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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
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pearl was recommended to us by a real New Yorker as having the best lobster roll in the city. We don't have this in England at all. So desperate were we to sample the seafood we paced the block until opening having read the reviews that it gets busy. The lobster roll was packed full of delicious, flavoursome meat. The... More 

Thank Jodie W
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good location. Cozy place. Nice people. Good cooking. Wonderful lobster sandwich. Clam chouder super. To be there!

Thank Marzio L
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best Lobster Roll in Manhattan. The lobster is fresh the bread is incredible. The taste put together is almost criminally good. The side of shoe string fries were quite good too. I also tried the Oysters and the Po boy which were also good. Paired with a great glass of wine the food is really quite excellent.

Thank hutoxi_antia
Cleveland, Ohio
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Marni P
Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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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194 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic
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
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