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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Washington, DC
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Washington, DC
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Washington, DC
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Washington, DC
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
4.8
1457 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • 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
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Offers

  • Wine Down Wednesday

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Wednesday is Wine Down Wednesday! We know its hump day but Pearl Dive Oyster Palace wants to help you relax. Enjoy half off bottles of wine with purchase of dinner. Promotion is every Wednesday and save big on our bottle selections. All curated to pair perfectly with your meal.

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  • 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 !

What 1,457 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

1,457 Reviews
  1. Genevieve

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drink were so good! I walk by this place all the time and finally went, I’ll def be back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except for the bloody Mary’s. Oysters were divine.

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  3. TBizzle

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for a birthday brunch with friends and had a great time! Our server was great and I will absolutely be keeping this spot in mind.

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  4. KandKAnnapolis

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another great diner at Pearl Dive. We were a party of six, my husband and I had been there twice before and really hoped it was still as good as we remembered since it was our idea to go there. It was wonderful! the oysters Tchoupitoulas were amazing, I gave everyone a taste and all agreed they would get it next time, even a non oyster lover! The oysters Rockefeller were delicious and so were the wood grilled oysters. Still, the Tchoupitoulas were the best. Two of us had shrimp and grits and loved it, so delicious. The cats dreams was a dream according to my husband and the Paella and gumbos were given high praise by the others. The ceasar was very good too as per the couple who ordered it. The noise level was loud, really the only complaint, but it was a happy kind of loud. Our waitstaff were all excellent and attentive without over doing it. Great dinner all around and we will be back.

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  5. RayBuckeye

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience with Pearl Dive was awesome. I had a reservation. Once I arrived, I was immediately seated. The server provided water and took our orders immediately. The foot tasted great. And most important, the espresso martinis were amazing. Best in the district. The bartenders were awesome too!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Guanajuato

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently awesome! We love this place and will continue regular visits!

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  7. graffer

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent! Food was good. Nice ambiance, noise was perfect and able to easily converse.

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  8. AlexJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great, just like all of the owner's other establishment. Everything was outstanding!

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  9. paulg

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food, party of 4 all very happy with the evening. A birthday dinner made very special by the team

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  10. Giaccomo

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved everything about this place. Sure, it’s a bit on the noisy side, but the food was delicious and fast, the server was always attentive and constantly filled up water glasses and asked how we were doing, and the ambience is exactly what you’d expect of an oyster. I felt like a classy swashbuckler in that restaurant, and it was so cool. If you like seafood, enjoy the great value and quality of this small, but mighty oyster bar.

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  11. Tracey

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Pearl Oyster Dive! Their oysters are always fresh and a nice variety. I took my 13 year old grandson with me for dinner when we were visiting Washington DC and he agreed we had our best meal here. (And we had 6 nights of great meals across the city!) He had not eaten fresh oysters before. We shared a dozen and did our own oyster taste test and then ordered another dozen. After we came home, my grandson told me he canʻt believe he wasted 13 years of not eating oysters! Side note: He also had shrimp and grits for the first time and loved how Pearl Oyster Dive Palace made them.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Group of 6 for our last night in town - delicious food, drinks and fantastic service. I think our server was the primary reason for our excellent experience. I don’t recall her name but she was from Florida and her boyfriend is from south Jersey. That said, the food was delicious - everyone was very satisfied with our meal. Will be back.

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  13. Calebxwhite

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t eaten here in a while, but will definitely be back. Seafood gumbo was delish. Server was wonderful.

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  14. DarrenS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good drinks, good company. Prompt service.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a reservation at the bar and it’s a glitch in their app so the reservation doesn’t exist but they still got me a seat and fed me a great meal. Always a good value too and great taste. My server, Olivia was fantastic as well.

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  16. KeiraS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it here!! Came for a casual dinner with a friend and we got a variety of oysters and I had the shrimp gumbo. Both things I had were delicious.

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  17. Maestro

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We popped in here after a day of the sights with one of our reserved party staying back. They were easily accommodating (from 5->4) and got us seated a little early. Drinks were great from the bar, and the food was excellent. We tried 3 different sets of oysters and then each got a main dish. Some things we liked better than others, but overall it was tasty and a good price.

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  18. FoodfanaticMK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service was exceptional! We didn't know what to expect as we aren't from the area, but picked this place because reviews were good and the menu look reasonable.

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  19. Jeanette

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this was our first time here-- 2 couples who enjoy eating out in DC. Our server-JC- was excellent as well as all other staff. The food tasted great and the portions were bountiful.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Softballfan

    St. Louis

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time dining at Pearl. Selected based on reviews. Very unassuming from the exterior. Narrow rowhouse style restaurant somewhat typical for the area. Reservations for 3 at 530pm on a Sunday and the bar at the front of the restaurant was hopping. Folks seemed to be having a great time, but I was thankful when the hostess seated us in the back of the restaurant. The fresh yeast bread and corn muffins provided were a pleasant surprise and very tasty. Our food choices consisted of lobster rangoon, clam chowder, chicken and sausage gumbo, and blackened catfish. My family gave it all 5 ⭐️ s! We shared the bananas foster for dessert. It was amazing. Recommend! Great experience overall. We would go again. The 4% service charge for use of a credit card is ridiculous, however. It’s clearly stated on the menu, but still ridiculous IMO. Part of being in business. It should not be passed on to customers.

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  22. JaneF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious and true to cajun cooking. Wouldn't be good for vegetarians or vegans. Service is friendly and attentive and restaurant has a nice neighborhood vibe. Very loud, not so not a place for intimate conversation.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely top notch cuisine, best restaurant in DC that I’ve eaten in the last 12 months. Well done!

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  24. WrightT

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was expecting a better experience . The grilled oysters were excellent and the shrimp and grits were very good. The oysters Rockefeller were just average and the oyster poboy, which was recommended by the waitress, was not good. Tables were too close together. Booths seemed nice but we were seated at a two top table in between another two top and a four top. There was maybe 6 inches between our two top and the loud four top next to us.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food; grilled oysters were lovely. The grits in the shrimp n grits were too sweat for me were a bit g

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  26. MelissaM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is wonderful. We were a party of five and each person loved their meal. Highlights were amazingly fresh oysters and great mussels.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit to Pearl Dive Oyster. Having lived in New Orleans a decade, I was itching for some member-berries Crescent City-style cuisine. I started with a dozen raw oysters. I have never met an oyster I didn't like and they didn't disappoint. ...and for a region that overprices oysters, I appreciated that they were very reasonably priced. Next was a non-traditonal take on baked oysters dish they call "Tchoupitoulas" named after one of the famous Streets in the city. It was good but not great. The tasso ham was a bit too overpowering of what otherwise would have been an amazing new take. Lastly was an order of chicken and Andouille Sausage gumbo. The rue was great. But over-the-top-i-would-murder-you-fot-it amazing, but solid. Overall, the ambience and vibe plus the wonderful service made this a new location for future excursions.

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  28. DavidP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was on point for Cajun/Creole New Orleans style food. My son who attended Tulane was pretty impressed.

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  29. Caroline

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waitress (I think Roxy was her name) and food was amazing! loved our drinks and the bread baskets. will definitely be back!

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  30. ThomasV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service were incredibly good. The noise level is the only downside of the meal.

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  31. RSandy

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we chose was delicious, cooked to perfection and served timely. The black sea bass with grits and haricots vert was outstanding! The oysters coated in cornmeal were authentically New Orleans style. The desserts were great: fig/maple sorbet and key lime pie!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my husband here for the first time & we loved it. Food & service were great. Also had a wonderful vibe. Highly recommend!

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  33. MeghanC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server disappeared after we ordered oysters…and we had to flag him down multiple times to order dinner, a drink…it became frustrating. That being said, the gentleman bussing our table was fantastic, courteous and attentive. The food, overall, was good. In total we e had the mussels and the scallops and a dozen oysters and two drinks. But, for the final bill, we would have liked more attentive service.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Bartender was also the server which appeared to impact service delivery. I'm a frequent visitor and this probably the 2nd sub par experience. I don't blame the bartender but question was this was an optimal solution. Maybe staffing? Will give them another try.

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  35. BradleyT

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and customer service. Great atmosphere and ambiance.

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  36. HaleyM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In looking for a top rated oyster restaurant in DC we came across Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, where we had never been, and the menu looked wonderful so we tried it out. It absolutely exceeded our expectations with superb seafood (especially, but not only, those oysters), outstanding service, and an excellent assortment of cocktails and mocktails. We will definitely be back, to try more things!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVE their menu — I live across the street and go all the time. My only wish is that there be more specials and different items bc I go so frequently in running out of things to try!

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  38. ReidD

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A surprising offshoot of the Black's restaurant group, this lively upscale seafood house has oysters (fresh or cooked) and much more. I ventured out of my comfort zone and tried the Tchoupitoulas (Oyster Confit, Blue Crab, Tasso Ham, Roasted Corn, Cayenne Hollandaise), and apart from the bed of salt on which the oysters were presented (which I ignorantly took a bite of - bad idea!), they were terrific. We also had familiar standbys - the yummy clam chowder, Roasted Beets & Blood Orange Salad, the scallops and the mussels. All good, plus the Rustic Apple Black Iron Pie For 2 (split three ways) and some cocktails. Of the two gin drinks (Pearl Cup and Fleur 75), the latter seemed a bit precious, and the Pearl Cup was so crowded with cucumber etc. that I actually used the straw. Bardstown Derby is a fun bourbon cocktail. Our service with Roxy was attentive and cheerful. She knew we were going to a show at the Studio Theater nearby and had the check ready for us 15 minutes ahead of our departure time. The dining room was much more crowded (on a Friday night) than on our last visit and got pretty loud.

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  39. JohnTardX

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience Perfectly made drinks Oysters beeter than Ebbits Service as good as it gets

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  40. Kathi

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pearl dive is always a favorite place for me. Food and service are consistently excellent. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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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 1457 OpenTable diners.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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