Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
382 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.


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 382 People Are Saying
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St. Louis
80 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good seafood, nice atmosphere. We enjoyed it.

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AV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful dinner, I look forward to returning (and one day trying the brunch). It's very loud but the dim lighting and close quarters makes it cozy.

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RW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food; reasonable prices; friendly, efficient, and professional service and servers. Only downside, and it's not the restaurant's fault, is that it can be very noisy. Such that it is difficult to even hear people at your table. Still, I highly recommend Pearl Dive for all the positives.

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RW
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken was fabulous!!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and delicious food! Better yet, totally reasonable prices. Yummy creole/Louisiana style food. Oysters Rockefeller and the mussels were amazing.

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f
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre— great service. Very good food. Arrived early and bartender knew the difference between Kir and Kir royals. Fabulous!

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EA
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pearl Oyster Dive Palace is a dive into fresh seafood, especially oysters, creatively prepared for the palate that loves authentic briny seafood, as well as food that is full of spice and flavorings. PODP has an assortment of fresh offerings that the raw seafood eater will love. I am looking forward to visiting again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was perfect. Our server knew exactly what he was serving and I would love to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious as always. Amazing oysters, beef ravioli out of this world and the flakiest light biscuits.

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DM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low-key charm with a number of booths, excellent oysters (including several choices from the West Coast) and accomplished Cajun-style cooking.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best server

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a wonderful experience with the service! Our food was timed PERFECTLY. Everything was delicious. This was my second time visiting and I'm always IMPRESSED!

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JP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! Really lively lively environment. Food and service were outstanding! Oysters were fresh and delicious.

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SK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing the oysters were fresh and delicious. The specials were amazing. Wait staff was attentive and were great

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the oysters were to die for! Everything we had, including the drinks was delicious!!

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Go on a Monday night, when the oysters are half-price, and try some of the many choices available, from creamy to very briny. We have sat at the chef's table and observed that the chef examines each oyster for freshness after they have been shucked! The mussels, lobster rangoon, and barbecue shrimp are excellent, as are the pillowy rolls and cornbread. The catfish po'boy is delicious. The greens accompanying several entrees are noteworthy. And the desserts should not be missed! Among the recommendations are the apple pie and homemade ice cream for two; the sticky toffee pudding; and the Mexican creme brulee--a creative marvel of flavors and textures. Service at Pearl Dive is friendly, efficient, and paced to ensure a relaxed dinner for the customers. All the staff pitch in to deliver food to each table, ensuring that all hot orders come out hot and at the same time. The restaurant can be crowded and noisy. Reserve a booth for the best experience. Highly recommended.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My ettoufe wasn’t very good. Not season correctly. Lacked flavor.

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ML
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! The food is so great and the restaurant and bar are just a lot of fun.

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W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch on a Sunday, good experience. Food was great all-around, had a very good Bloody Mary as well and the oyster selection is solid for the area. They do a nice job with the oysters generally.

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LP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been several times but our last visit, by far, was the best. The oysters were delicious. All four of us ordered different entrees and all were terrific. Service was amazing. We were there to celebrate our anniversary with friends and were treated to champagne and dessert. Thanks for a great evening!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! Absolutely cannot go wrong choosing Pearl Dive!!

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, butternut squash gnocchi was extraordinary!

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K
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spent three nights in DC for work and ate here twice because it was so good. Best oysters I have ever had, both raw and baked. Highly recommend.

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M
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant offers a large selection of oysters from the east and west coasts, sweet to briny. The red fish was wonderful.

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K
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, oysters were amazing.

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was absolutely delicious and the service was decent - no major glaring issues given that we came during peak time. The ambiance is dim and cozy which can be nice were it not for the ridiculously tight configuration of tables and chairs. It's nearly impossible to walk to your table without bumping into someone seated at their table. They desperately need to remove no less than three tables to make seating comfortable - not to mention lowering the noise level in the restaurant. Overall, a pleasant experience and we will likely return because that burger was one of the best I've had in DC.

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a
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a weekend night before Halloween, so some of the diners were in costume, making for an interesting sight. Enjoyed my oyster dinner and my husband his seafood stew. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of my new favorite restaurants in DC. I'll be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy, knowledgeable staff about raw oysters and helping choose an entree! Really enjoyed, will definitely be back.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for oysters and good wine. Good service great menu. Perfect fun night out shared with friends .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for Oysters in DC.
The Oyster selection is amazing.
I particularly like their West Coast Oyster selection, but all of them are great really.

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M
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Loved tasting so many oysters from so many parts of the US. My husband had the blackened swordfish special. Delicious! A fun, casual place with great food!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Anna was a top knotch, helpful and welcoming server to compliment the excellent oysters and gumbo.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, service is wonderful and the ambiance is authentic

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TD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations by a mile. Best gumbo ever. Bread to die for. Highly recommend.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was wonderful again. The oysters were nice and fresh and the entrees delicious. Service was great too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Delicioso!

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DD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best price for champagne anywhere. Oysters delicious. Staff is exceptionally good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice night out spot. A little noisy but overall nice experience. The staff was super nice and very attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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."

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