The Municipal 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.
Nestled between the Potomac River and the National Mall, this DC landmark is a true local gem. 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, grab something for lunch or dinner, or walk over to one of our 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’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 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 operations building, a new fish-cleaning 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 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 enhance the public enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind experience on the waterfront.
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 our ferry to East Potomac Park for a round of golf or a leisurely stroll.Travel the Waterfront
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.Explore Restaurants