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About Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
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.
Washington, DC 20009
Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Friday- Sunday: 11AM-3PM;
Dinner: Sunday- Monday: 5PM-10PM;
Tuesday- Saturday: 5PM-11PM
On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is accessible via metro. We are a short walk from both the Dupont Circle and U-Street/Cardozo Metro Stations.
Chef Chris Kispert
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace Ratings and Reviews
Went for Valentines Day dinner and were so happy with our choice: a fun restaurant with great décor, excellent service, and a unique, seafood focused menu. Highly recommend the Derbytown cocktail - wow! Raw oysters were fantastic! Could have eaten a dozen more; great variety and descriptions. Lobster Rangoon, a little unusual in this venue, but still delish. Tasty, spicy shrimp gumbo comes in a very large bowl (would share next time) and fish tacos = two thumbs up! Corn muffins, rolls, even the wedge salad was special and they successfully carried out our request for dressing on the side. Yes, order the ricotta beignets with three sauces for dessert! So yummy!
We were seated quickly with a reservation, but the table was very small. I asked if we could just slide into the empty booth next to us and was told no because another reservation was coming. The booth plus two more sat empty for the next 45 minutes while we had to shuffle things on our table to fit our oyster trays.
Oysters were great and hit the spot. Our water was prompt and friendly, but the hostess was just meh. The entrees we ordered were seafood gumbo and crawfish etoufee...both of which tasted exactly the same and had way too much file seasoning in them. I would recommend this place for a pre-dinner cocktail with oysters, but go somewhere else for your entree.
Food and service was great. I made a reservation and we had a nice booth. We went for lunch (brunch) on Friday afternoon. I ordered the all american breakfast and my client ordered the chopped salad with the popcorn crawfish. We did break down and order the ricotta beignets...OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!
DANG! Food was incredible. The raw and hot oysters were equally delicious so make sure you get some of both to start. For the main course we had a seafood gumbo and a blackened fish and sausage jambalaya -- waitress warned us that both were spicy and she was right (in the best way possible). Don't even get me started on the bread and jalapeno corn bread muffins. Atmosphere was cozy and a good loud-ish noise level that you expect on a Saturday night at a popular place. We followed another reviewer's suggestion of requesting a booth -- good call. Definitely want to come back to Pearl Dive ASAP.
We were a little late for our reservation; however they were able to seat us. The food was absolutely delicious (maybe a little pricey for what you were served), but nonetheless very tasty. Our server was very attentative and knew the menu. It was our first visit so had a few questions. The tables were a little tight and in turn sitting pretty close to the neighboring table. All-in-all would definitely return!
This was my first time doing brunch at pearl dive. Food was great and it’s an excellent value. They also offer bottomless mimosas which we didn’t do, but would if we go back again. The service was super slow however. Our server never came to check on us and it took about 45 minutes to get our food. Not sure if our server was disinterested in us because we didn’t do bottomless or drink, or just because he didn’t care.
Pearl Dive makes delicious hearty food. The menu is not very large, but it’s very coherent. All the dishes we ordered were delicious and impeccably cooked. We did follow the Michelin recommendation and tried the seafood gumbo and it was great! The wood grilled daily fish was amazing! Service was very helpful and attentive. Overall, it was a great dining experience.
I've had oysters all over the world. I've been to the world oyster shucking championships. The chef's selection of a dozen oysters at Pearl Dive included about one third that were well past their prime; although they're relatively inexpensive, the poor quality shouldn't be representative of a restaurant calling itself an oyster bar. The dinner was well prepared, but again portions of the fish also tasted less fresh than it should. Service was fine and the staff were friendly. It's a hip spot. Beer selection could be better. Noisy.
Not a fan of other restaurants in this restaurant group but I thought I'd try it anyways. Found that the vibe is always nice, drinks are good, decent wine selection but the entrees (crawfish etouffee and shrimp po boy)...meh. Now, Addie's mussels are absolutely delicious but just like at Republic (another restaurant in the group) the entrees aren't up to par with other DC places. Glad I went to try it out but I probably wouldn't go back.
Oysters were good but a tad on expensive side. Entrees were good, but cocktails were terrible and we ordered 3 to be certain. Went for an anniversary dinner, and it was fine, but they seated us in a very cramped area when there were more comfortable seating. It's not a place to revisit, but first time was fine.
Excellent food! Service was good once it started.
Prices were decent, not good, but not outrageous either.
Had the chef's special of rockfish over veggies drizzled with a cream sauce. OH my gosh!!! Delicious. Other dish was swordfish over jambalaya. OH my spicy!!! Perfect imo.
Took some of the cream sauce and put it on the jambalaya and sent it to a whole new level!!!
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