Sea Pearl

4.4
1882 reviews
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Seafood
Sea Pearl restaurant at the Merrifield Town Center is an elegant casual restaurant with great service in a contemporary setting. The menus are seasonal,sophisticated, elegant and warm environment. The restaurant has a grand curve entrance surrounded by glass panels and bordered at the opposite end by an elegant curved 40ft bar. The restaurant also boasts a private lounge and a cozy warm dinning room with mixed seating of booths, banquettes, raised private dinning area and walnut hardwood flooring. Outdoors seating is also available on the patio during the springs, summers and falls.

Sea Pearl restaurant showcases a contemporary American cuisine and the menus changes seasonally with the addition of daily changing selections of fish and produce of the season. It offers innovative brunch,lunch menus, creative dinner menus sure to please both your palate and your eyes.
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l
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is great as always. Nephew loved it as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved everything about the restaurant! The decor was the perfect balance of an upscale restaurant with a resort like feel. The cocktails were delicious and the food was amazing. Everything we ordered - from the appetizers and entrees to dessert and espressos - was tasty and well timed. Planning on going back soon!

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p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. It was a nice ambiance, superb food, friendly staff. We will be back.

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BL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good, restaurant can be quite noisy and it was a bit expensive. Wouldn’t hesitate to return or to recommend to a friend

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique dining experience! I particularly recommend the appetizers.

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food as always was great. The Sea Bass is the best

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Everything was fine, but I feel that the ambience was a bit dated and shabby. Prices a little high for an experience that wasn’t top notch.

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DM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Just don't like lunch and dinner menu having the same prices.

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I always go to Sea Pearl but hadn’t been in a while. Today I took a group and had the worst crab cake I ever had in my life. I am not even sure it was crab meat The pace has fallen off. Please go back to the crab cake recipe you had before. This one is AWFUL.

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j
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Hamachili (yellow tail, peppers, and ponzu sauce) was delicious with the right amount of heat. My wife said the crab and corn chowder soup and duck pot stickers were wonderful. It would great if the Sea Pearl offered their brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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F
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost all the food there is amazing and inventive. It really is a gem and deserves more accolades. Nice restaurant setting and good service but the food is king! The chef grew up in China and India and does such creative things but in classic way (so no over the top presentation that look better than they taste or sound more intersecting than they are) if you have not been, TRY IT!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Don't miss trying Sea Pearl. Our only regret is not trying this place sooner. Years ago a friend gave this place a personal poor rating so we avoided it. BIG mistake. Recently did new research and saw it was highly rated. The food is very good (I recommend the duck pot stickers and sushi), the service is exceptional, and the decor is lovely. There are lots of choices in the Mosaic District area. We've eaten at nearly all of them and this is one of the, and maybe THE, best of them.

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d
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress, Annie, was fabulous! Food was excellent. We come here about 4x a year and it’s almost always excellent. Only issue tonight was that the hostess was a bit harsh with us when we asked for a window seat instead of sitting in the middle of the room. We had reservations, it was early, and there were many open tables. She did eventually let us move but it almost soured the start of date night. Annie was such a fantastic waitress she quickly made up for the hostess!

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LS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely evening with friends, food was good but expensive, service excellant.

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time with friends at the buffet brunch. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the crab cakes benedict, sushi, oysters and tiger bites. They have a lot to offer on their brunch and for $35, it’s definitely a great deal. I definitely like this over founding farmer’s brunch. They have their buffet brunch on Sunday from 10a-3p.

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JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant has a parking garage immediately adjacent to it and is fairly large which generally makes getting seated easy. Short wait to be seated but not bad. Wait staff were very attentive without being overly so although one person who brought a plate of food sat it down right on silverware instead of moving the silverware out of the way which suprised me. Salmon and avacado sushi was excellent. Crab cake was huge although I thought the use of the rice crisp for the coating was just ok and I would have preferred a more traditional coating. The sriracha aioli was a little lacking as to any sriracha kick and I there was very little on the plate so I had to ask for more. Sea Pearl is consistent and does a very nice job overall.

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BT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. A little loud, but only because it was busy. A good problem to have.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the price point, this is an exceptional restaurant. Fish is always well done, rich and original flavors with an Asian touch—soy-based, ponzu, coconut rice. Service is excellent. Full bar and lively atmosphere without the industrial noise of other large restaurants.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We went for the special valentines menu. Everything was great but the service coulda been better. They were very busy and tried giving me my main course before my appetizer even came out. Food is always good here though. We’ve been a few times.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I was not aware it was a Prix-fix menu on Valentine's Day so restricted to the choices. I did receive a message a couple of days before, but I could not make-out what the person was saying. When I called the next day to clarify, no one answered the phone. Perhaps it was too early in the day, it was around 11 AM. My husband had previously eaten at Sea Pearl and raved about the food. I hope to go back again to be able to order off the menu, rather than Prix-fix. No complaints about the service, but it was a busy night for the wait-staff.

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a
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Valentines dinner fixed price menu. Had difficulty communicating with waiter. Appetizers ok. Scallops borderline burned (waiter asked if we wanted them medium rare? Never had that asked before.) Lobster in shell - no crab or shrimp - no melted butter - dry. Had been told by waiter it would be out of shell. Waiter said crab and shrimp were tiny bits mixed into the rice. Dessert good. Disappointing compared to previous visits.

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IL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for the first time on Valentine's Day. The evening started out a bit rough as the parking lot was completely full and had to call to tell them we would be late. But after we were seated, everything went great. Definitely exceeded our expectation. They had a three-course preset menu to choose from. I had hamachi sashimi, sushi tasting plate, and chocolate mousse heart while my husband had pickled beet, seared sea scallops, passion fruit pana cotta. Everything was made so carefully and beautifully presented. They were all so delicious and I kept thinking how much effort the chefs had put into tonight's menu. As a picky Japanese food eater, I definitely approve the quality of sushi I experienced tonight. Although It was a busy night, all the staff was so professional and friendly. We feel so lucky to have found this restaurant tonight and are hoping we can enjoy this same quality next time we go back sometime soon!

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L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The prix fixe menu for Valentines day was a huge hit. We enjoyed the prompt service and had a great time.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day menu. Great portions for the price. Very filling and a very pleasant experience.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest upscale restaurants in the area. Great atmosphere. Food was a prefix choice of good options for Valentines.

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r
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing valentine’s dinner!
Thank you!

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H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant in the area. I have never had a bad meal. Service is great. Highly recommend

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend for brunch to celebrate his birthday. Great food, great service, great experience!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

With reservation had to wait 25 minutes, tables too close together, servers squeezed between tables to serve, food was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

No parking terrible service and mediocre food. Won’t be back.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. The food is exquisite, and so is its presentation. My dinner entree was the Chilean sea bass, which is perfectly seasoned and melts in your mouth. I also loved the ginger smash cocktail. I've been here many times for happy hour -- great appetizers and sushi -- or special dinners. The owner and staff are very friendly. It's upscale without being pretentious. Always a treat to go there!

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k
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for brunch to celebrate my moms’ retirement. The food was excellent and service was great. Wide variety of food from breakfast foods to sushi and oysters.

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h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Seafood ramen did not taste fresh
We told the waiter

Suishi was excellent

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b
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of 5 had delicious dinners and friendly, excellent service. Good variety of appetizers and main courses.

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b
Washington DC
231 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined there on a Friday night with my husband. We used to dine here regularly, but after a disappointing New Years Eve experience a couple years ago, had not returned. Decided to give it another chance. He had the cod dish and I had the crab cake. The food was very good, but I feel I need to remark about one thing. My husband finished his food while I was half way through mine. He no sooner put his fork down when, to our astonishment, the waitress removed his dinner plate, silverware, the bread and the bread plates, leaving nothing on the table except my dinner plate and our water glasses. This was very odd and awkward. And thank goodness I did not want any more bread. Generally, restaurants should not remove dinner plates until everyone has finished eating.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Sea Pearl and we were impressed. Menu is very varied and we all (party of 6) had wonderful meals. The long life middle was the biggest hit. The restaurant is really large and the tables are well spaced out. It’s an interesting layout and I loved the look of the casual area with comfy seating. I’m sure we will return soon .
Our waitress Annie was great !!!

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

Had a wonderful Sunday brunch. Can't wait to try their happy hour.

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

Amazing is all I can say from the staff to the food!
Our waiter was so attentive and genuine. Can’t wait to go back.
Thank you for providing an excellent experience we had a blast.

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

Everything was easy even the parking, the food was great and our server was very attentive to our group. Everyone in my party commented how wonderful it was. None of us had been there in the past.

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M
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found the place by sheer luck . Amazing service, delicious sushi specials and plenty of seafood options. The poke salmon was incredibly good and a big portion. The fish and chips was made out with some sort of tempura. Spacious quiet table setting with soft music inviting for conversation.

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