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Maine Ave. Fish Market

Washington, D.C.

Photo of Maine Ave. Fish Market

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.

In early 2022, one of the leading vendors at the fish market, Captain White's Seafood, moved from its location on Maine Ave. to a site in Charles County, Maryland. Fresh fish as well as cooked fish are available from the remaining 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

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

Read Vincent L.'s review of Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf on Yelp

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Jesse Taylor Fish Market
1100 Maine Ave. S.W.
Washington DC 20024