Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

4.8
937 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 937 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great recommendations from our server.

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NhanP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very helpful. Everyone was nice. Excellent food

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LauraS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally warm and upbeat staff! Fresh and delicious food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 November 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 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TL
vipTracyL
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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

Such an attentive staff!!!!!!

PT
vipPeterT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipForestvillain1
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on 18 November 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 17 November 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
12 reviews
Dined on 17 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 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 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server was really friendly.

DH
vipDavidH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 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 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

TP
TomP
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on 5 November 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 5 November 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 4 November 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 1 November 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 31 October 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 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 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Never disappointed here.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 25 October 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!

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ILoveBrunchNMimosas
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The service was poor. The staff seemed annoyed at simple requests such as asking for more bread. The waitress wasn’t kind. The options on the menu are limited. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, there aren’t many options for you. The portion sizes are small.

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DrRainbow
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready at the reservation time. We ordered lobster Rangoon as an appetizer which came very quickly. Our entrees we’re delicious and the service was amazing.

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vipOnurO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good, can hardly beat their oysters. Lunch was for hubby's 40th bday. Gently mentioned it to the maitre d' and the server. No acknowledgement or even a small gesture.

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dceater
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Everything we had was really delicious. Highly rec for a night out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda, our waitress, was excellent and the food was (and always is) fantastic!

OD
vipOceanDriveSlim
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had the best server in David. I want to say that first and foremost! The food was excellent and the drinks were even better!! My wife had been searching for years for a great oyster restaurant. We found it! Pearl Dive

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the owner stopped by our table a few times. Whoever it was he was very sweet and accommodating!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pearl Dive! We have been eating here for years and are never disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere are consistently fantastic.

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KrisY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a wonderful birthday dinner at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Both the food and service were amazing! The cocktail menu has something for everyone, Every course was delicious, from the clam chowder to the wood grilled fish to the apple pie. Shout out to Eddie and Stone (?) who were our servers. They knew the food and cocktails inside and out and could easily make recommendations. They were attentive and entertaining and kept the outdoor dining area hopping. These two gentlemen made our night!

RS
RipS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! All the dishes we ordered were delicious...the "Angels on Horseback" appetizers are what they eat in Heaven. The oysters were perfect, but maybe a little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The food was amazing. The cocktails were exotic and delicious. Definitely recommend.

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vipDrewK
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service. Only suggestion: have some cheap light beer for us peasants to enjoy with the raw oysters. Very cool spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hot oysters were delicious. We had numerous orders of hot oysters and they did not disappoint. I'll be coming back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting for the weekend with friends but I broke off from the group for dinner alone at Pearl. I really enjoyed the experience. I had 2 types of raw oysters, Blue Point and one other one but I can’t remember the name. Both were amazing! I also had the peach and arugula salad and the blackened shrimp meal and the dope dope dope cocktail. All delicious! The waitstaff was very friendly and the atmosphere was lively. I will return!

FAQs

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

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is rated 4.8 stars by 937 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 bookings at the moment.

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