Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
424 reviews
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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.


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MR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and service was better!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Dave was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, asking for an enjoyable evening with great choices on the wine and food.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Felt like some oysters so decided to dine here. Restaurant was packed so obviously a popular choice. Not know what to expect but service was great. Our server was very attentive (Celine? Her name started with a C, worked Saturday night 2/9/19. Staff who cleaned tables and served dishes were very nice. Food was great! I can’t stress that enough. Gumbo was fire! Blacked fish with grits was amazing! Oysters great as well. Loved the cornbread too. Place was a bit tight but it didn’t ruin our experience. I would definitely dine again.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ann was outstanding! The food was beyond my expectations. It was amazing.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was knowledgeable about food, she gave EXCELLENT recommendations and even made small talk. Knew it was my birthday, remembered it was my birthday and made us feel special! Amazing job.

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L
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I love this restaurant, but we had TERRIBLE service on this last visit. The server never checked on us, took our plates before asking if we were done, didn't offer to box the remaining food, and was completely unenthusiastic the entire visit. We were just 3 girls out for brunch, so our needs weren't very substantial.

I would still visit again, as prior experiences have been much better.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I will not return and neither should anyone until each bathroom is equipped with a changing table.

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Went twice in one weekend. The food was amazing as was the service.

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n
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our cocktails and meals were excellent. The restaurant was busy but our service was excellent and we got our food in a timely manner. Things were reasonably priced. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and will definitely be coming back!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The mussels were fabulous! The server made great recommendations and was extremely attentive! We will definitely be back the next time we’re in DC!

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We live in the DFW area but every time we visit Washington, DC we have at least one dinner at Pearl Dive Oyster palace. Its excellent and we recommend it highly.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked into the restaurant until we left after paying the bill, the service and food were outstanding. Whether you live in DC or visiting for business or pleasure you must visit this restaurant. You will be glad you did!

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JS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. Oysters were very fresh. No waiting for table. Nice, casual atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Unable to get steamed oysters or even wood fired plain oysters. The only not raw oysters were small plates of 4 oysters.
Very casual.
Not busy when we were there, slow service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way.

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JT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for brunch, or just to grab a drink and some oysters at the bar.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service - both from host , servers, food runners etc

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were a party of six celebrating a birthday. Everything was great—food, recommendations, communication, timing, valet parking, except, it might not be a good place for a larger group sitting down because of the noise level——we could barely hear each other. If you don’t mind that, you will have great time.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was awesome! Great experience!!

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t
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is pretty solid when it comes to food and service and I’ve come to expect to be satisfied in both areas. Similarly, everyone I’ve introduced to the restaurant has been impressed. Even as I move toward a more plant-based diet, my memories of the hot oyster plates (Wood Grilled and Tchoupitoulas) are fond and I was pleased to find, and enjoy, a vegetarian risotto option recently added to the menu. Pearl Dive is a solid dining choice for the after work meal and for a special occasion, alike.

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FT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. Everything about this meal was great. The staff are very friendly and give great advice. The quality and taste were exceptional. It is a small place with great food that matches the decor. Friendly, open and awesome

If you like seafood, amazing baked items and great service you have to go.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to Pearl Dive 3 times now (twice for brunch and one time for dinner), and each time the food has never disappointed. The oysters are always delicious as was the crawfish etouffee I had for dinner two nights ago. Service is great; the staff are very friendly and professional. Ambiance is vibrant and tends to be on the louder side. It's become one of my go-to places in the District.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters are wonderful. Delicious seafood stew. Friendly and efficient waiter service.

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N
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Ouster bar! The catfish BLT was delicious and I'm not a catfish person. Oysters were fresh and service was good oh and not to mention the scallops was the best as well

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RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner at Pearl Dive's chef's table. It was a great experience. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. Food was outstanding

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CM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience from start to finish was perfect! Fresh and a great choice of oysters! The fried shrimp and grilled gulf red fish were equally as delicious and filling! Highly recommended!

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and lively atmosphere. Blackened swordfish was one of my top-10 dishes of the year!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s gem. The food is fantastic. This is family own business and they have few other restaurant and I’ve been fan of them since they started with their first place in Rockville Maryland. They have amazing chefs and great staff in all their restaurant. And if you’re foodie then you would love it.

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service with the freshest seafood in town, a sublime dining experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Get together with our son who used to live nearby. We’ve been here many times. The short rib was not - fall off the bone- so a bit disappointing but fun evening overall.

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j
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Of course the oysters!! But truly remarkable was a creative beautiful healthy delicious vegetable plate. No silly fillers like pasta or potatoes. All vegetables— and the textures and colors and flavors were extraordinary. (My husband liked his redfish too). For some reason, we’d never eaten here before. We’re now major fans and will return often.

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M
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pearl Dive is always good -- one of the best on all the 14th St/U St corridor.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is casual and it has has great cocktails. The food was incredibly delicious. It was seemed Cajun style and it was amazing. We had the rangoons and the BBQ shrimp. The rangoons were made traditionally. The BBQ shrimp were made blackened and accompanied by grits....hands down the best.
We were also here on a Monday and had half off oysters.
Try this place!

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

Had amazing food, awesome ambiance-will definitely be back!

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DJ
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to DC we love to have breakfast here

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TD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've already posted tons of pictures on my Instagram food blog. This place is sensational. I left and immediately went to rest my food coma. I'll definitely be back, this time with even more friends.

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KC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner. We were very late and we are very grateful that the staff was able to still accommodate us. Oysters were shucked perfectly & our dinners were prepared nicely both were just a bit over salted.

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AF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Our waitress was incredible. The host could have been one of the worst I’ve ever encountered. All but 1 booth was available and with an attitude he said that they were all reserved (we had reservations made for 11:30 AM.. not even walk-ins). We eventually moved to a booth shortly before we were about to leave. After brunch, there were still several booths available and during the entirety of our brunch. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!

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St. Louis
81 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good seafood, nice atmosphere. We enjoyed it.

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