We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pearl Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
West Village
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
212-691-8211
Website
Improve this listing
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 336 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 211
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pearl has lost is luster.

During my first dinner here in 1998, I had fallen in love with Rebecca's cooking. And all these years my memories of the Restaurant lived on. Ever since, the place has expanded and became well known. Last night, we went back... and the memories should have been just that. The Pearl was ok, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
vladmeisterNYC
,
New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

336 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

During my first dinner here in 1998, I had fallen in love with Rebecca's cooking. And all these years my memories of the Restaurant lived on. Ever since, the place has expanded and became well known. Last night, we went back... and the memories should have been just that. The Pearl was ok, but not as good as when the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

High quality lobster and seafood place. Came on a Sat around 7pm and were immediately seated with our backs facing the bar, but that didn't spoil the cozy atmosphere of that cute place at all. Being very picky with rolls which I normally leave aside I have to say this roll went extremely well with the sauce of the lobster,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Casual seafood billed as "best lobster roll in town." The vaunted roll and the oysters were great. However, I do not know why the steamers were overcooked. This is a place where they should be steamed to perfection, without turning into a mouthful of disappointment, saved only by the drawn butter and clam broth. My true regret is missing the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jersey City, New Jersey
Level Contributor
214 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I've heard about this place for a long time, but stories of lines and table waits put me off. So get here at 11:30 am on a weekday (say, before an early movie at the IFC Center around the block, as we did), and you won't have any problem getting a table. But, at the bar or at a table,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

We had the lobster roll, mussels, fired oyster, and clam chowder. Clam chowder was my favorite followed closely by the lobster roll. Mussels and oysters were small and not very special.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Love this local place in the village. It's small and crowded even on week nights. I've tried a lot of lobster rolls in my life, and nobody beats this place. Same for chowder. Show up with some patience, it's been around for years, but still busy every night. I visit every time I'm in NYC. Easy access by subway.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
184 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We were advised by friends to try their lobster roll so we were there during our summer holidays quite late on a week night, at about 10 pm, they close at 11pm but they were so nice and friendly with us, coming without reservation. The lobster roll (29$) is to die for, very full and delicious! Their fried oysters are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Quito
Level Contributor
98 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Always good. Always fresh. This place serves the best Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll you will ever eat in the city. Try also a bucket of steamers. Yum!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paris, France
Level Contributor
14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Since I discovered thsi restaurant about 6 years ago, there is no way i can go to NYC without stopping by PEARL... I need my fried oyster, my lobster roll and my glass of white wine! By myself at the bar or with some friends, there is no negociation!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, Alabama
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Best lobster roll ever and wonderful chowder along with superb oysters; small place with maybe eight tables but lots of room at the bar; probably our favorite restaurant in New York City; Jacob our server was tops

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Pearl Oyster Bar also viewed

 
New York City, NY
New York City, NY
 

Been to Pearl Oyster Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: 212-691-8211

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pearl Oyster Bar and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Pearl Oyster Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Village

Neighborhood Profile
West Village
Stretching from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, the West Village is one of the city’s most coveted addresses. Full of trendy shops, historic taverns, and cozy restaurants set amid 19th century architecture, this neighborhood has a unique old-world feel. You won’t find a more picturesque location in Manhattan. Without the traditional city grid layout, it’s easy to get lost here, but that’s part of the fun as you stroll down elegant narrow streets with beautiful brownstones. When you need a break, you can always stop in at one of the many quaint eateries or cafes to soak in the atmosphere, or head to the western edge of the neighborhood to enjoy magnificent waterfront views while taking a leisurely walk in Hudson River Park.
Explore this neighborhood