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Feb 23, 2011 11:23 AM

Casual Seafood in NW DC this weekend


I used to live in the area and I'm coming back into town for a long weekend and basketball game. We're staying in the Georgetown area. I have reservations for french bistro one night and brunch at Cylde's another day.

I'm looking for a couple, relatively casual, seafood recommendations. Any ideas?

Thank you!!!

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    1. re: agarnett100

      Yes, casual seafood in G'town could only mean Tacklebox.

      1. FYI the bluefish at Tacklebox is really good.

        Oh and to throw out another casual option- Surfside has great fish and seafood tacos and etc.

        1. It's a little more formal (and expensive), but BlackSalt is arguably the best seafood restaurant in the city.

          I also like Sea Catch on 31st St., just south of M St. Great Happy Hour raw bar specials, and in nice weather, a great deck overlooking the canal.

          Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
          1054 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

          4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

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          1. re: DanielK

            BlackSalt is amazing but depending on where you are staying it could be a bit of a pain to get to. Only accessible with a taxi or car ride.

            4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

            1. re: DanielK

              Agreed, a little more pricey, but Blacksalt is the best. Not extremely casual, but you can wear jeans. Good brunch too.

            2. Hook is a great, casual seafood restaurant. It is a bit sceany, has an open kitchen etc. But I find it consistently good. On the much more casual end is it's sister-restaurant Tacklebox next door (no table service etc).

              I also recently had an excellent meal at Sea Catch. I have to say I was pretty surprised since I have heard about this place for years but had never eaten there. The sword fish was excellent (not overcooked like so many restaurants do). It's very classic Georgetown establishment.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                Concur with Hook -- right in Georgetown on M. We just had another great meal there -- all 4 loved each course, and a good sauvignon blanc. Once you get past crab cakes, DC is not a great seafood town, but Hook is good

                1. re: dcbbq

                  Hmmm... interesting difference of opinion. I've been to Hook and wouldn't describe it to someone as "casual" - I would describe Tacklebox that way. The good news for the OP is that she/he can easily check out both, since they are next door to each other, and see which one better fills the bill.