Best Seafood Tower That’s Too Pretty To Eat

301 Water St. SE No. 115, (202) 484-8800
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Like Olivia Wilde, the seafood tower at Whaley’s has style and substance. The three-tiered beauty bests the competition with its next-level ocean bounty: pristinely shucked River Keeper oysters from Virginia, clams, poached mussels with lemon vinaigrette, smoked catfish rillette, grilled calamari with fish sauce vinaigrette, sea urchin with sea salt and chives, poached shrimp, poached lobster, and the crudo of the day. A tower’s best taken al fresco with a view of the river and a glass of Chenin Blanc. Seafood towers start at $65 for 2-3 people.