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Apr 24, 2010 04:21 PM

Coming to DC - looking for good seafood

DH and I along with two good friends will be visiting DC this fall. While our friends aren't quite the foodies that we are...3 of the 4 of us are seafood lovers. Please forgive my ignorance, but where can we go for good seafood? It doesn't have to be fancy, in fact some good crab leg crackin joint sounds like a fun night. We won't have a car but don't mind traveling a bit on the metro if it's worth it. Should we head towards MD? Thanks for your help!!

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  1. Blacksalt is good, but not a crab eating place, and you will need to cab to it. For crabs you might try the Quaretdeck in Arlington (will need a cab too).

    1. For the best crab places, MD has the best options, but you'd need a car. My suggestion: grab a 1-day rental at Union Station or National Airport and make a stop in historic Annapolis, then Cantlers.

      1. Bethesda Crabhouse is metro-accessible and was pretty good last I visited.

        1. The fisherman's warf by the southwest waterfront is a great place for seafood. There's no indoor seating and outdoor seating is a bit limited. It may be a bit cold depending on how late into the season you go, but it's worth the visit. You can by steamed crabs by the dozen directly from fishermen along with fresh fish, shrimp, endless sides and desserts. Definately try a FREE dessert sample from Jessie's #1. You can get there easily on the metro (L'enfant plaza metro or Smithsonian).

          If you're looking for a dine in spot, I would reccomend any of the Passion Foods restaurants- Acadiana (New Orleans cuisine), DC Coast (seafood), TenPenh (Asian), Ceiba (Latin)- They also own PassionFish in Reston, VA which I have not been to yet. All the DC ones are metro accessible/ in or near downtown areas.

          DC Coast Restaurant
          1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

          1. Bethesda Crabhouse looks like it will fit the bill. I will look into some of the other metro-accessable suggestions as well. Many thanks!