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.
Dinner: Sunday- Monday: 5PM-10PM;
Tuesday- Saturday: 5PM-11PM
Exceeded expectations by a mile. Best gumbo ever. Bread to die for. Highly recommend.
Best price for champagne anywhere. Oysters delicious. Staff is exceptionally good.
Very nice night out spot. A little noisy but overall nice experience. The staff was super nice and very attentive.
Did not get to eat here. Forgot my ID and was refused service based on the fact that "Students like to play hooky in the area and use fake ID's."
The place is really noisy but the oysters and menu all outstanding. Would not recommend if conversation is a priority.
The food was good. But when we got to the restaurant it was half empty yet extremely loud in the bar area. We asked to be moved to a booth that looked to be out of the way from the noise. We were told that it was for a reservation. But I had a reservation too and there were plenty of other tables the same size throughout the restaurant. Very disappointing.
It was as if we had been able to go to New Orleans for its very best dinner. First we gorged ourselves on splendidly briny oysters. We moved on to a mound of perfect mussels in a spicy broth the likes of which France will never enjoy. Then we had the crayfish etouffe and thought we had been transferred to Paradise. Our waiter and the host were the best and without the cloying overdone quality one so often runs into. If I lived in this city, WASHINGTON, DC, it would be the only restaurant we'd want to go to. Maybe they would be interested in a NYC branch.
Fabulous oyster selection and the gazpacho was phenomenal as was the service. One of my favorite places to visit when in DC.
The food was excelent. Lots of oysters to choose from. Entrees were amazing. The entire staff was very friendly and attentive. Would definitely visit again.
The food was fantastic. We ordered the mussels, the angels on horseback oysters, and the mahi mahi special — all were very good. Afterward we left though, my boyfriend and I both felt queasy for a couple of hours. We aren’t sure if it was the food, but we felt like it could’ve been because everything was SO rich. I’ve been to Pearl Dive other times and had a great experience, so I’d still recommend it despite this incident.
Great oysters. Cajun food excellent. Deserts we haf three. Staff was great and interactive.
Fun atmosphere with great “down home” cooking, great drinks and awesome service. Start with the wedge salad and definitely try the gumbo or fried chicken dinner. Big portions!
Great food and great service. Oysters are delicious and the fish is cooked just right (especially the swordfish, AMAZING!)
Food was fantastic, and the service was amazing! David is an awesome waiter with fantastic recommendations. Would go back just for the service!
Great service! Food was very good, but the portions were a little small.
I use Pearl Dive for visiting family and friends as well as visiting clients. It never lets me down. This recent visit the wait staff was extraordinary in discussing the menu and the specials. He also helped me find just the wine I wanted. The fish: striped, swordfish, and mahi-mahi were marvelous. Flavor flavor flavor. I look forward to my next visit. My recent guests were special. They are from my hometown in Mississippi. I grew up, a bff, with one. They adored the food and atmosphere.
Excellent waitress and best gumbo in the universe
Delicious! Our waitress was fantastic and the seafood was superb. Great place for some champagne and oysters!
Excellent food that brings you back in New Orleans.
My first visit after lots of great recommendations. I had the softshell crab meal which was flavored and textured just right, service was top notch, in a very casual-ambience restaurant.
The food here was very good even though it is decorated like a dive bar and somewhat gives off that vibe don't let that fool you. It's a local meeting place with a very diverse age crowd. There were singles, dates and families dining or drinking there at the same time.
This was our second visit to the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Staff is fantastic and the food is delicious!
Atmosphere was cozy with subtle sophistication. I loved the menu design and offerings, and of the food we ordered was delicious!
Pearl Dive is always great. Our favorite place in the 14th St/U St Corridor.
One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Brunch menu has a great variety of baked sweets and savory seafood dishes.
Great food and very attentive service
Had slimy fish skin.
Fabulous food! I went with my family during our reunion -- everything tasted great, and the service was excellent. A little pricey, but everyone walked away happy.
Food here was great but the bread and various oysters and shrimp appetizers we sampled were uniformity superb. Rest was quite good but perhaps because we were already full — not the same high point. Dessert least interesting - fine but not exceptional. Service was attentive and friendly. It’s noisy - with bar open to street and music pumping. Seat toward back if you don’t like it loud. But overall very fun evening.
Our server, David, was very helpful as we chose from the wonderful selection and was as delighted with our food as we were. The wood grilled oysters were excellent as was the redfish, which was perfectly cooked and plated, but the mussels served with the broth and grilled French bread were so exceptional we had to place a second order. Too full for dessert but so worth it. It was a great meal with energetic music and exceptional service.
My wife and I enjoyed one of the featured items on the menu; the Redfish (phenomenal dish). Additionally, had three types of oysters as an appetizer and they qere delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant.
Our waiter was very accommodating and kind, fast service and great food! We tried six varieties of the oysters available and loved them all with the assortment of toppings. Drinks were very good. This is my second time here and will come back again!
I went to this restaurant on a weekend during lunch time. It was packed and very noisy. Service was mediocre. The place has a great oyster selection, this what I came for. Wine list for oysters is very short.
I would recommend this place for oysters lovers, but would not recommend to go on a weekend.
The food here is always spectacular, as well as the drinks. As far as brunch options in DC go, Pearl Dive is a bit on the pricier end because they don't do any bottomless deals. The brunch crowd can be a bit rowdy as well. Highly recommend the Bloody Mary's and Huevos Rancheros for brunch.
The weekly specials never disappoint! I've never had a bad meal, the baked oysters are incredible, particularly the Rockefeller and the cocktail menu is amazing.
The mussels were not warm when we got them. The Crawfish Etouffee was good but there was a lot of andouille sausage in it and not a lot of crawfish.
Great food, drinks, service. Chis & April were great!
Great service! Oysters were great and other food great also!
Oysters were VERY good. Our entrees were just okay. Will definitely come back for oysters.