The Pearl

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Bringing to Old Town Bluffton a bright, fresh take on the dining experience, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more.
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ML
Memphis
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fried green tomatoes were delicious but my grouper has to go back because it was not prepared right the second time was delicious (the way I ordered it). Unfortunately I had to eat alone because everyone else was finished with their meals

RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, appetizer, entrees and dessert, everything was delicious!!!! The flavors, light yet lovely sauces, perfectly prepared and tender filet, fabulous grits, and I could go on and on! Our server was Blend and he was perfect! (One complaint - we were seated at the first table beyond the hostess and every time the door opened and closed, we froze! It was quite chilly that evening.). We will definitely be back and bring more friends! It was a delightful experience!! Thank you!

DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in Bluffton for special occasion and excellent food

T
Savannah
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the Pearl. Surprisingly full even at an early hour. Menu, service quality, and the bread offering all quite good. The live music guitar left much to be desired and front of room seating distracted a bit from the overall warm, friendly ambiance.

PS
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Pearl for my birthday and we were very impressed. The food was wonderful. I asked for my salmon done medium rare and it was perfect. My husband’s s allows were also done just right. The guitar player added to the ambience without being too loud. We will be back for another special occasion.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good dinner date spot in Old Town, bar lighting a bit too bright for me but no other complains. Will go again

EB
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Food and a very reasonably priced wine list !

H
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overpriced

JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous evening at our favorite restaurant. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and we met with champagne and greeted by most of the staff. The food was amazing, the service is exceptional and the atmosphere is second to none!

p
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb. Scallops were done to perfection. Chocolate torte was decadent. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Soft guitarist playing during dinner. Overall, a wonderful dinning experience. Would definitely return.

BG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Heard so many great things about this restaurant that perhaps our expectations were unrealistic. The food was very good although the scallops were gritty and undercooked for me. Had a poor table and not impressed with the service which is the cause for the low rating. Prices were fine. We probably won’t be back.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a clean, simple, and elegant setting. Wonderful service and did I mention amazing food. We will definitely be back. Make sure to check it out!

MJ
London
90 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner and desserts with friends. Our new favorite place near HHI!

CD
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This visit was not as good as usual for a restaurant that we really like a lot. Salmon was tasty but overcooked after we specifically asked for it to be rare to medium rare. My shrimp and crab piccata lacked some spices and was fairly bland. They have a reasonable wine list at good prices. It is nice they offer some live music, but I have to say this performer should have only played the guitar as singing was very poor - JMO. Service was good but not as good as we have had in the past. Seemed to be some commotion in the back as servers were discussing an issue and a shop vac could be heard. We will return as we have always had a great experience in the past so will not let one instance spoil a good thing.

SB
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service were wonderful, but the price was higher than we would normally pay for a dinner out.

DB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had reservations for 2 weeks and still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Bar area is extremely small and crowded and took a while to get a drink for our wait! Waitress was very friendly but did not check back with us enough (ran out of water and drinks). Ran out of creamer for dessert/coffee. Food was 5 star as always.

b
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve. A bit overextended compared to normal dinner nights

DA
Atlanta
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been to the Pearl several times and have never been disappointed. This time was New Years Eve and for such a hectic night when so many things can go wrong, we found nothing wrong with anything at the Pearl. We were extremely pleased with everything. The place was full, but the service was great and as usual, we were all pleased with our meals. One big improvement was the wine list. We plan to return more frequently.

JK
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We has dinner at the Pearl on New Years Eve. The service, ambiance, food were excellent for a very busy restaurant! Usually any restaurant on New Year's Eve is over crowded, under staffed and cooks are overwhelmed...not here! Perfection in all areas! What a please to dine there!

MB
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year's Eve dinner at The Pearl is going to become a tradition! Every entre, appetizer and adult beverage was delicious and the service by Eric, outstanding. We'll be back and we won't wait until New Years!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We were there on New Years Eve. We sat outside. The food was amazing the servers were great.
They could invest in some patio heaters 😉

TP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Yes I would recommend the Pearl, as it has a fresh, trendy, Lowcountry decor and style, however if you go on a holiday and make reservations, list any special needs and call again, just to reiterate those and be sure they can truly accommodate them. The prices on the holiday menu were high considering the portion size, and The Pearl isn't a formal restaurant. There are side dishes of veggies for vegetarians or vegans, however the portion size of those side dishes should be much more generous, prep each side dish and then present them in full size, and please offer more vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains, a baked potato option or whole wheat pasta or rice or chick pea pasta could help, also Quinoi and Kale.

JK
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a special time! Service and food were top-notch.

OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Apps, salads, and entrees were all delicious.

BM
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always eat here on Christmas Eve since the choice is so limited on "real" restaurants that are open. The food and service is always good. This year they served the best sautéed spinach that I have ever had with the beef filet which was perfectly cooked. Awesome!

C
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drink prices too high. Food and service was great. .

c
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Despite making the reservation on Open Table, and being regular customers, they gave us the worst table for two right next to the kitchen. We asked to be changed and were tucked into a small table behind a large party of eight. Despite telling us all the other tables were for parties more than two, they proceeded to seat later parties of two at tables for four. Why they could not do that for us was unexplainable. Such a shame to get us out of the holiday mood, especially since the food there is usually excellent. Doubt we'll go there anytime soon.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch to celebrate the holidays with our family members who were passing through on their way to Florida so we decided to meet in Bluffton and decided that the Pearl would be the perfect spot. My salade Nicoise and a side of truffle fries were outstanding. I really liked the way the chef presented the salad and the tuna was so fresh! Our server was very attentive without being overbearing. We’ve dined at The Pearl and have always enjoyed each dinner - this was the first time we had lunch and were glad that The Pearl was open for lunch on Saturday.

M
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place in Old Town Bluffton.Service and food were excellent.Very good wine selections.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had steak, bone-in ribeye and filet. Aged beef that doesn't get any better! Service was very timely, pleasant, and unobtrusive. Will be back to sample the seafood dishes.

OT
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

When one charges the prices that they do at The Pearl, one expects exceptional food presented in superb fashion. This was not the case in this visit. The fish special, wreck fish, was excellent, but the potato, cleverly sliced like an accordion, was half done and basically inedible. How does a tp notch restaurant let this happen? They don't! To add to this, accompanying the potato was a slab (yes, I mean slab) of herbal butter which was as hard as a rock and didn't melt throughout the entire meal. If you want to be a high end restaurant, you need to meet the bar and The Pearl fell very short.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good evening

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Noise level could’ve been lower but certainly did not spoil the ambience.

MD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pearl is one of my favorite restaurants in Bluffton. I have been there many times at different times of the year and the menu, service and overall dining experience has never disappointed my wife and me.
This time we tried the She Crab Soup and Fried Green Tomatoes. They were both delicious and memorable dishes. I will never hesitate recommending the Pearl and when I'm in town it's the first restaurant that comes to mind to get into the Low Country spirit. Enjoy!

SH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Pearl twice now. First time for our anniversary dinner and it was excellent, second time to celebrate the season with a girlfriend for lunch! Started with fresh grilled asparagus and calamari that is over the top! So tender and the side aioli and roulade were wonderful Too.

JC
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody had fish or seafood. The preparation was outstanding in everything. Nice wine list, good service. Difficult to hold a conversation among 5 people because of the noise level.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, fish was fresh and well prepared with great flavors. Service was excellent, Eric was very attentive. We will definitely return!

BB
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We always love the a pearl, but Sat. Night was a Hugh disappointment. Wine, good, salad good, Entree which was the special was burned to a crisp, I like blackened but
not burned to the point I had 2 bites of fish, rest was charred black and hard.

KO
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been here several times, but tonight the food was especially great. I had the bucatini and it was fabulous. The other two diners enjoyed their meals too. Eric always provides great service.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent crab and shrimp with bucatini and tomatoes in garlic sauce and a side of roasted asparagus. To celebrate Thanksgiving, I had a slice of delicious pumpkin pie. Great atmosphere and fantastic service.

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