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Date
Thu, 6/21
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11:30 PM
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.7
281 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine

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 281 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of the best oyster spots in D.C. with a great cocktail and wine selection. I typically do not enjoy cocktails I like to stay to straight whiskey or beer, but these cocktails were well worth the price (all are $12). The oyster selection is extensive and covers a spectrum of different flavors so there is something for everyone.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was perfect, from the service of all staff, to the food. So happy my family doing this gem! We will be returning and spreading the word!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing food, especially the oysters and terrific service!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This is my dad's fav restaurant. We surprised him with Father's Day Brunch and he had such an amazing time, and as always, thoroughly enjoyed his meal.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was not as good as the last time I ate there with some exceptions. The crawfish fritters were mostly dough. The beans and rice way oversalted. The rolls were awesome and the pecan pie heavenly. I'd go back for the last two but it'll be a long while before I try Pearl Dive again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great spot. Bit pricey. But great food

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Excellent service in an ambience befitting Bourbon Street. Lots of menu choices featuring fresh seafood.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wife had seafood gumbo and i had the shrimp gumbo. Both dishes were extremely salty. Very noisy, but its an energetic type of place. We were also very crowded, our table was shoehorned in between two others.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Pearl Dive never disappoints...from the oysters to start off and the great seafood and other options it is always fabulous

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Knowledgeable and accommodating service by Andrew & Fleur 75 were the best features of my Saturday brunch. The food was great too. Light fluffy ricotta beignets were accompanied with raspberry coulis, sweetened butter & brown sugar cheesecake dip. Wood Grilled East Coast Oysters (4) spiced up with Garlic & Red Chile Butter, Gremolata. Cajun Sausage Skillet with House Boudin Blanc, Cayenne Grits, Peppers, Cabot Cheddar, Two Sunny Side Up eggs was great but they charged me $5 for switching fingerling potatoes for spinach that they sautéed which was great but I didn't ask for. My next visit will be to upstairs Black Jack to try out other cocktails. Though the noise level detracted from my overall pleasure & hastened my departure.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I really enjoyed everything we ate. The grilled oysters were a special stand out. It was extremely busy and the service was still excellent. They have a very interesting and diverse selection of oysters and some really interesting and unique bottles of bubbly to pair with them. I will definitely return. It was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Pearl Dive is on its way to becoming my favorite restaurant in DC. Took business colleagues there for dinner. It was their first time and they loved it. I had the Angels on Horseback oysters (wrapped in bacon). It's arguably the best appetizer on the menu. The Braised Duck & Oyster Gumbo entrée is great! You can't get a beat meal here.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2018

My dish of rockfish and
grits was over salted (and
overpriced).

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This place did not disappoint!! I had high expectations coming here and they were met extremely well. I am a professional Chef and can usually pick places apart and find something wrong. I did not find one thing wrong here. The service was absolutely the best I have had eating out anywhere. The oyster selection was excellent! The staff was knowledgeable about them. The IPA beer was amazing. The entrees that everyone at my table ordered were all great!! The “cats milk” was our tables favorite followed by the hanger steak which was also superb. Everyone kept raving about dinner the entire time. This was my pick for a birthday dinner and they made me look very good. They even provided a birthday dessert and candle at no charge. Overall I was thoroughly impressed. This is definitely my new favorite spot. Value was there. I was told they also have half price oysters on Monday’s from 4 to 10pm. Oysters & Beer!!!!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was very good not brilliant. Service only passable. One of us received the wrong entree. Tried to get server's attention for a full five minutes. Replacement came quickly. Server seemed uninterested. Never asked about refreshing drinks for the table. Never apologized for wrong entree.

Had noted in the Open Table booking that the reservation was a birthday occasion. Host noted it when we were seated. Wasn't acknowledged by the establishment after that. Why ask?

In all a disappointing visit to a place we typically enjoy.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Seeing an old friend

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We were seated before our reservation time as we arrived early. Service was very good. There is no children's menu so I don't recommend for families with kids. The Oysters Rockefeller were luke warm and needed to be broiled more. The crawfish etoufee was very spicy and a darker roux than what I'm used to. The redfish was okay, but was also very spicy. Crawfish fritters in the appetizers were good. Service was great, but overall our least favorite dinner during our vacation in DC.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

First. Amazing wait staff who knew the food and how good it was, confident in recommendations.

Then, great food with amazing creole flavours to back up their claims. Reminded me of the best of Louisiana cuisine. So much flavour packed into every bite.

East coast grilled oysters straight out of New Orleans.

We ended up having dinner during happy hour and oysters were half off all night. That was a treat. We packed our plates full of shrimp, oysters and mussels and never ended up having room for a main course. Will have to save it for next time. Highly recommend.

Best meal I’ve had in dc.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The redfish was great! The server suggested having it with the daily fish preparation (cauliflower, mushrooms, cajun sauce). My sister had it this way, and I had it as it came, with pecans and grits. They were both excellent. The do great grits, too. We will return.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Had a reservation, but still had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Delicious burger. Much too loud--appears that's the fashion in that string of restaurants. Will probably only return if my nephew wants oysters because wait time too long and it is just too loud.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Best oysters in town. Shrimp gumbo better than ever!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was great and so was the food!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food is always great. The oysters Rockefeller are excellent. I had the seafood stew and the muscles were cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Overall a great experience at one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We loved this place! Delicious selection of oysters, both raw and hot options - so good we kept reordering. They were offering a soft shell crab special that was so good and we rounded out with a great dessert. Service was excellent, very well oiled team effort. It’s pretty noisy, but it matches the fun energy of the restaurant. We headed upstairs for post-dinner drinks in both bars - cool vibes and good service. If we lived in D.C., this would be a regular stop.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We were seated fast. Too bad we could not take our bar tab to dinner.

Our server, Erica, was fun, efficient and very helpful. The Oyster selection is absolutely great. Loved the variety and all were fantastically fresh. This is definitely an oyster only place...

After the oysters our main dishes were uninspired and just sort of eh. The soft shelled crab was fried well but the dressing, and the sauce it came tasted like fast food. The shrimp of the shrimp cocktail were droopy and did not look fresh. We shared a key lime pie for desert: also uninspiring, tasted like store bought

I would go here again as an oyster only place... go for the oysters, and have a great time!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Pearl Dive is one of our regular favorites because we love the food, which is consistently good - especially the various roasted oysters, mussels, redfish, muffin basket, and desserts. After multiple dinners, the etouffee was the only item we have had that was so-so. On our most recent occasion, I was reminded that it is LOUD. We took my in-laws and although they loved the food, I think the volume was a little tough for them. We'll keep going back though!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

A bit loud but the host and server were excellent and the oyster selection is amazing and great. The " Dive Sauce" for the oysters is unique and delectable.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Pearl Dive is always good. We live a couple of blocks away and PD is always on our list. Of all the restaurants (most of which are overrated) on 14th St. Pearl Dive is one of the very best. Great atmosphere, great food and priced right. GO!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a Mother’s Day brunch in a non traditional way. The service was good, but the food was better.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

great selection of oysters. Gumbos are very filling and flavorable. Another standout is the blackened swordfish.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went there for pre-Mother’s day pre-show brunch and everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

super attentive service who were happy to explain, came back with a sauce I wanted to try. Oyster selection was stand-out and lightly-corn meal fried shrimp in the po’boy were just perfect.
wish they’d been open when I lived in DC. thumbs up, highly recommend

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing food and drinks

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Pleasant experience from beginning to end. Waitperson was extremely excited about menu offerings. Host checked out our seating request and changed with no "fuss". Food lived up to expectations. Thought I was going to another oyster joint I remembered in DC years ago. I got the name confused with a seafood place in NYC. Pleasantly surprised and will go again when in DC to try other menu options.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Service was top notch! The food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Yum yum yummm

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Decided to try this place because my friend was craving raw & cooked oysters. We were overwhelmingly pleased! Our server, David, was the BEST. He was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and provided great suggestions when asked. We ordered a large variety of items which included starters, oysters, and entrees. While the bill was a little pricey for just 2 people, I believe it was a good value for the number of things we ordered and for the GREAT taste and presentation of the food.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our waiter, David was great! Possibly hands down the best service I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Absolutely fantastic, had the chefs selection on the raw oysters, beef ravioli was amazing, crawfish etouffee outstanding and finished with the freshly baked apple pie.

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