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Pearlz Oyster Bar

936 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
803-661-7741
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Ranked #13 of 831 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Original, Eclectic Little Oyster BarPearlz Oyster Bar is committed to serving only the best seafood South Carolina has to offer. Our Seafood Menu features an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes, and regional favorites. Our raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal shellfish. We're also a part of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, so eating at Pearlz is good for both the palate and the planet.A full-service bar serving the coldest beers and unique, refreshing cocktails, Pearlz has become a favorite happy hour meeting spot for both locals and visitors alike.Patrons looking for a nightcap and a bite to eat can order from our late night menu, which features several of Pearlz' signature dishes.
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit after hearing many good things about Pearlz and being recommended by numerous people. The food and service (after an initial hiccup...more on that later) were both excellent! We had oysters on the half shell (raw), peel and eat shrimp, grilled scallops and Mahi tacos. This is the best seafood we have eaten in Columbia. I... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I treated my son and then fiancée to dinner there on a Saturday night. We were seated immediately, ordering oyster shooters (the best I've ever enjoyed), a dozen raw oysters betwixt us, followed by terrific entrees (salmon. tilapia and fried oyesters). If you are in Columbia and are into the best seafood, you owe it to yourself to go there.... More

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us at Pearlz. We are so glad you enjoyed your food & drinks, and that you were pleased with your service. We hope to have you visit us again very soon! More

Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Met a business associate for dinner tonight and we both traveled in from different cities. We selected Pearlz based on reviews on TA. We were very please with all aspects of our dinner and meeting. The service was excellent. We enjoyed many courses and all on our timing. Great Job Pearlz.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Pearlz after finding us on TripAdvisor! We're glad that we met your expectations, including the food and service. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon the next time you're in Charleston! More

Columbia SC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Always a fun place to visit, plus the oysters and happy hour are fantastic! The service is good and even the upstairs lounge is a lot of fun. If you haven't checked the upstairs bar and lounge, it's a definite must.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Pearlz Oyster Bar and for taking the time to share your comments! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our oysters, service, and overall atmosphere, and we hope to see you again soon! More

Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food was not worth the money but the service was excellent and they kept our drinks filled. The oysters were not cleaned properly either. It's better than McDonald's.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. We were pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the service while dining with us, and we will be reviewing your comments regarding the preparation of your oysters with our chef immediately. Our goal at... More

Augusta, Georgia
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

our server was very prompt, ordered oysters on the half shell, they were cold and already scraped from the shell which made it easy to eat, also had the three tacos which you choose your own, and had the lobster roll. Which the meat is abundance and tender. We make the 45 min drive from Augusta to eat there, especially... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The staff at TownePlace Suites recommended this local seafood and oyster bar. Really fun atmosphere right in downtown Columbia. Had the seared scallops and they were perfect. We ate at the bar and the service was excellent. Definitely going back to this location and hope to hit the one in Charleston next time in SC.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Tonight was our first time and we'll be going back. Yes, a bit noisy during happy hour, but that's to be expected. Quieted down after. The calamari was most excellent, clam chowder and gumbo were hot and robust with much clam and seafood content. You have to have the crispy shrimp tacos, they'll take you back to Ensenada, BC. My... More

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Pittsville, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm soo glad we picked Pearlz for dinner on our last night in Columbia! The atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed. The wait staff and bar staff were super nice and professional! Excellent, excellent, excellent. Only downer was that they ran out of corn fritters, which shows how consistently good this restaurant is.

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Dallas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Food good noise level really intolerable. Lose the happy hour. Prices not that great for it anyway. Shrimp and grits odd but good. I could not have any form of conversation with my daughter because of noise. Sad. Cool place.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Pearlz and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. We were delighted to hear you enjoyed the food while visiting us, but it was unfortunate to hear your comments on the loud atmosphere during your visit. Our bar area can be a rather loud area at... More

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