Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
328 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food

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 328 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent waitress and best gumbo in the universe

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

This was our second visit to the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Staff is fantastic and the food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Atmosphere was cozy with subtle sophistication. I loved the menu design and offerings, and of the food we ordered was delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Pearl Dive is always great. Our favorite place in the 14th St/U St Corridor.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food and very attentive service

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Had slimy fish skin.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great food, drinks, service. Chis & April were great!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great service! Oysters were great and other food great also!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Oysters were VERY good. Our entrees were just okay. Will definitely come back for oysters.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was fantastic and was matched by the service! Our server was well informed and went beyond the call of duty. I will be going back with the hopes to have the same server.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great atmosphere and service, even better food. Huge selection of oysters, and the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Love love love the shrimp. Crushingly loud.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The restaurant and bar were great. The bar area is at the front of the building with a portion open to the street. It was crowded and people were having a good time. The restaurant is in the back and the ambiance was very good. The food was excellent. The specialize in oysters and have a variety of oysters on the half shell from the Northeast, Northwest, and PEI (Canada). They also had a variety of hot oyster appetizers. We had two different hot oyster appetizers and they were great. We all had seafood entrees and they were great. We finished our meal with dessert and coffee. Their dessert menu had a lot of variety including their homemade ice cream. The service was prompt and friendly. The meal was a bit expensive, but overall the experience was excellent!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Enjoy eating here. Food is always good. It is pretty loud, just an fyi.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great service. Food was super tasty

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food and service were stellar but we will never come during happy hour again. The bar is incredibly loud and the sound carries throughout the restaurant. But everything else was wonderful so we will make sure to return, either after 7 or on weekends.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Overall, totally enjoyable. Excellent food, great drinks, super service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Jason was an exceptional server. He was super informative about the menu and brought rolls when there was a gap between appetizers and entrees. Food is super delicious overall, both the gumbo and redfish were excellent, prepared well and flavorful. Only minor gripe is app size, where items were pricey for fairly small portions.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner very much but got very VERY sick about 6 hours later and that was our first meal since having an early breakfast and walking around Mt. Vernon all day. Not sure if the oysters were bad , didn’t have that issue the night before eating the raspberry oysters at Joe’s next to the Sofitel. But anyways, the pork appetizer was great and the pizza was great.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We loved our dinner at the PearlDiveOysterPalace. We started with the soup special tomatillos/gazpacho which was delicious. Next we had some ice cold delectable oysters. Our entrees were excellent as was the dessert. I was greatly impressed with the excellence of the food and presentation. The service was first rate also.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

A little loud for my liking, but the food made up for it.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Had never been to Pearl Dive and really enjoyed our first dinner there. Oysters were delightful and fresh. Blackened swordfish was just spicy enough, really tasty, and the house salad was exceptional. It's pretty noisy, but in a fun happy way. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Dinner with a Friend - Party of 2 - Drinks, Apps, Dinner, all in (Incl tip) $135.00. I started with a Patron Cadillac margarita, my companion opted for a soft drink. Apps were chopped salad with popcorn crawfish and I opted for the classic wedge. My entree was Grilled Arctic Char Tacos, and my companion had the fried oysters. The portion sizes for both the apps and entree were quite substantial. The Tacos were amazing, fresh and flavorful, served with pico de gallo, black beans and white rice. My friend raved about the oysters served with green beans and potatoes. I finished the meal with another Patron Margarita. Definitely relaxed dining and energetic noise level. The place was very busy but service did not suffer. Our server was knowledgeable and service was on point. The food was done to perfection. For those into raw bar, it has a GREAT oyster selection. Diner style booth seating line the walls with pub style seating in the center. Partially exposed brick walls and reclaimed objects decor give it a well worn shabby feel, inviting and cozy. Great experience, Will most definitely be back. We highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I love Pearl Dive. Amazing unique food! so underrated. People go there for the bar, but the food is great.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The fish was prepared perfectly. The side dishes were delicious as well. Decent beer and wine selection.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Loved it. Oysters were so fresh and the food was fantastic

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is far from a dive! Their hot oyster appetizers were incredible! The oyster wrapped in bacon was so tasty! But what brought us back two nights in a row were the yeast rolls that literally melted in your mouth! And the Hanger steak drizzled in blue cheese with their special sauce was so tender! I ate that two nights in a row! I had never had pork cheeks before but garnished with crunchy onion strings sitting on grits was a foodie experience Mmm! But most of all a caring and kind staff that never let my water glass get low! Love this kinda service! Fun’ wonderful but most importantly good good original food! Kelly 👋👋👋👋

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My wife had a great birthday there! Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great late night dinner - excellent service

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