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“Very Good, but it's Charleston”
Review of Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz Oyster Bar
Ranked #24 of 910 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very Good, but it's Charleston”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Pearlz delivers fresh seafood, the oysters are very good, there is an excellent selection, and we absolutely got what we expected. The feeling in Pearlz for us was one of catering to tourists which isn't a bad thing, and has made them successful and consistent, but not unique in Charleston. The prices were consistent with East Bay restaurants, high.

We enjoyed our meals and again the freshness was excellent. The service was average at best. In most cities this would be an excellent restaurant, but in Charleston there are too many other restaurants that offer the same fare and very good might be overstating it.

Visited May 2014
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Memphis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Food.”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

The oysters were fresh and flavorful. Great service. Great selection. You may have to wait a short time for a table, but, well worth it.

Visited May 2014
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thank you for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar. We are so happy that you enjoyed your recent experience with us. We look forward to serving you again very soon!
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Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Happy Hour!”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you go for happy hour you must get there when they open, 15 minutes late and you will have to wait for a seat. The drinks were excellent and the food amazing. We expected average quality given the happy hour pricing and how busy they were but everything was perfect and the service could not have been better. The peel and eat shrimp and fried oysters are a must.

  • Visited May 2014
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for the review Vicki! We appreciate and we are are so glad that you enjoyed our Happy Hour. We look forward to serving you again very soon!
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Oysters and Fantastic Happy Hour”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

My family of four met a friend who lives in Charleston for some happy hour enjoyment at Pearlz. We were specifically looking for some great steamed oysters and Pearlz delivered. The place is small and gets crowded quickly but worth the wait especially if you want great oysters and happy hour prices.

We ordered 2 dozen oysters steamed oysters, which we had to shuck. They were perfect. Large and meaty oysters. We also ordered the crispy fried shrimp which was delicious. We dined outside on the sidewalk patio and our server was excellent. Highly recommended for friends, couples, business and families without children. My only complaint is not with the restaurant but with their website. I do not like websites or mobile websites where I have to download the menu to see what they have to offer. I want to see the menu online without having to download a pdf file. This is laziness on the part of their website company.

All in all this is a great Charleston oyster bar. Expect to wait for a table depending on the day of the week and the time. They will take your cell phone number and let you know when your table is ready.

  • Visited May 2014
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar. We are so happy that you enjoyed your recent experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fresh Seafood, Great Service!”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our first meal in Charleston, and the rest of the restaurants in this city have a high bar to reach!!!! When we arrived the Hostess told us it was a 20-30min wait (not terrible for Sat early evening), but she was so kind to point out that two seats opened at the bar within 10 minutes, and it was perfect for us. We ordered the Raw Bar Special which was absolutely unbelievable…oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna tar tar, crab meat, mussels, scallops, and half a lobster for $65….an absolute steal for the freshest, most beautifully presented seafood meal I've ever had. They have their own house beers on tap- Lager, Red, Blonde, & Honey Brown. Hard not to have a pint of each! But don't miss the oyster shooter…cocktail sauce, tobacco, an oyster, & Absolut Peppar!!!! My pregnant Wife was drinking water and she never had to ask for a refill. The staff does all they can to really make you have a great meal out. Don't miss this gem in Charleston!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Joe F
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Joe thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate the review and we are so happy that you and your wife enjoyed your recent experience with us. We look forward to serving both of you again very soon!
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