Summertime means a flare-up in cravings for soft-shell crabs and fish tacos. Fortunately, D.C.’s newest restaurants are serving up some stellar seafood, even if that’s not their main attraction. Here are six Y&H-approved seafood dishes from six new hotspots.

Baja beer-battered mahi-mahi with grilled pineapple salsa and jalapeno

MXDC, 600 14th St. NW

Three for $12 or two for $6 during happy hour (weekdays, 4 to 7 p.m.)

Best for: Happy-hour seekers who can appreciate crab and grapefruit in their guacamole

Crispy soft-shell crab with avocado basil purée

Nopa Kitchen + Bar,800 F St. NW


Best for: Locavores down with both crab shacks and upscale dining

Seared diver scallops with fennel, lilies, chili,and dill

Teddy & The Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW


Best for: Anyone who appreciates Theodore Roosevelt as much as scallops

Anchovies in green sauce of parsley, mint, lemon zest, and garlic

Etto, 1541 14th St. NW


Best for: Fans of fermented fish and would-be converts

Fishmonger’s Board with smoked, marinated, and house-cured fish and shellfish, pickled vegetables, whipped cream cheese, and toasted mini bagels

Woodward Table, 1426 H St. NW

$15.50 for brunch

Best for: Charcuterie-board lovers who also dig shrimp, scallops, mussels, and salmon

Fried calamari with nuoc cham vinaigrette, spiced peanuts, cilantro, and basil

Azur, 405 8th St. NW


Best for: The dressed up bargoer who loves Vietnamese flavors

Photo by Jessica Sidman