Pearl Raw Bar

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428 reviews
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Seafood

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.
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TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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GA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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SL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for seafood lovers, especially oysters.
We had oyster sampler, crab cakes and fish and chips. All 3 were great.

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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S
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great , our server was outstanding
Can’t wait to go back.

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EE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away and the food was delicious.?

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AI
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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m
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

I ordered the Oysters and waffle. My waffle was burnt, bot the oysters were cooked perfectly.

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JI
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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! :)

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food. Don’t miss the crab dip or oyster po boy!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.....food, drinks, atmosphere, services. Will definitely be returning.

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R
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and better food! Always a great spot.

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DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great crab cake eggs Benedict! Super fun and efficient staff...Victoria Vann

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W
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here pretty often (one of the few seafood restaurants in town). The specials are usually delicious. Reservations are usually easy to get.

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SL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice spot for seafood lovers. It was really quite there at 6pm on Saturday evening.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. I sat by the front window under a blower—-very cold!

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F
Richmond
59 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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!

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent! We will be back. The only negative for me was the noise level.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely impressed how good the fish and oysters tasted.

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RV
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!?

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NO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great atmosphere in the bar area. Cocktails were delicious. Food was quite good and served in a reasonable amount of time.

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S
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had reservations for 6 people through Open Table, but was seated right beside front door with cold air blowing the entire meal. Worst table in the place. We had eaten there before and had a good experience. But, this time the food was not nearly as good. Restaurant is in a very good location, but overall experience did not meet our expectations.

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BG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The front of the house is basically a sports bar with flat-screen TVs, both a bar and booth seating and, not surprisingly, is very noisy. Things are considerably quieter in the back, and you should ask to be seated there if you want to have anything other than a shouted conversation with your dinner companion. The food is basic and good and there is an extensive beer list, both draft and bottled, that complements anything you might order from the raw bar. I recommend the fish and chips (made with real cod), the crab cakes or the fried chicken. You can't go wrong ordering any of the raw shellfish (clams and a variety of oysters).

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ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the seafood was outstanding . Had a Corn and Crab soup which was so tasty them shared a small steamed sampler of mussels , oysters , shrimp and snow crab and had the Mahi tacos. The tacos were filled with fish and red cabbage cilantro and corn. It had just a bit of aioli in it that was perfectly balanced with the rest instead of the usual drowning out of the fish. For 103$ for 3 including 2 Moscow Mules I was totally impressed

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PB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a last minute Friday Night restaurant and landed at Pearl Raw Bar. The Space is beautiful -- transformed from its previous two story space to a downstairs space with at backroom -- the Backroom was quiet and pleasant with two garage-style doors that could be opened in good weather creating an open air dining space -- we ordered appetizers only and made a meal of them - we also had Mint Juleps -- that were delightful! Everything was delicious but I particularly enjoyed the Brussels Sprouts -- with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, Pecans, and a Balsamic Reduction -- this tends to be my go to when it is on the menu and and this one was one of the best I've had! We will be back and can't wait to enjoy the backroom on a day when it is warm enough to have the doors open!

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Great time!! Chicken and waffles were okay. Brussel sprout appetizer was money!!

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GA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pearl is one of our go to’s for brunch. The food is always great.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for her Birthday food was outstanding servers are great just a wonderful time will be back!

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PA
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The oysters were good and the small plates we tried were good as well. This place has a great happy hour with several wines to choose from. I would strongly recommend Pearl if you’re looking for a solid happy hour destination.

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M
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant smelled like a dirty bar from the second we walked in. The waitress was all over the place and always seemed to be in a hurry to get away from the table even though there was only 1 other table of people and a handful of people at the bar. She quite literally threw our food in front of us and scurried away without saying a word to chat with the other servers/bartenders standing near the bar. The crab pasta special was okay. I wanted to love it but they just threw ice cold shell laced crab on top of luke warm pasta/sauce. It tasted great, was just lacking in some refinement. This is a date night place we probably won't return to.

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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was great, wish I wasn't put in a back corner but overall not too bad. 1 pound of shrimp looked a little small like it was only a 1/2 pound but taste of the food made up for it.

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V
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my husbands birthday, a party of 6. The wait staff were excellent, took table pic, put candle in the birthday boys dessert and very curtious! The oysters were fresh and delish. I even found a raw pearl in my fried oyster so you know it was fresh!

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DK
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and Meal was Fantastic. Good value and great flavor!

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A
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was just okay, the garlic in my mussels were basically raw and overpowered it. My steak was very salty, I had to scrap the salt off of it. Our desserts came out before I was done with my entree. Felt a bit rushed, I looked around and there were still five tables still there.

I may try it again, if I didn’t have a choice.

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f
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited the restaurant for Restaurant Week. The fried oysters and waffles was an unexpected treat. Although our appetizers came at the same time as our wine, the rest of the meal was paced nicely. Our server didn't rush us and even asked if we wanted to wait a few minutes for dessert. This was welcome because we had eaten every bite of our entrees.

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