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Delicious Seafood Restaurants in DC

 Pop's Sea Bar
Joe’s Seafood
Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse
Black Salt
Estuary
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Farmers Fishers Bakers
The Imperial
 Pop's Sea Bar
Joe’s Seafood
Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse
Black Salt
Estuary
Farmers Fishers Bakers
The Imperial

Washington DC is home to some of the best seafood restaurants because of the waters around the city that are the source of fresh fish and seafood. The restaurants will serve delicious fresh fish in various locations, and this is our selection of some of the Best Seafood Restaurants in DC.

 


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Pop’s Sea Bar

1817 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 534-3933

 

This laid-back restaurant is a neighborhood seafood bar that serves fresh seafood prepared deliciously. The tasty oysters are fresh, and the peel and shrimp are flavored with a simple butter and spicy combination. Other memorable dishes are fried calamari and fried smelts prepared with pickled hot peppers to spice them up perfectly.

 

The sandwiches are filling, and crab cakes are fresh and tasty. The perfectly fried catfish comes with two vegetable sides, making it a delicious and filling platter. There is a sports bar which serves a wide range of drinks which is the perfect way to end the evening.

 


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Joe’s Seafood

750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 489-0140

 

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab has been a staple in the DC seafood scene serving great fish-based meals. The star of the menu is the stone crab served with a complimenting house sauce that is perfect. The aged bone-in ribeye is tender while bursting with flavor and the crab-stuffed shrimps were fresh and seasoned perfectly.

 

The fish and chips are another great choice, and the lobster mac and cheese is a delicious surprise. The atmosphere in the eatery is relaxed, and the food is fresh, hot and perfectly seasoned, which makes it one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in DC.

 


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Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525 1402

 

Fiola Mare is an elegant seafood restaurant that is at the waterfront. The award-winning restaurant of the 2021 Michelin award is dedicated to sourcing sustainable seafood for its freshly prepared fish dishes. Some of the restaurant’s stand-out dishes include whole John Dory fish, smoked potato gnocchi with fresh Carolina shrimp, carved tableside, and the exceptionally prepared Miyazaki Wagyu beef, which comes with winter black truffle jus.

 

Other dishes served are crudos, seafood towers which cater to a range of tastes, fresh salads and tasty handmade pasta. The drinks menu is equally impressive, with great selections from different regions. This eatery is one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in DC.

 


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Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

1356 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 529-3300

 

The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse serves smoked seafood with the perfect balance of rich smokiness and delicate fresh fish flavor. This unique way of serving their meals has won them, loyal customers. The must-try smoked dishes include the Smoked-fish board, smoked salmon, shrimps, and lobsters. The other tasty dishes include the crab cake sandwich, cheeseburger, and fried shrimp.

 

The accompanying sauces are house-made, which makes them the perfect accompaniment to the fish dishes. There are also salads with the po boy shrimp cobb salad, a delightful pick. The drinks menu is pretty expansive, with a wine list, cocktails and beers on offer.

 


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Black Salt

4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 342-9101

 

Black salt is a high-end restaurant that serves delectable seafood in an elegant setting. It is also a fish market, and after dining, you can buy some fish to carry home. The dishes served are fresh, and some of the entrees we had include Addie’s mussels that came in a perfectly seasoned broth.

 

Other fresh seafood is tender shrimp, baby octopus, swordfish, fried clams, and clam chowder served with caviar. The Fried Ipswich clams are a good choice, while the Provençal market stew is made with the fish of the day and flavored with saffron. Desserts include the lime pie, sesame seed tuille, blueberry compote and freshly whipped cream, all of which end the meal perfectly.

 


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Estuary

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5895

 

Estuary is a seafood delight with dishes such as fried calamari which comes with chorizo mayonnaise, octopus which is flavorful, scallops, steak tartare and shrimp cocktail. Brussels sprouts. Other well-cooked dishes were the Salmon Tartare which came with breadsticks and served with old bay pimiento were exceptional.

 

The entrees such as cod, shishito peppers with burrata, the aged ribeye and blackened monkfish are delicious and served in generous portions. The desserts are delectable, and the drinks menu is impressive. The restaurant is located in Conrad and is an elegant eatery with excellent wait staff, and the whole experience is gratifying.

 


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Rappahannock Oyster Bar

1150 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 484-0572

 

Rappahannock Oyster Bar is a wonderful waterfront restaurant that serves signature fresh seafood dishes. Some of the favorites from their menu include their range of differently prepared oysters which are incredibly fresh, the catfish and chips, which were pretty good and other specialty meals that were enjoyable. The lobster rolls and the hamachi are other stellar seafood options.

 

The cocktails and wines are perfect accompaniments to the meal. There are also local and different beers available, and these are served with fresh seafood making it the ideal combination. The waterfront views are a perfect complement to the delicious food and relaxed atmosphere.

 


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Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC
(202) 298-8783

 

Farmers Fishers Bakers is a relaxed farmhouse-style restaurant that serves different kinds of seafood and other meat dishes such as chicken and steak. Their signature all-you-can-eat buffet has various foods such as eggs Benedict, house-cured ham, honey fried chicken, tacos, cinnamon rolls and sushi. This interesting combination is a wonderful blending of flavors and perfectly prepared meals.

 

Its Tiki cocktails are an attraction, with Signature tiki cocktails such as Tiki Enlightenment and 1703 Cocktail being favorites. The drinks menu includes a variety of local and international beers. The perfect seafood and tiki cocktails make this one of the best Seafood Restaurants in DC.

 


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The Imperial

2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0334

 

The Imperial is an elegant eatery and bar with beautiful decor, which makes eating here a pleasure. It has a comprehensive whiskey collection, some saying it is the largest in the west. For light meals, simple greens salad, a chicken sandwich with a salad, crab deviled eggs and escargot are great tasty options.

 

The seafood tower is exceptional, with the oysters being large and fresh, and the shrimp was perfectly seasoned. In addition, the smoked mussels completed this dish perfectly. In addition to the impressive whiskey menu, there are delicious cocktails, wines, and soft drinks that you can choose to accompany your meal.

 


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Bourbon Steak DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026

 

This Michelin star restaurant is one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in DC. It does not just serve fresh seafood, but also steak and other dishes. The seafood is fresh and delicately flavored, with great options being the Bounty tower, a mix of ceviche, Mussels, shrimps, scallops, tuna tartare, oysters, lobsters and house-made sauces, which compliments the dish perfectly. The ambiance and views are breathtaking, taking the dining experience a notch higher.

 

The A5 Kagoshima striploin deserves mention as it is perfectly prepared with all its juices still sealed in and tender and seasoned with herbs. There is an impressive drinks menu to choose the appropriate accompaniment to your meal.