D.C. is bordered by the Potomac River, a quick drive from the Chesapeake Bay and less than four hours from the coast. The city has no shortage of local aquatic fare or gorgeous waterfront views. From oysters harvested out of Virginia's Rappahannock River, to Maryland blue crabs and rockfish, eaters can catch an abundance of fresh seafood at every turn.
Restaurants shelling out some of the best options cover a wide spectrum of D.C. dining experiences. Some are longtime downtown institutions that top steak with fresh Maine lobster for power lunch politicos. Others are more laid-back, welcoming patrons in for a quick seafood sandwich or shrimp to peel and eat alongside a cold brew.
A raw bar craze has also swept the area, with new spots like Whaley's taking the fresh seafood scene by storm (this map largely focuses on more established restaurants, though). The seafood frenzy continues, with the glitzy Ocean Prime chain set to land near Metro Center this fall. Also coming soon: a relocated Johnny's Half-Shell; the D.C. classic is moving from Capitol Hill to Adams Morgan.
Indulge in the top seafood Washington has to offer by pulling up and anchoring at one of these essential spots. This map focuses on restaurants, but for those looking for a seafood carryout destination, don't forget about the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Like it raw? Check out Eater's Sushi Heat Map.Read More