Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
809 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.

Support Pearl Dive Oyster Palace during COVID-19

Offers

  • OYSTERMANIA

    Multiple dates available

    Mon 4:00 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 !

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 809 people are saying
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SallyE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining! Good food and good service. We look forward to another brunch at Pearl Dive!

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JohnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great -- I think the menu has been limited a bit from previous times, due to COVID, but there was plenty to choose from and our server was terrific. Thanks .

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viptvkyum
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really nice to be able to sit outside and see Washington DC get ready for a happy weekend with friends. Of course, anything oysters is excellent here. The Amish fried chicken also VERY good. It was a long but very pleasant walk from our Foggy Bottom stay. Thanks to Tam - a manager/host - for being so thoughtful with us. eid e

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service

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KeithS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience from service, food & atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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vipMarcy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of three couples out for our first post-Covid restaurant dinner. The drinks were amazing, as was the food, and the service excellent. We will be back!

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vipDCRen
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Very strange experience. Not only do you use a QR code to look at a menu but also to order. A food runner brings your food but other than that, there’s no contact nor service.The food was good except for our appetizers which were cold but there’s no way to tell anyone as there is no service. We briefly spoke to a bartender and understand that because of Covid, there’s a shortage of quality servers. I hope they hire soon as this doesn’t seem like a sustainable model particularly when other restaurants in the area are fully staffed. Drinks were great, food good just missing the personal connection a server would’ve offered to share favorite menu items & to make the experience more enjoyable. We’d definitely go back again just a heads up about service.

CA
CatherineA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food and cocktails. Would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible experience. Waiter took glass of beer out of our friends hands AS he was drinking it because we were approaching our 2 hour Covid time limit and he wanted to rush us out the door. I’ve never seen anything like it. Incredibly rude and disrespectful and we will not be returning.

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KGrice
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was a little bit hard to order because everything is done via smart phone. But if you don’t have a smart phone you’re kind of out of luck. Ordered some drinks and food. One dish never came out but I already pay for it so I don’t know how that work

JM
JessieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The way Pearl Dive has managed the COVID situation has been really great. I've dined here a few time and felt really safe and happy with the experience. First, you use a QR code at your table to review the menu and place your order through the website. You pay using the website. Next, you receive your order at your table - the staff still check in on you. Last, my favorite, because you've already paid via the order, you just get up and walk away when you're done!

The food is amazing - great seafood, oyster selection served various ways, and the best cocktails. The staff are really kind, attentive, and safe.

The ambiance is super fun too. Right on busy 14th street, outside is lovely, and music. I love this place!

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BenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food but annoying that you have to order everything on an app and tip on the app before you even receive any service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great. Quick. Easy.

AL
AlexL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend this location. Friendly servers, and great drinks! Their mobile menu/ordering was very easy to navigate, and I loved the "Open Tab" feature.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and ambiance!

JS
vipJoeS
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside at a picnic table on a beautiful day slurping oysters and drinking cocktails. How bad could it be? Throw in happy hour pricing and ordering through my phone, you get a near perfect experience. The oysters ($1.40 per) were meaty and briney. Can’t wait to do it again soon. Great service, friendly staff.

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for fans of southern food an oysters. Leave room for their desserts. Ambiance for group dining will improve when they can accept more guests post-COVID.

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vipPerriF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What a disappointment! From the minute we walked in, the atmosphere was sub par.
We felt like we were at the airport ordering from a kiosk. Server threw the utensils on the table without any eye contact. Food was not only rushed (without even clearing the previous course) it wasn't very good. Didn't even stay to eat the entrees. Don't bother. Would Not recommend. There are too many excellent restaurants in DC to waste your time/$ here.

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Brianna
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect low-key birthday brunch. The food was incredible and the service was great.

BH
vipBenjaminH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy ordering experince. Nice staff. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food and servers. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the Covid19 pandemic restrictions in place this restaurant did a great job making our dinner feel like a normal night on the town. Food was great and beers were cold.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing I had a great brunch with some friends.The food was everything I enjoyed oysters the atmosphere I can’t stop thinking about it I just might go again today!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding!! Love the contactless ordering, but still fast and responsive service

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KhadijaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Pear Dive was amazing! I'm very glad i went there. It makes it so easy to order with the QR codes! I'd visit again

JG
vipJohnG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Just was a little bit below the standard I am used to there. I love this restaurant, but the chowder was chilly and the burger was only warm too. The oysters were still great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good place will be back

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vipfeedmyface
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, the ordering system is a little clunky

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Their outdoor dining is on a main road and they haven’t done as much as other restaurants for ambiance

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GreyLight
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of the ordering process (app based) adding to the order once submitted seemed troublesome so we stuck with what we first ordered with no additions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff very nice place cute ambience great food the oysters are amazing this is the new spot

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious! Thanks for a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time visiting this restaurant. We felt that they did an awesome job following the COVID requirements. We ate inside, people were spaced out. They took contactless service to the next level. You use your phone to view the menu, to order, and to pay your bill. I hope that they keep this service after COVID. It was such a great experience. You didn't have to wait for someone to take your order or bring your bill. We took our time to review the menu without feeling rushed and after eating some amazing food, we paid via the app and walked out. The food came very quickly, we were in and out in a hour and 10 minutes and never felt rushed.

Even though no one had to take our order or bring us a check, the staff was very engaged. They checked on us regularly. When placing the order, we added special instructions. We order lemonade and asked for it to be mixed with tea. A lady came over to let us know they were out of tea and changed our order.

Now for the food - We ordered several appetizers, my favorites were: The Cornmeal crusted Chesapeake Oysters, Angels on Horseback, Blackened Shrimp, and the shrimp cocktail. I ordered the Seafood Gumbo as an entree. Do not let the look fool you. When I saw it, I was disappointed. I even stopped one of the waiters walking by to ask "what is this?". It looks like a bowl of dark broth with 3 large shrimp and rice. I was thinking where is the other seafood? I decided to try it. Oh my goodness, it is amazing! After eating everything I could with the spoon, I used my delicious garlic bread to get the remaining juice. I will definitely order this again.

Street parking is very limited. We found a public parking lot on the corner of 14th and Rhode Island. It may be 3-4 minute walk to the restuarant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant time outside with friends

SK
SusieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Was hesitant to sit indoors (COVID), but everyone was safety forward. Including ordering processes. Staff was excellent. Food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

$20 salad with shrimp was the size of a side salad. Seafood gumbo barely had sea food in it and was one ladle scoop, also small portion. Great for oysters and great for French fries.

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BMurph
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience2

I've visited Pearl Dive pre-Covid and have sang nothing, but wild praises for their food, ambiance and service. Unfortunately, I attempted to visit them during Covid, in which they have covered and uncovered outdoor seat with heat lamps. Heat lamps light -they did what they can, but it was unfortunately still uncomfortable to bear. On top of that, they tried to seat my family - African-American - in their uncovered patio area - mind you there was an insulated table next to heaters right next to the uncovered table. Rubbed me wrong and spoke a message I didn't appreciate. Like mentioned - the food here is fantastic, but this just left a bad taste in my month. One last nugget - the insulated patio was full of non-black folks except for that one table... le sigh. Maybe just take-out if we decide to go again. - Cheers.

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vipSkipper
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Outside on the street on a cold day. COVID constrained. Hard to relax and enjoy. Oyster po’boy skimpy. Hot toddy welcome.

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vipCarolineP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was great, though the menu was fairly limited. We went for brunch and were expecting more of a "brunch" menu than lunch, but everything was tasty. The heaters were really nice but if you sat too close, they were painfully hot. I even took off my coat and placed it near the heater, and it melted the faux fur around my hood.

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 4.7 stars by 809 OpenTable diners.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.pearldivedc.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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