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The Best Lobster in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. has some of the best monuments and statues in the whole country, but it also has some of the best food, especially when it comes to lobster. Whether looking for something fancy or something a little more casual, there are plenty of tasty options in the capital. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Each of these restaurants knows how to prepare some of the best seafood around. Read on to discover some of the best restaurants in D.C. for lobster.

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12 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Iron Gate, The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC, BlackSalt
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Dupont Circle, Downtown, Palisades Northwest
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Iron Gate

$$$$
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
4.7
2337 reviews
This swanky restaurant offers both Greek and Italian cuisine along with a tasting menu. Everything gets enhanced by the courtyard setting, including the traditional small plate dishes and the long list of fresh menu options. You'll have plenty to choose from, but out of all of their selections, be sure that you don't pass up the Hearth-Roasted Maine Lobster. At one time, the Iron Gate was the District's oldest continuously operating restaurant. There is an outdoor patio and garden area that should not get forgotten about for romantic evenings or friendly events. Just keep in mind the seating is first-come, first-serve! Enjoy the à la carte menu, the five-course tasting, or the three-course family table. You really can't go wrong with the chefs' careful selection of fresh and locally sourced ingredients that really bring out the flavor in everything.

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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.7
802 reviews
The Greenhouse restaurant is in the Jefferson Hotel. Available by reservation, this breakfast and lunch destination serves up a wide array of offerings within its art deco-style, airy surroundings. Ample sunlight from overhead will allow you to awaken for the day ahead as you sit down to enjoy a large selection of filling (yet not overfilling) plates. Lobster Egg Benedict is almost obligatory with The Greenhouse chefs being able to prepare it masterfully well. This plate includes an English muffin paired with soft poached eggs, Maine lobster, spinach, choron sauce, asparagus tips, and breakfast potatoes. The flavor of everything shines through excellently and you will likely leave feeling both satisfied and energized.

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BlackSalt

$$$$
Seafood
Palisades Northwest
4.8
6181 reviews
Don't get fooled by this place as soon as you walk in. If you're looking for a relaxing place to dine, you'll just need to pass through the seafood market and bustling bar area first and you will get guided back to a fantastic seating area that seems a world away from it all — just be sure to choose a booth away from the market. When it comes time to order, be sure to ask for the poached lobster. The mussels are also unforgettable, but you really can't make a bad decision. All of the seafood is expertly prepared, with the setting putting off an inviting and relaxed feel.

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Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$
Italian
Logan Circle
4.1
601 reviews
Choose between the 14th Street and Dupont Circle locations as you book your reservation for the Sette Osteria. Dupont Circle is definitely one of the three establishments you should consider venturing into, with its historic location. Out on the patio at this location, you'll get to enjoy their full selection of pasta and pizza, as well as the local pastime of people-watching. Be sure to ask for their lobster pasta and any specialties they may currently offer. Fresh, wild-caught Maine lobster is often in the restaurant but not on the official menu — so don't hesitate to get more information from your server about any extras or specials you may be able to try. The 14th Street location also has specialty Maine lobster dishes on occasion, but no matter what you find, you won't ever feel remorse thanks to the fun and friendly vibe that encompasses the area. The hip and hungry head here for their handmade pastas, wines, and cocktails. This is definitely the more popular brunch location, but you'll want a reservation in either place.

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Grillfish DC

$$$$
Seafood
Dupont Circle
4.5
2916 reviews
The thing that most diners love most about Grillfish is the ability to taste so much without feeling like you overate. So much flavor gets packed into just the most perfectly sized serving, and you'll leave feeling greatly satisfied with a yearning to comeback. Order the Maine lobster, perfectly cooked and served up in all sorts of delicious ways. Their sides are a great accompaniment. They’re light and just as interesting as their full selection of seafood. There is usually a line, so consider ordering ahead.

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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.8
24986 reviews
Balance is one word that comes to mind here: Old Ebbit Grill is not too loud and not too quiet. Rather, you'll find yourself comfortably talking with your company as you fawn over the menu options. On that menu, you'll find a number of seafood dishes and a wide selection of drinks that come freshly prepared just for you. Be sure to start your meal off with an appetizer, and don't forget to ask your server about any specialties that may not be full-time menu offerings, but don’t leave without trying the lobster pasta.

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The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$
Steakhouse
Capitol Hill
4.8
4286 reviews
The extensive menu options here are simply unforgettable. This steakhouse chain specializes in Maine lobster — order it whole or try what critics have acclaimed “the best lobster burger in town.” From the tourist attractions to homes that date back centuries, this restaurant's neighborhood is also a go-to destination for nightlife lovers.

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown
4.6
2909 reviews
Simplistically elegant and beautiful, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse continues to stand as a dazzling way to end your day with a date or group of friends. Book ahead, and come hungry. The entire menu is upscale and unique, and — whether you're traveling or visiting as a local — you can't go wrong with the setting that's just as timeless as the cuisine. Presentation is carefully considered, and so is the preparation, flavoring, and serving of every dish. When you come in, try the Frutti Di Mare, which features seared scallops, jumbo shrimp, and Maine lobster over spaghetti.

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Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

$$$$
Seafood
Georgetown
4.0
2247 reviews
If you take the time to make a reservation here, you most certainly won't regret your decision. This decades-old restaurant remains as much a part of the area's past as it does its future, helping to drive classic cuisines forward. The dining room has the perfect atmosphere for dates or gatherings, but no matter who you bring, be sure to try the Whole Maine Lobster off the menu.

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Siroc Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.6
3066 reviews
Established in 2008, the Siroc has experienced endless success with their offerings of seafood and American favorites. This exceptional find sits right downtown, and they serve up Maine lobster in a variety of interesting ways. Try the squid ink tagliatelle with shrimp and lobster. They also offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and while you'll still want to make a reservation, this might be the better option for those who appreciate a little more privacy in this classy setting.

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Sequoia

$$$$
American
Georgetown
4.5
6253 reviews
Upscale dining is the definition of the Sequoia restaurant. The traditional style setting allows you to enjoy the best of American cuisine with elegant wine pairings and mouth-watering desserts. From the appetizers to the beverage selection, you can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu. They recommend formal attire, and you should make reservations well ahead of time. As you take in the dramatic riverfront views, be sure to order their Maine lobster special and bring a guest along so you can try their melt-in-your-mouth New York Steak and Blue Cheese dressing as well!

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.9
1372 reviews
You'll truly get to experience a stately meal in this location, which is right in front of the park that's adjacent to the White House. You may feel like a Presidential guest, especially if you sit right at the window where you can take in the grand estate in full view. Lafayette is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you are likely to return more than once after you get a taste for their seafood! For breakfast, they serve the Happy Hen Yard Egg Lobster Omelet, which features Maine lobster, fine herbs, and breakfast potatoes. For lunch, opt for the Maine Lobster Salad, which comes with grilled avocado mousse, mizuna, petite romaine, braised fennel, and pickled vegetables. At dinnertime, their Maine Lobster Salad gets a new twist with Lime Sumac Vinaigrette, Little Gen lettuce, Pequillos, cucumber, and creamy avocado.

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