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Best Seafood Markets in Washington DC: Create Your Home-Made Feast


Seafood enthusiasts would always appreciate enjoying seafood dishes at a nice restaurant. But they can also find great joy in cooking their own with fresh ingredients. These are the best seafood markets in Washington DC in our opinion.

Jessie Taylor Seafood

Address: 1100 Maine Ave, SW Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 554-4173


Located at The Wharf in DC, the family-owned and -operated seafood market has been in business since 1939. Daily provided seafood selection includes whole fish (anything from Spanish mackerel to shark), fish fillets, fish steaks, shrimps, Chesapeake blue crabs, cooked boats, oysters, clams, squids, lobsters, and crawfish. They also cook and serve seafood on premises.

Ivy City Smokehouse Market

Address: 1356 Okie St, NE Washington DC

Phone: (202) 715-1174


Offering a variety of fresh seafood options with a special focus on smoked fish, The Market at Ivy City Smokehouse has been operating in DC since 2016. You can also order their produce online, even if you are not a DMV area resident. Your seafood will safely arrive at your home in an insulated shipping box with ice packs. There is a full-service restaurant with a rooftop patio above the market.


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Chris’ Marketplace

Address: 1520 20th St, NW Washington DC


The popular Dupont Circle seafood market with over two decades’ experience provides the freshest products every Sunday, including the best crabcakes in the region, as well as organic crab cakes. But you need to place your order at noon on Saturday so that it would be ready for pick-up. You can also find exquisite delights here like crayfish cakes, salmon cakes, gazpacho, seafood refresco, and more.


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Wagshal’s Market

Address: 4845 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 363-5698


Having moved to its current location in 1939, Wagshal’s Market is one of the oldest delicatessens in the District. In addition to fresh seafood, they offer bread, homemade pastries, local & organic produce, top-quality dry-aged, kosher slaughtered meats, as well as special meats such as “jamón ibérico de bellota” imported from Spain. You can also just stop by to try their tasty burgers (beef, turkey, veggie), tacos, and chicken sandwiches.

The District Fishwife

Address: 1309 5th St, NE Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 543-2592


The District Fishwife, a family-owned business at DC’s Union Market, where you can find some of the finest and sustainable seafood in the city. Daily offered products are butchered in-house. Ready-to-eat items such as fish & chips, donburi bowls, poke bowls, and a nice selection of seafood sandwiches are also available for purchase.


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