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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
761 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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OYSTERMANIA

Starting Jul 20, 2020 · Mon 4:00 PM - 9:15 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 761 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Very odd to be at a restaurant and have 0 service. We were sat at the table and told to scan for the menu then no one came back. We realized later that we had to order from our phones and that no server would be coming back. I don’t like this type of service, what’s the point of eating out when there is no ambience? Also, there was so much plastic waste! I believe that more touching has to go into placing the silverware into the plastic over wraps. Get rid of the plastic and just wrap the silverware in cloth napkins. If you’re getting rid of customer service the least you can do is protect the planet.

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Candace
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Pearl Dive was prompt and the food was delicious. There was an abundance of space between tables and constant disinfecting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the touch less ordering & paying.

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vipAEFo
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and on Monday they are half price. Cant go wrong w that.

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AbbeyNY
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience2

I know Covid-19 is a real issue and a real concern. Hence we sat outside
in the rain and in the cold. The order system was rediculous. It was not just a menu on an app, but you had to order and customize your own drinks, you meals, no waiter would help you or take your order on an iPad. It was so cumbersome that rather than enjoy our guests, we were figuring out and customizing orders. And when we said it was too complicated, we got little sympathy. Further we thought we put in our dinner order, but they said they hadn't received it. We got there at 730 and by 930 still hadn't had dinner. There were no heat lamps outside so it was freezing. So we walked across to Le Diplomat and had a great meal, with servers who took your order, even if you had to see the menu on your phone, and there were heat lamps. It was a totally different experience. I think Pearl Dive could do a lot more to make this experience better for customers. That said, the food and drinks are always good. I think they just need to get a better system in order. What is the point of having a waiter if they won't take your order. By the way it you wanted a second round of drinks you had to start all over, you couldn't just get a second round. Crazy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pearl Dive is doing an excellent job of keeping customers safe, and the food and drinks are excellent as always. I loved their system that allows you to order and pay from your phone. Easy to use, and fast. Patio is well spaced out. Great experience!

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vipBleuz4Nina
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blackened Shrimp....DELICIOUS

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WilliamD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The virtual system they are using for guests to order is well intended, however it was not the easiest system to use. As someone in the service industry I understand all the per cautions we need to take to ensure the safety of guests, however having not having a server most certainly left our experience less than desired.

We had a bottle of Tempranillo from Rioja which was amazing, a dozen Well Fleet Oysters and 6 corn meal fried oysters all really delicious. Our bill was $110 for two people which for not having table service or server interaction stung just a little.

Keeping in mind the safety standards we have to adhere to I would just recommend the staff not rely 100% on the guest to strictly order through the app. Make suggestions when possible, because I know had we had some interaction we would have ordered more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I don’t und lees rags how getting rid of the waiter prevents COVID? BS to me..nothing more then a way to fire staff and then still ask the customer to tip 20 percent via app....I won’t be back until actual service is back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! GET THE ROCKEFELLER you won’t regret it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. And the restaurant has taken appropriate covid precautions.

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vipAlexandraB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and the service, the food and the attention and cleanliness was outstanding

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CandaceA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 1 year anniversary and we had such an amazing time. The kitchen was fast, the drinks were good, great service and even better food. We were running late due to traffic from protesters and the restaurant manager still ensured that our reservation was honored and provided us with awesome service. Thank you guys for everything!

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vipmacattack
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! So nice to my pups!

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RicoN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great drinks great service....nothing else to say!

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vipPengpunch
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Pearl dive is clearly not coping well with Covid-related restrictions and the service shows it. I always tip but gave a bad (10 percent) tip here on purpose. The server-technology interface here is clunky and makes the service noticeably painful. The servers are also actively disinterested in troubleshooting with customers.

Issue #1: we stop by on an admittedly busy Sunday at 2:20 pm looking to see if they have an outdoor table available. I’m told no, twice. I go onto open table and put in a reservation for an outdoor table at 2:45, which they accepted. They ended up seating us at 2:35. Figure out your table management system.

Issue #2: they are doing an online ordering option for table delivery, which is great. However, the online menu looks like it was written in MS-DOS and allows no flexibility. For example, we wanted a side of eggs. They had multiple egg dishes on the menu, so we know the kitchen is physically capable of and stocked to make eggs. But no egg side dish allowed. Fine. We then tried to modify the steak and eggs entree to have no steak. We were told that no modifications can be made, period, so that wasn’t allowed either.

Issue #3: there were no vegetarian meal options. Not a single one. Do better.

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vipMartinE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great table setup and service was quick.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Worst dervice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I did not like only having an hour and a half. My friend and I were still ordering food and drinks. Too little time!

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vipVeraLucille
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pearl Dive never disappoints!! Always a nice time. The staff is great, very friendly and the food reminds me of NOLA.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was fine, except I had requested outdoor seating and it was not reserved for us. We were told it would take 15 minutes, and after 20 minutes we gave up and sat inside. My suggestion is that they not offer an option if they are not prepared to honor it.

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Zhane
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Service was decent. Overall great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great delicious breakfast

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vipENDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Best oysters in DC! The food is good and the outdoor space is nice and open!

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RicoN
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having brunch there and it was amazing. I will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall1food5service3ambience2

This used to be a favorite place to dine. The new ordering/payment system takes the pleasure out of dining. There is no interaction with staff. You’re basically ordering to go food but eating it in the restaurant. This would be ok but you’re paying the prices of a fine dining experience. Hope they will consider changes to the experience to better balance safety with an enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect outdoor dining experience. The French fries are a hidden star on the menu. Tables are well spaced if that is a concern.

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vipThomasP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The new online system needs some work, if everything has to be ordered via website for timing add an option for appetizers to come out before entrees. I have some major food allergies and actual interaction with staff while ordering would have been appreciated.

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Foodasaur
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is so good. This place is so delicious I came twice in the last week. The first time I came we had the recommended oysters on the happy shell and their wood grilled oyster dish. Today we had that, bf had the red snapper dish and I had the jambalaya adjacent dish. Everything was AMAZING. including their cornbread.

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sherinn
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and people-the staff were attentive, great covid policies, delicious oysters and comfy seating

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MaxS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and services was quick. All staff was very nice and the place seemed very clean. I felt very safe eating there as all staff were wearing masks.

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DonnaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and worth sitting outside in 95 degree weather

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ChellBelle
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual Pearl Dive didn't disappoint. This was my first choice when restaurants re-opened because of COVID. The food was excellent and my eyes were certainly bigger than my stomach.
I really liked the social distancing. Ordering online was really easy and user friendly. The prepackaged silverware gave them MAJOR brownie points. I will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We frequently dine at Pearl Dive... on that day the food was terrible and the service was too. We love Pearl Dive and hope that next time the menu will be consistent as well as the service...

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AndresS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always the complete package. Friendly attentive service staff serving up great oysters and cocktails. Can’t wait to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite spots in the area! The food was delicious and fresh. I love the new service that promotes more social distancing business ordering on your phone. Such a smart way to keep staff and customers safe!

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David
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining out in the Covid-19 era just isn't the same. Pearl Dive is doing what they can to make dining out as pleasant as possible. We sat outside in a table set in the parking lane.

It was enjoyable. The staff was working hard and the food was just as good as it used to be.

We all need to support local businesses. Please give them some love!

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CamFel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Incredibly hot inside the restaurant. Food was ok.

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 761 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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