This pearl of the Georgetown waterfront comes from Fabio Trabocchi, the same deft chef behind Fiola and Casa Luca. It’s hard to focus on your meal with welcome distractions like docking boats and glistening chandeliers in the opulent dining room (maritime kitsch need not apply). But dishes like olive oil-poached Maine halibut and a whole dole carved tableside hold your attention. For the full rigmarole, order a seafood tower that puts Pisa to shame. The stack is brimming with cooked and raw shellfish, bivalves and more served chilled atop crushed ice. This is definitely the place for a special occasion—with a price tag to match.
There are plenty of fish in the sea, and just as many at the best seafood restaurants in D.C., specializing in oysters, crabs, lobster rolls and fish from splurge-worthy spots to your next cheap date idea. The District offers diners just-caught delicacies along the East Coast. And since cocktails and oysters are a natural match, many of these top establishments double as the most standout bars in DC. Still feeling fishy? Let the city’s best sushi restaurants lure you in for a visit.