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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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is outstanding. The staff is knowledgeable regarding the seafood specials and their recommendations are not to be dismissed. I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself in Bluffton SC.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. This was my 5th visit. I have yet to be disappointed.

MK
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Cozy, calm atmosphere. Great staff..great location.

n
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Pearl since it opened - a great addition to the burgeoning town of Bluffton. From the moment you walk in, you are captivated by the decoration and design of the restaurant - cool, clean, white, inviting. No frills, no fuss just simple decor with simply delicious farm to table food. We love sitting at the bar and meeting new people while ordering any modifications to the menu we want and knowing it will be delicious.

K
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

w
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary.

F
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great! Book early to avoid the noise of surrounding diners especially large groups. Lunch there is a real treat... very few others in the restaurant.

MH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we enjoyed a couple of appetizers and then split the shrimp and grits, fabulous meal

KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent! Great atmosphere, great food as always

V
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt. Food was very good. Calimari was notable because it wasn’t greasy. Salmon and tuna was good but not exceptional. Price points were good value. Would return.

T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and wonderful service.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, dinner and service were great. Tuna and grouper entrees were delicious. Always great to see the staff. Very welcoming each time we go for dinner.

MM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful, and the food was - and always is - fantastic. The Pearl is ideal for a special occasion, date night or dinner with friends; and the restaurant layout/noise level are conducive for conversation. I rated the value as "fair," because this is essentially casual fine dining. The entrees aren't cheap, but they frankly shouldn't be given the quality and atmosphere. So is it "good value?" No. Is it worth the price (approx. $30-38/entree)? Absolutely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the porch and evening mood. Service was attentive and friendly. Appetizers of tuna and oysters outstanding. Carrot cake also very nice. Entree grilled fish was unfortunately delivered well-done grilled to look like my worst day on summer grill - who eats fish like that? For $36 I prefer my fish medium rare please. I’ll return and try again.

BB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, hot, done to perfection, wine great, vodka tonic perfect, server excellent.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to visit. Food, atmosphere and service was great.

J
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice evening with good friends! We enjoyed our dinner! The scallops were delicious! The best meal at the table!

DS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would have like a few more entree choices for lunch, perhaps some soup choices, too.

DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for a special occasion. The food is outstanding!

RB
Charleston
54 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Actually we ate dinner at the bar. James was attentive and entertaining. Overall, a nice evening.

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a nice relaxing time at the Pearl. Possibly a little noisier and or some music some time would be wonderful too!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal and experience at The Pearl. We started with a delicious craft cocktail followed by perfectly prepared tuna and steaks followed by scrumptious peach banana bread pudding. There was live piano playing in the background which added to the ambience.

TO
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was fantastic. The only issue was a larger group brought in toddlers on a Friday evening after 7 pm. The kids weren’t enjoying themselves so they were crying and making it a less pleasant dining experience for everyone else in the restaurant.

c
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal at The Pearl. We dined outside because it was a little quieter and a nice evening. The kitchen ran out of crab meat but they deducted some from our meal so we were appreciative. The mashed potatoes were good but a little runny. Our server was very good. We would definitely return.

TP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Typical over sauced low country food with massive portions. Wish folks would just use fresh ingredients and prepare simply.

m
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

Menu description of dishes was misleading. The decor and ambiance was pleasant as was our waitress but isn’t a restaurant all about the food? I would not recommend this place as a couple of the dishes were very ordinary and not what one would expect from such a restaurant.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Overpriced for the atmosphere. Although the food was good, it was not a wow experience. Server was very apathetic. We did not feel very welcome and he never checked back to see if everything was satisfactory with our entree. It seemed forced to even have a conversation with him. Price was not worth the visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The visit was good but not great. We ordered the beef carpaccio but it didn’t look right or taste right, the beef had a shimmer to it and had an odd after taste. We sent it back and where not offered anything other than to remove it from the bill ( we would have been happy with any other app and would have been happy to pay for it!) Our entrees where great the scallops where cooked perfectly and the tuna was great!

MR
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was not up to the usual quality.

S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Poor quality food cooked incorrectly. Worst meal I have ever had. Bottle of wine not chilled properly. Not anything to say that is good.

LH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved their Caesar salad & dessert was yummy, my $50.00 steak was fatty & overcooked..requested rare to medium rare, was medium to medium well..very disappointing. Would go back for Caesar salad with salmon..service was excellent.

j
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this restaurant delivers high quality cuisine in a beach house feel.

p
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always. I love that I can bring company and always know it was going to be great.
We had the tuna, the grouper and the redfish. Outstanding!

AB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and loved The Pearl! Our server was wonderful, the food was wonderful, and the ambiance/noise level was perfect for a social evening!

PJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tilefish, Grouper, and Salmon were the BEST we have ever had - anywhere!!!

OT
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar for dinner and drinks.
James is an excellent bartender who gives attention to detail with a pleasant demeanor.
Food is delicious !!

RN
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu seems good, but the food just didn’t deliver: fish taco sauce was very thick and sweet, tasting very much like Miracle Whip and overpowering the grouper. The bourbon burger was dry and over cooked (I requested medium) with a burned bun. The sweet potato fries were great, though! Service was friendly, if not very present. Overall, I’d probably go somewhere else if deciding on a second visit.

KH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy reservation on a Tuesday night, nice size table for 5. Waitress was very helpful with menu and knowledge of the entrees. Meals were great, better than expected and there were 5 clean plates when we were finished. Drinks, appetizer, main and deserts were above average quality and quantity. Definitely try this place.

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