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D.C.’s Essential Seafood Restaurants

Feast on crabcakes, clams, oysters, and more

Rockfish, crabcakes, oysters. D.C. really knows how to deliver when it comes to seafood.

by Missy Frederick | @bylinemjf | Apr 27, 2018| 10:19am EDT

While seafood restaurants with expense account prices dominate downtown, an increasing number of casual eateries and seafood shacks have popped up in recent years. Here are the best seafood restaurants the city has to offer.

The featured bars and restaurants are not ranked. They are arranged geographically from north to south. Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

1 Fishnet

Chef Ferhat Yalçin’s Shaw restaurant sadly is no more. But fans of the chef’s approach to fresh seafood can still get it in a casual atmosphere at this College Park fish shack. Fishnet serves simple dishes here like fish tacos and fish and chips, plus daily catch specials.

Fish tacos at Fishnet. Fishnet/Facebook
5010 Berwyn Rd
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 220-1070


2 Crisfield

Sliding behind the counter at this 70-year-old, family-run restaurant is like stepping into a time machine. While others have come and gone this local fixture continues to provide seafood lovers with all manner of marine life including raw oysters, tangy shrimp salad, Norfolk-style selections baptized in butter, fried softshell crabs sandwiches (in season), and more. Like it spicy? Ask a server for some of the hot sauce bar staff mixes up from time to time.

A seafood platter at Crisfield. Crystal J./Yelp
8012 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-1306

3 Pop’s Seabar

Memories of the Jersey Shore convinced chef John Manolato to open this Adams Morgan restaurant. Here, the chef serves peel-and-eat shrimp, crab cakes, and oysters, alongside a few non-fish items — including Jersey staple Taylor pork roll. Diners wash down the Old Bay-spiked dishes with grapefruit and orange crushes.

Shrimp at Pop’s Seabar. Pop’s Seabar/Facebook
1817 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 534-3933

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Cover Phot0: Fresh seafood at Blacksalt

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