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About Permanently Closed - Sea Catch

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Experience Georgetown's hidden gem! Located in Canal Square (M St and 31st St), set gently back off of the hustle and bustle of the main road, along the C&O canal, the Sea Catch is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Georgetown. Request a cozy table near one of our two stone fireplaces or enjoy al fresco dining along the water. Sea Catch is proud to serve only the freshest seafood and has one of the largest Raw Bars in Washington DC, which serves an array of East and West Coast oysters. Dinner Specials change daily to take advantage of the freshest produce available. compliment your dinner with one of our wines featured by the bottle or glass. Enjoy $1 OYSTERS AND HALF PRICE DRINK SPECIALS DURING HAPPY HOUR, Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Celebrate Holidays and Special Occasions with a gift certificate from Sea Catch.*SEASONAL OUTDOOR PATIO SEATING!* (available on a first come, first serve basis)

1054 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday from 11:30pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday from 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: Monday - Saturday opens at 5:00 pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cross Street:
M Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 337-8855

Website:
http://www.seacatchrestaurant.com/

Catering:
For your next special occasion, enjoy the best in Washington DC Catering at the Sea Catch Restaurant. With our flexible venue space and professional services, your unforgettable event is in thoughtful and experienced hands. Diverse and Flexible, the Sea Catch Restaurant is here to serve your individual needs.

Parking Details:
3 hours complimentary parking with validation in designated garage (Constitution Parking). Located right next door to us on 31st Street.

Public Transit:
The closest Metro is Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn on the Blue Line. You then can take the Georgetown Connector for $1.00 to M Street and 31st.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Dining from 10 - 300 guests

Sea Catch - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (1250)
Scenic View (1169)
Fit for Foodies (1142)
Good for Groups (686)
Notable Wine List (543)
Great for Lunch (495)
Vibrant Bar Scene (214)
Hot Spot (195)
Late-night Find (176)
Kid-friendly (122)
Great for Brunch (108)
Good for a Date (21)
Business Meals (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Waterfront (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
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Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was excellent, however the service was not what we have come to expect.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We had been there years ago. We returned because the food was always great. We were not disappointed. Hamsa was our waiter and was great.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Had family in town and decided to go here as I have been here several times. Great dining experience nestled in historic Georgetown, sea food was fresh, appetizers were plenty and service was very professional. A must dine for anyone who is interested in D.C.'S finest seafood.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Wonderful new years eve dinner. The food was excellent as was the staff as usual, manager ryan, jesus bartender. The atmosphere was comfortable, not loud, no one spilling drinks on us, not crowded. Always so warm & welcoming to us when we are visiting from PA! Thanks for a great new years eve! Highly enjoyed it, we are still talking about it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We had an amazing experience. The food was excellent and the service was extremely professional. Do not hesitate to eat here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We ordered scallop and rockfish entrees and rainbow trout. The scallop and rockfish entrees were amazing. The scallop sauce went perfectly with the scallops and the asparagus that came with the dish was perfectly grilled. The rockfish was not chewy and grilled to perfection. We also ordered side of mushrooms which were perfectly sautéed. The trout was really salty. The sauce that came with it was also salty. The oysters were good and only $1 during happy hour.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

This a very ordinary restaurant in every aspect. The food is just a littler better than Captain D's. The atmosphere is dull and the service was asleep.
I would not go back here.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Everything about sea Catch was outstanding, especially the hostess. The food was perfectly done and very tasty. I highly recommend Sea Catch.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2016

The food at this restaurant is very underwhelming especially for the price of the food and the quality you get. My crab legs were $40 and they came with butter that tasted burnt. The meat itself was flavorless- usually Alaskan King Crab Legs are sweet and flavorful. The prices are crazy big-- almost $200 for a meal for two people with two glasses of wine and a dessert wine. Would not recommend.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Food was bland. Ordered seafood fettuccine it was suppose to have shrimp, crab, and scallops. Entree came to table with only shrimp.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Fun little place with great food. Quiet ambiance for a date or conversation without being boring. Reasonable wine list for the average diner.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Noise was the only problem. We asked for a quiet table, we were seated in a room with party of 14, 5 being under 7 years old. Quiet, I don't think so. The group left after 40 minutes but by then the evening was toast

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

My lobster roll was made of frozen lobster ( part of it still was) and was completely doused in mayonnaise. The expensive crab legs were also frozen. The service was alright because no one else was there. This may have been a great restaurants once but no more.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Outstanding food and service! A truly great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

I had not been to the Sea Catch in a while and am wondering WHY NOT! The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. We had an absolutely great evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Good solid restaurant by nothing spectacular. Don't order cheese plate. It's supermarket cheese quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Crab cakes are the best!! Ceviche is a great starter!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Great. Enjoyed it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Honestly, we were very disappointed. We've come to Sea Catch before for special celebrations and were always extremely pleased. However, this time it was not good from the get-go. We sat at the bar before dinner and had to flag down the bartender multiple times to get drinks and appetizers. We requested a table next to the fireplace but when seated were shown a table stuck between two other tables when the room was half empty. We asked to move to another table that was by the fire and were told we could not because it was reserved. No one EVER sat there the rest of the night and the room was only half full. Instead we were smashed between two other couples dining. When we ordered, the food took more than 40 minutes to arrive and my husband ordered King Crab legs -- one of the reason we came to Sea Catch. We were informed 20 minutes after ordering that they were out of crab legs. So my husband ordered the lobster. When the food arrived, half of the lobster was over cooked and dry. It was a lot of money for a dining experience that was sub-par. I don't think we will be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

From all the good reviews we were eager to try this restaurant in Georgetown. Visiting in the area. Party of 4.
Positives: nice ambiance, comfortable seating, great location. Wait staff very attentive and courteous.
The oysters were very good. But don't have to do much ... just open them.
Negatives: Took very long time for food from the appetizers to main course. Main course took so long the waitress kept apologizing. WAY WAY overpriced for the taste and quality. I don't mind paying high prices for good food especially seafood. But this was plain and ordinary. The fried calamari appetizer had marinara sauce on it already ? so by the time got to us the crust was soggy. Shrimp scampi dry pasta , no flavor, and dull, sauce bland. Twin lobster tails dry dry dry and rough, over cooked. Seafood medley no flavor, plain scallops undercooked. I had better seafood at a local Dinner. Desert was awful. Stale dry chocolate cake and cheesecake something tasted off. Not good.
We were very disappointed with this restaurant. Plenty other choices in other for dining. Terrible. Overrated. Will not be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2016

There was a mouse running along the floor. It then hid under the table next to us. The waiter just said that this happens because they are along the canal and did nothing!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Restaurant had very good ambiance. Usher who showed me to the table was unprofessional, but waitress was professional and accommodating in my requests. The menu can be misleading, as the "colossal shrimp cock tail" is smaller than at other restaurants. Only 3 shrimp were provided, and from my experience that is a very small amount of shrimp. As I was dining with my girlfriend, 3 is hardly a number of food items good for sharing. The shrimp were also overcooked. The food wasn't particularly special, better could be found elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2016

Food was good, but the ambience is dated. Felt like I entered 1990. Everything was peach and gold.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Great spot that was recommended by our hotel. Food and service were worth excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Meh. Overpriced for middle of the road service & food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2016

The food was fantastic, the service was stellar, the atmosphere relaxing! The lobster gnocchi melted in my mouth - heavenly! The lobster mac and cheese was brimming with lobster and baked to perfection. Plan on visiting again on my next trip to DC. Highly recommend Sea Catch!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Great dining experience! Wife and I were in town on vacation/business.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Took a long while to get water and bread; otherwise attentive service. Seat bottoms are potholes--need to be replaced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2016

It may have been a bad night. Good point #1 is the valet parking -- an awesome three hours free with validation. #2 the Fish and Chips are light and wonderful. #3 The deck is beautiful for a summer evening meal.
Bad point #1 My friend ordered a 2lb lobster and got a 1 1/2 pounder. Worse, it tasted frozen. Mind you he had been eating lobster on Martha's Vineyard the previous three days. But, he was very disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Good meal - not extraordinary. Excellent service. Very nice decor - woody and warm but a bit loud. Very close to Blues Alley so great for pre-show meal.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 26, 2016

The chairs on the bar were the most among the most uncomfortable that I have ever experienced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Great for special occasions. Nice ambience, good food, great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Sitting outside was great

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 17, 2016

the cut of meat for my surf and turf was not the kind of quality I felt was commensurate with pricing.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

The food is good but the place is basically empty a Friday night at 8:00pm!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 14, 2016

I was disappointed with the food at Sea Catch. It had received wonderful reviews and I was hoping the food would justify the high prices which it did not. The food was good but certainly not outstanding. The service was absolutely wonderful, however.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Water glasses were not refilled. Table was an absolute mess. Menus not removed, empty cocktail glasses, bread dishes and other dishes piled up during desert. Appetizer came before cocktails.

Shrimp and grits creative but just didn't taste good.

Lovely outdoor setting.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Sea Catch has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. It never disappoints. This occasion was my birthday celebration with another couple. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding. Great for lunch and dinner. I look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Overall excellent dining experience. The fish was cooked perfectly, moist and needed little or no sauce. I had the Arctic char. Great seafood experience, highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Great atmosphere. Had a very nice time. Servers attentive. Right next to canal. I would absolutely recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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