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Pearl Oyster Bar

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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
212-691-8211
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Cleveland, Ohio
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What's not to love about Pearl Oyster Bar?!? THE best lobster roll on the planet & worth every penny. This quaint little bar in the West Village is a must for anyone who enjoys seafood & or wine. I had a fabulous bottle of Chardonnay. I can't forget to mention the crispy, shoestring fries that I could not stop eating.... More 

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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 2 weeks 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 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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195 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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.

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Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $40
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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
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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