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Fish and chips get slathered in a fiery curry sauce at U Street NW’s new London Curry House.
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Where to Find Delicious Fish and Chips Around D.C.

Eat fish (and fries) through Lent or all year long

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Fish and chips get slathered in a fiery curry sauce at U Street NW’s new London Curry House.
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With Lent lasting for another month, much of D.C.'s Catholic population will be looking for pescetarian options for the next several Fridays. For non-observers, a basket or plate of fried fish and chips functions as a tasty and filling meal on any day of the year.

To do their part to alleviate the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing blue catfish problem, more chefs now rely on the invasive species to build their fish and chips dish. With a sweet flavor profile from all the rockfish it’s eating, some say Maryland catfish tastes better than ever. Beer-battered cod or haddock remains the fried fish of choice for others, joined by inventive alternatives to simple spuds and tartar sauce.

Here are 15 restaurants offering fish specials directly targeting Lent observers this year, as well as places that do the British classic justice.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Horace and Dickies

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Long-running local favorite Horace and Dickie’s is known for its cornmeal-coated whiting and French fries ($17.95). The original recently closed in Northeast after a three-decade run, but its Takoma location is still going strong.

Fish In The Neighborhood

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Though not a traditional fish and chips offering, the Park View institution has a large selection of fried fish (catfish, red snapper, perch, trout, tilapia) as well as French fries available. Order by weight and consider the spicy mango sauce.

Pop's SeaBar

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For a less traditional take on fish and chips, order Pop's catch of the day or blue catfish as a platter or sandwich with two sides (Old Bay fries, slaw, and corn on the cob) for $19.99. Call for carryout orders.

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Adams Morgan’s no-frills seafood shack offers takeout and dine-in service.
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London Curry House

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Bombay-born restaurateur Asad Sheikh’s boisterous new London Curry House pays homage to the city streets of U.K.’s capital where fiery curries and fish and chips are king. Sheikh says he taste-tested the local competition to get his recipe right. The final cut plates super crispy cod alongside thick potato wedges ($17). In lieu of ketchup or tartar sauce, its fried spuds arrive slathered with one of kitchen’s spiciest curries.

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Fish and chips with curry at London Curry House.
London Curry House/official photo

Boundary Stone

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Bloomingdale’s reliable neighborhood tavern brings back fish and chips under the watch of its newly named chef David Bacot, who most recently led the kitchen at Potomac’s Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar by Robert Wiedmaier before the pandemic hit. At Boundary Stone, Alaskan cod battered in Busch Light joins lemon, malt vinegar, fries and homemade tartar sauce ($17).

Ivy City Smokehouse

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D.C.’s standard bearer for seafood naturally sends out a solid fish and chips out of its Ivy City tavern, joined by fries, slaw and tartar sauce ($16).

Hank's Oyster Bar (multiple locations)

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Restaurateur Jamie Leeds’s light, airy take on fish and chips is always a solid ordering choice at Hank’s. Three pieces of tempura-battered cod comes with Old Bay fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce ($22). Order online for pickup at its Dupont and Wharf locations. Hank’s unveils its newly relocated Old Town digs on Tuesday, April 5.

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Fish and chips at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/official photo

AboveGround

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Chef Nicholas Martino learned the art of pub fare firsthand while working for London’s Michelin-starred icon Marco Pierre White. Martino’s nearly year-old British stall in Union Market replicates across-the-pond staples like “The Governor’s” fish and chips (haddock, triple-cooked chips, mushy peas, and tartar sauce). Order online for pickup or delivery ($19.99). Nearby vendor District Fishwife is also known for its fish and chips, prepared with homemade tartar sauce and Aussie ketchup.

Mercy Me

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The “sorta South American” West End cafe, now led by Puerto Rican chef Samuel Diaz, just unleashed a creative fish and chips main built with the Chesapeake Bay’s blue catfish. The “chips” part of the new dinner dish is a fried medley of tostones and white and Japanese sweet potatoes, served with tamarind sweet chili.

Fish and chips surrounded by palm leaves
Fried fish and “chips” with papas, tamarind sweet chili sauce, pickled fresno peppers.
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Duke's Grocery

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D.C.’s beloved British brand runs a “Fish Friday” special through Lent. The weekly plate of beer-battered haddock, homemade fries, and lemon is available at its Foggy Bottom location only.

The Queen Vic

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The Queen Vic couldn't call itself a proper British pub without offering baskets of fish and chips. They're on the menu all year long — with malt vinegar, of course — for $20.

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Fish and chips at The Queen Vic.
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Fog Point at Assembly

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A bright, nautical-themed raw bar tucked off the Rosslyn Metro station opens this week with East Coast oysters and a fish and chips main made with Maryland blue catfish ($18.95). For the “chips” component, potatoes are cut, soaked in vinegar, and blanched before hitting plates the next day. Fog Point also makes its own bread and butter pickles and tartar sauce to round out the dish. The 50-seat bar and restaurant is the full-service addition to Rosslyn’s Assembly food hall.

Hawk & Griffin

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U.K. native and Pure Pasty owner Michael Burgess teamed up with architect Tom Kyllo to bring Vienna a bustling new British pub with live music and trivia nights. Its thoughtful fish and chips ($17) features fresh cod dipped in beer batter. Its tartar sauce counterpart is also made on-site.

Fish and chips with peas on a table
Hawk & Griffin’s fish and chips features fresh cod and homemade beer batter.
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Valor Brewpub

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Barracks Row’s veteran-owned brewpub serves breaded-and-fried cod alongside fries, slaw, and tartar sauce ($16).

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Valor Brewpub’s year-round fish and chips.
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Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

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Cathal Armstrong amassed a devoted following for his reliable fish and chips at Eamonn’s - A Dublin Chipper in Old Town, which closed in 2019. The fan favorite resurfaces at his newest Irish bar in Arlington. Dubbed “Eammon’s fish and chips” ($23), haddock wrapped in golden batter joins seven “secret” sauces for a dipper tasting of sorts. The saucer selection includes a ketchup-mayo mashup; cayenne and serrano; and curry.

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Horace and Dickies

Long-running local favorite Horace and Dickie’s is known for its cornmeal-coated whiting and French fries ($17.95). The original recently closed in Northeast after a three-decade run, but its Takoma location is still going strong.

Fish In The Neighborhood

Though not a traditional fish and chips offering, the Park View institution has a large selection of fried fish (catfish, red snapper, perch, trout, tilapia) as well as French fries available. Order by weight and consider the spicy mango sauce.

Pop's SeaBar

A brick-lined interior with blue stools
Adams Morgan’s no-frills seafood shack offers takeout and dine-in service.
Pop’s SeaBar/official photo

For a less traditional take on fish and chips, order Pop's catch of the day or blue catfish as a platter or sandwich with two sides (Old Bay fries, slaw, and corn on the cob) for $19.99. Call for carryout orders.

A brick-lined interior with blue stools
Adams Morgan’s no-frills seafood shack offers takeout and dine-in service.
Pop’s SeaBar/official photo

London Curry House

A potato wedge picked up from a plate
Fish and chips with curry at London Curry House.
London Curry House/official photo

Bombay-born restaurateur Asad Sheikh’s boisterous new London Curry House pays homage to the city streets of U.K.’s capital where fiery curries and fish and chips are king. Sheikh says he taste-tested the local competition to get his recipe right. The final cut plates super crispy cod alongside thick potato wedges ($17). In lieu of ketchup or tartar sauce, its fried spuds arrive slathered with one of kitchen’s spiciest curries.

A potato wedge picked up from a plate
Fish and chips with curry at London Curry House.
London Curry House/official photo

Boundary Stone

Bloomingdale’s reliable neighborhood tavern brings back fish and chips under the watch of its newly named chef David Bacot, who most recently led the kitchen at Potomac’s Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar by Robert Wiedmaier before the pandemic hit. At Boundary Stone, Alaskan cod battered in Busch Light joins lemon, malt vinegar, fries and homemade tartar sauce ($17).

Ivy City Smokehouse

D.C.’s standard bearer for seafood naturally sends out a solid fish and chips out of its Ivy City tavern, joined by fries, slaw and tartar sauce ($16).

Hank's Oyster Bar (multiple locations)

Fried fish and chips with slaw on a white plate
Fish and chips at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/official photo

Restaurateur Jamie Leeds’s light, airy take on fish and chips is always a solid ordering choice at Hank’s. Three pieces of tempura-battered cod comes with Old Bay fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce ($22). Order online for pickup at its Dupont and Wharf locations. Hank’s unveils its newly relocated Old Town digs on Tuesday, April 5.

Fried fish and chips with slaw on a white plate
Fish and chips at Hank’s Oyster Bar.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/official photo

AboveGround

Chef Nicholas Martino learned the art of pub fare firsthand while working for London’s Michelin-starred icon Marco Pierre White. Martino’s nearly year-old British stall in Union Market replicates across-the-pond staples like “The Governor’s” fish and chips (haddock, triple-cooked chips, mushy peas, and tartar sauce). Order online for pickup or delivery ($19.99). Nearby vendor District Fishwife is also known for its fish and chips, prepared with homemade tartar sauce and Aussie ketchup.

Mercy Me

Fish and chips surrounded by palm leaves
Fried fish and “chips” with papas, tamarind sweet chili sauce, pickled fresno peppers.
Mariah Miranda for Mercy Me

The “sorta South American” West End cafe, now led by Puerto Rican chef Samuel Diaz, just unleashed a creative fish and chips main built with the Chesapeake Bay’s blue catfish. The “chips” part of the new dinner dish is a fried medley of tostones and white and Japanese sweet potatoes, served with tamarind sweet chili.

Fish and chips surrounded by palm leaves
Fried fish and “chips” with papas, tamarind sweet chili sauce, pickled fresno peppers.
Mariah Miranda for Mercy Me

Duke's Grocery

D.C.’s beloved British brand runs a “Fish Friday” special through Lent. The weekly plate of beer-battered haddock, homemade fries, and lemon is available at its Foggy Bottom location only.

The Queen Vic

A basket of fish and chips with sauces
Fish and chips at The Queen Vic.
The Queen Vic/official photo

The Queen Vic couldn't call itself a proper British pub without offering baskets of fish and chips. They're on the menu all year long — with malt vinegar, of course — for $20.

A basket of fish and chips with sauces
Fish and chips at The Queen Vic.
The Queen Vic/official photo

Fog Point at Assembly

A bright, nautical-themed raw bar tucked off the Rosslyn Metro station opens this week with East Coast oysters and a fish and chips main made with Maryland blue catfish ($18.95). For the “chips” component, potatoes are cut, soaked in vinegar, and blanched before hitting plates the next day. Fog Point also makes its own bread and butter pickles and tartar sauce to round out the dish. The 50-seat bar and restaurant is the full-service addition to Rosslyn’s Assembly food hall.

Hawk & Griffin

Fish and chips with peas on a table
Hawk & Griffin’s fish and chips features fresh cod and homemade beer batter.
Hawk & Griffin/Facebook

U.K. native and Pure Pasty owner Michael Burgess teamed up with architect Tom Kyllo to bring Vienna a bustling new British pub with live music and trivia nights. Its thoughtful fish and chips ($17) features fresh cod dipped in beer batter. Its tartar sauce counterpart is also made on-site.

Fish and chips with peas on a table
Hawk & Griffin’s fish and chips features fresh cod and homemade beer batter.
Hawk & Griffin/Facebook

Valor Brewpub

Fish and chips on a white plate
Valor Brewpub’s year-round fish and chips.
Valor Brewpub/official photo

Barracks Row’s veteran-owned brewpub serves breaded-and-fried cod alongside fries, slaw, and tartar sauce ($16).

Fish and chips on a white plate
Valor Brewpub’s year-round fish and chips.
Valor Brewpub/official photo

Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

Cathal Armstrong amassed a devoted following for his reliable fish and chips at Eamonn’s - A Dublin Chipper in Old Town, which closed in 2019. The fan favorite resurfaces at his newest Irish bar in Arlington. Dubbed “Eammon’s fish and chips” ($23), haddock wrapped in golden batter joins seven “secret” sauces for a dipper tasting of sorts. The saucer selection includes a ketchup-mayo mashup; cayenne and serrano; and curry.

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