The Best Seafood Restaurants in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., has long been one of the foremost restaurant cities in the world - with fine establishments feeding the movers and shakers that make up the city with some of the best dishes in America. The best seafood in D.C. brings the taste of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay to District diners with all the flair and style the city has become known for. But where are the District's most discerning diners going out to eat when they're in the mood for seafood? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. Here, we have pored through data from thousands of in-the-know D.C. diners to pick out the greatest seafood restaurants in Washington. From local crab joints and neighborhood institutions to upscale seafood eateries in the heart of the capital, the best seafood restaurants in D.C. serve up some of the world's most distinctive cuisine. Grab a table and enjoy a meal tonight!

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Restaurants:O-Ku - DC, SER, Matisse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Spanish, Contemporary French
Neighborhoods:Washington, Arlington, Tenleytown
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O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
912 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

This lively Union Market hot spot is one of the District's choice spots for prime sushi and seafood. The sleek interior is full of the city's movers and shakers enjoying the restaurant's trademark hos...

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SER

$$$$·Spanish·
Arlington
1,541 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

The laid-back atmosphere of this Arlington tapas place makes it an ideal spot for a dinner out in the suburbs. Ser is one of the District's most colorful restaurants. Diners feast on the creative Span...

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Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,328 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Matisse is one of the most revered Washington, D.C. restaurants. This upscale, contemporary restaurant off of Wisconsin Avenue has been a destination spot for years. The French-Mediterranean cuisine a...

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
875 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

Pearl Dive is one of the more fun seafood restaurants in Washington. Alongside some of the best seafood in D.C., Pearl Dive features a bocce court where diners can test out their skill. It's a happeni...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
234 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This hot spot in the trendy D.C. Georgetown neighborhood is a seafood must-go. Full of great vibes and a lively crowd, Dylan's two levels and patio offer a great spot for summertime dining. Grab a tab...

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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,198 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

BlackSalt is one of the District's most intriguing restaurants. Diners can get some of the best seafood in D.C. at the BlackSalt take-out fish market or sit-down restaurant. Sit-down diners will find ...

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Pesce Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
690 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

This longtime Washington D.C. seafood favorite features some of the city's most exceptional dining vibes and best dishes. Pesce's ever-changing chalkboard menu changes daily as fresh-from-the-sea catc...

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Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,635 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

The Brasserie Beck is the place to go for beer and seafood. This lively, buzzing restaurant is in the middle of McPherson Square and boasts plenty of post-work diners enjoying the scene. The menu is f...

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Del Mar

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
1,152 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion

This exciting Spanish tapas restaurant boasts some of the best seafood in D.C. and some of the best views in the city. Located right on the Washington Channel, the upscale restaurant has a Spanish vil...

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Kellari Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Downtown
2,683 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch

Greek hospitality and Mediterranean food define this superb seafood spot. Located near Farragut Square, Kellari Taverna features a unique ordering style. Servers bring diners to the Taverna's fish dis...

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Greek in Washington, D.C. Area

Fiola Mare

$$$$·Seafood·
Georgetown
2,977 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Scenic View

On the edge of Georgetown, Fiola Mare features some of the best seafood in D.C. right on the waterfront. Grab a table at this Italian seafood favorite and look out over the Potomac during dinner. It's...

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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
657 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List

Located in the heart of the trendy McPherson section of D.C., the Rare Steakhouse is a neighborhood gem. There's a sturdy, old-school feel to the restaurant in its fare and its interior design. Alongs...

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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,149 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Business Meals

The Washington D.C. outpost of this nationally-renowned steakhouse chain features some of the city's top seafood. Head in to grab a table in the traditionally-styled steakhouse and enjoy one of the Pa...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia

Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Potomac
432 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

This seafood hot spot in the middle of Potomac Village is a prime place for a casual dinner or lunch. Bright and lively inside, Lock 72 is a classic American restaurant with some of the best seafood i...

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The Prime Rib

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,250 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Washington's Prime Rib restaurant is a trip back in time. The restaurant features an upscale, traditional setting that recalls mid-century Manhattan. It delivers a throwback dining experience. Alongsi...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,520 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

This nationally-acclaimed seafood chain has one of its prime locations in the nation's capital. Located inside the historic Colorado Building, Ocean Prime features a menu of seafood classics. Head in ...

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals

Charlie Palmer Steak is a Washington D.C. restaurant institution. This upscale steakhouse is a gathering point for the Washington D.C. powerful, with views of the Capitol out its windows. Beyond Charl...

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