4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American, Breakfast
Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Sweet Nantucket bay scallops atop puttanesca; a salad of bitter escarole, sweet candied almonds, salty bacon, and tart apples; chowder with crisp fried clams; steamed mussels with chorizo and tomato sauce; tart Key-lime pie; butterscotch pudding with a Sc
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6
Seven years ago, power couple Jeff and Barbara Black fired up the dining scene in DC's quiet Palisades neighborhood with this fish market/restaurant--and it's a testament to its enduring quality that on a recent Wednesday at 9 it was packed. Walking by the fish market up front--easily the best in the area--you'll likely get a sense of what will be on the menu from the ice beds holding super-sweet Nantucket bay scallops, esoteric catches such as tilefish, or a bountiful array of oysters.
Dishes bear many accents, but we've most enjoyed those that conjure New England--clam chowder, fried clams with curried aïoli--or East Asia. A finely chopped circle of bigeye tuna is set off by a tangy ponzu sauce, while a coconutty red-curry stew gives salmon a Thai twist. The dessert menu hasn't changed much over the years, but that doesn't mean the sweets are any less good.
What to get: Bacony oysters Rockefeller; fried oysters with tartar sauce; grilled sardines with olive persillade; bouillabaisse; coconut-banana cream pie; butterscotch pudding; crawfish Benedict at brunch.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.