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Sea Catch Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

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Sea Catch Restaurant Review - Washington, DC
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The Bottom Line

Sea Catch offers fresh seafood in a romantic setting in a restored historic building in the heart of Georgetown. This restaurant is unique in its setting overlooking the C & O Canal. The menu offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, simply prepared with seasonal and local ingredients.


  • Excellent fresh seafood dishes
  • Elegant and romantic setting
  • Attentive service
  • Outdoor seating overlooking the C & O Canal (seasonally)
  • Great destination for private parties


  • Expensive


  • Address: Canal Square, 1054 31st St, NW Washington, DC
  • Phone: (202) 337-8855
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Prices: Lunch entrees $14-24, Dinner entrees $19-49, average price $26
  • Hours: Lunch: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Closed Sunday

Guide Review - Sea Catch Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

The raw bar at Sea Catch is one of the largest in DC and offers fresh mussels, clams, oysters, stone crabs, shrimp, or house-smoked salmon. We enjoyed a dozen oysters which were fresh and tasty. With a variety of salads to choose from, the marinated crab salad is excellent - very fresh and delicately seasoned. Traditional seafood appetizers are also available including items such as Oysters Rockefeller, Clams Casino and Calamari. Entrees range from Seared Tuna au Poivre and Seafood Linguini, to Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, freshly-caught fish and Maine Lobster. The crab cakes and the tuna are excellent choices. The restaurant does not fry or bread any of their dishes and the kitchen will prepare dishes to your specification.

The setting at Sea Catch is special with brick walls, hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, large windows and a view overlooking the C & O Canal. There are 4 dining rooms each with a cozy atmosphere. The 42-foot bar provides a casual place to relax and enjoy a drink or light fare.

The Canal Square Building has an interesting history as it is recognized as "the birthplace of the original computer". Originally built in 1842, the building served as a shipping warehouse and then later a coopers shop. Herman Hollerith converted the structure into a factory for manufacturing & printing punched card tabulating machines. Hollerith's Tabulating Machine Company was merged with two others to eventually create IBM.

Reviewed March 2008 - Prices are subject to change

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