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Review of Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz Oyster Bar
Ranked #30 of 936 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: 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.
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Not quite fine dining but definitely fun dining. This is a vibrant, energetic eatery which always draws a crowd. They do not take reservations, so it is a chancy walk in. I was solo and a single seat at the bar was available, lucky me. The staff here are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic; a definite plus. I was there during happy hour and the specials were great. My meal was a dozen oysters and a small plate of blackened snapper, w/pepper,sweet potato, cheese grits, washed down with a nut brown ale. Sublime!

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Visited this restaurant summer 2013 and still unhappy enough to share a negative review. That's how bad it was.

We had friends in town that wanted oysters/seafood, so we thought what better place than Pearlz? They had received great reviews, after all.

We showed up and the hostess yelled at us that they were on a wait. I say she yelled because she had to yell - it was extremely loud inside this place. We wanted a booth rather than sit at the communal tables, so we were put on a waiting list and the hostess collected our cell phone number. She was going to call us when the table was ready.

We went down the street to the Gin Joint for a couple drinks, which were excellent.

We got a call about 45 minutes later saying that our table was ready. We hurried back to the restaurant, but when we got there, we were told that we had to be put back on a wait. Apparently the owner showed up with his mother and they decided to seat them instead of us.

That's just plain ridiculous and is nothing short of an abortion of customer service.

After another wait, we were seated. The waitress had to yell at us to communicate. The oysters were OK, many were very small.

One of our guests ordered the mussels. She noted that they tasted funny and smelled pretty rotten after eating just a couple. The waitress came over, as did the manager, and we overheard the waitress telling the manager that she thought they smelled bad when she brought them out.

So WHY DID YOU SERVE THEM TO US???

They took the mussels off the bill, but made no apologies and didn't offer another entree, free desert, or anything. They simply took the mussels off the table and that was it.

Our guest ended up getting violently ill that night and into the next day. I guess that's to be expected when you eat mussels that have turned.

Everything else we ordered was just sort of blah. The fish and chips included burned fish and chips that were so stale there's no way they could have been fried that day. Our cocktails were subpar and didn't taste as if they were proportioned correectly.

The waitress was inattentive after the mussels incident - I assume she thought her tip would be small because she gave us terrible service afterwards.

We paid the bill and left.

We won't be back. I've had similar experiences at other restaurants owned by the same company and have never been impressed with one exception: the oyster roasts at the Pearlz in West Ashley are usually pretty awesome.

Skip this place and find a local restaurant that will serve you fresh seafood in an atmosphere that will allow you to actually have a conversation with the person sitting across from you.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went for dinner around 6:00pm on a Friday. It was fairly packed. No room at the bar and about a 30 min. wait. We were seated at a shared table. I'm not really a fan of that. That's the only reason I knocked a star off. I don't want to share a table with strangers. Luckily we were seated on the end, so it wasn't as bad.
I had the lobster roll- AMAZING. Truly great. I seriously considered coming back for another one for lunch the next day. My husband had oysters, and he said they were also great.
Nice place, and great food. I would definitely return.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thank you so much for visiting us at Pearlz Oyster Bar. We are so happy that you enjoyed our lobster roll. We hope to see you again very soon!

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We love Pearlz, and look forward to visiting when we come to Charleston. The atmosphere really feels like downtown should, and the staff is very helpful and makes sure you know about the specials. Our favorite meal is the fritters, oyster shooters and cold beer, but there are numerous entrees to choose from. Can't wait to go back again!!

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Thank Laurie W
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thank you for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar. We are so happy that you enjoyed our fritters and oyster shooters! We hope to see you again very soon!

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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Rustic bar atmosphere with excellent food and service. Highly recommended by hotel and locals. Fresh seafood,specials with limited land lover food. but Easy to find.

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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thank you so much for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar. We are so glad that you enjoyed your recent experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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