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Maine Ave. Fish Market

Washington, D.C.

Since 1794, seafood has been sold here, making it perhaps the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States. After the redevelopment efforts of the 1960s, permanent seafood sales boats were located at the Municipal Fish Wharf, at 1100 Water St. S.W. The fishing boats no longer come up the Potomac with their haul (the fish are almost all trucked in), but the shops remain. The wharf hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m daily.

The current fish market is immediately adjacent to a huge development project (The Wharf). Eventually the project will include a restoration of the historic oyster shed, a new operations building, a new fish-cleaning buildling, a new distillery, a market shed and two small market pavilions.

The new Fish Market site also includes improved access to the Wharf development nearby. Parking is still very limited. Pedestrian access is now available with a footbridge from L'Enfant Park and the Mall.

Fresh fish as well as cooked fish are available from a number of vendors. These include:

Evan Brothers Seafood, 1200 Maine Ave. S.W., 202-484-0168

Pruitt Seafood, 11th & Maine Ave. S.W., 202-554-2669.

Jessie Taylor Seafood, 1100 Maine Ave. S.W., 202-554-4173

Captain White's Seafood City, 1100 Maine Ave. S.W., 202-484-2722.

Yelp reviews of the Captain White's Seafood are shown below.

Read QueenDeeva D.'s review of Captain White's Seafood on Yelp

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Pruitts Seafood
1100 Maine Ave. S.W.
Washington DC 20024