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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
+1 212-691-8211
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pearl Oyster bar has a small menu, because they have perfected these select dishes. Why change something that is excellent? I always get the lobster roll and my husband always gets 1.5lb grilled lobster. We always leave satisfied! This time, we sampled the shrimp cocktail as our appetizer. Four giant shrimp cooked to perfection! This Alabama girl will continue... More 

Thank Farrah H
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to Pearl Oyster bar every time we're in NYC. I'm sure the entire menu is delicious but we can't get beyond the lobster roll and oysters on the half shell. The lobster roll is served on a buttery split bun. Be careful not to drop any of the huge lobster chunks that overflow the roll. Shoestring fries on... More 

Thank Tracie J
RAC1954, Owner at Pearl Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thanks, Tracie! We treasure loyal regulars like you. More 

Kingston, Canada
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112 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

It had been a number of years but last Saturday night, the Pearl was as good, if not better than ever. Lobster is the main attraction and two of our number indulged - one broiled and one lobster roll. Each was excellent and the quantity of meat in the roll exceptionally generous. My neighbour went with the scallops with gnocchi... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

If you live in a state and lobster is not cheap or available but dreamed of it. This is the place your dream becomes true. We started with the mussels very fresh and tasty. The lobster roll comes in a soft roll that alone is wow the lobster is plentiful and wow. You must try it. Thanks for a memorable... More 

1 Thank Flaco316
Indianapolis, Indiana
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a popular place so we went early on a Saturday and got right in. Very fresh food in a "charming" location, the lobster roll was almost out shined by the shoestring french fries! It was all delicious. Also got the celery root slaw and it was a nice addition. It is a bit pricey, but special occasion worthy... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Every time we visit New York we eat at Pearl - especially for my wife to have the lobster roll and shoestring fries - they are to die for! This time I had the New England clam chowder - only problem was that it wasn't big enough serve! You can't reserve seating at Pearl so be prepared to stand in... More 

Thank John j
Maui, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a really fun place. It is not large, and sometimes you will have to wait, but it is worth it. The seafood is fantastic; high quality and fresh. Sitting at the bar was really fun and would do it next time. (yes there will be a next time) The bartender was friendly and very helpful. The bonus is... More 

Thank DSD91
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

If you're looking for oysters in a small, intimate place with character of an old New York neighborhood, go to Pearl. The lobster roll came highly recommended by someone and it was definitely amazing. Went there before we went to the Blue Note a few blocks away. Great wine list.

Thank Lolly V
Paris, France
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I went on a Thursday night, no queue to get in and sat down immediately. Great, friendly service and lobster roll with shoestring fries was amazing. Slightly disappointed with the wine list, mostly mediocre French and Italian wines being sold at a high price by the glass. Such a shame as there are so many great wines from those regions... More 

Thank Catherine A
Anguilla, British West Indies
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Pearl's is so much fun! The loose, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with some history provides a perfect setting for a completely satisfying culinary experience. Fresh seafood? It doesn't get any better. Lobster? The lobster rolls are renowned. Home made pie? Terrific. We always sit at the marble topped bar where occasionally we glimpse into the tiny bustling kitchen. The chefs are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 50
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-691-8211
Pearl Oyster Bar opened as a 21-seat Seafood restaurant in 1997 to extraordinary acclaim.
It was the first establishment in NYC to serve New England cuisine and popularized the lobster roll, never before served in New York. Pearl was also responsible for the upscale oyster bar trend and dining at the bar.
The restaurant expanded in 2003 and is considered a New York Classic. Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017.

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