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Pearlz Oyster Bar

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936 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere is good and the staff is excellent as is the food. We watched college football and had 2 dozen raw oysters along with the gator nugget special. Loved our bartenders and "shucker"! Everyone was extremely attentive and genuinely nice. Will definitely be back!

Thank Nicole S
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to pearls restaurant many times. The Happy hour is fantastic, however it could be very busy and Fill up quickly. So get there early. We had two dozen oysters and some drinks. Great value, great oysters crab, great restaurant!

Thank avatarjennie
South Carolina
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pearlz always has a lively after work crowd. A little more upscale than other Vista bars and most restaurants, yet not expensive. Oysters are flown in from all over North America, wherever they happen to be in season. While oysters are their mainstay, I like their shrimp soft tacos. If you like shots, the oyster shot is obligatory. Great bartenders... More 

Thank cburne7711
Noblesville, Indiana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good! I had shrimp and grits. The grits were buttery/cheesy and yummy - the shrimp good size. Too bad they leave the tails on the shrimp - makes for messy eating!

Thank G5116EVrobertas
Columbia, South Carolina
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119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read that this place can be very loud and crowded so we timed getting there just after it opened at 4:00 p.m. on a week day which meant we were the first to be seated and by the time we left, even though the booths were full and the middle section was filling up, it still wasn't noisy.... More 

Thank cruiseaddict97
thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for providing us with your feedback and for all the kind comments! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent experience with us and have always enjoyed your time at our sister restaurants. We most certainly look forward to serving you again in the future! More 

Roswell, Georgia
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237 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to have a coupe of drinks and have some excellent food. Great Tuna tacos and wedge salad. this place is a hot spot on the weekends. We ate here during the week, so there was no wait. I highly recommend this restaurant. Great watering hole.

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

Thanks for taking time to write a review, Brad! We appreciate you dining with us and letting us know how much you enjoyed your tuns tacos and wedge salad on your most recent visit. Thank you for highly recommending Pearlz - we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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144 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Made a second visit to this place and was pleased to find the place is every bit as good as before. The oyster are plentiful with daily specials and specialty bivalves that are a bit more pricey but well worth it. The service is very good, the place is clean and the drinks are good. Good variety of draft and... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write a review. We are glad you came back and enjoyed the oysters, specials and drinks. It is always nice to hear that the food was well presented and delicious! Thank you again for letting us know - we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Leesburg, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

This restaurant is so handsome inside and the staff friendly. Unfortunately I ordered blackened grouper that was not thoroughly cooked I sent it back to be cooked more and the manager brought it back to the table with no comment. The outside was firmer but the middle was still not completely done. I left most of it on the plate... More 

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

Thank you for letting us know about your recent dining experience with us, Beverly. it is disappointing to hear your fish was served under cooked - we will use this information wisely. We do hope you visit us again and give us the opportunity to better serve you. Thank you again! More 

Suwanee, Georgia
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Went to visit my son at USC. Busy place on a Saturday night but we sat at the bar for apps. Before we got a table. Super service. House Oysters were very good. Calamari-good. Oyster shot and pepper martini- excellent. Mahi fish tacos, grits and shrimp, crab cake burger, tuna burger and gumbo- excellent. Great, friendly service . Parking was... More 

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

We are so glad you and your son enjoyed everything. I will be sure to let our staff know of your kind words! Hope to serve you and your son again soon! More 

United Kingdom
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75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

Lively bar.Good service. Good selection of beer and wines. Only opens at 1600 so the downside is you cant "do lunch"

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

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are happy to tell you that we are now open for lunch on the weekends at 12:00! Hope to see you soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 936 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 18036617741
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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