We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Reserve a Table
Tue, 18/12
All photos (84)
Certificate of Excellence

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner

Location and contact


Pearl Dive Oyster Palace offers a variety of East and West Coast Oysters. Below is a sample of what you might see on the list, please call us for specific offerings on any given day.
These oysters come from the Chincoteague Bay in VA and have a salty punch and light finish. The oysters are located in an area that is not fed by any significant source of freshwater creating a good salinity for the oyster.
Hama Hama
Coming from Washington State, the name originates from the native word stinky, which was used to describe the smell of the river that the oysters were found in. The river would smell in the summer when spawning salmon would die on the banks. The oyster has a melon flavor with a slight brine and algal finish.
Grown by the Croxton family off of the Rappahannock River in VA, these oysters have a salty start and a mild creamy finish. They raise their oysters suspended off of the floor, making for a clean tasting oyster.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Reviews (362)
Filter reviews
349 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews brunch oysters oyster selection redfish angels on horseback po boy pork cheeks pecan pie grilled bread shrimp combo seafood stew fresh fish sea bass soft shell crab oyster bar half shell black salt
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 349 reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the variety of fresh oysters offered, from Washington, Prince Edward Island, Maine, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Our group also had the grilled red hush, seafood gumbo, and shrimp. All delicious! The service was lovely.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mollyshumom
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

What a lovely place. The two of us shared 6 oysters (recommend the Hammersleys from WA), then we each ordered off of the brunch menu - eggs Benedict with fried oysters - excellent- and a perfectly grilled redfish over stone grits. We could have had...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank watsonborn
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here, had the duck salad apperizer followed by a seafood stew with saffron milk. They offer a bunch of seafood dishes with a strong Creole / southern influence. The food was fantastically executed, rich great flavors. The restaurant is rather casual with a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ftarzi
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

I have reviewed Pearl Dive before. The place has not changed since I first visited years ago, which means it’s still fantastic. It is absolutely worth buying a bottle of sparkling wine/champagne here. Their mark up is very low, so you can splurge and get...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ddme
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The atmosphere is cool and relaxed. The food was great and the drinks spectacular. They were very helpful finding my gluten free food to eat. Made a special night great.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank ClaireH1244
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

The food was awesome. We started out with the Angels on Horseback which are yummy grilled bacon wrapped oysters. I had the Wood Grilled Gulf Redfish and my husband had the Fried Oyster Dinner. Both were outstanding. Located in a great little part of town

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JMcFe
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Our group tried a trio of the oyster selections and enjoyed them immensely. Our main dish choices we rated good but not great. But the noise level in the restaurant was enough to induce headaches in two of our group and made conversation overly difficult....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CarolBookWorm
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Our daughter just moved into the U Street area and spent a week showing us around. After trying the myriad of restaurants available she has learned to look to the Pearl Dive as her go to dinner spot. It is a classic cafe style with...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Vols84
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

I wasnt too impressed but if you're looking for oysters, you might like coming here. I am down the middle on this, meaning I thought it was ok food, just not worth the high cost. Plus extra charge for bread. Bread is super simple and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Matthew L
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The oysters were delicious and being able to choose various kinds from an "oyster menu" was fun. Wish we were here for the Happy Hour. If you are here for quiet conversation it's not the place but the vibe is fun and the food is...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Kathy53Usa
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Lulu H
16 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from MissM13 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lulu, I would think it is both safe and suitable for a solo female. I was with someone but would have been quite comfortable dining on my own. The bar scene is quite energetic and interesting - and loud, not my thing... More
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing