The Municipal Fish Market

The Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf is the oldest continuously-operating open-air fish market in the United States, dating back to 1805. The Fish Market remains an iconic DC destination for hungry locals and savvy visitors seeking fresh fish, crabs, cooked seafood.

Operational Hours: Open daily from 8am-8pm. 

Holiday Hours: Closed on Christmas Day. Open 8am-8pm Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Parking: Visitors arriving by car may park in the underground garage at a rate of $2 for the first hour, with validation of purchase from the Municipal Fish Market. Learn more about parking and validation here. In addition, limited short-term surface parking is available in the Fish Market Lot and Market Square Lot at the following rates: Under 30 min: $5. 30 min-1 hour: $12.  1-2 hours: $25

Current Seafood Offerings and Prices: The Municipal Fish Market is home to multiple vendors. To learn more about their current seafood offerings and prices, please call the vendors directly at Captain White’s Seafood (202-554-5520 OR 202-484-2722) and Jessie Taylor Seafood (202-554-4173).

Other Shops and Restaurants: In addition to having the nation's oldest fish market, The Wharf neighborhood is home to thousands of residents and employees, three hotels, a 6000-seat music venue, and over 50 shops and restaurants. 


Opened in 1805, The Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf—often simply called The Fish Market—is the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the United States, predating New York City’s Fulton Fish Market by 17 years. Through the centuries, the Fish Market has been home to an ever-changing array of vendors and eateries, including produce vendors, oyster boats, bait and tackle shops, and lumber distributors. 

Nestled between the Potomac River and the National Mall (1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC), this DC landmark is a true local gem. Choose from unique and vibrant seafood vendors, including Captain White’s Seafood City, Jessie Taylor Seafood 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, grab something for lunch or dinner, or walk over to one of The Wharf’s plazas or parks—or the Tidal Basin—for a scenic picnic. Whatever you do, don’t miss this hometown favorite, chock full of fresh seafood and local flavor.

Restoration and Preservation
We've recognized the Municipal Fish Market as a gateway to The Wharf—an iconic fixture for the District of Columbia and for the entire region that we are preserving and reenergizing for years to come.

The reimagined Municipal Fish Market includes the restoration of the historic oyster shed, a new market operations building, a new distillery, as well as a new market hall and retail additions that include a market shed and two small market pavilions. To reduce congestion, we also added new below-grade parking and a Maine Avenue signaled intersection that improve vehicular access at the site.

Finally completed, a new Market Plaza, Market Pier, and Market Square enhance the public enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind market experience on the waterfront.

1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Water Taxi & Jitney

Introducing one of the best ways to view the city and the easiest mode of transportation to get to destinations on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers: our new water taxi. And if you just want to get across the Washington Channel, catch the Wharf Jitney to East Potomac Park for a round of golf or a leisurely stroll.

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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