Drop Your Anchor At These Top D.C. Seafood Restaurants

Many of us love the ocean and rivers to frolic in during boiling hot summer days yet while we splash around, others see what lurks beneath – a smorgasbord of seafood that would look divine on a meal plate.

Poseidon, if you are reading this, you may want to stop now because Washington, D.C. chefs have turned your water inhabitants into savory, mouth watering dishes sprinkled with spices and splashed with lemon butter among other fresh ingredients.

If you are looking for an upscale experience, head to Fiola Mare which features gorgeous views of the Potomac River along with a menu that changes daily.  Brought to the district by renowned Chef Fabio Trabocchi, this restaurant features a raw bar with gourmet selection of market seafood.

Casual yet fun venues include Luke's Lobster which brings a Maine-style menu south of the Mason Dixon line and Chasin' Tails that allows diners to determine how their meals are cooked with their Bayou N A Bag menu selection.

The district has a number of savory seafood destinations to make you happy so drop your anchor at one of these top locations.    








Luke's Lobster
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Can't make it to Maine to indulge in lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, bisque and chowder? Then head to this eatery which is one of the best place south of the Mason Dixon line for a Maine-style menu. Check out the three locations in the Metro...  Read More



While some seafood restaurants strive for a formal setting, Chasin' Tails aims for a fun, family style experience where it is totally OK to get your hands messy. You can't come here without trying the Bayou N' A Bag where you make all the...  Read More

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Brine is another word for the sea or ocean and you'll find some of the best local catches served up here at this Mosaic District restaurant in Fairfax, Va. Restaurant proprietor Travis Croxton co-owns several oyster farms throughout the...  Read More

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
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For those who love oysters, this Logan Circle spot is the place to dive into for a fantastic selection of both east and west coast oysters. Old Black Salt, Kumamoto, Cedar Island, cornmeal crusted Chesapeake and wood grilled east coast oysters...  Read More



For nearly a quarter century, Pesce has been reeling in customers thanks to its fresh seafood and enticing bistro entrees. A really unique part of this district destination is how you see the daily menu. Instead of getting a printed paper menu,...  Read More



Serving up coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics since 2005, Hank's Oyster Bar is a favorite among locals. There are three locations, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle and Alexandria, Va., but each offers different menu items daily....  Read More

Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab
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Born from the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group, this venue opened its doors just a couple of years ago but is already known as a great spot to see the politically powerful. For those who love seafood and steak, you will find a bevy of menu...  Read More

Oceanaire Seafood Room


Forget the venues that have lobster bibs and newspaper on the table. For those who crave a sleek and sophisticated atmosphere when dining on the freshest seafood flown in from around the world, make your reservations for this D.C. venue. One of...  Read More

Fiola Mare
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With gorgeous views of the Potomac River and a seafood market counter to evoke a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant will make you want to get out of bed to catch it's top-notch brunch menu. Using the finest, freshest ingredients, the menu...  Read More



Looking for a restaurant that puts the focus on the seafood? Blackfish is the place for you. Dinner starters include both cold and hot items, caviar by the ounce, blue shell mussels and oysters. Save room for can't-miss entrees like wood grilled...  Read More


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