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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
4.8
1059 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

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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Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 319-1612

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Chris Kispert

  • Private party contact

    Catherine Ker: (202) 319-1612

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Cross street

    On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • OYSTERMANIA

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Available in Pearl Dive Oyster Palace starting at 4 PM. Raw bar oysters on the half shell are 1/2 price !

Popular dishes

Menu

Cold Appetizers

  • Soup du Jour

    Chef's Daily Preparation

    • Cup$6.00
    • Bowl$8.00
  • Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

    Cocktail Sauce, Lemon [Min. of 3]

    • ea$2.50
  • Chopped Salad$14.00

    Buttermilk-Jalapeno Dressing, Market Vegetables, Avocado, Popcorn Crawfish

    • Classic Caesar$11.00

      Chopped Romaine, House Croutons, Garlicky-Anchovy Dressing, Parmesan

      Hot Appetizers

      • Lobster Rangoon$15.00

        Lobster, Cream Cheese, Crispy Wonton, Sweet-n-Spicy Chili Sauce

        • Addie's Mussels

          Garlic, Shallot, Chicken Stock, Butter, Lemon, Chili Flake, Grilled Baguette

          • 1/2 Lb$11.00
          • 1 Lb$17.00
        • Blackened Grilled Shrimp

          Garlic Red Chili Butter, Lemon [Min. of 3]

          • ea$2.00
        • Cornmeal Crusted Oysters

          Cayenne Aioli, Lemon [Min. of 3]

          • ea$2.00

        Hot Oyster Plates

        • Rockefeller [3 Pcs]$11.00

          Broiled Oysters, Spinach, Bacon, Parmesan

          • Wood Grilled Oysters [4 Pcs]$10.00

            Garlic and Red Chili Butter, Gremolata

            • Angels on Horseback [4 Pcs]$11.00

              Grilled Bacon Wrapped Oysters, Vin Blanc, Balsamic Reduction

              Handfood

              • Oyster or Shrimp Po'boy$16.00

                House Pickles, Lettuce, Diced Onion, Cayenne Aioli, & Dive Fries

                • Dive Burger$17.00

                  Roasted Green Chilies, Pepper Jack, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cayenne Aioli, House Sesame Seed Bun, & Dive Fries

                  • Amish Chicken Dinner$21.00

                    Creole Spicy Fried Chicken, Bacon Braised Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes, Creamy Cole Slaw

                    • Corn Meal Crusted Oyster or Blackened Shrimp Dinner$22.00

                      Bacon Braised Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes, Creamy Cole Slaw, Cayenne Aioli/ Garlic Red-Chile Butter

                      Spoon Worthy

                      • Creole Gumbos

                        Holy Trinity, Bacon, Tasso Ham, File, Okra, House Spices, Served with Buttered Rice and Garlic Bread

                        • Seafood Gumbo$24.00
                        • Shrimp Gumbo$22.00
                        • Chicken & Andouille Gumbo$22.00

                      Knife & Fork

                      • Wood Grilled Gulf Red Fish$26.00

                        Sage & Native Pecan Brown Butter, Stone Grits, Haricot Verts

                        • Blackened Swordfish$28.00

                          Black-Eyed Pea Jamabalaya, Boudin Blanc Sausage Buttered Rice, Chili Peppers

                          • Wood Grilled Hanger Steak$30.00

                            Salt Roasted Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Chimichurri

                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                            What 1,059 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.7Service
                            • 4.6Ambience
                            • 4.6Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Washington, D.C. Area

                              Seafood

                            • District of Columbia

                              Seafood

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                            1. P

                              Peterw

                              Washington DC

                              13 reviews

                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Excellent food and Excellent service. It was worth every Penny. Highly recommend.

                            2. P

                              Patita

                              San Diego

                              39 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              39 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Nautical ambiance and casual vibe, this place is amazing! Quaint and EXCELLENT servers, especially Tim, and the whole staff. We ordered fresh oysters as our appetizer and they were fresh and tasty. Southern style seafood dishes. We had warm baked bread that was awesome. We then ordered clam chowder. The best I’ve ever had! For our main dish we had their blackened fish of the day with green beans and creamy grits! WOW…. Very tasty. For dessert we ordered Key lime pie and it was delicious! Our favorite place in DC so far.

                            3. EP

                              ElizabethP

                              San Diego

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                              Surprisingly good food!

                            4. S

                              Socrates

                              Washington DC

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Excellent food, excellent service. Very loud inside.

                            5. a

                              anoukl

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Nice staff taking their time to familiarize us with the menu. Felt welcome and love the music in the background. Good value for the money.

                            6. ED

                              ElbaD

                              New Orleans

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food and service was excellent. Best meal I have had in DC! Nathan, our waiter, provided the best service. 5 stars!

                            7. HS

                              HollyS

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              From the host, Nadia to our server Nate, it was very good service and they had tons of personality which I like. We sat outside and it was a cute setup against the sidewalk. It was really loud inside the restaurant, but their bar is fun, so there's that! My only complaint is the rapid fire removal of plates. We were sharing and had two smaller plates we were transferring the food onto, and when there wasn't much left they descended on the table to take it, along with my unfinished cocktail. I've noticed this in many restaurants so I can't say it's just them. It makes the experience feel rushed, not clean or efficient. I believe they were creating the latter and I ended feeling bad asking them to give me back my glass and the plate. I still give them a high rating though because the food was so good! We had the crab cakes, octopus and oysters. And again, Nate was awesome and engaging.

                            8. JL

                              JimL

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Fun vibe with tasty food... The shrimp and oysters were on point!

                            9. t

                              toutoften

                              Washington DC

                              169 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              169 reviews

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Great place for brunch on Friday...excellent food, service and delightfully casual.

                            10. TB

                              ThomasB

                              Austin

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Each time we visit DC, we eat at Pearl Dive (approx. 10 times now, albeit it s been 2+ years since there last.) This time we enjoyed the fried oysters we suspect it's simply all of us adjusting as we return to "normal." The energy is vibrant and staff very friendly and positive. We will return on our next trip to DC.

                            11. EB

                              EnvoyBoy

                              Washington DC

                              100 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              100 reviews

                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                              overall4food5service2ambience4

                              What happened to the front of house team?  We got a lukewarm greeting upon arrival, whereupon it was obvious nobody had noted the requests in our reservation.  When we brought them up, it was met with disinterest.  Upon leaving, we walked right alongside the same hostess that initially greeted us who looked up at us, and then looked back down at her tablet, saying nothing as we departed.  What happened to the usual "where everybody knows your name" vibe you get from the team here??  We left feeling like we were treated as one-time tourists from out of state and not the local regulars that we are.  All that said, the food and service continue to excel!  We were trying to remember a dish we ever didn't like and couldn't think of one.  Amazing things come out of that kitchen!  Hopefully their excellence and popularity are not leading them down a road of arrogance and complacency.  That would be worst of all. 

                            12. CP

                              CPNP

                              Denver

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fabulous and Quincy took good care of us! Don’t forget to vote!

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Had a great experience and great oysters! Cal our server was great. She has a way of making us feel so special. She is surely an asset to the restaurant. Will came back again.

                            14. F

                              Fatima

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We went for date night and we will definitely be back! Everything exceeded our expectations from start to finish. All of the servers (yes, I said all) were so attentive and made sure that we were well taken care of. The food was very delicious. Seating was a little crowded (but we went on a Saturday night) and although the patrons by the bar were very loud, the DJ was able to make the ambience a lot better. If you’re looking for excellent food and wonderful service, make your reservation at Pearl Dive.

                            15. JF

                              JennyFTB

                              Tallahassee

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Service is off the chain! Our server, Tim, was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. I think the manager sat us and he checked on us during our brunch as well. Another sever stopped to ask if we needed anything. It was wonderful! The oysters were delicious and I appreciated how the list went sweet to most briney, and the runner who delivered them made sure we knew which was which. We shared dishes and thoroughly enjoyed the banana foster French toast and beignets. The clam chowder was a bit thin in texture, but the flavors were there. Bloody Mary’s, and perhaps a shot ;) were on time! Great experience, great place, and superb company because my friends are the best part of every brunch!

                            16. CC

                              ClaudetteC

                              Tallahassee

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent cocktails great oysters and food! Over the top service! Can’t wait to go back!

                            17. t

                              truth2tell

                              Memphis/West TN

                              13 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Nate was excellent. Service quick, great suggestions. Gumbo was wonderful.

                            18. CA

                              CharlesA

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Pearl Oyster Dive is a gem with great tasting food and fantastic servers. I like the personal touch starting at the door with Nick and extending throughout the experience with Tim at the table...Great for Family or Couples or Friends. Of course you can come by yourself, but will wish you had shared the time with someone else. We will definitely be returning soon.

                            19. M

                              Meme

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                              Po’boys nit very good 👎

                            20. TT

                              TastyTravels

                              Birmingham

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              The food - especially the seafood - was delicious! The muscles were worth a return trip. So so good. The only thing to know is the tables are right on top of each other, super close together. Service was also very good, friendly and helpful.

                            21. AF

                              AnniceF

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very good experience! Excellent!!! Highly recommend!

                            22. DC

                              DonC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was our first visit and we focused on multiple appetizers. The front and wait staff were accommodating throughout the evening and made note worthy recommendations . . . well done . . . well done.

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We sat at the oyster bar and staff told us we were the first to “re-christen” it since the pandemic started. Everyone was so friendly and attentive, and it was fun to feel in the middle of the action. My husband and I had raw oysters (duh), and split a bowl of chicken & andouille gumbo, and the fish of the day. Food was delicious! All around great experience.

                            24. QQ

                              QQQQ

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Can was our server and he was amazing - super professional helpful and friendly. Food was great

                            25. EC

                              EvaC

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              4.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall4food5service3ambience3

                              Food is always great; service is normally great too. Outdoors seating has been rebuilt for some reason--not as comfortable unfortunately. Otherwise, always love it here!

                            26. HM

                              HaleyM

                              Nashville

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was delicious and the service was great!

                            27. CV

                              CarltonV

                              Charleston

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Tim was great!!!

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The only thing that tops the food and the atmosphere is the service. We came here twice on a short vacation. Amanda and Nate were the best servers we have ever had and they and all the staff made us feel so welcomed. We will definitely return to DC to see Amanda and Nate again at Pearl Dive.

                            29. AD

                              AfternoonDelight

                              Charleston

                              11 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Tops on all fronts! Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Excellent Ambiance!

                            30. KF

                              KeyaF

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall3food2service4ambience3

                              The taste of the hot oysters have declined. I’m not sure if the chef has changed or not but the food doesn’t taste the same. We were very disappointed and we normally look forward to our Wednesdays here.

                            31. JR

                              JeffreyR

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food here is outstanding. And the oysters are as good as any I've had. The place has that great 14th Street energy to it. But what really made our visit perfect was our server, Nate. We were a large, joyous group! And Nate knew exactly when to engage a bit in our joy, and when to leave our family to our very happy brunch. Definitely eat here -- get Nate as your server and it's a bonus!

                            32. SW

                              SarahW

                              New Orleans

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food! Great service!

                            33. n

                              nataliev

                              Miami

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Our server Nate was amazing. So was all the rest of the staff. Would definitely return. The food was pretty tasty too.

                            34. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was absolutely superb. We couldn’t have been happier with the service and the suggestions!!!

                            35. J

                              June022015

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              4.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              I miss the pastries and fried chicken at brunch. Those most definitely are not beignets!

                            36. ML

                              MLaRocca

                              Raleigh

                              99 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              99 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The oysters here are SO fresh, we were blown away. This was a crazy busy night and the service was still great. We were only two people but we still had two orders of the Angels on Horseback (yummy!). I had the shrimp po'boy and my friend had the crabcakes, both were exceptional. We had each type of raw oysters, all of which are fantastic. I'll be back!!

                            37. VN

                              VNB99

                              Washington DC

                              47 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              47 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious fish dish! Excellent recommendations by our server, Taryn, who was awesome! Eager to return to try more dishes.

                            38. F

                              Foodie81

                              Philadelphia

                              28 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              28 reviews

                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always food was to die for and serving exceptional. Glad to be back.

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We love this place. Great food and staff, fun casual atmosphere. My college-bound boy needs a job for the summer so tonight he filled out an application!

                            40. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              22 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              22 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                              It got really dark and really loud around 7:30pm. It kinda got clubish. I didn't know this was this type of place. I just wanted to have a business-ish dinner and the venue turned into something else. That said, the food and service was great!

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                              • Contactless payment available
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                              • Extra space between tables
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Pearl Dive Oyster Palace offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 319-1612.

                            Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is rated 4.8 stars by 1059 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 36 times today
                            Google Map for Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

                            1612 14th St Nw Washington, DC 20009

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              On 14th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets

                            • Neighborhood

                              Logan Circle

                            • Hours of operation

                              Brunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Oyster Bar

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • 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.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Chef Chris Kispert

                            • Additional

                              Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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