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D.C.’s Destination Raw Bars

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Seafood restaurants are plentiful in D.C., and more and more have been specializing in the art of the raw bar in recent years. The city’s mid-Atlantic location means access to terrific oysters, and the city’s diners are often willing to splurge when they know quality is high. Here are some of the area’s top destinations for clams, chilled lobster, crab claws, and more.

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PassionFish (Multiple Locations)

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Oysters, clams, prawns, and crabmeat cocktail are all to be found at this suburban restaurant, with locations in Bethesda and Reston.

PassionFish Bethesda
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Pop's SeaBar

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This beachy Adams Morgan bar, which takes its cues from the Jersey shore, offers items like peel-and-eat shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

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Ivy City Smokehouse

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This restaurant’s affiliation with seafood company ProFish ensures a particularly fresh selection of oysters, clams, and more. Items can also be purchased for preparation at home at the adjoining seafood market.

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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Oysters are consumed aplenty at this Southern-influenced restaurant with an open-air patio. Selections vary daily and usually include Black Restaurant group's own oyster, the Old Black Salt.

Oysters at Pearl Dive
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Le Diplomate

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This always-buzzing Stephen Starr French dining room offers chilled and raw "fruits de mare" such as oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp and king crab. Order up the dramatic petit or grand plateau for a full sampling ($85-$160).

Le Diplomate
Oysters from Le Diplomate
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Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple Locations)

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Hit the ice bar and check out the daily selection of oyster and clams or try a sake oyster shooter. There's also the seafood plateau and shrimp cocktail. Hank's also has locations on Capitol Hill and in Old Town Alexandria.

Seafood from Hank’s waterfront location
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Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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This relaxing Union Market bar has a menu of Virginia oysters and clams, all grown on Rappahannock's own farms. The company is also behind Brine, a seafood restaurant in Merrifield’s Mosaic District development.

Oysters and a martini from Rappahannock Oyster Bar
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Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill

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The extensive raw bar selection at this relatively new addition to Georgetown features oysters, clams, maki rolls, ceviche, carpaccio and tinned seafood. Seafood towers can reach upwards of $250 here.

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Fiola Mare

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Fabio Trabocchio’s Italian restaurant emphasizes seafood at least as much as it does pasta. For a Spanish-influenced take on raw bar, visit their sister restaurant, Del Mar.

Fiola Mare's Under the Sea spread
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Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

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The raw bar menu at this relatively new restaurant includes bigeye tuna, blue crab, tiger shrimp, and more.

Rare Steakhouse downtown
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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As the name suggests, this Miami import is a rare place in D.C. to find the elusive stone crab. The prices of medium, select and large claws vary with the market. Find oysters, clams, and other seafood options here, too.

Shrimp from Joe’s Seafood
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Old Ebbitt Grill

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Washington, D.C.'s oldest bar and restaurant, Old Ebbitt has a large selection of oysters to mix and match. The larger orca platter provides an impressive sample of everything they have to offer — go during late night happy hour to make it affordable.

Orca platter from Old Ebbitt
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Whaley's

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This raw bar is a stunner within the Yards development in Navy Yard, serving shellfish towers, crudos, crab salad, soft-shell crab, and more. In warmer months, visitors can enjoy raw bar items in the restaurant’s outdoor rose garden.

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The Salt Line

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Oysters are a major focus of this breezy restaurant near Nats Park. Kyle Bailey’s menu also has some more unusual offerings like razor clam ceviche.

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PassionFish (Multiple Locations)

PassionFish Bethesda
PassionFish [official photo]

Oysters, clams, prawns, and crabmeat cocktail are all to be found at this suburban restaurant, with locations in Bethesda and Reston.

PassionFish Bethesda
PassionFish [official photo]

Pop's SeaBar

Oysters from Pop’s SeaBar
Kimberly L./Yelp

This beachy Adams Morgan bar, which takes its cues from the Jersey shore, offers items like peel-and-eat shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

Oysters from Pop’s SeaBar
Kimberly L./Yelp

Ivy City Smokehouse

Oysters from Ivy City Smokehouse
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This restaurant’s affiliation with seafood company ProFish ensures a particularly fresh selection of oysters, clams, and more. Items can also be purchased for preparation at home at the adjoining seafood market.

Oysters from Ivy City Smokehouse
Ivy City Smokehouse/Facebook

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Oysters at Pearl Dive
Pearl Dive/Facebook

Oysters are consumed aplenty at this Southern-influenced restaurant with an open-air patio. Selections vary daily and usually include Black Restaurant group's own oyster, the Old Black Salt.

Oysters at Pearl Dive
Pearl Dive/Facebook

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate
Oysters from Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate/Facebook

This always-buzzing Stephen Starr French dining room offers chilled and raw "fruits de mare" such as oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp and king crab. Order up the dramatic petit or grand plateau for a full sampling ($85-$160).

Le Diplomate
Oysters from Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate/Facebook

Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple Locations)

Seafood from Hank’s waterfront location
Photo by Bernadette C. / Yelp

Hit the ice bar and check out the daily selection of oyster and clams or try a sake oyster shooter. There's also the seafood plateau and shrimp cocktail. Hank's also has locations on Capitol Hill and in Old Town Alexandria.

Seafood from Hank’s waterfront location
Photo by Bernadette C. / Yelp

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Oysters and a martini from Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Rappahannock/Facebook

This relaxing Union Market bar has a menu of Virginia oysters and clams, all grown on Rappahannock's own farms. The company is also behind Brine, a seafood restaurant in Merrifield’s Mosaic District development.

Oysters and a martini from Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Rappahannock/Facebook

Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill

Dyllan’s Raw Bar
Dyllan’s Raw Bar [official photo]

The extensive raw bar selection at this relatively new addition to Georgetown features oysters, clams, maki rolls, ceviche, carpaccio and tinned seafood. Seafood towers can reach upwards of $250 here.

Dyllan’s Raw Bar
Dyllan’s Raw Bar [official photo]

Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare's Under the Sea spread
Fiola Mare
Fiola Mare [official photo]

Fabio Trabocchio’s Italian restaurant emphasizes seafood at least as much as it does pasta. For a Spanish-influenced take on raw bar, visit their sister restaurant, Del Mar.

Fiola Mare's Under the Sea spread
Fiola Mare
Fiola Mare [official photo]

Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

Rare Steakhouse downtown
Rare Steakhouse & Tavern/Facebook

The raw bar menu at this relatively new restaurant includes bigeye tuna, blue crab, tiger shrimp, and more.

Rare Steakhouse downtown
Rare Steakhouse & Tavern/Facebook

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Shrimp from Joe’s Seafood
Joe’s/Facebook

As the name suggests, this Miami import is a rare place in D.C. to find the elusive stone crab. The prices of medium, select and large claws vary with the market. Find oysters, clams, and other seafood options here, too.

Shrimp from Joe’s Seafood
Joe’s/Facebook

Old Ebbitt Grill

Orca platter from Old Ebbitt
Old Ebbitt Grill [official photo]

Washington, D.C.'s oldest bar and restaurant, Old Ebbitt has a large selection of oysters to mix and match. The larger orca platter provides an impressive sample of everything they have to offer — go during late night happy hour to make it affordable.

Orca platter from Old Ebbitt
Old Ebbitt Grill [official photo]

Whaley's

Whaley’s Restaurant
R. Lopez/Eater DC

This raw bar is a stunner within the Yards development in Navy Yard, serving shellfish towers, crudos, crab salad, soft-shell crab, and more. In warmer months, visitors can enjoy raw bar items in the restaurant’s outdoor rose garden.

Whaley’s Restaurant
R. Lopez/Eater DC

The Salt Line