14. Rappahannock Oyster Bar
In the historic Union Market, the Rappahannock Oyster Bar is one of the most popular oyster bars in the area. Their popular happy hour and fresh seafood keeps the place buzzing!
13. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes
Two words: crab fries. Also their crab cakes are not to be missed. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes might not look like much but the family owned restaurant doesn’t mess around with their food.
12. Horace and Dickie’s Seafood
Not a restaurant but carryout counts for this list because Horace and Dickie’s seafood is just too good. Old-school classic feeling. There is not much to look at but when you notice a line out the door, you know it’s something special. Order anything fried and relax after a tough day!
Grillfish is a casual and delicious West End seafood spot specializing in fun twists on American classics with local ingredients. The Buffalo Shrimp linguine and ginger calamari top their menus.
10. Sea Catch Restaurant
In a historic 150 year old building in Georgetown on the C&O Canal, Sea Catch Restaurant is home to the popular oyster happy hour. Enjoy their incredible ambiance and their full menu of tasty seafood entrees.
9. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
If the name of the restaurant alone doesn’t make your mouth water, the food sure will! Lavish surf & turf meals, incredible ambiance make this a must-stop restaurant in Washington DC.
8. Hot N Juicy Crawfish
Cajun food lovers will love Hot N Juicy Crawfish! Casual, laid back restaurant with Cajun specialties and your choice of spices.
7. Fish in the Hood
If you are looking for Southern-style fried seafood, Fish in the Hood is your spot. You won’t have white table cloths or fine china but this long-time DC seafood joint is a local favorite.
6. Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place
Another waterfront favorite is Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place. Along with fine dining, the ambiance at Tony & Joe’s is breathtaking. Fresh seafood has its price but it is worth it for the views!
5. Luke's Lobster
You just might walk right by this low-key restaurant but you won’t want to! You’ll think you're in Maine the moment you taste their lobster roll or try the taste of Maine and enjoy their a crab roll, lobster roll, and shrimp roll. Quaint and cozy, it’s a good place to pass a summer afternoon.
4. Hank's Oyster Bar
Hank’s Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill is a DC institution. They serve New England style cuisine, featuring a raw bar, delicious crab cakes, and lobster rolls.
BlackSalt is an upscale market and restaurant that specializes in sustainable seafood. Their menu includes creative twists on seafood favorites like scallops and clams, along with mussels, oysters, and more.
2. Captain White Seafood City
Seafood heaven in Washington DC! Located in the Maine Avenue Fish Market, Captain White has some of the freshest seafood in the area. They will cook it for you on sight or you can buy some to bring home and cook yourself. You’ll get the authentic experience of a fish market when you eat at Captain White’s, it’s not a sit-down and relax type place but for seafood lovers, you can’t go wrong.
1. Fiola Mare
When you want some of the best seafood in Washington DC, you go to the waterfront in Georgetown and you head to Fiola Mare. Upscale Italian influence seafood with picturesque panoramic views of the water. The perfect restaurant for a relaxing and enchanting evening.