The Pearl

4.7
1210 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DStan
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Setting for this restaurant is quaint in Old Town Bluffton! Prices are not shy and waiter was not up to par but nice! Didn’t ask how the meal was until we were finished and another waiter actually walked by and cleared our dishes for him. Food was ok but on the high side. Took a long time for waiter to actually take our order.

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JeffR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Dinner was a disaster. Service was terrible (20 minutes for a drink, there almost 3 hours waiting for food). Food tasted okay, nothing special, but seafood in dish I had was bad and I was up all night getting sick.

JP
vipJPCsf
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always is superb, I had the tuna cooked perfectly, my better half the grouper, calamari, and kimchi wraps all delish. Now that we live down here, this is our favorite restaurant. Great service and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great evening at The Pearl.

We were greeted warmly by the hostess and led to a table near the kitchen. Normally this would produce an eye-roll from me but the efficiency of the wait staff and kitchen crew was mesmerizing.

This was one of the most flavorful meal paired with good wine we have had since pre-COVID.

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OliviaS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was remarkable!

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vipDennis
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was good, our server Eric was abysmal at best. After getting our meals,NYE disappeared not to be seen for quite some time. We sat with empty plates in front of us for a minimum of 20 minutes, servers and bussers walked by on multiple occasions, looked at our employ plates and just kept in walking.

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DaveL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pricey. Outstanding service. Menu has not changed in years.

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JoeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our second visit and it was excellent like the first visit our favorite restaurant in Bluffton food is always fantastic we sat at a high top in the bar area close to the guitar player so it was a little loud but it was a last minute thing and he is a very good entertainer can’t wait to get back

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vipNoBuffetsForMe
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always love the Pearl
Waitress was lovely
Food was yummy
Saw the table next to us get oyster app,
Nice big oysters looked so good we added to our orders... ours came out... the smallest oysters any restaurant has ever served us.
Not cool

JB
vipJeanetteB
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a find in Old Bluffton
Modern well decorated setting with good patio space.
Quirky fun waiter and delicious off menu specials. The soft shell crabs were very well cooked and served with light flavorful
sides. Somewhere we plan on returning to

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MamaBear
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Adorable and quiet location. Would return here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a good restaurant should be: tasty food, beautifully presented; solicitous service and beautiful location.

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vipschelinec
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Good food but very noisy

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KathleenW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was more than fabulous, our experienced waiter Eric was top notch and the piano music elevated our experience even further. We were there to celebrate my husband’s birthday and can’t wait to return. I had the fresh sea bass special and my husband had the huge grass-fed New York strip steak. Both were amazing!

JK
vipJennaK
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the staff at the Pearl went above and beyond. The food and service were amazing and created a wonderful birthday dinner. It’s our favorite restaurant for good reason. Says a lot that the staff is the same year after year.

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vipBGreen
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grouper and little neck clams were outstanding

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CarolB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined on a lovely covered porch. Adding to the ambiance was a guitar player/singer inside the restaurant, and his music was piped through the outdoor speakers. The meal was delicious.

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vip80sDiva
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Pearl! We were seated right away with our reservation and greeted soon after. We started with apps- she crab soup, tuna poke, kimchi lettuce wraps. The wraps were a little messy but everything was very tasty!
For dinner we had scallops, one of the seafood specials, and a tuna dish. Everything was timed perfectly, we never felt rushed and we very much enjoyed the finale of caramel cheesecake!

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SteveL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from server Nate. Food was excellent, generous portions and served hot! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was ok. Pretty place. Sweet people.

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philipd
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service provided in a warm and comfortable setting in the heart of Old Town Bluffton.

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Blufftondiners
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner and such a nice place to entertain out of town guests!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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RandyS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

From the appetizers to the entrees to the dessert, the food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was overpriced/ $28 for chicken piccata that was 90% pasta is a little ridiculous. Drinks and ambiance were nice. Service was good.

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ronnie
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent cocktail, wine and beer choices. Service was very attentive

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Peter
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and attentive service.

Food service a little rushed, but not too bad.

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vipBigPaPa
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there, great atmosphere, food cooked to perfection, and the service was flawless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Highly recommended!

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DianeR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed here. Everything is delicious, fresh, and served hot. The kimchi lettuce wraps were amazing. Everyone enjoyed their meals... shrimp and crab piccata, filet mignon, scallops, and tuna. Save room for dessert because that bread pudding is superb.

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vipDeborahT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal. It tables were not spread out enough due to Covid regulations

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vipLynneS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great out door dining. Pearl is our favorite restaurant in the area.

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vipClark
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was done well. We will be back.

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vipLaurrich
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining outside on patio, lovely. Plenty of heaters. Food was good. I wish we did not put our dinner order in until we enjoyed our first glass of wine. Salad and dinner came out too fast. Bottle of wine, drinks, salad and dinner -done and out of restaurant in 1hour 15 minutes. Saturday evening dinner, not a quick lunch

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ShannonN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

My wife and I had a great time over all. But know what you are getting, great food and very casual culture. The outside seating is a little cramped and there is an issue with gnats. I recommend sitting inside again a bit cramped but at least no bugs. The food was wonderful but took a bit to get out. It took about 45 min to get our order. It appeared there was some issue in the back. The staff was nice and our server was great she checked on us regularly and kept apologizing for the delay. The hostesses could use some grooming but they were nice if a bit unprofessional. In general for the price point (We averaged about $90 each) I would expect a smoother running experience and a more unified culture with the staff.. Perhaps as they get some experience under their belt this will smooth out.

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vipDrCarol
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

we always love The Pearl, service is professional while also warm and personal. Menu great options and all delicious. The Ambience, clean and crisp yet intimate and cozy, so well done as always.

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RJBLADE
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious
Service was great
Atmosphere was comfortable

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vipMaland
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Biggest complaint - champagne was served warm. Obviously, they must not serve it very often- they should know to serve it ice cold. I got salmon and it was very good but thought sides were not so great. My husband said his bouillabaisse was very good.

Server was a little overworked but did a good job.

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vipSocialOuting
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great ambience, friendly wait staff.

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KarenM
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

For $55 the 7 ounce filet was not a quality cut of meat and worse, it was sitting in a bed of runny mashed potatoes.

Scallops were delicious.

Salads were above average.

The Brussels sprouts were not grilled and flavored as advertised - soggy, steamed and sitting in water. Ugh....very disappointing.

Service was perfunctory - okay, but not warm and welcoming. Going through the motions.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Pearl using the Order Online button. The Pearl also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 757-5511.

The Pearl is rated 4.7 stars by 1210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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