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About 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.

2229 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Strawberry St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 353-2424

Website:
http://www.pearlrva.com/

Parking Details:
A parking lot for Pearl Raw Bar patrons is located on Strawberry St behind Sticky Rice restaurant.

Public Transit:
GRTC & Bottom & Back

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pearl Raw Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent seafood dinner, which is why we went there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Server Hannah was excellent, very friendly and attentive. A couple of excessively loud diners (maybe slightly intoxicated?) but did not detract from the food. Excellent oyster selection. Did not take a long time for orders so worked very well before theatre. We will definitely return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful meal! Definitely recommend

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Oysters were great, entrees were pretty good. Hanger steak was slightly overcooked. Rockfish was a tiny filet including skin and bloodline, nothing else on the plate had any flavor. Tuna and mussels were excellent. Shrimp tacos were the best. Service on a slow Tuesday night could have been faster, but our server Hannah was friendly and accommodating.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

great for date night. great selection and even better scallops

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Four dinners four delicious meals. Love the crab dip appetizer but could do without the extra cheese on top. The fried oysters were given a solid thumbs up along with the salmon special. The side of street corn was perfect.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I ordered spiced shrimp. To me that means cooked & tossed in old bay or other spices. These came out steamed and I had to ask for Old Bay. The rockfish was small and overcooked and the crabcakes were OK.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Rockfish and blackened tuna entries were delicious.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We reserved two tables - one for 6 and another for 5. Pearl was able to combine the tables for our birthday dinner for a friend. The drink and beer selections are always interesting, the appetizers and food choices are varied - and the oysters are always fresh and delicious.

Because of the size of our party (11 total), there were three (3) servers who supported our evening. Each of them were attentive, courteous and very prompt in fulfilling any request.

I would recommend Pearl very highly for a casual evening of good drink and food with friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic food and drinks as always. The hushpuppies are incredible. Happy hour is a great deal. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went for Saturday brunch for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I was really impressed by the menu variety and how nice the restaurant is inside— I hadn’t been since it was DeLuxe back in the day. My eggs Benedict were delicious. I also got a side of sausage which was charred to death, but I ate it cuz I was pretty hungry. I didn’t get a drink, but my husband and his mom enjoyed their bloodies. I think I would definitely go back- it didn’t seem to be super crowded which is always a plus. I also would go back to try watching football there. The TVs seem to be placed nicely so everyone can watch. All in all, a really good meal!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As always, a great experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed this restaurant, food was great.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The oysters are always outstanding, as is the tuna and avocado appetizer. This was my first time having the rockfish and it was so flavorful. A little disappointing that they took off the tofu crab cake, as it left our vegan friend with only one option, the black bean tacos. He did say it was one of the best things he had recently in a restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Most disinterested server that I’ve had in a long time. Flubbed the first course, rushed the second and had no table side manner. Food good, oysters great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Monday Oyster Night for my birthday. 2 dozen raw oysters with wife, son and daughter-in-law, then had the fried oysters dinner. Good as always!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We with 2 other couples for Restaurant Week. One of the offerings was fried chicken - Pearl's being a seafood restaurant, I had never had the fried chicken (too happy with the seafood offerings we'd had many, many times). Four of the six of us had the friend chicken and ALL agreed it was delicious. So, another reason to try Pearl's - even if you don't like seafood!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have been to Pearl Raw Bar several times for dinner, and went this past weekend for Sunday brunch for the first time. Pearl has been consistent during each of my visits, and continuously serves delicious food. The waitstaff has been excellent each time. I have made reservations, but have found them to not be necessary at the times I have gone.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I have have never been to Pearl before this evening but it came VERY, highly recommended. We had a party of 8 for my girlfriends birthday. Our server, Julia, I believe was great, took good care of us. The food was Phenomenal but something was different, in the past it was packed, all tables full, people waiting in line. This Saturday night the bar was half way busy and we were the only people eating. We didn't mind at the moment, we had our own little party. The downfall of the night was when my girlfriend, the birthday girl, found a hair on her plate. Hey, it happens but then we all watched a mouse scurry around underneath the neighboring booth. The mouse even stayed long enough for our waitress to come see it. Like I said the food and drinks were great and I would love to come back but I don't know if i can get past the hair and mouse.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was outstanding as always.
Wait staff was terrific but both they and we were unhappy with how long it took to get the food and drinks out.
They ended up comping most of our dinner.
My advice, get a new oyster schucker.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Friendly, yet professional service; amazingly fresh raw oysters with delicious horseradish and cocktail sauce! Fried oysters with spinach fantastic, seared tuna perfect! A great evening to enjoy our anniversary, and will return soon!

Tags: Late-night Find, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great service- our waitress was so nice! The food was also so amazing. Will definitely be back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great place to grab a bite. Service was outstanding. I am from Texas and I was greeted with southern hospitality. I would recommend this spot to anyone.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had never been to Pearl and decided to give it a try as someone I'm dating was coming into town and she loves oysters. I'm not an oyster person despite loving most seafood. Ah, but that is no longer the case. We ordered a dozen oysters, along with bacon oyster shooters. I thoroughly enjoyed the shooter. The oysters were good too. My only thought is that there are so many oysters from around the U.S. and Canada that I know to be good, but the selection here was limited. No P.E.I's or west coast of the U.S. or Canada on offer. We also ordered cocktails which were good. As for entrees, she had the lobster roll and I had the crab cake sandwich. First, the lobster roll...it was okay. She prefers the lobster to be slightly warmed and I agree. The bun was buttery and tasty and it had a nice amount of lobster meat on it. The crab cake sandwich was nothing out of the ordinary. It didn't fill the bun which annoys me. Either cut back on the bun size or make the crab cake slightly larger. The good part was it was mostly crab with very little filler. I'm allergic to onions and peppers and thankfully they don't add that as a filler in their crab cakes. Over all, it was good. We'd go back for the shooters and oysters. Booths are uncomfortable as there are no cushions to sit on. Not sure what that's about other than not wanting to spend money on them, but seating comfort would be nice.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Good, not great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were on travel and I found this restaurant on OpenTable. If we lived in Richmond, VA we would add to our restaurant rotation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We really loved the "neighborhood bistro" vibe of this bar- it was welcoming without being pretentious or fawning, we were well tended but never put upon by the staff, and the food and drink was great. When the waitress accidentally brought us Brussels sprouts instead of the Mussels we ordered, she immediately corrected the mistake and also left us with the truly terrific Brussels sprouts. Definite bonus that we never expected.

I'd definitely head back in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to friends looking for a great date night or group outing.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Always a fantastic time at Pearl raw bar, good drinks, the oysters are fantastic and an amazing deal at happy hour. The hush puppies are such a great find too. Taylor did a great job being our server. If you haven't checked this place out you definitely should. There are several good seafood restaurants in Richmond but this is my favorite.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent meals and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

A favorite spot! Never disappoints. Great service, great food. Excellent happy hour!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Pearl is one of my favorites in Richmond and usually, I give it glowing reviews! The exception this time was that our server was really kind of rude. She hardly said three words to us, never made eye contact, walked away from us before we even finished speaking, never checked in after we got our meals, never refilled drinks, and slammed our checks on the table just a few minutes after we got our food. It was very strange. We tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but it was definitely a buzzkill to our get together; especially since it was the first time some of the people in our party of 6 had been there. I found myself stammering to standup for one of my RVA favs!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great service and the food is always delicious! If you haven't tried raw oysters, this is the place to try them. If you want consistently delicious seafood try pearl!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Wonderful oysters on the half shell tho some were extremely small.
Will definitely return

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Our server allowed us to make suggestions to the menu items and order off the menu. We were pleasantly surprised by these accommodations. We were equally surprised by the reasonable prices.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation and were immediately seated at a table that could seat four. We ordered drinks, appetizers(2), seared scallops & baked oysters and then the entre. We both got the Roasted Rock Fish. A great meal!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Third time there in 3 years when we visit friends in Richmond. First 2 times this place was very good; this time had a hard problem eating due to so many flies. They left these big doors open for ventilation and flies had fun with everyone in the back room.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 7, 2017

This was our second visit -- great food, servers were very accommodating despite the large number of diners. Will be back again soon......

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 30, 2017

After a disastrous last date night at another restaurant in the fan, my husband and I were reluctant to try something else trendy in the fan right at going-out time. Pearl's was a pleasant surprise! Food and drinks arrived quickly even though they were pretty crowded and there were several large groups eating. The hush puppies were delicious and had some kind of butter I would pay good money to get at home. We both ordered the mahi tacos for dinner. I wasn't excited about the corn relish, because I'm not a big fan of corn, but it was pickled or had some kind of brine on it that made it really stand out.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was a great place and I would highly recommend to others. Our waitress was GREAT and she made our experience even better. Great quality food and prices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a delicious meal in the back area with a great breeze. Our server was very attentive and helpful . Thank you for a lovely summer dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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