Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
953 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.

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 !

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 953 people are saying
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AJKD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting D.C. and a local recommended we go to Pearl Dive for my daughter's 16th birthday celebration. The food was delicious. Cam was a great server; he was very personable and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible service and food equally as good. The blackened shrimp are out of sight.

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vipluvMaine
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Very good food. I buoyed the vibe of the place. Would definitely return.

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niceone
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Storm was a very good and knowledgeable server. Great suggestion from the receptionist on the mussels.

DG
vipDavidG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well you come for oysters...and more. We had a mix of 5 different types of oysters on the half shell and they were excellent. The grilled rockfish was suggested and we each had that. Again perfect!! You have to try this place!! This restaurant does not disappoint!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great visit to Pearl Dive. Whenever we visit DC, it’s a must do! David was our server and Eddie was our bartender…we had the best time. A special shout out to Abduli who has been a consistent member of the Pearl Dive team for many years - great to see a familiar face. Thanks everyone for the food and drink suggestions, on point! Looking forward to our next dining experience at Pearl Dive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was our server and was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the menu and guided our choices. We did the oysters Rockefeller, followed by clam
Chowder and shrimp and grits. Cute room In a charming neighborhood.

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Foodie2
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious oysters and fish entrée. Friendly and efficient service. We love wine at half price Wednesdays.

CH
vipCharlesH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One is my favorites! I am hoping that one day the menu options will be expanded a bit but the food is good

EB
vipEnvoyBoy
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only thing better than Amanda's excellent service and recommendations was the food itself. We went through four courses and we'd order it all again. Thanks to Amanda for being so attentive and helping us navigate the many choices available. And a shout out to whoever manages the wine program: a long and extensive list of champagnes to complement the oysters. What a great evening--we'll certainly be back.

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Colin
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David is amazing! He was kind, knowledgeable and such a great person. He really made our visit extraordinary and will definitely come back to see him! Loved the raw oysters, champagne and all the specials.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here to celebrate my birthday and I gotta tell you this place exceeded my expectations. The oysters were the absolute best and I would recommend this place 100 times over. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food!

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vipGelhornNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great recommendations from our server.

NP
NhanP
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was awesome. Nice place and the sea food specially oysters are so fresh and delicious. Would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very helpful. Everyone was nice. Excellent food

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LauraS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally warm and upbeat staff! Fresh and delicious food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The and drinks were great!!! Wonderful place for date night and getting together with friends.

MK
MeredithK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Not pretentious but high quality food, cocktails, and service.

TL
vipTracyL
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love this place. Missed my favorite server David but still a good time.

KC
vipKristenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an attentive staff!!!!!!

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vipPeterT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing and the food was delicious!! Highly recommend!

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vipForestvillain1
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second night of our vacation in DC, decided we should have some seafood, Pearl Dive looked good by the description on OT and their website, glad I booked the reservation. The raw oysters were outstanding, the cooked both fried and baked were great, the wine list by the glass, was limited but well chosen. Service was great. Catfish was super tasty. Highly recommended

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vip1LadyInDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our dinner at Pearl Dive Oyster! It was highly recommended and, for once, the recommendation was well deserved!

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Foodie2
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious oysters, excellent wine (half price on Wednesday night). What the cats dream of never disappoints. Good service. Too noisy.

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Jools103
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! ALL of it! Our waitress was excellent, our food was excellent, the ambience was excellent!

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Ollie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Started with the Oysters Rockefeller and they were to die for. Next up, the mussels, which were exceptionally good - dip the bread in the sauce, you won't be sorry! For main courses my husband had the Ponchartrain, and it was the bomb. I had the shrimp po'boy, which honestly, was just meh. Would not get again. Substituted fries for braised collard greens, and that was the best decision - smoky and just a little spicy, with bacon. Amazing! Our waitress was sweet, but she was busy and forgot a drink order and to put our main dish orders in - which resulted in us being there another hour longer than we had expected. BUT, she was apologetic, and took a glass of champagne off the bill for the wait. We'll definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server was really friendly.

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vipDavidH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible service from Storm.

The chowder was probably the best I’ve had.

The cornmeal-crusted oysters melted in my mouth leaving a nice crunch behind. Amazing greens.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!! If you like oysters.. this is your place!!

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vipnycflaneur
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was an absolute delight and made the experience fun and exciting.

TP
TomP
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

5 out of 6 oysters were incredible. Service was super friendly but a little hit and miss, overall very good. Fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband thoroughly enjoyed the oysters he got and I loved the shrimp and grits.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Storm is hands down the best waiter in the business. His energy, customer service and knowledge is second to none. His recommendations did not disappoint in the slightest. The best food I’ve had in a while. Can’t wait to come back.

NC
vipNathanC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome. Was always on top of it and never felt awkward long lulls between courses. Super energetic and clearly enjoyed the environment.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I travel from Alaska to DC I try to eat here. Good food, great oysters, excellent cocktails, and homey atmosphere make this a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been wow’ed in a while in the DC foodie scene all across the board. The restaurant was clean the hostess greeted us immediately! The food was phenomenal and our server was attentive and very nice. The raw oysters were sensational! Very tasty, along with the Chips and Seafood with tomatoes and avocado. I cannot remember the name but that was very good! The noise level was great and the drinks were also amazing. I have a sweet tooth but the Key Lime Pie was a little too sweet for me. My kids got a scoop of guava sorbet and that was delish! I would definitely come back! Without the kids looks like a nice place to meet others.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Never disappointed here.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to this restaurant!!! Not only do they have the best quality oysters I have ever had, their whole menu is amazing. I have eaten here a couple time and have never been disappointed. Food is great, atmosphere/vibe is great, service is spot on too!

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 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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