Fish Market


The Municipal Fish Market is open for business throughout The Wharf’s construction!

Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront has a rich, storied history dating back centuries to the earliest settlement of our nation’s capital. The Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest operating open-air fish market in the United States, predating New York City’s Fulton Fish Market by 17 years.

Nestled between the Potomac River and National Mall, this local gem is a D.C. institution. Choose from unique and vibrant seafood barges, including Jessie Taylor Seafood, The Virgo Fish House, Captain White’s Seafood City and more. You can get fresh or cooked seafood: heaping bushels of blue crab, shucked oysters, clams, shrimp, and freshly caught fish. Stock up for special occasions; or grab something for lunch or dinner; walk over to the Tidal Basin and have a scenic picnic. Whatever you do, don’t miss this hometown favorite, chock full of fresh seafood and local flavor.

Restoration and Preservation

As part of the redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront, the existing Fish Market will be retained and enlivened for years to come. We’re reimagining the Municipal Fish Market as the gateway to The Wharf—an iconic fixture for the District of Columbia and for the entire region.

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The reimagined Municipal Fish Market includes the restoration of the historic oyster shed; a new operations building; a new fish cleaning building; addition of a new distillery; a new market hall and retail additions that include a market shed and two small market pavilions. To reduce congestion, we are also adding new below-grade parking and a Maine Avenue signaled intersection that will improve vehicular access into the site. Finally, we will be adding a new Market Plaza, Market Pier and Market Square that will augment the public enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind experience on the waterfront.

In the News

Here’s the Plan to Restore DC’s Historic Maine Avenue Fish Market
“The oyster shed will be renovated as an oyster bar. The distillery will feature a tasting room, a retail store and event space. The market pavilion will offer coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The market shed may offer fresh-cut flowers, gifts and pottery. And Hoffman-Madison envisions a wine bar, market food, beer wine shop, full-service dining and an Italian butcher in the large market hall.” – Read More

When DC’S Fish Market Comes Ashore It Will Recreate a Historic Food Destination
“…[E]xpanding the fish market onto shore also honors its history…With this plan, the Maine Avenue market can come full circle and once again serve Washingtonians a complete meal.” – Read More

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