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Pearl Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
West Village
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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here this week for the first time since it opened in the late 1990s; back then, it was a fresh, exciting new place for fantastic seafood, with crowds spilling out the door in anticipation of sitting down to some of the best shellfish in town. The only thing that's changed is that it's not new. Almost 20 years... More 

Thank Mary S
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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195 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to love Pearl, and always had great lunches there. But on this visit, I have to say, it all felt like it's run-down. The food was good, but nothing special, service was lackadaisical. We left disappointed, and that's a shame.

Thank saltshaker
Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The ambiance is really cute, great bar, friendly staff, and the best lobster roll I've had in NYC. Really meaty and on a yummy roll. The ratio of lovster to bread is on point.

1 Thank SoyonaBanana
Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Lobster roll was big, meaty and otherwise nothing special. A spray of lemon juice might have helped with a little brightness or some parsley could have given some sparks of flavor. And how does one each shoe string fries? Fork doesn't do too well - finicky and time consuming. Even when the place wasn't busy, service wasn't very attentive... had... More 

Thank STHoward84
New York City, New York
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296 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Still have lots of love for the Pearl Oyster Bar as it still has one of the best lobster rolls in New York. This past Saturday we were wandering The Village trying to decide where we should have dinner. We hit one of our normal haunts but the wait for a table was too long. I said to the hubby,... More 

1 Thank Jaimee A
New York, New York, United States
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

If you love seafood, make a trip to Pearl Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village. There are only a small number of tables and great seats at the bar. But, the best part of your visit will be the delicious seafood, which is so fresh and so perfectly prepared. I enjoyed a fabulous shrimp cocktail --the shrimp tasting so sweet. I... More 

1 Thank James P
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

You start by getting in line. place is too small. then they are rude cause the have a crowd of sheep to cater to. I asked to sit at the bar and have oysters but they said I couldn't because I would meet more people later. Then they refused to get me a glass of wine. I know this sounds... More 

Thank jugheadx3000
Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We ate here before heading to a jazz show. They do not take reservations but my daughter arrived 20 minutes or so before they opened and was first in line on a Saturday night. The wait staff are genuinely friendly and very attentive. We had perfectly cooked steamers, caesar salad, the seafood cocktail, and bouillabaisse. The seafood cocktail with lobster,... More 

Thank Judy B
Breda, The Netherlands
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189 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

We were here the last time two years ago and loved the place. After two years back in NY and decided to go to our favorite restaurant from the last time. The staff still is very friendly and attentive. The food is still great. We had oysters and shrimp as starters and the lobster roll as main. And the butterscotch... More 

Thank rotterdamerik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Great food . Server was friendly and efficient. Small place like everywhere else in New York. Don't order champagne unless you have $17.00 to spare. Stick with water or beer. Order the lobster roll. Salad was good !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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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.
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