Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Sometimes, the best things are the simplest things.

All you need is a sharp knife, a strong wrist, and some oysters.

Oysters on the half shell

Oysters on the half shell

Silky texture surrounded by the briny liquor that captures the essence of the sea. Sometimes sweet, sometimes buttery, an oyster delivers the perfect bite that stirs up memories of summers past by the ocean.

Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to beach and put that sharp knife to use.

Located on the bustling 14th Street in the heart of Washington D.C., that ocean might as well be right outside Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s big bay window.

PearlDive Outside

Created by chefs Jeff and Barbara Black (who own 4 other restaurants in the D.C. area) Pearl Dive serves East and West coast oysters, and have oysters cultivated specifically for them by oyster farmers in Virginia.



The menu boasts New Orleans influenced seafood items like Oyster Po’Boys and Wood Grilled Gulf Coast Redfish. They also have 6 different kinds of stews and gumbos ranging from crawfish and shrimp to oysters and braised duck.

Food isn’t the only thing that’s delicious at Pearl Dive. They have a killer specialty cocktail menu with the likes of Fleur ‘75, a play of the classic French ‘75 with Creme de Violet and thyme. Another must try is The Pearl Cup, a version of Pimm’s Cup with the addition of gin instead of the usual darker liquors. These playful creations make Pearl Dive one of the hottest happy hour spots in town.


Fleur ’75

The real star of the restaurant though, is its oysters. Usually the best way to enjoy an oyster is simply by itself. Maybe a squeeze of lemon or a dash of hot sauce just to give it a little kick. However, the main attraction at Pearl Dive are the hot oyster preparations.

Like fried oysters? Get the cornmeal crusted ones that are served on top of a bed of diced andouille sausage and potato hash. Or maybe you prefer them cooked confit with some blue crab, tasso ham and roasted corn. Like bacon? They got grilled-bacon wrapped around the oysters and served with a rich vinegar reduction.


Hot Oysters

The dining room is adorned with vintage nautical themed decor lik portholes, mermaids, and a giant anchor chain light fixture over its beautiful bar. And the bar is where you wanna be. When the weather is nice, Pearl Dive opens up their giant window and it’s the perfect spot to people watch.

So grab a cocktail, order a plate of oysters, and get lost watching the sea of people outside your window. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make you happy.

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