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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
4.8
1141 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 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 !

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What 1,141 people are saying

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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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

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  1. MM

    MaryM

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters. Raw prince island oysters were wonderful and the roasted oysters were so tasty.
  2. LS

    LeonardS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was brilliant. I had the tchoupitoulas oysters. They were tasty, a little sweet and a little smoky and maybe just a little spicy. I couldn’t resist the Lo Que Los Gatos Suenan after a long day traveling. The saffron milk was rich and soothing. Only thing missing was some brandy milk with my pecan pie.The service was seriously friendly and very helpful. I don’t live in DC but will be back next time I am in DC.
  3. HK

    HannahK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I really enjoy oysters and was excited to see a 1/2 deal on Monday nights! It would have been a 5-star experience, except for the fact that some of the oysters were poorly shucked, resulting in a little more grit than one expects. I loved the grilled octopus and the tres leches cake I chose for dessert.
  4. M

    Moira

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Tara gave us terrific service. The oysters Rockefeller and lobster Rangoon were outstanding. Oh and the clam chowder! So silky & yummy. Great vibe. My 1st time but I will be back.
  5. JG

    JohnG

    Austin

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I have eaten at this restaurant many times over the last 5 or 6 years, and I had always had good service and good food. Last night I was SO disappointed. Server was one of the worst I've ever had. She forgot to turn in our order and then lied about the kitchen being backed up. But we were also charged for items we didn't order, and server never brought us bread and other items she said she would. Manager apologized and we eventually got our food 1 and half hours after ordering. All the manager offered to do was give us our appetizers for free. Will not be back again. Food was not as good as it was before either. So disappointing.
  6. FS

    FaysalS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food is great. The service is excellent. It was probably the best jambalaya I've ever had. My one con is that it's really loud in there, not ideal for quiet conversations.
  7. DP

    DonaP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This service !! WOW!! Amazing staff who are comprehensively working together. Our server was AMAZING 🤩 and gave honest recommendations. She was warm and made us feel welcome! We did the grilled oysters / blackened shrimp / tomato watermelon ricotta salad with red onions / blackened catfish was dirty rice / key lime pie. Everything was flavorful, spicy, hot from the kitchen, and actually quite decadent. I will definitely be back as it feels like a fun - reasonably price- flavorful spot for nola cuisine- and great fun vibes!
  8. JA

    JordanA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Our server was doing his best and tried to make it up to us, but we were ignored and forgotten about for most of the evening and the assisting waitstaff was inconsistent. Food orders were taken and then forgotten about. The whole experience just felt messy, which is frustrating for me since it was my birthday dinner.
  9. E

    Eapwdc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, service was friendly and attentive. Really fun evening!
  10. WG

    WayneG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tarra our server was wonderful. As was the runner who delivered our meals. Oysters were amazing. Looking forward to returning soon
  11. R

    Rafael

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great staff!
  12. SD

    SpiceDevotee

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this place but on the day we visited the volume was so loud at the bar that it was hard to hear my dinner mate at the furthest table away. Go for Oyster Happy hour and stay for the dinner.
  13. D

    Dani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 seafood. Definitely will recommend to friends and family and will be coming back.
  14. WM

    WillMN

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable brunch - very tasty food, good service and fun ambiance!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! Staff was very accommodating and attentive. They even waited on our fur baby. Food was excellent and prompt.
  16. SF

    SFSam

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood in the Washington DC area. The selection of Oysters were very good!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and skilled service. Excellent food and nice vibe.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic service. Seating outside was ok and better than the loud inside. Food was fantastic.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were seated before our actually reservation. The space was kind of small in the dining room. The waitress Terra was amazing with recommending items to eat and drink. Everything we ordered came quickly and was delicious. Definitely will be back. Even the music was awesome.
  20. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very GOOD!
  21. D

    Dvdsonsoccer

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food we have had in DC. Everything we had was delicious. The staff were friendly, made great recommendations and even gave us some complementary food. Must go during Happy Hour on Monday for an even better deal. We will be back.
  22. AM

    ArleneM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a great choice. The happy hour was full of people andraw oysters were half-price. A great deal. I thought the restaurant was participating in Restaurant. Week. They were not but it is still a place that I would visit again.
  23. VM

    VanessaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding food, so much delicious seafood available that it’s hard to choose, but the chicken is bomb as well. The drinks are very tasty you I can’t go wrong with any of the cocktails. Our server Tara was really amazing and looked out for our needs even my 8 yo nephew. Thank you Tara!
  24. DM

    DMarie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best places we dined at in DC. The oysters were incredibly fresh and were the lowest price of all the restaurants we were in. The gumbo was amazing!! And the service was incredible!!
  25. C

    Chris

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I'm an oyster lover. However, the oysters that I ordered yesterday, did not meet my expectations. Also, the Caesar salad had more lettuce stocks than croutons or cheese. This wasn't my best time there, considering; I've dined many times at this restaurant. However, I gave them four stars because I have enjoyed my experiences in the past.
  26. g

    globalexplorer

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Pearl Dive has the same menu, but looks like the new staff still adjusting to service expectations. The restaurant has the same menu, but unfortunately on the execution, for example the poach eggs on both of the brunch dishes we ordered, were completely hard. Because we have returned already a Bloody Mary that was completely filled with the quarter bottom of the glass with Old Bay, and our reservation was to sit inside, and they sat my teenager children outside, to which when I arrived (I was parking the car) had to make the change request, we decided to let the issue with the food go. This is all in a constructive spirit as we love the food of the restaurant and plan to return.
  27. EL

    EricL

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch. Though the price point hurts eating out these days, always happy with a meal at Pearl Dive!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a bit but usually only for oysters and cocktails around happy hour. Finally did a real dinner — Oysters, fish of the day (bronzino???) grilled octopus. Best meal I’ve had in DC in the year I lived here. Servers were great as they usually are. Has the DC rowhouse rustic- vibe. A favorite spot to bring friends from out of town.
  29. AG

    AmandaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place and staff. The food is to die for!!!
  30. K

    Kathi

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like oysters, there are a lot of delicious oyster options. There are also options for non-oyster eating customers. Last night’s dinner was very enjoyable. We’ll definitely go back, maybe tonight!
  31. RK

    RestaurantKing

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good oysters, lively atmosphere and great service!
  32. RL

    RussellL

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  33. GC

    GregC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    August is a weird time for oysters from some regions due to spawning but the oysters at our <> Pearl Dive dinner were very good. And the muscles that followed have this re-born broth that is so clean, bright, and briny. The service is very good as usual. Note even if the online reservation booking shows no outside seating there very often is. Show up a few minutes early and likely to score an outside seat.
  34. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an impromptu brunch with a friend from out of town. It was my first brunch experience here. I had been to dinner many times before. The brunch was fantastic. The food, as always, was exquisite. The service was OUTstanding. Our server, Eduardo, was personable, efficient, responsive and fun. The host, Terrence, was accommodating and the drinks were completely on point! I enjoyed the energy by the staff. In a time where service is declining in the hospitality and restaurant industries, Pearl Dive has continued to provide top tier service, food and experiences. I highly recommend! Yes, I'm a foodie!
  35. DO

    DishOnSushiko

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to other outposts of the Black Restaurant Group many times, but for some reason had never been to this one. Other than a competitive parking scene, it was the perfect outing for a date with the wife. Great food and friendly staff in a cosy environment. Will definitely go again (via metro).
  36. RV

    RachelV

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their oysters are on point! My husband and I love this place. We always make sure to come here for dinner if we are in DC for a concert.
  37. EC

    EvaC

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We are frequent fliers at Pearl Dive--always great (unusually loud last nite for some reason, though).
  38. CS

    CS77

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic and the service was incredible. Everyone there was helpful and fun and in a great mood. I felt a tad rushed and it was much more casual than I was expecting, but it was so worth it. It’s very lively and loud, with tables fairly close together, so just be aware of that if you were hoping for a romantic evening.
  39. G

    Guapo

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The mussels and the burger and the wine were outstanding!!! Only disappointment - the oysters. They were ok, but not great. The wait staff was friendly and helpful!
  40. CW

    CharlesW

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. Being from New Orleans we know good seafood. Oysters were delicious and the Gumbo had great flavor. Server was attentive - but could have had a little more engagement- as it was our first time in this establishment. Would definitely recommend.

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 1141 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 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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