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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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South Brunswick
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a great dinner here while we were evacuated for Hurricane Matthew. Lots of fresh fish choices. I ordered the small plate fish special which was delicious and really was a perfect dinner sized portion. The only thing that was small was literally the plate! My husband could not decide which of the four oysters to choose from so... More 

Thank Margaret M
Manning, SC
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157 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in last night (Sunday, 10/17) for a few drinks and a snack. We wound up having dinner and it exceeded all our expectations. The manager, Chris, attended to us and saw that we were properly seated. Our server, Allison, was right on. Two great dirty Martinis, clam chowder, huge wedge salad, grilled trout with asparagus and Brussels sprouts and... More 

Thank BobOZee
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pay attention to 'specials and menu prices. Oysters especially. They have great oysters, but not at happy hour prices. Good oysters cost $$$. Beer too...not all $3 - wear ur glasses. Their small plate happy hour dishes are great. I had the scallop caprese w heirloom toms. Not 100pct sure it was a heirloom but mgr brought a tom out... More 

Thank Jim F
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the pleasure of fining twice this week at Pearlz as we evacuated from Charleston.. service and food.. amazing!

Thank lib20152015
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had to leave hhi, staying in Columbia for hurricane. Excellent meal, maddie, our waitress was attentive & informative. Shrimp & grits w/ pesto innovative/yummy. Fresh catch w/ chimachurri sauce excellent. Many prep/sauces available for fresh catch options. Restaurant is noisy, but we knew that before we went in. As a side note: every store employee, hotel staff, restaurant workers have... More 

Thank va-va60
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 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
thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoy joining us after a long day at work. That is what we are here for- a place to unwind ! We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Noblesville, Indiana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

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

Thanks so much for letting us know about your experience! We are so glad you enjoyed the shrimp and grits..and will look into the issue with the tails-on! We hope you will join us again soon! More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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