecan pie was EXCELLENT as well. Overall everything was great. I can't bring myself to eat oysters raw but my friend loved hers!
I will definitely be back in the near future. I may have forgotten his name but I will know him when I see him.

B
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

6pm reservation for 3. I got there early by 45 minutes and was surprised and happy that the hostess seated me and with a smile. Kudos.
The 3 of us ordered: char grilled oysters, braised cheeks, redfish, gumbo. Everything was delicious. Minimalist presentation but no issue.
Beignets for dessert. Not how I'm used to them but awesome.
Getting there early had it's benefits. Immediate seating, very little time before the food came out and pretty quiet. As time went by the place became packed and kind of loud.
Service was efficient but definitely not with a smile (our waiter). He was blase. There were other employees (support staff) who I wished had been our waiter.

LE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great. Food was delicious and came out pretty promptly but never felt rushed! The value for the quality was great. It is a little loud but we were sitting in a booth off the main area so it reduced the noise volume some. Will definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a unique oyster experience. Whatever we ordered was so delicious.

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