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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. PassionFish (Multiple Locations)

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7187 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301) 358-6116
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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.

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2. Pop's SeaBar

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1817 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 534-3933
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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.

Oysters from Pop’s SeaBar
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3. Ivy City Smokehouse

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1356 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 529-3300
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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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4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

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.

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5. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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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).

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

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-4265
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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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7. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-4702
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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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8. Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill

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in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 470-6606
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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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9. Fiola Mare

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 628-0065
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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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10. Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

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1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 800-9994
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The raw bar menu at this relatively new restaurant includes bigeye tuna, blue crab, tiger shrimp, and more.

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11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 489-0140
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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.

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12. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-4800
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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.

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13. Whaley's

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301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, D.C. 20003

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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14. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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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.

Oysters from The Salt Line
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1. PassionFish (Multiple Locations)

7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815
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.

7187 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815

2. Pop's SeaBar

1817 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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.

1817 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Ivy City Smokehouse

1356 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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.

1356 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
Oysters at Pearl Dive
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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.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

5. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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).

1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple Locations)

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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.

1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill

in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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.

in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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.

3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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.

1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
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.

750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
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.

675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

13. Whaley's

301 Water St SE Suite 115, Washington, D.C. 20003
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.

301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Oysters from The Salt Line
The Salt Line [official photo]

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.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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