Since D.C. is close to the water, we’ve been lucky enough to have plenty of good oyster spots. Here are four favorite oyster restaurants around Washington, D.C. worth checking out this spring and summer!
Oysters are one of those delicacies that practically scream spring and summer. And since it’s almost the time when restaurants open their patios to the city, you’ll want to scope out the best places to go and enjoy oysters and a cocktail (or two). Luckily, we've made things a bit easier for you with these four restaurants!
1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Hank’s Oyster Bar is a Dupont neighborhood favorite, and has now expanded to three other locations. They’ve also started offshoots like Hank’s Pasta Bar and Hank’s Cocktail Bar. During the warmer months, the patio is lively and bursting with people. They’ve got a great local oyster menu to choose from, as well as other delicious seafood options. All the oysters are seasonal and fresh, so the types change often. Be sure to ask your server for the list (or check out the chalkboard inside at the oyster bar) or about any recommendations.
If you don’t want to shell out (excuse the pun) all that money for oysters, go after work and take advantage of the $5 happy hour, where everything on the menu is, you guessed it, $5. You can get beer, wine, and oysters for half their usual price.
1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Rappahannock Oyster Company is all about serving the freshest oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. The owners of the company believe that,
“Nowhere do you get such a varied blend, with nutrient rich waters spanning the entire salt spectrum, from subtly sweet to jarringly briny. The Chesapeake affords us a limitless palate within which to create some of the most unique flavors in the world. The sites we’ve chosen represent what, to us, are the region’s signature taste profiles.”
If you want their oysters you can order wholesale or visit their restaurant location.
The Rappahannock Oyster Bar is located in Union Market, which is an amazing culinary experience in its own right. You can order the oysters fast casual style at the kiosk, or sit around the bar and eat in. The Wall Street Journal has named it one of the best spots for oysters in America, and it has also been recognized by the Michelin Guide. You know you’re in good hands here.
Make sure you don't miss happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for half price oysters!
5 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Blackwall Hitch is located on the Old Town waterfront in Alexandria, making it the most picturesque spots to grab a drink and some oysters on the patio looking out to the Potomac River. They’ve also got so much more on their menu than just oysters, so if you’re with someone who’s not the biggest fan, everyone will find something they like here.
Oysters at Blackwall Hitch are seasonal, fresh, and constantly rotating. It’s best to ask your server for the day’s selection and their recommendation. You can get them served with a few unique sauces, including cucumber-lemon and mango mignonettes, Tabasco sauce, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and lemon wedges. The full oyster and dinner menu can be found here.
Make sure you check out the rest of Old Town, Alexandria before or after your dinner. Here are five things to do there.
1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Johnny’s Half Shell, located in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan, is a classically American seafood restaurant that has been winning the hearts and stomachs of its residents since 1999. They serve seafood and oysters on the menu, but they let oysters take center stage. On Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can enjoy your very own oyster bar, including a dozen oysters, as well as a complementary glass of champagne per person. They’ve got limited availability for this offer (rightly so!) and spots go quick, so make sure you make your reservation far in advance.
If you’re thinking of a more traditional dinner, the regular menu can be found here, and the oyster options are at the very top.
What do you think? Have you checked out any of these oyster spots before? Where are you most excited to go? Let us know in the comments below!