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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.


1612 14th St Nw
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Friday- Sunday: 11AM-3PM;
Dinner: Sunday- Monday: 5PM-10PM;
Tuesday- Saturday: 5PM-11PM

Cross Street:
On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 319-1612

Website:
http://www.pearldivedc.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Chris Kispert

Additional:
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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for a Date (25)
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Fun (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Casual (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Spicy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (3)
Romantic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Great Brunch!!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious! Never disappoints. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Super fresh, quality food with a Cajun kick. Oysters were outstanding. It was a little loud, but not too loud where you couldn't hold a conversation. Priced good. I will go back next time I am in DC.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistently excellent seafood and service at the gem of a place. We have been several times and have yet to be disappointed. Recommend highly!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food, good service!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Definitely if you like spicey food that’s good ,but noise level very very high
Small space ,not very roomy
Good service food was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

great food and service with a good selection of raw and cooked oysters.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

There was nothing wrong w Pearl Dive, food was good, we sat over to one side (got there early) so conversation was easy. Maybe it was just a little too breezy and casual for a $150 supper. Or maybe we're just too old.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went there for the first time. Everything was great! We enjoyed food and service a lot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was OK. I had the duck and oyster gumbo. Good, not great. The mussels were the stand-out. I know I'm 60 and I still like loud music. But not so loud in a restaurant to make conversation extremly difficult.

All in all, a bit disappointed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and lively scene

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 19, 2018

New Orleans Cuisine without giving any acknowledgement.

The food was tasty however.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding, authentic comfort food in a great atmosphere with great service!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First time there, great experience and excellent food.
Will go back soon

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in DC. it is so underrated. People ususally go for the bar and oysters, but the food is amazing with a Louisiana vibe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Absolutely fantastic meal at Pearl Dive! Oysters (Black Salts) we amazing and the Redfish was one of the most memorable meals I have had in years. Can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Birthday was a success! Thanks so much for the great service and delicious food!

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 (Dublin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very accommodating for a 30th birthday! Polite staff and yummy food. Thanks for a great day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I love this place. It can get noisy so be sure to book a booth.
It's packed during the summer hours with patrons spilling out onto the street.
But it was really cozy during the winter freeze recently, and the gumbos are great comfort food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a fantastic dining experience at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Service was spectacular and food was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding as usual. Our server, Christopher was excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Oysters were great

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fun, bright atmosphere, great for brunch - latkes and beignets are 👌🏼

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We enjoyed the environment and atmosphere but the employees were strained by having to cover too many tables and presented themselves as impersonal and in a rush. They were polite and there were no issues. We would return.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Oysters were fresh and drinks were good. Ambience had a nice energy, and could enjoy a conversation without having to strain to listen, or shout to be heard.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

excellent new orleans seafood. great oyster dishes, excellent gumbo, cocktails, beer. nice down home atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic oysters and brunch dishes

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything from our entrees to the house salad was absolutely spectacular. Must dine!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Outstanding service as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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