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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
238 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fit for Foodies

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.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Friday- Sunday: 11AM-3PM;
Dinner: Sunday- Monday: 5PM-10PM;
Tuesday- Saturday: 5PM-11PM
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Phone number
(202) 319-1612
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Chris Kispert
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets
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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
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 238 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Planning on making this a regular thing

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food here is tasty but the portions could be larger for the price.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is a great restaurant. With many locally sourced items, the preparation is excellent. The staff is knowledgeable about the menu options. Their descriptions were spot on - and recommendations were very helpful. Pricing is a bargain. A really enjoyable experience, and one that we'll repeat on our next visit to the District.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Took friends from out of town. They were very pleased with the selection of Louisiana beer, the raw bar and the very tasty redfish entree. Substitution of sides were easily accommodated and the service was great. My friends were pleased and impressed with my restaurant choice.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

All three of us us had a great time. We enjoyed our meals, everything was delicious. The only part that was disappointing was that they were already sold out of three dishes we wanted to try before 1:00 pm.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I'll start by saying I love Pearl Dive - their Vieux Carre and Sazerac, standards on a good New Orleans cocktail list, are among the best in DC. The food's not bad either! Their red fish is always a winner, and although it didn't matter when we went on a beautiful spring night, their menu also has entrees robust enough, but not deep fried, to stand up to cold weather (the duck gumbo is fantastic); that's not something every seafood restaurant can say.

Even when we sat at 9:30, it was loud but not overly so. Service was consistent, no complaints. Their breadbasket is A+.

That said, and I'll own it, the one false note on the evening was the Txakoli we ordered. Our server described it as a "patio wine" and she wasn't wrong, but that's not what we were looking for with our entrees. Again, I should have reconsidered - but a gentle nudge away from it would have been appreciated. Speaking of wine, their wine list is also remarkably accessible. The most expensive bottle, Orin Swift's Palermo (something I'd never, ever order there but to each their own) is just $85; it goes for nearly $30 a glass elsewhere in town.

It won't knock your socks off in the way that some more innovative places will, but if you're looking for one of the better dinners on 14th you can't go wrong with Pearl Dive.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

enjoyed the variety of oysters and complementary dishes. the service was excellent and allowed plenty of time between courses.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

An amazing experience and recommend to everyone, just an incredible dinner, cannot say enough

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a great dinner. Staff was wonderful highly recommend place to go

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

What a class act. We had an 8 pm reservation and got there early. 8 pm came and went and they kept coming and saying, they would get our table. About 8:30 they brought us four glasses of calvados and when we finally got our table a bit before 9, they comped us great appetizers. It was a really crowded night on April 12th with the HIV fund raiser and people stayed and drank more and were having fun and they just couldn't seat us before, but they really know how to treat customers. I still love them!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

All good but food too salty everyone at table agreed all dishes too much salt

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Very fun & hip vibe. Nice oyster selection, but the White Stone, VA oysters were embryonic. We were warned they were very small, but these looked to be three weeks old. Should not have been on the list. As for the food, my husband ordered the Duck and Oyster Gumbo and it was stellar. The table basket of bread the BEST. My fish tacos didn’t know if they wanted to be hot or cold: Arctic Char and tortilla were warm, the toppings cold.

We will return, but will try to order a bit wiser.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Unusual memo, delicious food. Well worth a try.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our experience at Pearl Dive Oyster Place was everything we’d hoped it would be- creative food prepared very well, good service, nice ambiance. Excellent all way around- next time we’re in DC we’ll make an effort to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent selection of raw oysters. Food preparation was excellent, as was the service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have eaten at the Pearl Dive several times and always enjoy the experience. The food is always fantastic! The oysters are truly superb, whether raw or cooked. On this visit, our server, David, really made our meal unforgettable. He was very upbeat and energetic and went out of his way to accommodate our special requests. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great Food with a great local flare

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Pearl Dive is very cute! First read about it in Southern Living Magazine. Vibrant ambience and a wonderful selection of oysters. Plenty of other options if you do not care for oysters. Highly recommend the wedge as well. Definitely plan on going back.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is a nice spot with decent food. The crowd was energetic and the service was good. Overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This was probably in my top 10 all time life team meals. Superb food - better than expected. And even better service.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

A fun, casual spot. The pecan pie was delectable!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Pearl Dive Oyster was a welcomed surprise. Eight of us had dinner there on Easter Sunday. We wanted something different than lamb, chicken, turkey and all the trimmings and wanted a "chill" atmosphere. We are all fans of fish and seafood and love well-seasoned dishes, so I chose this restaurant for an early dinner. The food was creative and amazing. Who knew how many ways one could cook oysters, mussels, and fish. The side-dish vegetables were delicious, too. And Addie's homemade rolls were unmatched. The only thing I didn't care for is when I asked for more bread, the waitress said, "$3.00!" There were eight of us and we could not have another pail (bread comes in small pails) of bread. We had a bill close to $290 and that's without the tip...and we could not get another pail of bread...

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Superb meal. Oysters excellent. All our entrees were fantastic. Cocktails to start then wine all just lovely. Waiter was above and beyond good. Knowledgeable, friendly, skilled.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Four of us dined here on Good Friday. None of us had eaten here before and because we're out of town, we weren't sure what to expect, but this restaurant was within walking distance to our rental and had good seafood options for those among us observing. The food was great from the oysters to start, which we could not stop ordering. On to the entrees, which were amazing. A standout was the red fish with grits, but someone who ordered the fried oyster platter (yes after all those oysters!) loved hers. Above all, the bread they brought to the table was ecstasy - incredibly light and buttery. While the food was worth going for, the evening was made by the amazing service, which was confident and un-rushed on a busy Friday night. I have to plan another trip to DC just so I can eat here again.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Well fantastic is It, fabulous oysters cold fresh and nice selection and the kicker the best apple pie yes indeed
Thanks MW

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Love this restaurant. We always enjoy the Monday special of oysters half price.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great restaurant with excellent food and great service.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

we went for dinner and brunch the next day. The service is outstanding, the food design as billed -new orleans comfort food, all with fresh seafood.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We love the Black's family of seafood restaurants. Pearl Dive is the "hippest" of the lot, appropriate for the 14th Street/Logan Circle location.

The bar is always packed with young people -- a mystery to me. Better to make a reservation and enjoy one of the tables. Request a booth, either upstairs or downstairs, because the tables are very close together.

Happy hour is great for oysters and mussels, and you can't go wrong ordering any type of fish or seafood from the menu, the bread basket is decadent, and cocktails are uniformly terrific. My only complaint is that you have to hunt to find healthy items on the menu, which is a shame for a seafood place (that being said, they are happy to serve the heavy sauces on the side).

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great for brunch. Food is delicious and our server was extremely pleasant. I would recommend to friends.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went here on the recommendation of my Congressman's office. Glad we did! My wife ranted about how good the mussels were for two days. I ordered one of the daily specials and was good but risotto was just a bit crunchy which was the reason for 4 vs. 5 stars.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is my first negative review of a good restaurant. My husband and I arrived for our reservation which was made a month in advance. The hostess said we’d have to wait, so we waited 30 minutes beyond our reservation, while there were empty tables available. We then approached the hostess, who said she forgot about us and was sorry. We asked for one of the two open booths. She said those were reserved for larger parties, so sat us at a tight table in the middle of the room. She then proceeded to seat two people in the booth, and another couple in the other booth. Our waiter was excellent, as were the oysters. The hostess ruined the experience for us though. I’m positive she remembers us. I hope she loses her job.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

It was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I’ve been here numerous times with different friends and everyone loves it. I come mainly for the oysters but everything on the menu is great.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

As always the food was excellent and our friend Bruno made some great cocktails.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We enjoyed our return visit to Pearl Dive. Good Oyster selection and excellent Seafood Gumbo and Redfish. The chocolate mousse dessert was extra special.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Simply a wonderful evening of excellence in service and food. They made an evening meeting with friends a great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was excellent! Not your typical boring breakfast fare. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great Brunch Venue! I truly recommend to seafood lovers.

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