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“It's a shame the service has gotten so bad.. won't be back.”
Review of Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz Oyster Bar
Ranked #16 of 984 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
Columbia, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“It's a shame the service has gotten so bad.. won't be back.”
Reviewed April 19, 2011

I have eaten here many times since they opened. The food- especially oysters and fried shrimp has always been good to excellent.

The problem is the service. And it's a big one. The service has never been stellar here, but it's gotten so bad that it's just not worth going anymore.

The waitstaff- especially waitresses- seem to be hired more for looks than ability. What started out as a decent seafood restaurant is turning into a bar that happens to serve some seafood. Waiting tables can be a challenge but it's also not rocket science.

After having a waitress answer a menu question by reading off the special's board (slowly, like it was a struggle), then snatching menus out of a guests's hands and disappearing was just too much. I cannot believe a waitress in an oyster bar said the special: "Umm, it tastes like seafood.." Clueless and rude.

Maybe if you sat at the oyster bar and avoided the waitstaff you could have decent meal. For me, I'm done with the place. I get snapped at enough at work to have to put up with it from waitresses in a place I'm PAYING to be in. Never again!

  • Visited April 2011
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hope you LOVE oysters”
Reviewed February 27, 2011

This resturant was moderately high. The seafood was fresh and good quality though. The bar staff was extremely chatty amd busy and very nice bit took forever to follow up on taking my order, returning the check etc...The oysters were extremel yummy and plump. On a Saturday nite this place turns a bit wild and loud. Oyster shooters everywhere and a large variety of liquid courage to choose from at the bar. I would go again..to eat..not on a Saturday night.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect for the traveler.......”
Reviewed January 12, 2011

Walked in because the Valet at the Hotel said they had good food and atmosphere. Ended up giving the Valet a 10spot upon my return. I'm not big into Seafood but had the Tuna Roll App then the Sirloin. both were fantastic. I sat at the Raw bar and chatted with the Shucker throughout my stay. Great personalities there. Highly recommend.

  • Visited January 2011
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7 Thank foodme16
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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
Reviewed December 29, 2010

The gumbo at Pearlz is out of this world. Truly the best in Columbia, if not the best I have had yet. Pearlz really is a great place to grab a drink or a bowl of gumbo. A welcomed addition to the Vista.

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New Jersey
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141 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Best Oysters Ever”
Reviewed November 27, 2010

Mmmmm mmm good. I had some steamed Oysters that were out of this world! Throw on top of that some seafood sliders for dinner and the meal & drinks at this restuarant were wonderful. I highly recommend.

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