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Pearl Oyster Bar

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West Village
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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
212-691-8211
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 193
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  • 79
    Very good
  • 18
    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
True gem, wonderful find

We had the greatest night at this little, quaint restaurant in Greenwich Village. We came here based on reviews on trip advisor and could not have been happier. I had to try the lobster roll which was outstanding as was my entire dinner. I would have loved to have returned but ran out of time. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
cairo40
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sydney
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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sydney
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had the greatest night at this little, quaint restaurant in Greenwich Village. We came here based on reviews on trip advisor and could not have been happier. I had to try the lobster roll which was outstanding as was my entire dinner. I would have loved to have returned but ran out of time. The staff were delightful, well... More 

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Saint Ewe, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There was so much I wanted on the menu, i settled for the lobster roll. My wife had fried oysters. Both meals were really good. Prompt service, good wine and beer list, lovely location and very cosy atmosphere. Able to eat at bar or at tables.would highly recommend.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

After reading the reviews on this restaurant I had to go. Maybe I picked the wrong evening to go (Valentine's Day) because I was really disappointed. I ordered the scallops. They weren't over done but whatever oil they were seared in gave them a funny taste. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. I'm not sure if I would revisit if... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We came last year with our family, enjoyed it immensely, but since we live in Europe, had to wait a long time to come back! We were not disappointed, it was just as good as we remembered. Great lobster roll, fabulous steamed clams, fried oysters and shoelace chips. The service is very good and the decor and the atmosphere in... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great seafood fare, situated in the cutest neighborhood lovely warm and cozy vibe. Absolutely loved the clam chowder and the lobster roll, would have proffered less mayo in the lobster roll otherwise this place lived up to the hype. And yes its probably the best lobster roll on the east coast. Beer selection to go with the food was limited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

The experience was amazing, food was awesome, the service was phenomenal. I got a delicious martini and love the desert

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I am a fan of lobster rolls, fried oysters and fries so when I came across reviews that highlighted all three this just had to be tried. We stopped in for a late lunch so no crowds at all. Service was friendly, beer was great and the food was great. I ordered the lobster roll and my wife ordered the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

What impressed was how this touristy, 'down-market' decor venue managed to present such excellently prepared sea-food. No reservations, lines and rushed (albeit professional) service would normally lead to a bad review but the quality really overcomes those factors. However, despite the name, don't go for the oysters. This is not an "oyster bar" (only one kind available our visit). Also,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. It's small and no reservations but lovely bar area and amazing seafood. We had the shrimps and lobster and both were absolutely lovely. Can't wait to come back!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Small, clean place in The Village. The service was friendly and attentive. The waitress kept a corkscrew tucked into her knee sock ... Kind of gross. The steamers were bland and very sandy/gritty. The fried oysters were perfect! The clam chowder was very tasty. No reservations though ...

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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
  • 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

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