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“Fun, busy oyster bar with good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz Oyster Bar
Ranked #18 of 961 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Greenville, South Carolina
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fun, busy oyster bar with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

I walked here from the Hilton a few blocks away. When I got there, it was before 5, and there were a few people eating at the bar. I ordered from the Happy Hour menu, peel & eat shrimp. They were colossal and properly cooked. Someone next to me had ordered oysters on the half. They looked awesome. Even the cocktail sauce appeared to be homemade, it was very good. Before long, and before I realized, it got very crowded with the after-work crowd. The bartender who had been very attentive was joined by several others in obvious anticipation of the crowd, and I was still given good service, by one of the new girls who I guess was working my end of the bar. I appreciated that I didn't get any attitude of "not being her customer". I would definitely go back.

Visited April 2013
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Thank you for visiting us at Pearlz! We are happy to hear you had a great experience with us, and we hope you can join us again soon!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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741 reviews
494 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Great oysters... and the place to be during Masters week!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

The place was packed, the bartender literally said Masters week is their busiest week of the year. I sat at the bar and ordered the oysters, and cold draft IPA beer. Both were fabulous, and the service was just as good despite the people everywhere. The area is packed with fun places to eat and beer. Just park your car and walk everywhere. The place to be - well if you can get a hotel room!

Had a great draft special - all drafts were $3

  • Visited April 2013
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you for joining us during Maters Week! We hope you can make it back again soon!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just a maybe”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

After reading reviews I tried this location on April 6th around 10 pm Saturday
crowded found a place for 6 in front of TV to watch basketball, asked several times
for wait service and was told Yes Mame, however no service on a Saturday night maybe earlier would of been better however would not return

  • Visited April 2013
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Clover, South Carolina
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Sorry to say but just OK, but be sure to check out upstairs at night”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

First off, I LOVE OYSTERS! So I was super excited to try Pearlz while on vacation. We were there on a Friday afternoon about 5:30. We ordered the appetizer special Trigger bites, which were good, and a dozen steamed oysters. The appetizer came out in a reasonable amount of time and we were told numerous times that the oysters were on the way but then lost our waitress....after 45 minutes she came back by to ask if we wanted anything else and we asked about our oysters?!?! She thought they had already been brought out? It was not long before they were presented and she insisted on taking them off the bill. They weren't fishy but did not have a lot of flavor either, disappointing!!! On a brighter note we noticed the upstairs from the street the next night and went up to enjoy a jazz band and some fun cocktails. Must try the Dragon Water!!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you for visiting us at Pearlz Oyster Bar in Columbia and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at our upstairs lounge, but it was unfortunate to hear your comments regarding the remainder of the experience. At Pearlz, we pride ourselves in the freshness and quality of our oysters, as well as the detailed approach of our staff. We apologize that this pride was not evident in your recent experience. We would love the chance to take care of you again, in order to provide with an true representation of our exceptional approach to service and food quality. Thank you again for your comments and we hope to see you soon. We will be sure to save a Dragon Water cocktail for you.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good...not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We went to Pearlz because my sister lives in Columbia, and she is a big fan. The food was good, but not great. It's fairly priced with a cool atmosphere.

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Thank shley17
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Pearlz Oyster Bar, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you very much for dining with us at Pearlz Oyster Bar in Columbia and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. It was great to hear that your sister is a big fan of Pearlz. We were glad to hear you also enjoyed the atmosphere. Our goal at Pearlz is always to exceed your expectations in every facet of the experience. That being said, we would love the opportunity to serve you again soon, in order to offer you a truly great experience that exceeds your expectations. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us your feedback and we hope to see you again soon.
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