Pearl Raw Bar
Located on Main St, in the Fan District, Pearl offers a variety of seafood specialties including local oysters, shrimp and crab legs. The decor has a classic oyster bar feel. The front room is more casual with a marble bar, reclaimed wood tables and televisions. The back sun room is a quieter dining room with sky lights and garage doors that open to the outside in nice weather.
I asked for a fried oyster dinner. The waitress said all we have is a fried oyster appetizer. Instead if saying let me see if I can get you what you want she said "I'm sorry". Well if you have the appetizer you can certainly create the entree. We left & won't be back.
I’ve been many times and enjoyed it but the food on Sunday mediocre I do like overall vibe though
Oysters were really good.
I used to frequent Pearls Raw Bar when I lived in the city. Now visiting from out of town we choose it for Mothers day brunch. The service was good, but clearly busy so some things lagged. We order Ham and Cheese omelet, on the menu it clarified the ham being VA Ham but came out filled with chopped up lunch meat. Another guest in our party ordered Eggs Benedict and one pouched egg was lacking a liquid center and was essentially hard boiled.
Good seafood. Excellent drinks, however we ordered something off of the chalk board and it turned out to be a higher price than listed on the board. When we got the bill, the waitress basically said oops, our mistake, but too bad for you. We were also supposed to get shrimp with our seafood platter, but they forgot to include it.
Great food and drink selection. Love the patio seating.
Food was excellent, some of the best seafood I've had in Richmond. Back room atmosphere was great-quiet, cool, comfortable. Wait staff awesome. We will definitely be back.
We went in for restaurant week to check out a new spot. The food was okay. I had the shrimp and lobster pasta and had to add quite a bit of salt to help with the flavor. My mom had a steak that was a little over cooked and her fries were cold by the time she got her food. The desserts were delicious and the best part of the meal. Overall, just an okay experience.
Solid dinner. Food was solid but definitely over salted. The back room also had an odd smell and the tables were sticky. Service was good.
Food was very good. We had a server in training, but she was fine, just a little slow.
The food was too salty. The raw oysters were very good, thanks to being from Virginia and they were fresh. The salmon and vegetables were too salty.
Love this place- always good, always friendly. Very good happy hour.
Great food, it was very fresh.
Second time I’ve been and it didn’t disappoint. Very good quality food. Portions and price equal each other. Wish their beer list was more local. Very nice place
I thought everything was really nice, the service, the atmosphere and the food portions were nice but my order of the fish tacos with the cabbage they put inside it, the vinegar was a bit over powering everything else. Overall nice dining experience. I would go back.
Food was great. Oysters were awesome (even though they were out of the Ruby Salts, my favorites). Management and Server were also awesome. The problem... The Kitchen. I ordered a simple wedge salad with my oysters for dinner. The salad arrived after I'd paid the bill. Our server kept trying to get the salad and got grief from the kitchen. Pretty sad when a $150 dinner can't be completed with a chunk of lettuce, some dressing and a few bits of bacon.
We'll go back - we love the place - but the kitchen dropped the ball this night.
Family brunch for 6. Pearl is one of our favorite places to have a Bloody Mary and brunch with friends and family. It’s pretty loud in the back room which is perfect for kids!
Awesome place for seafood lovers, especially oysters.
We had oyster sampler, crab cakes and fish and chips. All 3 were great.
Went for my first time 2/25/2019. Have long seen the advertised "oyster night" for Mondays. Nothing really special or different for "oyster night." Same menu items as always, with one or two dollars off the regular price for a couple of oyster dishes. Oysters good, however. Just didn't appreciate the hype for oyster night.
Food was great , our server was outstanding
Can’t wait to go back.
We were seated right away and the food was delicious.?
I love my time at Pearl! I took my mom there for dinner as a special treat! It was a great experience, the only downer was the noise. I enjoy music in the background but it was just a bit too loud. But overall it was fabulous!
This was the first time my husband and I had ever been to Pearl. The hubs was weary that I had gotten a 5:30 reservation only 6 hours before on the Saturday after Valentine's Day, but the atmosphere, food, and service were fantastic. We will be back to Pearl for sure!
I ordered the Oysters and waffle. My waffle was burnt, bot the oysters were cooked perfectly.
Wonderful Valentine's Day dinner at Pearl Raw Bar. It was a last minute choice as it was right around the corner from VMFA and it turned out to be an excellent one! Wow, amazing salmon dinner and it has a delightful and cozy ambiance. I will definitely return! :)
Great food. Don’t miss the crab dip or oyster po boy!
Everything was great.....food, drinks, atmosphere, services. Will definitely be returning.
We went for Valentine’s Day. A neighborhood gem we hadn’t yet tried. The seafood was fresh and delicious.
Excellent backed oysters. Can’t wait to return.
Great time and better food! Always a great spot.
Always good food and service.
Great crab cake eggs Benedict! Super fun and efficient staff...Victoria Vann
We eat here pretty often (one of the few seafood restaurants in town). The specials are usually delicious. Reservations are usually easy to get.
Nice spot for seafood lovers. It was really quite there at 6pm on Saturday evening.
The mussel appetizer was spectacular, but two of our group got the Mahi tacos, which weren't anything to rave about. The shrimp pasta was very tasty and not too heavy and the peel and eat shrimp and steamed crab legs were delicious. The restaurant was very quiet the night we were there and the wait staff was very attentive.
We did not have dessert since my 84 year old father thought that ice cream should be served and the Pearl doesn't serve ice cream with their desserts.
Food was great. I sat by the front window under a blower—-very cold!
We had a really nice experience at Pearl's on New Year's Eve. At 8:30 p.m., it was loud, but quickly quieted and stayed that way until we were leaving around 10 p.m., when the bar picked up again. The Caesar salad with fresh anchovies was perfectly fresh, dressed and chilled. Croutons were not up to the rest, but no big deal. The lobster over fresh greens was nicely prepared, but the greens needed a light oil/vinegar dressing - or something. I added the former myself. The blackened tuna was perfectly prepared, but mashed sweet potatoes were much too sweet. Limited wine list, but we chose a nice red for a reasonable price.
Looking around at other's plates, I know the oysters are the point, but we don't eat them. They did look like all were very happy with those. All in all, another good restaurant from the Group!
Excellent! We will be back. The only negative for me was the noise level.
Completely impressed how good the fish and oysters tasted.
Dinner with my son who lives out of town and I chose Pearl since he wanted seafood. Turns out his favorite thing he had was the Brussel sprouts appetizer. Who knew!?
We really enjoyed our night at the Pearl as a family. The oysters and cocktails were outstanding. I also had a burger which was hand made and the fries were delicious! We also really loved the brussel sprouts. Maddie, our waitress, was outstanding and kept our plates and glasses full! We hope to come back soon. Thank you for being a part of our fun holiday weekend in Richmond. We felt welcome and cared for!