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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
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

Thank Jaimee A
New York, New York, United States
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank James P
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Decided to try out this restaurant for my 30th birthday. Although we did not book ahead we only waited 5 minutes for a table. We shared a crab cake for starters which fresh and tasty. The table next to us ordered fried oysters which looked amazing. I tried the grilled lobster for mains with the crispy shoestring fries....yum yum. My... More 

Thank Ann-Margaret P
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Pearl Oyster Bar is a wonderful place to experience excellent seafood in the heart of the West Village. It's a great restaurant in a great neighborhood but don't let the name fool you, there is so much more going on here than just oysters. As in ... the lobster roll. But let tell you, it doesn't stop there, there isn't... More 

Thank TravelGavin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Located on Cornelia Street, Pearl Oyster Bar is a cozy spot for fresh seafood – from the classic shrimp cocktail and oysters to the ever-popular Maine style lobster roll, which has been hailed the best in the city.

Thank Lindsay C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

First came here as recommended as one of the "must visits" of NYC sea food scene. Had lobster roll and scallops at the bar and was fantastic. Ended up chatting with other singletons and was made to feel welcome. Came here again recently with visitors and they also loved the overflowing lobster roll and huge plate of fries. People at... More 

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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, 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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