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!

The OpenTable Team
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
1,004 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

SER

$$$$·Spanish·
Arlington
1,665 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings

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
1,356 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation

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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Neighbourhood Gem in Washington, D.C. Area
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
957 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,214 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

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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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Kellari Taverna

$$$$·Greek·
Downtown
2,710 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Business Meals

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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Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
727 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries

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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Steakhouse in District of Columbia
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,134 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 and enjoy one of the Pa...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia

The Prime Rib

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,237 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • 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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American in Washington, D.C. Area

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,730 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Group Bookings

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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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,213 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • 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 windows. Beyond Charl...

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