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Pearl Raw Bar - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
467 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (804) 353-2424

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Vintage Room at Pearl Raw Bar: upstairs lounge perfect for cocktail parties, birthday celebrations and more. Food and beverage minimums applyThe Back Room at Pearl Raw Bar: garage doors and seating for sixty. The Back Room is a great spot for a company party, rehearsal dinner or family gathering. Food and beverage minimums apply

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    Strawberry St.

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 467 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. R

    Rusty

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great time. Best little restaurant in Richmond and the servers are the greatest!

  2. DD

    DrDwightJones

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Saw a mouse

  3. LA

    LuvAvonNC

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pearl is a little hidden gem on W Main St! Being a Tuesday evening, it was fairly quiet, but most tables were taken. The service was efficient, our waitress was very personable and knew about the different items on the menu. The oysters were excellent as was the crab legs and mussel appetizer we had. I would highly recommend and will be returning as well!

  4. MH

    MandyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun location, festive atmosphere, superb service, and very good food.

  5. NR

    NewtoRVA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time to Pearl Raw Bar and we'll definitely be back. I loved their vegetarian options and my husband really appreciated the meat and fish options. Seems no matter what you order, it's all good!

  6. AB

    AndreaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The oysters and crab dip were delicious! The limeade drink was excellent, I could drink one every day. Our server was delightful--attentive and very nice. We will definitely return to Pearl Raw Bar.

  7. DP

    DavidP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pearl is usually our go to seafood restaurant in Richmond, 👍🏼

  8. j

    jonathang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! Amazing drinks! Amazing service! (Translation) I am Groot! I am Groot! I am Groot!

  9. C

    Chandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Happy Hour is one of the best. Oysters were fresh and delicious

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    The drinks were very average, food portions we small and the ambiance was very blah.

  11. SR

    SallyR

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Chelsea was an excellent server, worked hard to get our food to us when the kitchen was a little backed up. Everything was delicious.

  12. RM

    RobertM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Very LOUD atmosphere, not a place to go if you want to have a dinner meeting. Service lacked, took longer to get get cold apps than it did to get hit entrees.

  13. BS

    BradleyS

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great food with even better service. I would recommend to those that love seafood. However, my wife and I went on a weeknight and the setting was great, but I do think that on a weekend this place can get loud and crowded (again, not positive) because of how nice it is.

  14. JL

    JustinL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Pearl Raw Bar is a wonderful "hole in the wall". They have a variety of menu items to choose from and the service was excellent. The atmosphere was exactly what I needed to pull off my mother's birthday brunch!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Unbelievable deal for HH oysters and apps. Love this place.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We stopped here n for oysters when heading to Top Sail N.C. from Pittsburgh Pa. the service was incredible and sous chef was extremely accommodating. We highly recommend Pearl. Very nice town as well.

  17. E

    Elizabeth

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    We came to Pearl for our wedding anniversary, I noted this special occasion on our OpenTable reservation as well. Our experience was anything but special...service was lackluster, food was OK - not great. My husband and I will not be returning.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks were great! We got the gin blossom martini and it tasted a lot like lemonade, super refreshing! Then we got the fish and chips and the blackened tuna. Everything was delicious and very quick.

  19. KS

    KatyS

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place for date night or out with friends. Everything we had was wonderful from the raw oysters and steamed crab legs to the brussel sprouts and mahi mahi. Service was friendly and attentive. Specialty drinks did not disappoint! Wish we lived closer so we could partake more. Will definitely be back next time through the area!

  20. SH

    SHANTELG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I really enjoyed my time at Pearl this weekend! The service and atmosphere were great! The only teeny issue was my food wasn't piping hot but I chalked that up to having such a large party. Overall my experience was great! P.s. The white cranberry mimosa is to die for!

  21. r

    rick

    Richmond

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Better for lunch/brunch than supper Great bar

  22. VA

    VAbelle12

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    My friend and I attended for brunch, I love the fact that you can make reservations! The restaurant wasn’t super crowded and the food and brunch drinks were yummy!

  23. d

    diascund

    Richmond

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Food very good. Oyster stew, Oyster PoBoy, raw oysters, soft shell crab not. Sauvignon Blanc (2), Prosecco. Service good. Will return

  24. DB

    DaveB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Really fresh seafood! Our new favorite raw bar in Richmond!

  25. CN

    CliffN

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    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.

  26. CG

    CaryG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    I’ve been many times and enjoyed it but the food on Sunday mediocre I do like overall vibe though

  27. MG

    MicheleG

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Oysters were really good.

  28. DM

    DML807

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    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.

  29. WP

    WillisP

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    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.

  30. WJ

    WaltJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great food and drink selection. Love the patio seating.

  31. JS

    JS57

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    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.

  33. RS

    RSH12

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    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.

  34. B

    Bill

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was very good. We had a server in training, but she was fine, just a little slow.

  35. JR

    Jack1Richmond

    Richmond

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    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.

  36. a

    andih

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place- always good, always friendly. Very good happy hour.

  37. l

    luv2eat

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, it was very fresh.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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

  39. TR

    TykeshaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    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.

  40. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    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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Pearl Raw Bar - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 467 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Strawberry St.

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Public transit

    GRTC & Bottom & Back

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (804) 353-2424

  • Private party facilities

    The Vintage Room at Pearl Raw Bar: upstairs lounge perfect for cocktail parties, birthday celebrations and more. Food and beverage minimums applyThe Back Room at Pearl Raw Bar: garage doors and seating for sixty. The Back Room is a great spot for a company party, rehearsal dinner or family gathering. Food and beverage minimums apply

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