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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Brunch Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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1612 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009
1612 14th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20009
(202) 319-1612pearldivedc.com
$$Brunch Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Bar
Breakfast Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 4:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 4:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 4:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 4:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Popular spot for seafood dishes with boardwalk decor & a lively upstairs bar & bocce court.- Google
"I had the Oyster Poboy with the fries substituted for a salad."
"Love the decor, especially the upstairs bar."
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Carol Chan
5 months ago
I'm always a bit hesitate in bringing a large group to a restaurant that doesn't take reservation. But with a few friends joining my initial group of 4 at the very last minute, it was near impossible for me to find a reservation in the 14th/U Street neighborhood anyways. So we took our chance and decided to show up within the first hr of opening. Surprisingly, the restaurant was near empty when we arrived. Nevertheless, it took the hostess almost 15 mins just to put two tables together for my group. And even after putting the tables together, she "forgot" to seat us and left us standing by the main entrance for another good 10 mins. She and my group literally stared at each other blankly before we asked if we may be seated. What an awkward start... Our server wasn't particularly warm either and seemed agitated to learn that my group wasn't interested in ordering any raw oysters or drinks other than coffee. Honestly ain't nobody got time for that - we simply brushed off her attitude and focused on what we came for - good food and company! My group ordered various brunch entrees - catfish BLT, shrimp po' boy, French toasts, omelet, seafood crepe, and who can forget... the Pontchatrain - this dish was a total knock out - 2 poached eggs (my fav!), blue crab, tasso ham on English muffins doused in crayfish, cayenne Hollandaise sauce served with a generous portion of fingerling potatoes and lightly dressed greens. A total regret of not getting this dish (although my husband ordered it - I only had a few bites since my husband loved it so much.. he didn't even offer me to try! I had to sneak in a few bites while he was distracted!). Instead I was a fool and ordered the seafood crepe - doughy crepe skin filled with undercooked cubed potato and mushy spinach reminiscence - the seafood? 4 tiny fried oysters still drenched in oil "assembled" aka dumped next to their signature crepe. I understand that this dish came from "small plate" section but for $12 - I expected more than 2 bites. Overall - other than the Pontchatrain, all the other dishes were underwhelming (The omelet and French toasts were barely touched), but the service did improve (yay to coffee getting 2 refills). However with most of the brunch entrees averaging upper teens, I had expect something beyond mediocre.. or at least complimentary bread to start. Perhaps brunch is not Pearl Dive's strong point. I would consider coming back for dinner but definitely would not go out of my way to return.
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Christopher Sasko
6 months ago
Amazing! not very busy when I went. I had the Oyster Poboy with the fries substituted for a salad. Brought back lots of memories of living on the gulf. Impressive. .. I sat at the bar and ordered from there.
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Bunmi Akinnusotu
11 months ago
I've been here 4 times for happy hour and love it. Get the mussels! It's big enough for 2 people and you'll be good and full. Then order your apple pie right away because it takes 20 minutes. I don't know what they do for 20 minutes but it is the best damn apple pie i've ever had and I've plenty.
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David Pittman
a year ago
I've been to Pearl Dive (or Black Jack above) and have never strayed from the raw bar. I am sure there are wonderful things to be said about the burgers (they look and smell amazing) or the fries (they always seem to be piping hot), but I have come for the oysters, and this is what I shall have. Pearl Dive is a tiny place, packed with not only patrons but incredibly helpful staff. Ask about any of the dozen or so oyster varieties that dot the list and they speak knowledgeably. They ask what flavors you're into, suggest beer pairings. That alone is worth it. The oysters are always cold and fresh, even on Mondays, a day when you probably shouldn't be ordering seafood at any restaurant as they try and purge what didn't sell that weekend. Speaking of Mondays, Pearl Dive offers half-priced oysters and draught beers on Monday (I was wary too, but trust, these are as good as Fridays oysters). It's a perfect way to slurp down a dozen without breaking the bank. But get there early, as the bar area which seats at most 15 people fills up fast.
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Pablo Mancera
2 months ago
Great atmosphere, food is superb and quick service... Definitely order the chefs selection of oysters and try the Pontchartrain eggs.
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Diego Chojkier
a year ago
**Only a review of Sunday night happy hour** I was surprised to find a place on 14th street offering good food and beer at a discounted price. Sunday night at Pearl Drive is a steal. Pizza, burgers, and oysters are half off. I think beers are $5 and wine is $9. I ordered pizza and was prepared for chewy dough and rubber cheese. I was wrong. The shrimp and D.O.C.B.S. pizza were delicious and even had some kick. These pizzas don't compete with Etto (best in the city, and only a few blocks away), but you can't beat the $7 price tag. Service started great, but really tapered off, leaving us without anything to drink for the second half of our meal. If not for that, this would've been a 5 star review.
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Alyx Mark
a year ago
Such a sweet little bar on 14th street! I love the upstairs area with the bocce court. Happy hour is nice, the inside-outside feel when the weather is nice and they open up the whole front is really special.
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Alice Wang
a year ago
Close friends celebrated my birthday at Pearl Dive, located in Logan Circle. The wait was pretty long (Pearl Dive doesn't take reservations) - about an hour - so we hit up the bar first for a round of drinks. Once we got a large table, we ordered an appetizer of mussels to share: Addie's Mussels, with garlic, shallots, fumet (food stock added to sauces to enhance flavors), butter, lemon, and grilled baguettes. Ordered a large plate of oysters to share too, with an oyster selection from Rhode Island, the Chesapeake Bay, and California - East Coast and West Coast representation! I also ordered an entrée of braised duck and oyster gumbo, which was just yum all around. This place is really awesome - it's got open space, friendly and helpful staff, a cool and relaxed ambiance, and the oysters are fantastic. It's a bit pricey though, but they've got a terrific array of oysters.
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