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best seafood restaurant in DC?

My husband and I will be visiting Washington DC the week of April 6, 2009 and we are big foodies. In particular, we love seafood! What is the very best seafood restaurant in Washington DC?

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  1. It really depends what you are looking for, but for inspired food using fish/shellfish I would only recommend Black Salt. It's in the Palisades but it's the best. You might have a tough time getting a table at this point.


      1. re: monavano

        I concur.
        DC Coast
        maybe Oceanaire

        1. re: DiningInDC

          I highly second Blacksalt.

          Hook and DC Coast would be second and third.

          Then Kinkeads.

          I have had nothing but overpriced awful experiences at Oceanaire, maybe it's just me some other people seem to like it, but I have never had good food or service there.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            I have personally only been to Hook and Kinkeads. (Although I really want to try Black Salt, it's just too hard to get to).

            I really like the food at Hook. I think it's simple yet packs flavor. Plus the open kitchen is nice. It's been years since I've been to Kinkeads. I remember a nice meal there in a classic environment.

      2. Third or Fourth Black Salt

        1. Not particularly thrilled with any seafood restaurant in DC. They're pretty much all inconsistent. On the other hand, many top restaurants in DC serve plenty of seafood.

          At $55 per person, you can go to Corduroy for a 3 course meal that featuers plenty of seafood. The dorade is the best whole fish I've had in the District. http://www.corduroydc.com/dinner_menu...

          At $125 per person, you can go to Komi or the Chef's Table at Teatro Goldoni (you'll need to call for reservation at both places). Both serve tasting menus around 15 courses featuring lots of seafood, both raw and cooked.

          For excellent Indian seafood, you can go to Rasika. 6 course tasting menu there is $75 ihttp://www.rasikarestaurant.com/

          Just throwing out some alternatives.

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          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            I agree with Eric here that some restaurants have great seafood dishes but might not particularly be "seafood restaraurants." Corduroy also stands out for me. Their scallop dish is probably the best I've ever had.

          2. Black Salt or Oceanaire. I know the latter is a chain but they have really high quality/simply prepared fish where you can taste the flavors. Their crab cakes and sea bass are devine.

            Hook is very inconsistent and has very spotty service.

            1. I agree with the posters who point out that great seafood in DC is not always at "Seafood" restaurants. Some other thoughts:

              Mussels: At Beck, Granville Moore's, Marvin and even at Regent Thai (appetizer). None is considered a seafood restaurant.

              I've had great fish/shellfish dishes at Zaytinya, Rasika, Jaleo, Bar Pilar and too many Thai or Vietnamese restaurants to count. I had a yummy whole fried fish at TenPenh, but that was a while ago and I don't know if the quality is still high.

              Acadiana has excellent fish and shellfish preparations.

              Dino often has a whole bronzino on the menu.

              If you can get in, Komi (well, for everything, but he does fish so very well).

              La Chaumiere does nice things with fish, and I like their baked clams.

              DC has many good sushi places - you can search this board for more opinions than you'll ever need.

              I'm partial to a catfish sandwich hot out of the grease from the Maine Avenue Fish Market.

              In short, don't just think about "seafood" restaurants. You'll be missing some lovely dishes; often the best the city offers.

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              1. re: dcandohio

                I love granville moore's for musells, too...and I rememeber an amazing rock salted bronzino at Komi...I like Hook...I love Blacksalt....