The Best Seafood Restaurants in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

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!

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

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
582 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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 restauRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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SER

$$$$·Spanish·
Arlington
1,213 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
94% recommended

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,238 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romance
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-MedRead more
97% recommended

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
766 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun
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 sRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in District of Columbia

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
234 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
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 summertimRead more
82% recommended
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Johnny's Half Shell - Adams Morgan

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Adams Morgan
475 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
Celebrated chef Ann Cashion delivers New Orleans seafood vibes to D.C. at Johnny's Half Shell. In the heart of the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, Johnny's Half Shell is one of tRead more
100% recommended
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,057 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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-doRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Pesce Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
690 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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 freRead more
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Brasserie Beck

$$$$·Belgian·
Downtown
4,697 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
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 Read more
86% recommended
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Del Mar

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
1,150 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
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 restauraRead more
91% recommended
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Kellari Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Downtown
2,628 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Authentic
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 thRead more

Fiola Mare

$$$$·Seafood·
Georgetown
2,973 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • 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 PotomacRead more
94% recommended
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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
545 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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 intRead more

The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,060 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 andRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia

Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Potomac
432 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Business Meals
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 oRead more
94% recommended
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The Prime Rib

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,200 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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 diningRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,086 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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 seafooRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
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 wRead more
88% recommended
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